The Statoil Stars Over Texas Stage, located in Kids Country, features great music from bands just breaking into the Houston music scene for Show visitors.
Zoe and Molly Flores make up Rosenberg, Texas duo StarFlightRocks. They picked up their instruments in January of 2011 at the ages of 11 and 10 years old and even though they started later than some, they quickly began mastering their instruments. After 6 months of lessons they played their first show in front of an auditorium full of people at a summer rock camp, and have never looked back. Zoe is the lead singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist and Molly covers the drums, percussion and backing vocals. In 2012, the duo won Wharton's Got Talent, and in 2013 after nearly 250,000 public votes they were selected from a pool of 90 contestants to compete at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's Rodeo Rockstar Competition and were able to finish in 1st place in their division. This accomplishment also had the girls featured in Rodeo Houston's "Bowlegged H" Magazine. In August 2013, Zoe got her first guitar endorsement through Daisy Rock Girl Guitars "Zoe epitomizes the reason I started Daisy Rock Girl Guitars. Finding a guitar that she could play and totally rock out on was a challenge for her since she has a smaller stature. We love that she found us and that we found her. Zoe and StarFlight will rock your world!" says Tish Ciravolo, Founder and President of Daisy Rock Girl Guitars.
When country music is starting to sound all the same, Clayton Gardner delivers a refreshing take on 90s country with a contemporary twist. Ask Clayton about his musical influences and he'll immediately tell you Keith Whitley and George Strait. Then you'll understand his instrumental styling reminiscent of classic country paired with lyrics mature beyond his age. You would think he's done this forever, but it wasn't until college that he picked up a guitar and found his gift.
He's certainly come a long way since his early days at Texas A&M, taking advantage of the opportunity to co-write with household names and perform with chart toppers like Pat Green, Jack Ingram, Josh Abbott, Kevin Fowler, Aaron Watson, Wade Bowen, Cody Johnson, Casey Donahew, and more.
With the release of his first EP "Here to Stay" in 2012, Clayton achieved his first top 20 spot on the iTunes country albums chart. The singles "Settle Down" and "Happy Ending" from the 2012 EP also earned Top 20 spots on the charts.
Clayton's most recent CD "LUCKY 7," produced by Grammy-nominated Mack Damon, also reached the iTunes Top 20 country albums chart. The singles "Something About You" and "Table For Two" both found their way into the Top 20 His set continues to grow as he's working on a new record with producer Aaron Eshuis projected for an early 2015 release. Hear what's to come with Clayton's latest single "Don't Miss It," released August 2014, that catalogs life moments and reminds you that you've only got one shot, don't miss it.
Tori McClure is a 19 year old singer/songwriter living in Houston, Texas. She began playing the guitar at the age of ten, writing her earliest songs just a few years later. Her enthusiasm for performing and a natural inclination towards crafting infectious pop songs paved the way for the making of her EP, "Courage", released April 14th, 2013 and is now available on iTunes! In March of 2013 she won 1st place in the Youth Division of Houston Rodeo's: Rodeo Rockstar Competition. She is now attending Texas A&M University in College Station, majoring in Communications- and still chasing her dream of being a musician.
This is just the beginning for Tori McClure. She is writing more songs, performing new covers, and working on her first music video. While there are no immediate tour plans, you can expect to find her playing lots of shows in the Houston/College Station area.
Seventeen year old Houston singer/songwriter, Abby Gough, started performing at age 9. She has had well over 100 performances at local venues such as Kemah Boardwalk, Warehouse Live and Moody Gardens to Hard Rock Café, Tootsies Orchid Lounge and Coyote Ugly in Nashville, Tn. She has performed on Great Day Houston: The Deborah Duncan Show twice and recorded several music television segments. At age 13 she started writing her own songs and by the time she was 14 had recorded her first album, Southern Fire Angel. Most recently, Abby has written and recorded with Grammy Award Winning Songwriter, Jeff Franzel. Together they wrote "Hear Me on the Radio," which was recorded at Houston's own Sugarhill studios and produced by Andy Bradley. She is a Country/Pop singer whose music appeals to all country audiences. You can hear Abby's music on reverbnation.com/abbygough or check her out at abbygough.com.
Who would have thought, out of Decker Prairie, Texas, would emerge an artist, like Blake Anderson. Blake Anderson is the truest definition of an artist on the rise. We have all heard of "overnight sensations", but Blake Anderson is here to stay. Cutting his teeth in some of the most famous honky tonks in Texas, Blake Anderson, truly started from the bottom. He began playing guitar at age 12, and his love of songwriting followed soon after. Through raw hustle, grit, determination and a refusal to take "no" for an answer, his unique style spread worldwide. With a mixture of classic Texas dancehall sound, heartfelt songs like "Happy Birthday Mama" to witty crowd favorites like "Drag Your Feet Johnny" he has songs and a voice to please every country music fan. In 2013, he was opening for the likes of Texas legend, Dale Watson. While still playing local venues as often as possible, his recent single, "I Wasn't No Angel", has catapulted him into the "next level" of emerging new Texas Country Artists to look out for. In 2014, he has already opened for the Charlie Daniels Band at the Texas Crawfish Festival in Spring, Texas and was invited to perform live in Nashville, Tennessee at the CMA Festival. A seasoned entertainer, modern day troubadour and all-around class act, Blake Anderson is a performer any venue would be proud to host. With guitar in hand and nothing more than a desire to bring good music to a crowd and his fans, he epitomizes what it means to be a country music artist……unique, dedicated, entertaining and unafraid. Three chords and the truth, that is all one expects from country music and that is exactly what Blake Anderson delivers.
Amanda Loving is an 18-year old singer/songwriter living in Katy Tx. Amanda began singing even before she could talk. As a baby, her mom would often find her humming pretty melodies while napping in her crib. She began writing her own music when she was only ten years old. Amanda’s father, also a singer and musician, has been a great influence on her musical life. Through the families numerous moves over the years, her dad has always made sure to have a music studio in their home. It’s a place where Amanda found herself spending lots of time composing original music. She also plays the piano by ear and has composed her own original songs on piano. Amanda received a runner up songwriting award for her song “52 Ways” in the 2014 International “Song of the Year” contest. She was named a semi-finalist in the 2014 Dallas Songwriters Association DSA Songwriter of the Year Contest for her original “Run”. Amanda is busy playing gigs around Texas and putting the finishing touches on her first EP “Heartbreak” set for release in February.
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