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A native of a small Eastern Illinois farming community, Roxie credits her strong musical family for introducing her to a wide variety of music genres. She learned how to harmonize by listening to old recordings of her parents’ southern rock band, and she has vivid childhood memories of her grandfather playing hymns on the piano and singing classic country songs. She started singing in church at age eight, but as she grew up, Roxie’s vast range of influences came to include country greats (The Judds, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride), mainstream pop stars (Amy Grant, Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow) as well as out-of-the-box indie artists (Shawn Colvin, Jonatha Brooke, Mindy Smith).
Before she earned the unique designation of “Female Demo Singer of the Year” on DemoSinger.com for her studio work in Nashville, she had performed on a stadium stage with Shania Twain, opened for Teri Clark and Mel Tillis, advanced to the state level in the long-running competition, Colgate Country Showdown, and co-written with some of Nashville’s best songwriters.
She has released three independent albums, the first of which was 2006’s Live at The French Quarter Café, which was critically acclaimed as “perfectly paced and executed,” “smart and refreshing,” and full of “one hit song after another.” Her 2008 follow-up, Something Real, embraced a more feminine, relaxed feel and has been described as “an easy listen, with hints of coffeehouse, country, folk and a ladies touch.” High praise continued with the Eddie Gore-produced 2012 Little Victory EP being called “a rare joy,” “solid pop goodness,” and “an impressive collection.”
In 2013, Roxie released a series of digital singles, including a co-write with Acoustic Pop artist, Morgan Bracy, entitled “Everything I’m Not.” This song became the subject for Roxie’s first official music video, which premiered live at the Tin Roof Nashville and on StageIt.com in the Spring of 2014. The video features the acting prowess of professional drummer and host of the successful web series “Gigging & Grubbing,” Doug Frasure, as well as Pop-Rock touring artist, Kimber Cleveland.
Roxie’s songs are also finding homes in diverse places outside of her own musical realm. Two of her original compositions, including “This Way”–a co-write with Cleveland–are featured in the DVD extras of the documentary, “Beyond The Myth: A Film About Pit Bulls and Breed Discrimination.” Her uplifting anthem, “United,” is being used by United Way branches across the country as a jingle for advertising and as a theme song for motivational videos. And “No Promises,” a co-write with Brent Baxter (Music Row blogger and lyricist whose songwriting credits include cuts by Alan Jackson and Randy Travis), was recently recorded and released by up-and-coming country act, Sarah Dunn Band.
Roxie has built a loyal regional following with regular shows at Nashville hotspots (The Bluebird Café, Douglas Corner Café) as well as frequent tours to Illinois, Texas, Florida, Indiana, Georgia, North Carolina and Kentucky. She splits her touring time between performing solo and as half of As Girls Go, an acoustic duo with aforementioned Nashville singer-songwriter and best friend, Kimber Cleveland. In 2014, Roxie and Kimber joined the roster at Wally’s World of Entertainment for all their college venue bookings and showcased at the NACA® (National Association of Campus Activities) South Regional Conference.
After touring full time for the last six years, Roxie is preparing to release a new studio album, entitled “Stripped & Covered.” The 13-song project, recorded with Scott Gerow at Nashville’s Battery Lane Music, will reflect Roxie’s live show experience with acoustic renditions of her favorite cover songs plus a few originals. It will also feature guest appearances from Nashville friends, Morgan Bracy, Kimber Cleveland, Jenn Franklin, and Sheldon Lee Sweeney. An early 2017 release is planned.
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