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?

Grayson:I grew up in Newcastle in Australia. Its a big country town on the beach
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Country Music Explosion:Did you attend church?

Grayson:I attended ST. Phiilips Catholic Church
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have any brothers or sisters,?if so,Are you the oldest?middle?youngest child

Grayson:I have a twin brother and two older sisters. I am the oldest twin
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Country Music Explosion:Where did you and your friends like to hang out the most on weekends>

Grayson:I played a lot of sport growing up. If I wasn't competing I would be at the beach.
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Country Music Explosion:Did you finish school?

Grayson:I finished school and received a degree in education.
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Country Music Explosion:What were your fondest memories in school?

Grayson:Lunch time on the play ground having fun.
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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?

Grayson:Every Winter I head back to the Australian summer and catch up with old friends.We usually have dinner and drinks
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Country Music Explosion:Did you ever get in trouble with your friends?

Grayson:I was a pretty wild kid but was always scared of my dad's wrath so I was a rebel who flew under the radar haha.
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Country Music Explosion:What's the hardest thing you have learned in life?

Grayson:Your parents and grandparents do eventually die. Learn to cherish moments together.
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Country Music Explosion:What is your favorite food?

Grayson:I actually love Indian food! A good curry always makes me happy
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Country Music Explosion:What is your favorite drink?

Grayson:I do enjoy soda.Coke zero all the way. And yes I do like a quiet beer from time to time
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Country Music Explosion:What is your favorite season of the year?

Grayson:I love Summer.It means touring,good times with friends and the beach.
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Country Music Explosion:What is one moment in your life that you will never forget?

Grayson:When my first son Hunter was born.It was amazing!
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Country Music Explosion:If you were able to have a super power,which would you rather have?

Grayson:Time travel.
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Country Music Explosion:If your allowed to drink alcohol,which is your favorite?

Grayson:Cold beer!
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Country Music Explosion:Is there anything you cant live without?

Grayson:Exercise.If I go more than a few days without it I feel like I am going crazy lol
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have any animals?if so what kind?

Grayson:I own a few race horses in Australia.I love a day at the races.
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Country Music Explosion:What else can we expect from you in the future?

Grayson:I have a new album coming out called 'Window Dreams'
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Country Music Explosion:What did you like to do growing up?

Grayson:I loved going to the beach, playing sport and playing my guitar.
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Country Music Explosion:What kind of hobbies did you have growing up and have right now?

Grayson:My hobby growing up was collecting toy cars.I have grown out of that and my new hobby is watching football
I love Sunday fun days!
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Country Music Explosion:What is your biggest goal in life? Name three of your biggest weaknesses.

Grayson:My biggest goal is to play stadiums.My three biggest weaknesses are sleeping too much,not being able to adapt when something goes wrong and always wanting to be the life of the party
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Country Music Explosion:What hidden talents do you have?

Grayson:I can rock my son to sleep :)
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Country Music Explosion:When & where were you born?Did you grow up to adulthood there?

Grayson:I was born and grew up in Newcastle Australia.I left in my mid 20s to chase the music dream
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Country Music Explosion:Did you grow up at this location?

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

Grayson:I have lived in Newcastle and Sydney Australia before living in Co.Cork Ireland followed by LA and Nashville in America.
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Country Music Explosion: What year were you born?

Grayson:1982
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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?

Grayson:Yes I went to college.Education and music were my majors.The college was in my hometown so I was at home during my studies.
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Country Music Explosion:How far back can you trace your ancestors?

Grayson:All the way back to when the convicts left England and settled Australia in the 1700s
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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?

Grayson:I am the first of my family to move to the states.
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Country Music Explosion:Where did they come from?

Grayson:My family heritage is English, Scottish and Irish.
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Country Music Explosion:Did they come with families or did they begin family in the US?

Grayson:I have started a family in America. I have a wife and a son and a baby on the way.
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Country Music Explosion:What was a typical weekend like growing up?

Grayson:Driving to sporting events.
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Country Music Explosion:Were you or your family members involved in the community?What kind of things?

