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article imageInterview with Will Hoge: Grammy-nominated country musician Special

By Markos Papadatos     Apr 2, 2013 in Entertainment
On April 2, singer-songwriter Will Hoge chatted via phone with Digital Journal about his upcoming Academy of Country Music (ACM) award nomination for “Song of the Year” for co-writing the Eli Young Band chart-topping hit “Even If It Breaks Your Hear
His song was up for a Grammy this year for “Best Country Song” and it was in the running for “Song of the Year” at the Country Music Association (CMA) awards last November. “That was great. I am very flattered by the ACM nomination since I never expected it to happen,” he acknowledged. “It has been really fun to be a part of that.”
Throughout his career in country, Will has shared the stage with such artists as Dierks Bentley, John Mellencamp, Pistol Annies, Sugarland, ZZ Top, among others. “Those are all people that I really like musically and I have become friends with them on the road,” he said.
Will has also been profiled by such television outlets as ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and CBS’s “The Early Show.” “Those are always fun since we get to reach such a large audience with one song,” he said.
He is expected to play his own headlining tour dates in the near future. “I love playing headlining shows the most since I can play for as long as I want and I get to play more songs for the audience. That is the ultimate pay-off,” Will shared.
His newest single “Another Song Nobody Will Hear” is currently a Top 10 hit on the Texas Music Charts and the Texas Regional Radio Report. It is a collaboration with fellow country singer Wade Bowen. “I met Wade over the years and when he heard the song, he really liked it so I asked him to sing it with us. The response has been really good. It looks like it will be a No. 1 single in Texas and Oklahoma within the next few weeks which is really great so I am super excited about that,” he said.
Most recently, Will’s song “Better Off Now (That You’re Gone) was cut by Lady Antebellum and it will appear on their upcoming studio album. “I had written that song several years ago and I had put it on an album of mine called ‘Blackbird on a Lonely Wire.’ I got randomly called by Charles Kelley one day and he asked me if he and his band could record the song. I told them ‘yes’ and they were kind enough to ask me to play harmonica on the song. They are such good singers and smart musicians and I am humbled to be a part of that project and really excited for the folks to hear that song and their new record,” he said.
Will revealed that his forthcoming album, which will have elements of country and rock and roll, is expected to be released sometime in the fall of 2013. “It’s an exciting record and it has some great guest vocalists and background singers on there. I am really proud of this album and I am excited for folks to hear it,” he said.
For more information on Grammy-nominated country singer-songwriter Will Hoge, visit his official website.
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