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Country Music Explosion:Thanks for doing this interview,Let's first start off by giving us a little background of your life,then we can proceed to the rest of the interview

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Background Q&A

Country Music Explosion:Did you live in a small town or big city?

Danny Kensy:small town I guess. On the outskirts of Richmond, VA.
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Country Music Explosion:Did you attend church?

Danny Kensy:Not since I was a kid.I am catholic but haven't been in awhile.Longer service than the lines at DMV.But I do love Jesus.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have any brothers or sisters,?if so,Are you the oldest?middle?youngest child?

Danny Kensy:1 older brother and 3 younger sisters
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Country Music Explosion:Where did you and your friends like to hang out the most on weekends?

Danny Kensy:The local Walmart or at the Park 'N Ride. Those were the spots!
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Country Music Explosion:Did you finish school?

Danny Kensy:Yep. Graduated and went to college
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Country Music Explosion:What were your fondest memories in school?

Danny Kensy:Art & Music for sure. Cutting up and acting out!
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to friends at school,Do you still stay in contact with them?what kind of things did you all like to do together?

Danny Kensy:Only a few friends. Some of my friends, like Jason Mraz, went on the be big stars.
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Country Music Explosion:Did you ever get in trouble with your friends?

Danny Kensy:Yep. Just a few times. The normal teenage stuff.
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Country Music Explosion:What's the hardest thing you have learned in life?

Danny Kensy:Always pay cash!
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Country Music Explosion:What is your favorite food?

Danny Kensy:STEAK!!
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Country Music Explosion:What is your favorite drink?

Danny Kensy:Yoo-Hoo! Right after a show.
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Country Music Explosion:What is your favorite season of the year?

Danny Kensy:Fall AND winter. Love the crisp air and snow.
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Country Music Explosion:What is one moment in your life that you will never forget?

Danny Kensy:Performing with Brad Paisley. Super nice guy!
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Country Music Explosion:If you were able to have a super power,which would you rather have?

Danny Kensy:To fly of course! Who wouldn't?
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Country Music Explosion:If your allowed to drink alcohol,which is your favorite?

Danny Kensy:Tequila!
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Country Music Explosion:Is there anything you cant live without?

Danny Kensy:STEAK!
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have any animals?if so what kind?

Danny Kensy:Yes, a dog named Rolo. She's 2 years old and weighs 7lbs.
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Country Music Explosion:What else can we expect from you in the future?

Danny Kensy:A lot of songwriting, performances, videos and maybe some surprises!
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Country Music Explosion:What did you like to do growing up?

Danny Kensy:Anything that had to do with the outdoors. And hockey.
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Country Music Explosion:What kind of hobbies did you have growing up and have right now?

Danny Kensy:baseball card collecting, comic book collecting, art and music.
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Country Music Explosion:What is your biggest goal in life? Name three of your biggest weaknesses.

Danny Kensy:BIGGEST GOAL:to make my mark and longevity in country music.3 BIGGEST WEAKNESSES:I need to stop and smell the roses sometimes, finger nail biting and always waiting in the wrong line at Wal-Mart.
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Country Music Explosion:What hidden talents do you have?

Danny Kensy:I play hockey, I studied opera in college and I'm a really good Ping-Pong player.
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Country Music Explosion:When & where were you born? Did you grow up to adulthood there?

Danny Kensy:A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Born and raised in Mechanicsville, VA. USA
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Country Music Explosion:Did you grow up at this location?

Danny Kensy:Yes
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Country Music Explosion:Where have you lived? What section?

Danny Kensy:Virginia, Mechanicsville and Chesterfield
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Country Music Explosion:What year were you born?

Danny Kensy:That's a secret.
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Country Music Explosion:Did you go to college,if so What is your major? How supportive were they about you going away to college?Did you get along with your roommate?Why did you go into that major?

Danny Kensy:Went to VCU for 2-1/2 years majoring in Art and Music. VCU was close to home so I commuted.
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Country Music Explosion:How far back can you trace your ancestors? To the stone age.

Danny Kensy:We all came from somewhere!
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Country Music Explosion:Do you know if your parents,grand-parents,great-grandparents were the ones to migrate to the US?

Danny Kensy:Great grand-parents
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Country Music Explosion:Where did they come from?

Danny Kensy:Czech mostly
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Country Music Explosion:What was a typical weekend like growing up?

Danny Kensy:chores, being outside and Mama singing in the kitchen
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Country Music Explosion:Were you or your family members involved in the community?What kind of things?

Danny Kensy:My brother worked as a local EMT
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Country Music Explosion:What role did your parents play in your education?