Grayson:Mainly sporting events as dad coached my soccer team.
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Country Music Explosion:What role did your parents play in your education?

Grayson:Mum and dad both helped with homework and always made sure it got completed.
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Country Music Explosion:What language(s) do you speak?

Grayson:English and thats it lol
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Country Music Explosion:How was your educational experience from K-12?

I never felt like I belonged in the classroom.I was easily distracted and wanted to be outside.
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Country Music Explosion:What schools did you attend? Where located?

Grayson:I went to three catholic schools in Newcastle.
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Country Music Explosion:Compare your junior high to high school involvement?

Grayson:High school was way more fun and social.Middle school was awkward
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Country Music Explosion:What kind of activities or organizations were you a part of?

Grayson:Sport and music
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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?

Grayson:I can be found at the following....

www.facebook.com/musicbygrayson

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/musicbygrayson

Instagram:musicbygrayson
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                                                                    Music Q&A

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

Grayson:They were extremely supportive and always gave encouragement
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Country Music Explosion:What did your parents and friends say when you told them you wanted to be a singer?

Grayson:They always thought there was potential and were happy when it all started happening for me
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Country Music Explosion:Some Artist sing part time,like a hobby,are you making this a Career or Hobby?

Grayson:Its my career.I haven't had a fulltime job since I was 24.I have been very blessed where my music has taken me.
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Country Music Explosion:What's your most favorite thing about singing?

Grayson:You can literally change a strangers mood.Seeing a smile on someone's face from your talent is an amazing thing.
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Country Music Explosion:What's the first concert you attended?

Grayson:My Aunty is a Ballet teacher and she would host talent shows every year with dancers and singers etc.I would attend every year.
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Country Music Explosion:What genre of music can't you stand to listen to?

Grayson:Heavy Metal
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Country Music Explosion:If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?

Grayson:90s rock
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Country Music Explosion:What kind of music do you listen to today?

Grayson:Country and pop
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Country Music Explosion:What embarrassing songs might we find on your MP3 player?

Grayson:Baby shark.My son Hunter loves it.
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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?

Grayson:Time Machine on my album Little Doors
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Country Music Explosion:Can you tell us if there is a story behind the song?

Grayson:Everyone at some stage in their life will need or have the feeling of wanting a time machine.
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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

Grayson:Time machine 10000%
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Country Music Explosion:What message are you trying to send with your music?

Grayson:I tell my stories but I do it in a way that the majority can relate and celebrate or commiserate with you
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Country Music Explosion:What age group is your music aimed towards?

Grayson:age 25-50
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Country Music Explosion:What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?

Grayson:Country,folk,Americana.Major influences are John Mayer and Keith Urban
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Country Music Explosion:What are your songs about?(What specific themes do they cover?)

Grayson:Life,love,good times,sad times and personal experiences
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Country Music Explosion:What image do you think your music conveys?

Grayson:That there are highs and lows in life
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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 ?

Grayson:Pop
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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?

Grayson:It is undervalued.An artist takes years crafting a song and a release.Then the song gets streamed for 0.000001 of a cent. Its rubbish.
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Country Music Explosion:Which instruments do you play?

Grayson:Guitar, bass and keys
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Country Music Explosion:What was the first tune(s) you learned?

Grayson:Nothing else matters by Metallica
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Country Music Explosion:Is your family musical?

Grayson:My mum played piano and my twin brother still does shows with me in the summer time in Australia.My dad dabbled on the guitar but wasn't serious about it.
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Country Music Explosion:Describe your family member's musical interests and abilities.

Grayson:My twin is super talented but doesn't have the luxury of having music as his 9-5 job so he is time poor for gigs and touring etc.
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

Grayson:Keith Urban.He is simply brilliant and has done what no other Australian has ever done in country music in America,
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians have you learned from?

Grayson:I have learnt a lot from all the session guys in Nashville. There are so many amazing players here.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?

Grayson:Playing big stages in Europe.People not understanding my accent or English but were singing my songs back to me.
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Country Music Explosion:Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?

Grayson:Garth brooks first tape! WOW!
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Country Music Explosion:Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? ?

