Friday, August 19, 2016

Kat Oxley - Jacksonville's Rising Country Star

Originally hailing from California, Kat Oxley transplanted to the beautiful North Florida region in 1992, and now considers herself a native.

Kat has been singing since she was four, and started writing her own music at the age of thirteen. Artists such as Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Dixie Chicks, and Nickel Creek inspire her. She brings years of life experience to her music and hopes to motivate and captivate her audience by writing songs that stir emotions across the spectrum. Happy, angry, melancholy, and inspiring topics can be found throughout her works.

When not in the studio, Kat can be found fishing the vast waterways of Florida, honing her skills at the local firing range, practicing archery, or simply kicked back by the pool or at the beach.

Kat is married to Jeff Oxley, an MMA trainer who supports her musical aspirations with the passion of a fighter.

Kat has recently signed a recording contract, and she is excited to bring the rest of her music to the world!

You can visit her website at Kat Oxley Music, or find her on Kat Oxley's Facebook, or on Kat Oxley on Twitter.

Like and follow, and look for much more great music from Kat Oxley very soon!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Choosing Your Passion as Your Career

A few people are blessed to realize early on in life what their true passion is and are capable of making a career out of it. A second group of people knows what their life’s calling is but are too afraid, for any number of reasons, to pursue it as a career. Then there are the majority of us that spend most of our lifetimes trading hours for dollars in a career that can be tolerated but is personally unfulfilling – never giving a thought to what it is that we would ultimately like to accomplish in our very finite lifetimes.

I consider myself one of the few blessed. I work virtually every day, because I love what I do. I have known what I wanted to be since the age of ten. Yet, even I was sidetracked for a short time by the enticements of corporate titles, steady paychecks, and pats on the back from executives who, truth be told, would have thrown me under a bus at a moment’s notice to save their own careers.

Then life happened. The shit hit the fan in triplicate, and I was left contemplating whether to continue down my current path or skip both forks in the road and blaze right through the woods to the destiny that called me. Some people never have that head-in-the-hands, heart-wrenching moment, and so they just carry on as pretenders – doers of all things other than what they were put on Earth to do.

I was compelled to write this post based on a conversation that I had last week with a senior executive who is struggling to come to terms with his life and his career. He knows what he is doing is not his passion, and has at least three things he would rather be doing for a living. Struggling to prioritize those things and decide which to do, he asked “How do I know which is my life’s calling? How do I know if I can be happy doing it for the rest of my life?”

My answer started with three questions back to him:

1.    Are you willing and capable of taking a temporary pay cut?
2.    Are you willing to work more hours and perform more administrative tasks than you have ever had to perform before?
3.    How many vacation days do you have saved for this year?

He answered yes, yes, and 13 days. My recommendation made sense to him:

“Sell your Mercedes and stop eating out. Take the thirteen days off (that’s seventeen total days, now that you work weekends), and spend at least ten hours a day on your first passion choice. Get a business license, create a marketing plan, hire an attorney, set up your accounting records, purchase your capital equipment, build your website, create your first product and begin to sell it. If you do that, you will have worked five weeks as compared to your current forty hour a week job.

On day eighteen, if you find yourself running back to the serenity of your corporate position, you have not found your life’s calling. You have found a hobby. You will need to repeat this process next year with your second passion choice.

On the other hand, if you find yourself compelled to work another seventeen days without a break, you’ve probably found your life’s passion, and there is nothing that can stop you now.”

Sunday, September 13, 2015

"Whiskey and Wine"

When I first hear a song, the producer part of me goes first to musicality and production quality. If I like it enough, I will go back and listen to the lyrics and the vocal quality.

The first time I heard "Whiskey and Wine" by Rugged Grace on Chasing Your Dream Radio, I thought, “This is worth another listen.” The production quality is very evident, and it sounds like true red-dirt country music. So much so that I thought I must be listening to (at least) a regionally known duo. Little did I know that they had less than a hundred followers on their Twitter account.

Therefore, I went and found their music on, and found another song I was hooked on called "Kiss You All Damn Night." Now I am hooked on this song was well.  In fact, now I am hooked on the entire Rugged Grace EP, which I just bought on iTunes, and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.

