We have 5 fantastic singles in this week’s Texas Music Breakthrough from Jason Cassidy, Rob Baird, Elaina Kay, Abraham Weaver, and Blake Burrow! LISTEN, SHARE AND REQUEST!! Let’s help these singles breakthrough on to the Texas Music Charts!
Jason Cassidy is a name and face that is becoming more familiar, with two #1’s and 4 top 10’s in Texas, 2 Billboard charting singles and a #1 CMT Pure 12 pack video that held the #1 spot for six consecutive weeks, Jason Cassidy is becoming more and more of a household name in the country music world.
The new single “Rest of Forever”, written by a dear friend Jim B Martin, is the 2nd release from Cassidy’s 3rd album 717 which hit stores in the Spring of 2015. 717 received rave reviews from the critics and debuted at #12 on the iTunes country charts and top 100 on the Billboard charts, this was an amazing accomplishment for an independent artist without a major label!
Rob Baird is a thinker, a seeker, a man who surveys the scene, decides what he aims to accomplish and sets it in motion. Sure, over the past five years the Memphis-born musician, who broke out with 2012’s critically-acclaimed I Swear It’s The Truth and built a dedicated fanbase as a result, steadily earned a reputation as a no-frills, earnest singer, songwriter and performer — one able to tear through the Texas live-music circuit with ease.
The first thing that hits you about singer-songwriter Elaina Kay is her confidence and spunk as a performer and a writer. Her wisdom doesn’t yet come from decades of being on the road, but an old soul vibe has infused itself into her music anyway. Her sound confidently bridges the Red Dirt Oklahoma songwriter tradition with the Texas troubadour history of her home state. Much like her hometown of Wichita Falls (or Texoma as some call the area), her music walks the borderline between both influences and creates an exciting new sound.
Born and raised in South Texas, Abraham made his way to Austin, Texas after a run in the South and East Texas music circuits. Abraham’s vocal styles and influences come from a wide range of artists from country through the 80’s rock genres, but two artists — Garth Brooks and Rick Orozco — would give him what he needed to create his very own vocal style
Over the past year moving back to Austin, Abraham has made his mark on the industry by becoming one of the area’s most sought out musicians. Abraham has become a regular on Austin’s famous 6th Street in addition to performing at events and venues of all sizes throughout Central Texas.
Blake Burrow knows country. Raised smack-dab in the middle of nowhere in West Texas, he grew up living the country songs he writes and sings. Like many of his honkytonk heroes, Blake started out singing in the church choir and then moved his music into his everyday life. And that everyday country lifestyle is what you’ll hear in each of his original songs. In the time of Nashville sparkle and songwriting mills, this authentic country boy hits a down-home note that we can all relate to.
Music addict, a sucker for heartbreak songs, and avid Houston sports fan! I’am also the Editor-in-Chief of Texas Music Pickers.