Baltimore's #1 rock station 98Rock (97.9 Baltimore) has been a staple of my commute for several years especially host Amelia Ryerse. I listened in mid 00's when she was with co-host Mickey Cucchiella to current show from 10am - 3pm. As a former musician I enjoy all genres of music even moreso stations that play them with entertaining hosts. Often we go about our daily routine hearing these personalities with no idea of what they are like. Biker, comic book geek, activist and all around 'kick ass' Amelia's the real deal. She actively engage her fans on Facebook and Twitter and I recently contacted her for an interview.
G4R: What's the longest road trip you have taken on your bike?
Amelia: 3000 miles from Las Vegas back to Baltimore with all the National and not so national monuments in between. I would love to erase Kansas but if its not hard its not worth doing.
G4R: Who was your most unusual radio guest?
Amelia: Hmmm thats a tough one Unusual gross is Will the Farter. Unusual local people are Scott Donahoo and Kim from Kim's Krypt.
G4R: As a fellow comic book geek who's your fave character/ hero?
Amelia: My favorite character is Lobo. Outrageous artwork from Simon Bisley and in your face action from one of the craziest characters I have ever seen. Elektra is second and Saga is my new favorite book these days. I love so many books mostly from the 90's and would love some new suggestions. [Ed note: I will be sure to let our fans know]
G4R: What's your fave band/ song?
Amelia: Clutch/Promoter (of earthbound causes) or Wake of the Swollen Goat.
G4R: Prediction on our beloved Ravens this season?
Amelia: The Ravens will make the playoffs, but the injuries...
There you have it people straight from the queen of morning radio and G4R home of the 5 question interview. 98Rock and Amelia from 10am-3pm is now our official morning/afternoon station! Tune in to follow her at 98Rock, Facebook and Twitter.
Ryan Elijah's latest 'Down' is worth a listen. It's about a downtime in his life and putting a visual out there for those who haven't heard of him... yet. Shot in the Fernandina Beach/ Amelia area some of our locals there might recognize the scenery. He's been featured before and we really like where he's headed. Check out his Official Music Video and while you're at it head over and give his YouTube page a sub.
Who is Carrie Mercy!? That's the million dollar question and G4R caught up with her to find out just that. She's the latest artist to grace our pages and though a little hesitant at first about her talent all doubts were erased after listening to one of her tracks. They say looks can be deceiving but this package carries a one - two knock out punch. Her latest 'Push' is captivating, club inspiring and deceptively fresh. We listen to about a dozen new tracks per day and it's not often one jumps out at us.
I recognize the handy work of producer Steven Valles and Dre Vader and want to give them a plug for finding this diamond in the rough. [Ed note just before publishing this article Carrie hinted toward a Co-Producer status with these guys. -James]. G4R is no stranger to their stable of artists and all have delivered. For struggling up and coming artists trying to get over the hump we recommend contacting them.... best move you can make in the early stages of your career. Check their new page called Status Quo Music Group and get a jump on the competition. They are easy to work with and to be honest most of our featured guests have come from their production company. Great work guys! Ed note: While writing this article Carrie informed us she is a Co Producer/ Engineer in this organization.. kudos lady!
We caught up with Carrie recently and wanted to get the scoop first hand on this rising performer. So much I wanted to ask when I first viewed her profile and catalog of songs but will keep it short for the article. We will have a follow up and possible podcast in the future. Couldn't wait to get started, here we go!
G4R: Where are you from?
Carrie Mercy: I was born and raised around Tomah Wisconsin and in the Wisconsin area. I'm almost 29 years old with two beautiful sons Baine and Draven. They take up most of my time with building forts, gardening, exploring nature science and nerding out. When the moon comes out and they are asleep and I find time to write and work on music whether that means four hours of sleep:)
G4R: What was your inspiration for getting into music?
Carrie: Growing up I was influenced by many Artists so I couldn't pick one!! From Classic Rock, Rolling Stones, CCR, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, ACDC, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors to Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, KoRn, Adema, Tonya Tucker lol to 2 PAC, Bone Thugs and Harmony, BIGGY, DMX, Refugees, Troy Nappy Roots MIA, Nas, Cypress Hill, Dr Dre, Beastie Boys, Rage against the machine, Eminem to Florence and The Machine!! Every Artist Inspiring me in one way or another throughout my life!!
G4R: Your background is captivating and judging by your music you have a story to tell, what was it?
