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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?

Eddy Mann:I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, but spent ma lot of my formative years in the city. There was always a vibrant music scene.
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Country Music Explosion:Did you attend church?

Eddy Mann:My parents were churchgoers, and I was brought up in a good Christian home. The values I have today were instilled as I was growing up. Those seeds were invaluable when after straying I knew what was waiting for me. I worry about children today who aren’t being brought up in the church. I believe it’ll be harder for them to find their way as they mature and are looking for purpose in their life.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have any brothers or sisters,?if so,Are you the oldest?middle?Youngest child?

Eddy Mann:I’m the oldest of two. My sister has Down’s syndrome and has gratefully been a surprising blessing to me. I’ve learned so much from her innocence and view of life. She’s all about the internal person, not the eye candy.
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Country Music Explosion:Did you finish school?

Eddy Mann:I graduated from Temple University a ways back.I had returned to school(to be an educator)when I got married so my children would know what I looked like.I didn’t want to be on the road and miss their growing up.
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Country Music Explosion:What were your fondest memories in school?

Eddy Mann:I had a fifth grade teacher that taught with great enthusiasm.He had a way of making you feel like you could achieve anything.I bought into that and still share the positive message in my songs and whenever I perform.
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Country Music Explosion:What did you like to do growing up?

Eddy Mann:I tended to drift toward creative things as a child.Painting,drawing,story writing,and storytelling,along with singing songs were normal activities.Even in my athletic moments I was always thinking about creative ways to better myself.
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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?

Eddy Mann:I have a few friends that I stay in touch with,but not as many as I’d like.When we get together these days it’s more just catching up and sharing memories.
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Country Music Explosion:What kind of hobbies did you have growing up and have right now?

Eddy Mann:I wasn’t a big collector as a child,maybe baseball cards,but I’ve grown into a collector of sorts.I’m currently spending a month in Melbourne Beach,FL and have been beachcombing at dawn each day for sea beans and sea hearts that make their way from the African coast across the Atlantic Ocean.They’ve become childlike treasures for me.
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Country Music Explosion:What would you consider to be the greatest moment in your life?

Eddy Mann:The greatest moment of my life was when I gave my gifts to God and decided to use my platform as a way to spread a message of love.
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Country Music Explosion:What kind of music do you listen to today?

Eddy Mann:I grew up listening to all styles of music and still do. My daily soundtrack changes wildly from day to day.
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Country Music Explosion:What embarrassing songs might we find on your MP3 player?

Eddy Mann:Well because I listen to everything,I’m sure there’d be some surprises,but none that I’d find embarrassing.
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Country Music Explosion:Where would you most like to perform?

Eddy Mann:My next gig!I truly appreciate every opportunity to perform and share with others.I don’t live in the past.I’m always excited about the next venue.It’s always the most important gig.
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Country Music Explosion:Who would you most like to open for?

Eddy Mann:Wow, what a great question…there are so many.Some of my favorites as I write this would be Lyle Lovett,Vince Gill, John Mayer,Eric Clapton,James Taylor,Jason Isbell,Crowder
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Country Music Explosion:If you weren't singing, what would you be doing?

Eddy Mann:Teaching.
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Country Music Explosion:If you could dabble in another genre of music,what would it be?

Eddy Mann:I think I kind of do that now. From album to album it can sometimes be hard to fit me in a box. I think I’m best suited filling the cracks beyween each genre.
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Country Music Explosion:What genre of music can't you stand to listen to?

Eddy Mann:None.There’s always something there to learn from,or be inspired by.
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Country Music Explosion:What hidden talents do you have?

Eddy Mann:I’m really good at mathematical equations.It freaks some people out,but years ago I made a lot of extra money on the road, in the back of the van, betting I could beat someone with a calculator. Silly road stories.
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MUSIC Q&A SEGMENT

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 ?

Eddy Mann:Early on in high school I knew that I wanted a career in music.At that time it was just as a guitarist.
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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?

Eddy Mann:I write continuously so there’s always a large selection of songs to choose from.There’s usually a theme running threw them that reflects whatever I’m living through.As far as recording them,I always defer to what seems natural.I spend a great deal of time trying to stay out of the way of the song.I want the song to take its natural path.I don’t want to force it to fit any preconceived idea which often leads to crossing genres.
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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?

