Here at Beaver Dam USA, we are so excited to introduce you all to a band that, if you like country music, you've probably already seen before! Two Story Road is a husband-and-wife duo comprised of veteran performers, Brandon and Jamelle Fraley. Brandon has toured extensively, singing background vocals and/or playing keys for artists such as Gretchen Wilson, Danny Gokey, and Carrie Underwood. Jamelle has also toured extensively, her biggest gig being Carrie Underwood's background vocalist for five years. Between the two of them, they have appeared on every TV and Awards show imaginable, as well as performed over 1,000 shows (including 100 shows at the Grand Ole Opry!). It's no surprise that these two decided to join forces and bring their talents to the spotlight. For their debut album release, they are working with Nashville producer, Mark Bright. Mark Bright has made his mark on your radio waves by producing albums for superstars such as Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, and Sara Evans. With Two Story Road's considerable experience and the top-notch team surrounding them, there's no doubt that they will make a big impact in the Country music community.
We were fortunate to get to send over some questions to Brandon and Jamelle. Read their responses below:
1. First off-we love a good love story- how did you two meet? Was it love at first sight?!
We met at Belmont University. Love at first sight might sound a little cliche, but there was definitely an immediate attraction. Once we started dating, we both admitted to having an overwhelming sense of "wow" whenever we'd see each other. We knew after just a few weeks of dating that the connection we had with each other was unlike anything either one of us had felt before.
2. When you all got married, did you always want to be a duo? Or was it something that happened over time?
We both moved to Nashville aspiring to be solo artists, that's for sure. We always loved singing together, but I think the idea of being an actual duo is something that presented itself to us over time. We both agree that singing together is so much more fun than if we were solo artists. Also, being able to share the work load both on and off the stage is a huge perk that we're thoroughly enjoying. :-)
3. We've heard that you recently went into the studio and recorded your debut release with one of Nashville's greatest producers, Mark Bright! Tell us about the experience in the studio-was it magical?!
It's hard to put into words the excitement we've been having while recording with Mark. This is literally what we've dreamed about doing since moving to Nashville. You have to understand that after all of the touring and recording we've done for other people over the years, there's now this unbelievable feeling of accomplishment to be doing this AS THE ARTIST! For example, just the other day we were pulling up to Ocean Way Studio on Music Row to record some more vocals. Granted, we've both been there many times for other artists. However, when you're there as a band member, you're on your own to find parking. There are only 6 parking spots at Ocean Way and they're all assigned: Studio A Artist & Producer, Studio B Artist & Producer, and Studio C Artist & Producer. We noticed that one of the artist spots was open, and thought about pulling in. We can honestly say that we both hesitated for just a moment & asked ourselves, "you think we can park here & not get towed?" before realizing that we WERE the artist and were supposed to park there! We are beyond blessed to not only be recording with one of Nashville's greatest producers, but we're also able to call Mark one of our closest friends. He has been on board, 110%, since day one, and we will never be able to fully thank him for the confidence boost that has given us. We're so excited for all of our fans to hear this labor of love once it's finished. We are doing everything we can to make as much of an impact with this first project as possible and we're optimistic that it will do just that.
4. Who are your greatest musical influences?
Jamelle - I grew up listening to a bunch of different music, but there were definitely a few standouts that got a LOT more rotation than the others: Mariah Carey, Martina McBride, Celine Dion, & Whitney Houston. I mean, in my day if you loved to sing and wanted a challenging song to sing, that's who you listened to! :-)
Brandon - I listened to a wide range of musical genre's and was also drawn towards amazing singers. Brian McKnight and Vince Gill were huge influences and always a challenge to sing along with. I feel like I'm constantly borrowing from their vocal prowess whenever I sing a note.
5. Jamelle, we know you toured a while with Carrie Underwood. What was the greatest thing you learned from this Superstar? And same question for you, Brandon, about touring with Gretchen Wilson?
Jamelle - The only thing better than being able to sing with her night after night, was having a front row seat to watch Carrie off stage. Let me tell you what, this girl is a hard worker! Her work ethic is just as impressive as her singing voice. It was such an amazing opportunity to see first hand what it takes to maintain the kind of career she's having. I feel so much more well prepared for my journey as TSR knowing what I learned from Carrie all those years.
Brandon - One thing that Gretchen did that had a profound impact on me was the attention she gave to her entire crew. Band, lighting, audio, truck drivers, etc... She knew everyone's name out there and said hello to everyone who walked by. Gretchen worked so hard to making everyone feel appreciated. The few times I've toured with Carrie, I've seen how close everyone is on that tour as well. Think about this, when Jamelle left Carrie's band to do TSR, she had been with her for 5 years and she was still the "newest" band member. It's simple. When people feel valued, they'll most likely stick around.
6. When you're not recording or touring, what are some things you both like to do for fun?
Well, we do our best to stay in shape, and luckily we've found ways of exercising that don't feel like exercise. Brandon plays tennis, very competitively I might add, at least 3 times a week & I (Jamelle) go to a hip-hop dance class 3-4 times a week as well. Unfortunately, downtime is becoming harder & harder to find, so we jump at the chance to hang out with our friends whenever we can. We're actually having a few close friends over tonight to watch a movie and maybe even have a Mario Kart tournament! :-)
7. What is your favorite movie of all time?
Brandon - I love all the X-Men movies. Jamelle will most likely say "me too!" but since I'm the one who introduced her to them, it gets to be my answer.
Jamelle - Brandon knows that if we're channel surfing and "A League Of Their Own," "Dirty Dancing," "The Princess Bride," or "That Thing You Do" is on, no matter where it's at in the movie, we're watching it.
8. What was the last song played on your iTunes or Spotify?
Brandon - I finished my drive home from tennis last night with Sara Bareilles' "Gravity."
Jamelle - Alison Krauss, "Maybe." Remember that song? It's so cool!
9. As veteran performers, is there any advice you would give to young aspiring artists who are trying to follow in your footsteps?
This may not really be about performing, but here's some general advice for any job in the music industry. Most likely, you have a vision in your head of where you are and where you want to be. You can try your best to assume the path of how you'll get from point A to point B. However, be open to the fact that there's a good chance that you'll get to point B by a road you never saw coming and maybe, never knew existed. We all know that the interstate is the fastest way to travel from one state to the next. However, there are infinite back roads that will take longer, but can do the same thing. Take it from us, don't discount the back roads. They'll give you the time you'll need to learn about yourself. It's also where you'll gain so much experience. In the end, it will make the journey so much more rewarding and when you finally reach the finish line, you'll be that much more prepared.
Get updates on Two Story Road's album release and tour by following them on Facebook, Twitter, and by visiting their official website.
While you eagerly anticipate the debut album, check out Two Story Road's latest lyric video of their song, "Fit In."
Sometimes I think I'm crazy. But sometimes, I think I know exactly what I'm doing.