Danny Kensy:Told me to do my homework or else! JK, they always were there to help if needed but I was smart.
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Country Music Explosion:What language(s) do you speak?

Danny Kensy:English and a touch of German, from what I can remember
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Country Music Explosion:How was your educational experience from K-12?

Danny Kensy:easy and good
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Country Music Explosion:What schools did you attend? Where located?

Danny Kensy:Elem: Cold Harbor, Middle: Stonewall Jackson, High: Lee-Davis. All in my hometown of Mechanicsville, VA.
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Country Music Explosion:Compare your junior high to high school involvement?

Danny Kensy:Couldn't wait to get out of school!
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Country Music Explosion:What kind of activities or organizations were you a part of?

Danny Kensy:I sang in the choirs, musicals and played Tennis.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you and/or band have social media accounts where fans can reach out to you?if so,what is the URL for them?

Danny Kensy:I can be found at the following-

www.dannykensy.com
www.rad-records.com
www.epresskitz.com/dannykensy
www.facebook.com/daniel.j.kensy
www.twitter.com/DannyKensy
www.soundcloud.com/dannykensy
www.youtube.com/dannykensy

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Music Q&A

Country Music Explosion:What role did your parents play in your Music Career?

Danny Kensy:Always told me to keep going
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Country Music Explosion:What did your parents and friends say when you told them you wanted to be a singer?

Danny Kensy:I never really came out and said it. I just did it. Everyone still supports me 100%!
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Country Music Explosion:Some Artist sing part time,like a hobby,are you making this a Career or Hobby?

Danny Kensy:It's definitely a career for me. Usually perform 150 - 200 shows a year.
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Country Music Explosion:What's your most favorite thing about singing?

Danny Kensy:Entertaining people and how singing just takes you to another place.
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Country Music Explosion:What's the first concert you attended?

Danny Kensy:Hal Ketchum
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Country Music Explosion:What genre of music can't you stand to listen to?

Danny Kensy:Anything that's distasteful, degrading and absolute garbage.
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Country Music Explosion:If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?

Danny Kensy:Alternative or Pop-rock
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Country Music Explosion:What kind of music do you listen to today?

Danny Kensy:mostly country. Occasionally classic rock.
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Country Music Explosion:What embarrassing songs might we find on your MP3 player?

Danny Kensy:Call Me Maybe!
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to your music,Do you have one that You're most proud of?If so what is the name of it?

Danny Kensy:I have written a lot of songs and I have so many favorites. One of my all time favorite is "Here's to You". One of my newer favorites is a song called "Wings".
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Country Music Explosion:Can you tell us if there is a story behind the song?

Danny Kensy:Well, it's about a guy who has put alcohol in front of everything else. It was my Mom's favorite tune.
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Country Music Explosion:Which of your song's do you feel most people can relate to? Can you tell us the story behind the song?

Danny Kensy:The Jesus in Me.This is more of a country/gospel tune that was based on a true story.It's written about one of my friend's dad who never goes to church but believes if you are good,honest and trustworthy you will go to Heaven regardless.
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Country Music Explosion:What message are you trying to send with your music?

Danny Kensy:That there is a bridge between Traditional and Modern country. I am that guy!
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Country Music Explosion:What age group is your music aimed towards?

Danny Kensy:20 - 70. Everywhere I play I have new fans that come up after the show and tell me how great my music is. From young to old I think I appeal to everyone.
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Country Music Explosion:What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?

Danny Kensy:I am a Trodern (traditional + modern) Country artist. Major influences are Hal Ketchum. David Lee Murphy, Sons of the Desert, Brad Paisley and George Strait
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Country Music Explosion:What are your songs about?(What specific themes do they cover?)

Danny Kensy:From partying to lounging to drinking to traveling.
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Country Music Explosion:What image do you think your music conveys?

Danny Kensy:That there is still hope for good country music!
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Country Music Explosion:How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a singer?At the time did you know what Genre you wanted to sing?

Danny Kensy:Probably around the age of 12 and yes.
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Country Music Explosion:Music-sharing sites and blogs as well as a flood of releases in general are presenting both listeners and artists with challenging questions. What's your view on the value of music today?

Danny Kensy:It's all about money for the music industry. What sells now is the thing. There is so much crap out that only is out for the sake of making money. But that's business, right? There's not much mainstream music today that is truly for the sake of artistry.
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Country Music Explosion:Which instruments do you play?

Danny Kensy:piano and a little guitar
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Country Music Explosion:What was the first tune(s) you learned?