Eddy Mann:Music is a vehicle to share ideas and values in a powerful and emotional way.It will always be a popular form of worship and entertainment.It’s disappointing that the value has diminished in our school systems over the years.I’m not sure what the long tern results of that will be.
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Country Music Explosion:Which instruments do you play?

Eddy Mann:Guitar is my main instrument I play what I call vocal support, piano, and then also bass, and percussion.
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Country Music Explosion:What was the first tune(s) you learned?

Eddy Mann:A Beatle song, Yesterday.
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Country Music Explosion:Is your family musical?

Eddy Mann:My father was a pianist and had Bebop Quintet that used to rehearse in the house, and my mother shared culture with me through songs that she sung.
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

Eddy Mann:There are too many to mention, but those who have stayed true to themselves are the ones that I admire the most.
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians have you learned from?

Eddy Mann:I’m not sure if any famous musicians have directly taught me any great things of value. Most of my music education came from my father as I was growing into my creative space.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your fondest musical memories?In your house?In your neighborhood or town?

Eddy Mann:My father playing piano on weekend afternoons,playing pick-up sports,summer vacations at the Jersey shore,and my high school rock band
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Country Music Explosion:Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?

Eddy Mann:Miles Davis, Albert King, Young Elvis, Django Reinhart, Bill Monroe, The Beatles
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Country Music Explosion:Who are your favorite musicians? Groups?

Eddy Mann:Miles Davis, Jeff Beck, Vince Gill, Bela Bartok
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Country Music Explosion:Have you been in competitions?Any prizes?

Eddy Mann:I’m not real big on the arts being competitive, it’s very subjective, and so many talented peepoe never get heard. As for awards, I received a 2015 Kindred Award for Worship Leader of the Year, and just received an IMEA Award for Adult Contemporary Artist of the Year.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV.online?

Eddy Mann:The answer is yes to all of the above. I keep a very active schedule of events running from live interviews, cafés, coffeehouses, concerts, radio and TV appearances, worship events and fundraisers.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you think about when your preforming?

Eddy Mann:How to share my message with my audience in a way that’s exciting, inspiring and memorable.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

Eddy Mann:Mistakes are part of the performance.No two of my shows are alike.There’s a lot of freedom to create during my live events whether I’m playing solo or with my band.So the mistakes are just a part of the process.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

Eddy Mann:No, I’m perfectly comfortable with who I am and what my message is, so there’s no anxiety.
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Country Music Explosion:What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?

Eddy Mann:Just be you.You don’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.The world doesn’t need another band ‘A,’ or singer ‘B,’ or guitarist ‘C’ …just be you and enjoy the moment.The audience knows when you’re faking it.Some will like it,some won’t, and that’s okay!
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Country Music Explosion:Do you attend sessions?What makes a good session?

Eddy Mann:I enjoy doing sessions when I can.I’m really well organized and expect my team to be.So when I’m called outside to do a session I’m looking for the same kind of professionalism.
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Country Music Explosion:How often and for how long do you practice?

Eddy Mann:I schedule one hour every day to play and sing.It can be more,but very rarely is it less.Like I said,I’m well organized …and disciplined.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you practice-exercises,new tunes,hard tunes,etc.?

Eddy Mann:The time is spent in various ways so as to never become boring.I go with the flow.Some days it’s creative time. Sometimes it’s true rehearsal for a show or trying out new arrangements for songs.And then there are time where I’m just shedding on my instrument.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you balance your music with other obligations-friends,family,job?

Eddy Mann:Whatever I’m doing at the moment is the most important thing.Part of my daily schedule involves being a husband, father son and homeowner.I don’t want to discount any aspect of my life.
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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?

Eddy Mann:I’m pretty well established as an indie artist.I’m comfortable with my growing team and I like being debt free.I create on my schedule,and I create what’s important to me whether it’s commercial or not.So no,I’m not currently shopping for a label, but would certainly entertain the possibility if the above could remain intact.
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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?

Eddy Mann:Yes,The Consequence will be released on November 8, 2016,election day…on purpose!It’s available now for pre-order on iTunes.
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Country Music Explosion:Where can your music be purchased?

Eddy Mann:Hard copies can always be purchased through my website eddymann.com and digital downloads are available at all the usual sites.
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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)?

Eddy Mann:On my website you’ll find eleven albums,two free live EP’s,and a single available.They’ve all been a labor of love.A few are worship albums, and there’s quite a mixture of musical genres included.
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Country Music Explosion:What else can we expect from you in the future?