By the way, the couple is getting married next Saturday, September 20th, and I’m sure they would appreciate a music download purchase as much, if not more, than a dollar on their wedding tree.

On their iTunes debut, the lyrics are real, funny, and as down-to-earth as country lyrics come.

“Let’s go rob a bank.” “I love you baby.”  - Rugged Grace

Monday, September 7, 2015

Chasing Your Dream Requires More Labor Than You Think

In honor of this Labor Day, I wanted to pay homage to six people.

The first two are my father and father-in-law, both of whom are veterans, came from very meager beginnings, and labored for fifty-plus years to support families, provide college educations, beat cancer and heart disease, and provide consistent unconditional love to their “not-so-always-perfect” children.

The second two (and not necessarily in that order), are my mother and mother-in-law who stood by their man, in a time when marriage vows actually meant something, and who supported the efforts of their “not-so-perfect-husbands,” and also labored away themselves to make sure that the entire family’s American Dream came true.

The fifth is my wife, a retired Navy Commander (yes, I’m a Jarhead that married a Squid – get over it), who, while battling chronic Lyme disease, labors every day along side me to make sure our family’s dream also comes true.

Finally, there is Tom Kelly, owner of Chasing Your Dream Radio. I love the name of his radio station because it reminds me that we all have the right to life, liberty, and the PURSUIT of happiness.  We all have the God-Given right to chase our dreams, but we are not “entitled” to them – success falls squarely on our own shoulders.  In the entertainment business, the odds are stacked against us – that simply means we have to labor harder than the average person to achieve our goals. If that is not attractive to you as an artist, now would be the time to exit the business.

Because of Chasing Your Dream Radio, my pursuit is becoming a reality. However, like most of you, there is still a long way to go.

Most important, however, Tom Kelly has introduced me to some of the finest rising stars in country music, including:

Tune in, crank it up, and support these rising stars who are mixed in with all of your favorite national country artists at

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Kalli Ashton – “Worth Your While”

I love songs that take me by surprise, and that is exactly what Kalli Ashton’s song "Worth Your While" did for me.  I was expecting some boyfriend-glorifying refrain about how perfect life is with her man.  On the contrary, the song might have been titled “Never Worth Your While,” but that would have given away the hook.

Also to my pleasure was to find out that Kalli is from Nottingham, U.K. Not exactly the hub of American country music, but she is still striving to get to Nashville through her fan funding page.  There are only five days left to make it happen. I just donated, and I hope you will too. 

You all know by now that I love artists that are willing to do whatever it takes to make it in the seventh most difficult industry in the world. Disregard #10 in that link; we all have that “talent.”

"It's pretty messy here" is one of my favorite phrases from the song Worth Your While. It well describes the situation of a relationship gone bad, and we have all been through at least one or two.

Although "Worth Your While" is her current hit, the rest of her songs are worth a listen to. Her soulful vocals in "One and Only" are phenomenal.  Kalli can make it in so many genres. It is my hope you will help give her that chance.

Give Kalli a follow on Twitter and help her chase her dream via her fan-funding page. You can also listen to her most recent hit on

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Brad McKinney - "The Picture That He Carries"

There are many reasons to fall in love with a song, but for me, the lyrics in Brad McKinney's song "The Picture That He Carries" was the kicker. I almost didn’t hear the music until the third time I listened to it, because the emotion behind his voice and the powerful lyrics had me captured.

However, after analyzing the rest of the song, it is apparent that his producer recognized his talent and created a beautiful mix of instruments to compliment his voice without drowning him out or leaving the message unheard.

Brad comes from a lineage of U.S. military veterans, and while not having served himself, he did one of the most patriotic things an American can do - take time out of his day to write an amazing song to show his appreciation for veterans.

Not only does Brad sing, but also creates all of his own harmonies – not a simple task, yet they are perfect.

Unlike many of us in the music business, Brad McKinney didn’t start writing music until he was inspired at the age of thirty-eight years old, but already his music is far beyond that of most career musicians. He has a natural talent for writing.

I hope that you will give a listen to Brad McKinney on iTunes and support a fantastic artist and patriot!