- Start date: 2022-12-17 19:00
- End date: 2022-12-18 01:00
- Tickets: $25-$40
Hope for the Holidays is coming to Hempstead Hall!
Featured artists include:
& Mae Estes!
Hempstead Hall and the Southwest Arkansas Arts Council presents Hope for the Holidays: Songwriters in the Round! Featuring both local and regional talent including Mae Estes, Lance Carpenter, CJ Solar, and Rachel Hale - this is a unique event you won't want to miss! Both Mae Estes and Rachel Hale have performed beautifully on the our stage before, but this is the first time for Hempstead Hall to host Lance Carpenter and CJ Solar. The peformance will take place in the Hempstead Hall auditorium on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 7:00pm.
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From Louisiana to Nashville - With the fuel of both Southern rock and country music influences pumping through his veins, it’s no surprise that CJ Solar is a natural at fusing the two worlds. Combine that with Delta blues, compliments of a childhood spent in Cajun country, and you’ve got one badass up-and-comer, with the pure musical talent and vocal chops to back him up. Already turning heads throughout Nashville, Baton Rouge and beyond, having been named one of the“New Artists You Need To Know” by Rolling Stone Country, Solar says the driving force behind his untimely success isn’t fame nor fortune – it’s just a diehard infatuation with the music he grew up on. When not out touring the country headlining his own shows and opening for such artists as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Jr and Gary Allan, he continues to write and record. He's released 3 EP's of songs he's co-written and has a full length record coming in early 2022. He's also penned songs for artists such as Jason Aldean, Jerrod Niemann and Justin Moore, while also writing number one singles for Jameson Rodgers with 2020's "Some Girls" and Morgan Wallen's breakout hit "Up Down" featuring Florida Georgia Line. “I just want to write songs that say something and really mean something to me. I want to ride around in a van, tour the country, and play songs with my buds. Everything I do in music, I want to do it for the love of the music and the sake of the song,” he adds.
Bio from: cjsolar.com
The big-hearted Arkansas farm kid with a voice to match chose a career in service to others. Amid the considerable stress and turmoil attending that job, he found that the music he loved was able to quiet his mind and focus his heart. Slowly and often unintentionally, the power of crafting lyrics and melody drew Lance in a new direction. Eventually, he realized he'd returned to the exact place he'd started – the place he was meant to be all along. Carpenter's arrival as a songwriter and recording artist is, in many ways, an extension of a creative progression that became increasingly deliberate. The journey took him from self-taught hobbyist and therapeutic outlet to committed songwriter and Nashville-based professional hitmaker. Continually working toward developing his craft, a growing love of performing led to the recording session that changed everything. Unexpectedly so. "My introduction to country music was my mom playing it in her car," says Carpenter, who grew up on a cattle farm in Northwest Arkansas. "I never thought I would sing or play, but my stepdad has listened to the country countdown every Sunday for as long as I've known him. Country has just been a staple in my life." "For three years I visited Nashville a few times a year, each for a week or two to write, meet people, and network with industry folks. Then I decided to make the move. I worked in Nashville for six months during the 2010 flood, after which I stayed in a friend’s guest room while I searched for a house to buy. Made the official move Feb 10, 2011 – three years exactly after the NSAI Song Camp."After moving to Nashville, Carpenter wrote incessantly, landed a publishing deal and earned a few cuts on albums that never got released before "Love Me Like You Mean It" was recorded by then-unknown artist Kelsea Ballerini. The song became a No. 1 hit. "I went to Walmart, bought three or four copies and took pictures. Even now, when I go to the store I'll pull those CDs out and put them on the front of the rack." Working to get his songs heard, Carpenter played writer shows around Music City. As he did, his voice and guitar playing improved. "When I really started to figure out how to use that muscle, people started asking why I wasn't trying to be an artist," he says. "Meanwhile, getting a publishing deal is a little bit easier if they think you might get an artist deal and record your own songs. I realized that could be an added value thing, so I put together a 12 song demo." Now, he's doing what he was always meant to do and, in a sense, what he's always done. "When I worked for the federal government, it was complicated to explain what I did. I had to boil it down to, I get to travel the country and help people when they need it most. In the same way, it can be hard to explain what I do now to people who don't know the music business, so I say I travel the country and help people. It's a different way of doing the same thing I did before. "We're not responding to a tornado or hurricane and giving someone food, water or shelter, but I still get to have that interaction on a person-to-person level. I love connecting with people even if it's just through a song that makes them feel something. Lance Carpenter. He's here to help.