Danny Kensy:Probably something like Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
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Country Music Explosion:Is your family musical?

Danny Kensy:Some yes
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Country Music Explosion:Describe your family member's musical interests and abilities.

Danny Kensy:One of my sisters is a music teacher.
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

Danny Kensy:Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley and Hal Ketchum. They just get it! They do their own style and stay away from what the "in thing" is.
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians have you learned from?

Danny Kensy:personally, none really. I just did and do my own thing
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Country Music Explosion:What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?

Danny Kensy:writing great songs.
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Country Music Explosion:Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?

Danny Kensy:Tapes. Hal Ketchum. One of my all time favorites!
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Country Music Explosion:Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? ?

Danny Kensy:Phil Vassar and some others I can't think of right now
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Country Music Explosion:Do you attend sessions? What makes a good session? Writing sessions?

Danny Kensy:yes. Jam sessions, no. My time is really limited.
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Country Music Explosion:How often and for how long do you practice?

Danny Kensy:All depends. With my band only a few times from December - February. Sometimes sound checks are our practices. When I'm doing a solo show, pretty much only a few minutes. I like perfection but I also like when things go off schedule too. Does that make sense?
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Country Music Explosion:What do you practice - exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?

Danny Kensy:new tunes for sure
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Country Music Explosion:How do you balance your music with other obligations - friends,family, job?

Danny Kensy:It's pretty tough but I am a 20 hour a day kind of person. Always find time to do the important things.
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Country Music Explosion:Are you currently looking to be signed to a label?If your signed,can you give us a little insight on how you see the way things are done?is it like a big family?

Danny Kensy:I'm currently with Rad Records Nashville.After turning down a major label I chose Rad Records because I like their one on one business technique.Working together,artist and label,is a huge deal for me.We both want to succeed!
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have any new releases coming out soon?if so,what is the name of the song,Album and is it available now for pre-order?

Danny Kensy:I have 3 current singles out:Kati's Kissin'(April 2016 release),Jump On Into The Creek(July 2016 soft release)and Angel At The Top Of The Tree (December 2016 release).My 6 song EP will be coming out in March.You can find Kati's Kissin' and Jump On Into The Creek on iTunes.
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Country Music Explosion:Where can your music be purchased?

Danny Kensy:iTunes and CD Baby. Go to my site and it will take you to where you need to go... http://www.dannykensy.com/
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Country Music Explosion:Have you released any albums,cd's..if so can you tell us about them and the process you did to complete it(length of time,favorite song)?

Danny Kensy:Coming to a town near you in 2017!
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Songwriting Q&A

Country Music Explosion:Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?

Danny Kensy:I write solo and co-write with some amazing talent like Dakota Jay,Carter Sipe,Will King,Ron Moody,Dean Collins,Mark Daniel and more. Whatever comes to mind or is introduced, we write.
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Country Music Explosion:Is there a certain time you set or a certain place to write songs?

Danny Kensy:Between 10am and 5pm mostly
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Country Music Explosion:Do you find song writing to be difficult and need some sort of help or do they come to you very easy?

Danny Kensy:The ideas come easy, the words sometimes can be difficult but I always get a song out of it
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to writing your songs..Do the songs just come to you,then you write them or Do you have to meet with a publisher and/or other songwriters?

Danny Kensy:Music and lyrics usually come together at the same time.
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Country Music Explosion:How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city/state you are currently living in and how important is it in terms of what you're actually writing about?

Danny Kensy:In Richmond,VA.it's pretty good!A lot of talent here.I think of this like a minor league music town.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your main impulses to write music?

Danny Kensy:Great new ideas!
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Country Music Explosion:What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments and pieces in your songwriting and/or career?

Danny Kensy:SONGWRITING:When I finish the last re-write.SINGING:When I step off that stage and people are screaming, "ONE MORE"!
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to song writing, what are your criteria for quality? What are currently your main challenges and ambitions as a writer?

Danny Kensy:It's got to be a catchy hook,it's got to have great flavor and it has to appeal to everyone.A challenge of mine is to really think of what my song is saying and trying to represent.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you usually start with when working on a new Music?

Danny Kensy:My drink!
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Country Music Explosion:Tell us about the selection process for deciding on what to write about,please. What sources will you draw from for research purposes and how much time goes into research, information gathering and fact-checking in general?

Danny Kensy:Not a lot of research unless I'm writing about a particular place or thing that everyone knows. I would hate to look stupid in my songs.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you see the role of a song writer in the creative process? Should it amplify public taste, distinguish the good from the bad, inform, promote artists, or, “illuminate, educate and entertain” fans? Do you feel that, as part of your work, music needs to be explained or should it retain its “inexplicable nature”?

