In today’s episode, Mark Baratto sits down with professional hairstylist and makeup artist, Julie Hill. We talk about how she got started and how she shifted all her products to eco friendly and organic while still keeping your look fabulous. I was hoping all of this hair talk would help with some hair growth on my bald dome, but needless to say, I’m still hairless 😎.

More on Julie Hill

Website: https://juliehillhairandmakeup.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/juliehillhairandmakeup/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Juliehillhairstylist/

I love making people feel beautiful. It has always been my goal to make my client look like they walked off the red carpet. My passion is to truly make you feel and look your best. I am here to make your wedding day and or special event as stress free as possible. Every person is individual in their likes, dislikes and vision. It’s up to me to learn these things and execute your perfect look. I am dedicated to you and your happiness on your special day.

I knew what I wanted to do at a very young age. Beauty is something that I admire and that I love to create. I have been a licensed cosmetologist for 28 years. In 2008 I opened my first on site hair and makeup business called Imagine Three in Ann Arbor, MI. The story of how I got to Key West goes as such. I fell in love, we went on vacation to Key West, planned our wedding in 2007 from afar, returned to Key West to be married. We knew as we returned again and again this is where we wanted to be and I then carried my dreams to Key West.

You can also find me in salon at Pier House Spa where I specialize in organic hair color, razor cutting and the perfect blow dry. If you or your guests need touch ups before the big wedding day or the perfect blow dry please contact the Pier House Spa.

*For all onsite services please contact me directly using the form at the bottom of this page.

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with two amazing singer-songwriters; Kylie Sackley and Anthony Smith.

This was a favorite episode for me because I was able to get different perspectives from both of these artists since they don’t sing together and are in two separate bands.

I hope you enjoy it!!

More on Kylie Sackley

Instagram:  https://instagram.com/kyliesackley

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kyliesackleymusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kyliesackley

For award-winning songwriter Kylie Sackley, it’s always been about the songs first. As a wunderkind performer in her birthplace of Australia, Kylie dazzled audiences with her authentic grasp of country, her gorgeously expressive vocals, and her electrifying stage presence. When she won Australia’s most prestigious country music talent search, Star Maker (Keith Urban was a previous winner), she made the fateful decision to go the route of being a professional songwriter, and she hasn’t looked back since.

“First and foremost, I’ve always been a songwriter. Writing songs was just something I had to do,” Kylie states. Throughout Australia, Kylie won numerous country music competitions, but her victory in the Star Maker competition proved to be life-changing in that it required her to make a songwriting trip to Nashville as an artist. “When I got there, I just fell in love. It was incredible having access to such amazing musicians, poets, and song craftsman. I extended my stay for 10 weeks and then went back home and applied for a U.S. work visa. With two suitcases I moved to Nashville.”

Kylie’s first year on the Nashville scene was astounding. That year she co-wrote Leann Rimes country comeback smash “Nothin’ ‘bout Love Makes Sense” with highly sought-after writers Gary Burr and Joel Feeney. “I thank my lucky stars for that single, it helped me get my foot in the door and get momentum as a writer,” Kylie reveals. That track and her next co-write—Faith Hill’s “Sunshine and Summertime”—went Top 5.

Kylie also co-wrote Troy Cassar Daley’s “The Sunshine Club,” Alan Jackson’s “It’s Just That Way,” and has penned songs for Thompson Square, John Rich, Lee Brice, and Jodee Messina. Kylie co-wrote the track “Young In America” recorded by Danielle Bradbery, the 2013 US winner of the reality TV show, The Voice. That track landed in the Billboard Hot Country Song Chart and reached Number 53 on the US Country Airplay Chart. Kylie’s songwriting also appears on the first single from US country duo, American Young. She co-wrote the duo’s song “Love is War” which reached Number 44 on the US Country Airplay Chart. Kylie was nominated by the APRA (Australian performing rights association) for the “Breakthrough Songwriter Of The Year” award in 2014. Most recently, Kylie wrote Sam Hunt’s “Speakers,” on his certified double-platinum album Montevallo.

Kylie is adept at all facets of songwriting, comfortable writing lyrics, melodies, music, and contributing production ideas. “It all depends on the day. Much like a performer has to read the audience, when you’re a songwriter, you read the room. If someone really excels at composing melodies, I’ll focus on writing lyrics. I’m like a chameleon—I can do it all—but I enjoy reading the room, being open to the creative flow, and then providing what is needed,” she says.

Reflecting back on it all, Kylie says thoughtfully: “On any given day of the week, I look up at the amazing talent in the room where I’m collaborating, and I pinch myself. I feel so lucky to work with these greats on a daily basis.