Eddy Mann:I have a number of projects in the works and expect to continue to have a fluid live schedule.
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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?

Eddy Mann:I can be found at the following

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eddymann.musician/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/eddy_mann

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/eddymann

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eddy_mann/
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Country Music Explosion:Are you currently doing gigs?if so where?

Eddy Mann:Please check the events page of my website eddymann.com
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Country Music Explosion:Where would you most like to perform?

Eddy Mann:In your area!
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Country Music Explosion:Who would you most like to open for?

Eddy Mann:Anyone,and that’s an honest answer.
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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?

Eddy Mann:No one song,but different albums for different reasons.Dig Love because of the positive response to the message.Re-Imagine because it crossed generational gaps.,Re:Prize because it represents some many songs that engaged people in a time of worship,and The Consequence because it reveals the power of love and challenges us to sway the consequences in our lives.
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Country Music Explosion:Can you tell us if there is a story behind the song?

Eddy Mann:There’s a passion behind every project… to inspire an idyllic, peaceful, and compassionate view of the world.
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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?

Eddy Mann:There are various songs for various reason.I try to write in a way that makes the songs personal to people,whether they’re worship or everyday settings.
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Country Music Explosion:What message are you trying to send with your music?

Eddy Mann:I’ll echo what I said above… to inspire an idyllic, peaceful, and compassionate view of the world.
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Country Music Explosion:What age group is your music aimed towards?

Eddy Mann:All ages!
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Country Music Explosion:What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?

Eddy Mann:Those that dared to step out of convention and just be themselves.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your songs about?(What specific themes do they cover?)

Eddy Mann:The power of love.
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Country Music Explosion:What image do you think your music conveys?

Eddy Mann:A positive, optimistic view of life.
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Country Music Explosion:Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues?

Eddy Mann:I’ve performed throughout the states and the venues all offer their own distinct qualities. You can find good in all of them.
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SONGWRITING Q&A SEGMENT

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?

Eddy Mann:I write all of my material and the songs reflect who I am and what I believe… that is to love one another!
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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?

Eddy Mann:The scene in my area is vibrant at the moment,but I don’t let the changing fads concern what my message is,it always was, and it’ll always be the same.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your main impulses to write music?

Eddy Mann:Nature and life are abundantly inspirational for me.They never dry up.
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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?

Eddy Mann:That’s tough,different songs at different moments have had life changing effects on me and othes.
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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?

Eddy Mann:All creatives want to strike an emotion in their audience.That’s what we strive for.That being said I have an accountability team that keeps me on the straight and narrow.I guess all I really want is to remain relevant.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you usually start with when working on a new Music?

Eddy Mann:It’s always different.I have no routine other than writing everyday.
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Country Music Explosion:Tell us a bit 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?

Eddy Mann:I write about what I’m feeling,seeing,and hearing..what I’m living through. I write about what I know, what I’ve lived through, or experienced, so research is not a large component of my writing, but if I need to I use my accountability team for insight.
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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"?

Eddy Mann:At its core it should stimulate the creative part of your brain.I don’t want to spell out everything,I want you to have the ability to paint or draw a picture for yourself,your own conclusion.Yes,I have a message,but it’s wrapped up for you to open.
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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?

Eddy Mann:Well I hope the individual will always allow himself or herself to decide whether they like or dislike any piece of art,whatever the media.I’ve loved some creations that others haven’t,and I certainly wouldn’t let a critic decide whether I liked something or not.
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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?

Eddy Mann:I feel an obligation to be myself.My audience doesn’t want a fake Eddy Mann,they want the real thing,naked with my soul bared.No pretenses.I can live with them not getting it,but I can’t live with it not being truthfully who I am.
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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?

Eddy Mann:I hope that it will continue to evolve.Technology has made it easier than ever for people to collaborate.The landscape will always be changing and we as writers have to decide how we want to be a part of it.
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Country Music Explosion:When and why did you start writing songs?

Eddy Mann:I discovered early on that songwriting is what got me out of bed everyday.The passion was one that I had no control over.So I made the decision to work at the craft and be the best I could at it.As my faith grew my devotion to using it was magnified.Today it is a lifestyle.It’s my platform to communicate with people and I don’t take that lightly.
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This Concludes the interview,We hope you enjoyed it.