Danny Kensy:If you are writing for yourself then you can do whatever but if you are writing for someone else (i.e. publisher, record label, the audience) you had better make sure that it appeals to them.
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Country Music Explosion:In which way does writing and reading about music change the way it is perceived by the public?

Danny Kensy:It's a hard job! Imagine 1,000 great songs trying to get picked up by 1 publisher. Songwriters have it hard.
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Country Music Explosion:Whom do you feel your obligation is to.. other artists or the fans, and how much do you feel is songwriting restricted by external factors?

Danny Kensy:Definitely to the fans.To the artist comes after you write the song.Never think about an artist before you write because that will limit your writing tremendously!There are some songs that I don't personally love writing but I have to in order to make a living.
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Country Music Explosion:Song writing has changed considerably over the past century.What,do you feel,could – or should - be new forms and formats for song writing?

Danny Kensy:Write what you feel and what you think the general audience will feel too. Co-write!
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Country Music Explosion:When and why did you start writing songs?

Danny Kensy:Around 13. I just loved to write.

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Touring,Concert,Performing Q&A

Country Music Explosion:Have you been on tour?If so,what's the longest tour you have been involved in?

Danny Kensy:Not necessarily on tour but I do a lot of shows.Touring involves going somewhere for a purpose and while I do have a purpose I have no need to go anywhere yet until I grow my music regionally and nationally.
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Country Music Explosion:What's the most gigs you do a year?

Danny Kensy:around 200
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Country Music Explosion:Where would you most like to perform?

Danny Kensy:Texas! I know my music will do well there
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Country Music Explosion:Who would you most like to open for?

Danny Kensy:Hal Ketchum! Love his stuff. I have opened for so many throughout the years.
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Country Music Explosion:Are you currently doing gigs?if so where?

Danny Kensy:Always performing! Always. Virginia, Nashville. Maryland, North Carolina, Florida
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Country Music Explosion:Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues?

Danny Kensy:I have performed at many venues and locations. FAVORITE: anything with the word "coliseum" in it. LEAST FAVORITE: there really is never a least favorite place because I love to perform!
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Country Music Explosion:Tell us about the selection process you go through when doing a gig?or in the studio?How do you decide which song to perform or record first?

Danny Kensy:I have a fairly organized set list when I perform with a little room for interpretation. Within the studio, I always record around 4 songs every time. Doesn't matter which is first.
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Country Music Explosion:Have you been in competitions? Any prizes?

Danny Kensy:Yes. I have won awards for "Most Song Requested" on radio, Songwriting Awards, Best Male Artist and a few more. Money, books, free swag and more!
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Country Music Explosion:Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions?Concerts, radio, TV.online?

Danny Kensy:Always perform in public and the shows are always great! Concerts-yes!Radio-yes!TV-yes!Online-yes!
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Country Music Explosion:What do you think about when your preforming?

Danny Kensy:Getting the words right and who is buying me the next drink!
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Country Music Explosion:How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

Danny Kensy:Let the audience sing!
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Country Music Explosion:Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

Danny Kensy:Performance-no. Competition-some times.
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Country Music Explosion:What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?

Danny Kensy:Just SING!
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Band Q&A

Country Music Explosion:What is the name of your band?

Danny Kensy:Cedar Creek
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Country Music Explosion:Who Came up with the name of your band?

Danny Kensy:It was done years before I entered.
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Country Music Explosion:Why did you choose that name?is there a story behind it?if so,can you tell us about it?

Danny Kensy:a place in Manassas, VA.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your rehearsals generally like?

Danny Kensy:Quick and painless!
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?

Danny Kensy:Usually on a Tuesday night. This I find is the musicians preferred night
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Country Music Explosion:What has been your biggest challenge as a band?

Danny Kensy:Who picks up the tab!
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Country Music Explosion:Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

Danny Kensy:As soon as the show is done I leave ASAP!
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Country Music Explosion:What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?

Danny Kensy:PRACTICE! And don't sell yourself too cheap!
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Country Music Explosion:How long have you all known each other?

Danny Kensy:Quite a few years
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Country Music Explosion:How did you meet?

Danny Kensy:Through various musical projects
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Country Music Explosion:When did you form your band?

Danny Kensy:I joined the band in the late 90's and was handed the band in 2001
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Country Music Explosion:What inspired you to make music together?

Danny Kensy:We love performing
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This Concludes the interview,We hope you enjoyed it.