Grayson:At the moment I love the band Midland. They sound and look old school and are amazing.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you attend sessions? What makes a good session?

Grayson:I play on 10-20 albums per year here in Nashville as a session guy.Having a chilled atmosphere makes it a good session
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Country Music Explosion:How often and for how long do you practice?

Grayson:Maybe an hour a week then I am on the road or on stage the rest of the time
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Country Music Explosion:What do you practice - exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?

Grayson:Work on new original songs. The covers writing, playing and singing all in one.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you balance your music with other obligations - friends,family, job?

Grayson:Life is a juggling act. You just somehow find the time for everything and everyone.
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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?

Grayson:I am currently on an indie label and we are trying to cross to a major for the release of the new album
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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?

Grayson:"Window Dreams" will be out later this year
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Country Music Explosion:Where can your music be purchased?

Grayson:Itunes
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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)

Grayson:"Window Dreams" will be my 5th studio album.They all have their challenges.The key is not to go crazy when editing mixes.
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Country Music Explosion:What is your thoughts on the impact of technology in the country music industry?

Grayson:Everyone uses tracks and loops and tunning. Its now a standard.
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Country Music Explosion:What is your daily routine of technology as a country music Artist?

Grayson:I have a loop pedal. I love it
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Country Music Explosion:What are your thought on the recent law passed called the Music Modernization Act?

Grayson:As a SESAC artist I was glad to see it pass.
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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?

Grayson:I write most of mine but also do the co writing thing.Themes change from session to session.The topics change quiet a bit depending on how I am feeling or who I am writing with
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Country Music Explosion:Is there a certain time you set or a certain place to write songs?

Grayson:In my man cave or at Capitol records Nashville
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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?

Grayson:I love it! I am blessed that its something that I can do and have fun with.
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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?

Grayson:Both. Sometimes they come to meet othertimes you co write
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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?

Grayson:Music City USA. SAY NO MORE!
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Country Music Explosion:What are your main impulses to write music?

Grayson:Caffiene or a hangover
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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?

Grayson:Finding that perfect hook
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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?

Grayson:Id love a CMA. Melody, structure, and hooks are everything
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Country Music Explosion:What do you usually start with when working on a new Music?

Grayson:The idea, add music and then bring it all together.
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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?

Grayson:The best idea is what you go with and you don't look back!
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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”?

Grayson:The songwriter and the raw song is the most important thing besides the production.
A good song needs no explanation.
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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?

Grayson:A lot of the press music gets is influenced by money and labels own agendas. I try and not read to many articles as everything is so political these days.
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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?

Grayson:My art is for the fans and me.Moving to Nashville has changed my writing as it restricted it in many way but for the better. Its made me a better writer.
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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?

Grayson:Id love to see longer length songs doing better commercially.
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Country Music Explosion:When and why did you start writing songs?

Grayson:As a little boy. I was always making stuff up.
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Country Music Explosion:Have you been on tour?If so,what's the longest tour you have been involved in?

Grayson:Its my job I am always on and off tour. 66 days on route 66 (its a movie I was in) was my longest tour
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Country Music Explosion:What's the most gigs you do a year?

Grayson:250
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Country Music Explosion:Where would you most like to perform?

Grayson:CMA FEST
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Country Music Explosion:Who would you most like to open for?

Grayson:Florida Georgia Line
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Country Music Explosion:Are you currently doing gigs?if so where?

Grayson:All around America and Australia
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Country Music Explosion:Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues?

Grayson:I have performed in 20 countries. Dive bars anywhere in the world can be hard. Fav venue was vicar st dublin
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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?

Grayson:I detox when recording to get the best tone for my voice.I usually start with something mid range.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV.online?

Grayson:I play atleast 100 shows a year. I love playing live!
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Country Music Explosion:What do you think about when your preforming?

Grayson:It all depends if the gig is going well or not lol!
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Country Music Explosion:How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

Grayson:Keep a smile on your face
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Country Music Explosion:Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

Grayson:Always. If you don't it means that you have lost the desire to play
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Country Music Explosion:What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?

Grayson:Use the nervous energy in your favor. Go out and rock baby!
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