More on Anthony Smith

Website: https://www.anthonysmith.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anthonysmithhq

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnthonySmithNashville/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/anthonysmithhq

Songs written by Anthony Smith are weaved into the fabric of country music.  His songs have shaped the careers for some of the most iconic country music artists like George Strait, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Montgomery Gentry and others.

He has won numerous awards from BMI, ASCAP, and NSAI as well as the prestigious Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year award by Music Row Magazine.  As a recording artist, his critically acclaimed record “If That Ain’t Country” produced three Billboard top 40 singles.

Anthony has the uncanny and rare talent of writing songs in ways that have never been written before, that generates visuals and impacts emotions for listeners.  With memorable song titles like “Cowboy’s Like Us”, “Who Invented The Wheel”, “Half a Man”, “Run”, “I’m Tryin’”, “Up To The Depths”, “Infinity” and more, you know Anthony’s songs are interesting and capture the imagination of the listener.

When you hear Anthony Smith perform his original songs and take in the lyrics, you can see why he is an award-winning songwriter.  When you take in an Anthony Smith show as he entertains a sold-out crowd, you can see why he is a highly favored performer. When you hear an Anthony Smith production you become a believer in all things Anthony Smith.

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with singer-songwriter Shelly Fairchild.

We talk about how her career began, how leaving her label for another was the best thing for her career, how being true to yourself is the only way to be… and of course, Dolly Parton.

More on Shelly

Website: https://shellyfairchild.com

Instagram: http://instagram.com/shellyfairchild

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shellyfairchild

Twitter: https://twitter.com/shellyfairchild

Shelly Fairchild Radio: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1E4y4rz1FlHY0B

Apple Music: https://t.co/xcXLf9bWbH

Amazon Music: https://t.co/KJvcqg6WCY

Shelly Fairchild isn’t new to the industry – but she’s far from old news.

A staple in the Nashville music community, Fairchild hit the scene to much acclaim with her Columbia Records debut album Ride. The project introduced the young artist’s soulful, gospel-tinged brand of alternative country and spawned a Top 40 hit with “You Don’t Lie Here Anymore.” She toured with some of the biggest names in the format, including Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Tim McGraw, and began to dig her roots in the industry. She again found success in her second release, Ruby’s Money, which came steeped in a thick groove with elements of funk – but it was Buffalo, her crowd-funded 2017 release, that marks a milestone in her life and career. 

“I’m sincerely grateful for both the good and bad things that have happened in my life. Everyone that I’ve met and worked with over the 20 years that I’ve lived in Nashville has made me who I am, and I will always carry that in my soul,” says Fairchild. 

The Jackson, Miss. native started the project in May 2014, launching a PledgeMusic campaign in the hopes that she would find support of her endeavor – and after reaching her goal in just two days, she realized she had. Fairchild’s 3rd full length studio record was fully funded and buoyed by the faith of her friends, family and fans.  

The next two years saw Fairchild working with some of her most inspirational industry co-writers. “House on Fire,” an aching ballad reflecting on the weight of one’s past, was the first song that she remembers finishing and feeling confident that it deserved a spot on her record. Co-written by Fairchild along with Lisa Carver and Travis Meadows, the track features subtle but classic country instrumentation and the soft harmonies of one of her favorite bands, the Fairground Saints. 

From there the singer/songwriter continued to pen songs that she felt carried an important message to either herself or the world around her.  Guided by Jeremy Lister and Carey Ott, Fairchild recorded eight of her co-written tracks for the record that would become known to her fans as ‘Buffalo‘.  Though she tackled some serious topics in her writing, Fairchild felt extremely uplifted by her own work and that of others. 

“I love singers and songwriters,” she smiles.  I love to have camaraderie and deep friendships with great singers and musicians. I feel like our community in Nashville is so rich and some of my favorite voices are my friends. I am so fortunate to have worked with so many great artists on Buffalo like Wendy Moten, Lucie Silvas, K.S. Rhoads, Fairground Saints, and of course Carey & Jeremy. My heart felt like it was going to explode by the end of the recording process.”

Not only does Buffalo emphasize its diversity by featuring guest vocalists, but it also highlights a wide array of musical styles and influences. 

“There are a lot of different elements to the music that I make,” says Fairchild. “How do you describe some of the best bands that you know? They ended up on pop radio or on country radio, but are they really that kind of act? I have so many influences and I love having them show up in my songs. It feels like that kind of music lasts longer, because it feels real.” 

As for the name of her last full length album to date, Fairchild says, “In many Native American cultures, the buffalo is a symbol of gratitude and abundance. I am from Choctaw ancestry and I completely connect with the idea that though buffalo carry a lot on their shoulders, their horns are always pointing up to the sky. There’s always this hope that the weight will be lifted.”

