On April 26th, 2019 Matt Williams released his newest single “Rain Down Sunshine” and this is one you won’t be able to help but to jump up and start dancing to this upbeat country classic. This track is full of positive lyrics and a beat that immediately puts a smile on your face. Matt Williams pulls in some help from some of the greats on this track, which include Troy Lancaster (Guitar – Dustin Lynch, Big & Rich, Craig Morgan, Luke Bryan, and more) Wayne Killius (Drums – Colt Ford, Kenny Rogers, Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, and more) Lee Hendricks (Bass – Erich Church) and Robyn Robins (Producer- Original member of Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band). Get ready, because Spring is here and Rain Down Sunshine is about to become your new anthem!
Matt Williams is not your typical Country Artist and he has a background that separates him from most artists in the industry right now. Matt is an Army Veteran that served 8 ½ years in Iraq/Afghanistan. During Matt’s last tour, he was wounded by an IED, where he lost two of his best friends and was awarded a Purple Heart for his sustained injuries. Matt was also awarded an Army Commendation Medal of Valor and left the Army as an E/6 Staff Sergeant. Matt Williams truly is a unique and incredible individual who has accomplished a lot in his lifetime and he continues to expand his music career.
After returning from his third and final deployment in 2010, Matt Williams discovered another battle waiting for him here at home. PTSD and depression loomed very near to Matt, as he had been wounded – and two of his best friends were killed – by an IED attack during his last tour in Afghanistan. Things only seemed to intensify when Matt’s father passed just three weeks after he had returned home from the Army. Matt desperately sought an outlet where he could direct his emotion, and he turned back to his roots: MUSIC.
“I began writing the story of my life in the form of songs that I hope other people can relate to in many different ways. I want to tell the world about my life to show that I’m not ashamed of who I am and that no one is perfect. Music, along with God, really can save the soul, and it can influence and impact people in ways that they cannot do for themselves. Music saved my life in more ways than one and I believe that it can help others as well.” – Matt Williams
Country singer-songwriter Gethen Jenkins recently released a cover of Ben Harper’s “Another Lonely Day”. The cover concluded a video series of covers including Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man”. Jenkins concluded with “Anther Lonely Day” saying,
“I chose to cover this song because it spoke to my heart when I was going through some tough times last Fall,” states Gethen about the cover. “It’s one of my favorite songs and a pleasure to cover such an accomplished musician like Ben Harper. Thanks to Gibson Guitar for letting me perform it in their space!”
is gearing up to release his debut album later this year, which was produced by
four-time Grammy Award winner Vance
Powell (Chris Stapleton, Jack White, Old 97’s and Buddy Guy) for Five Music
Company/RED MUSIC. He recently released his music video for his single “Bottle In My Hand” off of his
forthcoming full-length. Watch the music video HERE. Gethen is gearing up to release his
next track, “Restless Ways” on February 15th.
Gethen recently wrapped a few headline tour dates in Texas and will continue to tour throughout most of 2019. For more information on upcoming tour dates and to purchase tickets to his shows, fans can visit his website HERE.
Gethen Jenkins is a former U.S.
Marine who served one tour of duty in Afghanistan. An award-winning
singer-songwriter born in Huntington, West Virginia, raised in a rural Indian
Village in Alaska, Gethen was brought up on American music, from the purest of
bluegrass to whiskey-soaked honkytonk. Gethen has played over 1,000 live shows,
sharing the stage with prominent country acts such as The Marshall Tucker Band, Billy Joe Shaver, Wanda Jackson, David Allan
Coe, Asleep at the Wheel, Shooter Jennings, Dale Watson, Whitey Morgan and
many more. Recently being honored with the Male
Vocalist of the Year and Album of
the Year awards at 2017’s California
Country Awards, he was named a top
10 Country/Americana artist in Los Angeles County by LA Weekly and 2018’s Best
Outlaw Country Artist, had songs in rotation at Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country, and just wrapped up a trip to
Nashville, working on new music with Vance
The singer-songwriter is well known for his long acting and music career. He helped form country supergroup “The Highwaymen” that included Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Willie Nelson. Additionally, Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004. What many don’t know, is his military background before the acting and fame.
Kris grew up in a military family with his father in the Army Air Corps (later became the Air Force). He experienced the usual military family expectations of constantly moving around base communities. Later in life, Kris would attend Pomona College graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in literature. Walking in his father’s steps (except joining the regular Army instead) Kristofferson joined the military and soon became a helicopter pilot.
Somehow Kristofferson juggled his music ambitions while on active duty, eventually, he decided to leave the Army declining a teaching position at West Point. For the most part, his family outcasted him after this decision. Kris than traveled to Nashville and truly started his music career as mostly a songwriter. After recognition from Johnny Cash, he released his debut album “Me and Bobby McGee” Years later, Kristofferson would have his acting debut in “The Last Movie”.
Kristofferson was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 1985 and has received dozens of BMI (Broadcast Media Incorporated) awards. In 2011, Kristofferson was awarded the veteran of the year award at the American Veteran Awards (fellow veteran Willie Nelson presented the award). He released his most recent album, The Cedar Creek Sessions in June of 2016.