J.R. Ward, Mackenzie Carey
1042 N. Mills Avenue
Orlando, FL, 32803
This event is 21 and over
Given the choice, Sam Riggs would take skydiving over watching movies on any given Sunday. That sense of daring is a key element in his brand of country, a rock-infused sound with a chip on its sonic shoulder from a guy who counts Garth Brooks, Foo Fighters, George Jones and Blink-182 among his influences.
A growing audience has found him. To date, Riggs has racked up more than 2.2 million streams on Spotify and over 600,000 views on YouTube. A number of his singles hit the upper levels of the Texas charts, including the ultra-country “Hold On And Let Go,” the thumping concert re-creation “High On A Country Song” and his vulnerable “Second Hand Smoke.” To top it off, Riggs picked up the Texas Regional Radio Award in 2016 for Top New Male Vocalist. Riggs’ music is making waves nationally, too – the 2016 indie release Breathlessdebuted at No. 12 on the BillboardCountry Albums chart.
A St. Cloud, Florida, native, Riggs’ career took off after he set welding aside and quit college in a series of events he calls “the ultimate gamble.” His risky nature and rebel spirit show through in the music, and that no-fear approach to life is quickly setting him apart.
“I need to push it to the edge,” he says. “I don’t know how to be any other way.”
J.R. Ward is an independent country music artist originally from Chattanooga, TN who currently resides in Palm Coast, FL. Drawing influences from artists such as Waylon Jennings, Gary Allan, and Travis Tritt, J.R. writes and sings songs that show elements of another time with a fresh new sound all of his own.
J.R. picked up a guitar for the first time in 2015 after wanting to fulfill a lifelong dream of singing and creating music. Six months after picking it up, he was playing in bars, open jams, and every nursing home and assisted living home that would let him sing. It's in these homes that he realized how time is precious and short, too short not to do things you love. It is with that motivation in mind that he has decided to release this album.
The album is only a sampling of the music he has created and continues to create. He plays locally in the Northeast FL area regularly but has plans to tour when the album is released.
"There's not a day that goes by that I am not writing about my experiences as well as other people in my life that have inspired me to share a story in a song. Picking up that guitar has been the greatest thing I have ever done. The memories I have been able to create and share with others has been the most addicting thing I have ever encountered. I can't wait to share my music with the world."- J.R. Ward
Mackenzie Carey is a singer-songwriter from Central Florida. Her music style is “Girl Power” country inspired by Miranda Lambert, Kasey Musgraves, Maddie and Ta... See More