Carrie: Typical person? I grew up Poor. In and out of Foster care to my moms to my aunts raised by a pack of wolves my brother and three cousins...I followed them everywhere always wanting to be just like them!! I grew up fighting!! My brother also would arrange boxing matches between me 12-13 years old 90 lbs and a girl five years older 160 lbs!! I loved fighting!! Spent a lot of time in jail and money to the state...i wanted to be a boxer!! I came into this life fighting...for everything and I fought anyone!! Over the last 8 years I've realized it's time to walk away.. my lessons came and karma never forgot about me...i faced my Demons put the beast to rest however asleep not dead and don't let this pretty face fool you..and never mistaken my kindness for weakness. I've grown to be hard and soft very few have ever mastered that. I was never the popular girl...i didn't have nice things clothes and I didn't fit in but with the misfits. I've grown up from one room shack no running water a outhouse and sometimes without electricity you could say I was the ugly duckling...who over time through darkness and struggle found light and strength.. The older I got the more beautiful I became...I'm not much for judgment based on someone's appearance...everybody has a story a past!! A life of demons and darkness..war from the inside out...a struggle you may never know...The name of my first album is "Rebirth" This is who I have become I've battled addiction to crack cocaine I've shed blood and hurt ppl... I lived in a dark place for so very long...only to be reborn out of the fire to become the person I was always meant to be...this person is ME ....Carrie Mercy
G4R: When not behind a mic or in a recording studio what are your favorite hobbies?
Carrie: I've been writing ever since I can remember poetry... one day two years ago I couldn't stop writing!! I wrote two children's books full manuscript and my poetry turned into def poetry and my def poetry had a beat all in its own in my head...so I stated to turn on instrumentals and I found myself writing my life story!! Also in spare time my bf and I shoot guns:) that's kinda our new thing and also we like to spend time together watching vice history American pickers ancient aliens and he's a farmer!! Cranberries we live on a Marsh full of all kinds of creatures in northern Wisconsin
G4R: Most successful people are considered geniuses and had to battle personal demons whether social issues, addictions or otherwise before emerging on top. Did you go through any of this?
Carrie: My drug addiction started young... I quit when I heard I was pregnant with my first son Baine.. disappear to Racine grow up with aderall cough medicine duster went hard young.... drugs and alcohol...i don't drink now very rarely one and I don't even take ibuprofen for a headache I hate pills!! I hate drugs and watched it consume many lives!!
GR4: Any final words?
Carrie: This is why I do this!! This is why I am who I am!! Never take it back!! My story's quite poetic and I know I can influence lives!! That's what I want... I want someone to say bc of you i didn't quit I didn't give up!!
That's it for now people, short and sweet. Questions were not what we originally planned but her responses were so powerful on initial questionnaire we made changes to include them. We will have a follow up interview down the road but in the meantime you can follow Carrie Mercy on Facebook and Youtube. -James
Lets be honest.... a major reason most of us replay games is because of the background soundtrack. Think about it... GTA III with the 80's music, Madden with yearly new artists and any role playing game when ya stuck on a hard puzzle!? Any of these dilemmas will have us hesitating to move forward b/c of beats that are being drummed into our heads.
Back in the day it use to be simple looping tracks like Mario Bros or Contra. Now it's mega stars lending their product to the industry in hopes of boosting sales. Not to be outdone G4R is on the ground floor and promoting up and coming artists on our vids as well. Starting this Fall we will be highlighting future stars on our vids as we grow together.
Ryan Mackin is a Florida native we've shown before but here's a first featuring one of his tracks to our vid! Video consists of 2 clips from guys in our Madden leagues who pulled off unbelievable moves to score Touchdowns. We did an overlay of Ryan's track 'Hello - remix', enjoy! -James
G4R is branching out and doing a 1st here. We will be overlaying one of our featured artist tracks to one of our gaming vids. Why? Well the gaming industry is a billion dollar industry and G4R has roots in gaming. Ozzie Osborne, The Weekend and various artists has lent their music talents to soundtracks for games and it has paid off in spades. Not to mention a great way of getting their name out there. In fact I've found myself humming songs from artists I never heard of before simply by playing a game of Madden and listening to the soundtrack.
No way to determine if this will have same effect but artists I have listened to over past few wks still have me tapping my feet and humming their chorus. Ryan Mackin is on his way to the other side and has sent us a new vid, though not scheduled to be a soundtrack soon I have to give it props, enjoy!
Former Bass player but lifetime musician my heart will forever always be in music. -James