Bio from: lancecarpentermusic.com
In 1999, 7-year-old Mae Estes walked into the middle of a southwest Arkansas rodeo show arena with a cordless microphone and sang the national anthem a cappella for the first time, claiming she could do it better than the LeAnn Rimes recorded version the venue typically played. Mae went on to perform at every rodeo she competed in, as well as other sporting events, nearby hayrides and opries. Next, Mae entered a local talent show for which the late Billy Herrell of Billy’s House of Guitars in Glenwood, Ark., was a judge. “He became a musical mentor to me, and even sold my first acoustic guitar to my parents,” Mae recalls. Herrell invited her to play on his weekly AM radio show hosted on a classic country station, “so that’s how I dove headfirst into that part of the genre,” she notes. Around the same time, Mae began performing at the Oaklawn Opry in Texarkana. “It was a full-band show, and I learned so many live music skills on that stage,” she explains. “I’m so thankful for those early years and for parents who believed in me enough to let me start that young.”After graduating high school, Mae couldn’t yet afford the 400+ mile solo move to Nashville, so she accepted a scholarship at Henderson State University for three years, earning a degree in communications while working full time to save money for her eventual relocation. The Hope, Ark., native moved to Nashville in 2015, where she’s been paying her dues from the moment she stepped foot in Music City, working up to three jobs at a time to stay afloat financially and playing for anyone who'd listen in her time off. The tide began to turn in 2019. “I was lucky enough to play The Bluebird Café one night when songwriter Justin Klump was in the audience,” Mae recalls. “Justin contacted me afterward and offered to record my first studio single ‘Naked’ for free. My friend Josh Matheny (songwriter, studio musician) and other musicians donated their time and talents, and that’s how we got the ball rolling” on my first few independent releases. “Naked” received over 100,000 streams on Spotify, making both the Fresh Finds Country and New Music Nashville playlists. Mae had already performed shows stateside in Arkansas, California, Oregon, Washington, Florida, Illinois and Tennessee before Covid hit. “I’m so excited for more live, full-band shows this year. My main goal right now is to get my music in the hands of as many country music fans as possible.” In early May, Mae’s latest release “Thinkin Bout Cheatin’” exclusively premiered with The Boot, where they described it as “traditional country perfection that transports listeners back in time when the genre’s pioneering women like Kitty Wells, Dolly Parton, Lynn, and Wynette told their plain-spoken truth over rootsy instrumentation brought to life by Nashville A-team session players.” A week later, CMT exclusively premiered the first music video of Mae’s career, describing her as “a country newcomer playing a vital role in reshaping the genre with her truthful and non-surface-level storytelling." Awarded Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2021 and 2022 Arkansas Country Music Awards, Mae is the first artist to accomplish such in the history of the Awards. Debut EP to release in January of 2023.
Bio from: maeestes.com
A self-professed small town country girl from Prescott, Arkansas, Rachel quickly gained international recognition in 2013 when she was a Top 20 finalist in American Idol season 12, and Billboard ranked her performance of Grace Potter’s “Nothing But the Water” as one of the top moments of the season. Rachel joined multiple Grammy Award winner Cece Winan’s Nashville Life Church in 2012 where she led worship, as well as writing and performing on the Church’s debut album, Shine On Us. She co-wrote the hit song “Firm Foundation,” which became the title track for the album recorded by gospel trio Selah that went on to win Inspirational Album Of The Year at the 51st Dove Awards. Rachel has shared the stage with music legends Peter Frampton and Ricky Skaggs, and opened for stars including Tracy Byrd, Joe Nichols, Joe Diffie and Chris Cagle. Daystar Television featured Rachel on Ministry Now, Joni Table Talk, and The Green Room. Daystar Television reaches 200 nations and 680 million homes globally. Most recently, Daystar Television featured Rachel on Ministry Now, Joni Table Talk, and The Green Room. Daystar Television reaches 200 nations and 680 million homes globally. The music video for Rachel’s newest single “Rainbow” is currently being streamed on GOD TV reaching 262 million homes worldwide. Rachel released her first country single “A Man” on September 16th.
Bio from: rachelhalemusic.com