A longtime hidden gem in the trove of Nashville musicians, Fairchild continues to keep her head and her heart pointing up to the sky. Between singing background vocals for the likes of Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Martina McBride, Crystal Gayle (to name a few), appearing as a regular on The Grand Ole Opry, writing songs for film and television, touring across the country and continuously working on future projects, it is clear she is just getting started. 

“At times I’ve gotten down about my own path, but when I really take a good look at it – it’s not just full of detours and dead ends,” she said. “It’s a wide path, and it’s full of so many spontaneous and amazing things.”

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Co-Owner of Key West Finest, Amber DeBevec.

We talk about her business, how it got started, and how her company is here to help you plan your activities, answer all of your questions and even help you with local real estate.

More about Key West Finest

Planning a trip to Key West can be very overwhelming!

Luckily we are one of Key West’s BEST Concierge Services! We will listen to what you want and recommend the perfect thing for you!

Please let us book it for you as we do get a commission yet it doesn’t cost you a penny extra.Message us here with any questions, Thanks for following and feel free to share!Sunny regards,Amber, Key West! 

Website: https://keywestfinest.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Amberkeywestfinest

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amberkeywest/

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Singer-Songwriter Kyle Coulahan.

We talk about how he decided to leave the game of football as an NFL hopeful, to pursue his real dream as a Singer-Songwriter.

Kyle spoke about the mentor that helped get him on his way, in a way that you can tell he missed having him around. Our interview went a little short because Kyle didn’t want to miss his friend Arlis perform, which anchors home what a great man and friend he really is.

MORE ON KYLE

When he was young, Kyle Coulahan’s father introduced him to an old Alvarez guitar and he’s been hooked ever since. Growing up in Perdido Key, Florida, Kyle split his free time between playing football and practicing on the guitar.  During Kyle’s senior year of high school, he was offered a full scholarship to play football at Auburn University, and there he met producer Chip Moman (Waylon Jennings, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, and many more). Chip recognized a talent in Kyle that he could see growth over the years, so he introduced  Kyle to Nashville where he would write, record and network with others within the music Industry. Shortly after graduation, Kyle decided to pack his bags and guitar and relocate to Nashville to chase his dreams of becoming a professional songwriter and performer. 

Kyle’s influences of music range from BB King, Vince Gill to Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney.  Kyle’s music is Country with a splash of whiskey and tequila.  Kyle has recently signed with given Music Publishing and produced an EP of his own songs called Pirates and Gypsies, and his new single called She Quit Me.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kylecoulahan

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bigcoul

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kylecoulahan

Apple Music: https://www.apple.com/us/search/kyle-coulahan?src=globalnav

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with Maya and Vasil, the owners and operators of The Koffie House. We talk about how they got started, all their healthy options, their snazzy location, and of course, Vasil’s music.

More on The Koffie House

Website: https://koffiehouse.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekoffiehouse

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thekoffiehouse

Address: 602 Greene St, Key West, FL 33040

The Koffie House was founded in 2020 by a family that shared the same dream , to practice healthy conscious alliance lifestyle with fresh organic foods, in one of the oldest historic brick buildings in Key West/Conch Republic built in 1892, 24.5551° N, 81.7800° W, presenting an eclectic space of brick & color magic together with a vegan/vegetarian friendly menu containing freshly baked goods, natural organic cold pressed juices, smoothie , tapas style organic eats, protein energy bars & natural (brain) supplements.

Join us to enjoy this work of love,  presented through art, music, aromas & crema!

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with owner and GM John Hadfield, of local water sports store, Sea Key West.

We talk about how he got started in the water sports business, how he navigated COVID, and how his business is thriving with the help of local support.

More on Sea Key West

Website: https://www.seakeywestlocal.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seakeywest

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seakeywestlocal

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-0B8aqRZS8aBZUjHyVQGSQ

Located in Key West, Florida, Sea, Key West carries the best snorkel gear, sidewalk surfing boards (skateboards and longboards, plus parts and accessories), and SCUBA diving and watersports equipment in the Florida Keys.  As avid snorkelers and scuba divers, we only carry brands we would wear ourselves – so we can speak to each product based on personal experience.

The Florida Keys are the ideal location for any and all water activities and we’re incredibly fortunate to have the ability to snorkel at the 3rd largest living coral reef, dive the Vandenberg, spear fish during our annual Grouper season, and take advantage of the island life at all opportunities. We can’t wait to help you explore Key West underwater with the best quality merchandise available.

In this episode, Mark Baratto sits down with concierge expert and podcast host, Kelly Hopkins.

We talk about her love for Key West, how she makes all of her clients dreams come true on their Key West vacation and her successful podcast, The Local Side of Key West.

More on Kelly Hopkins

Website: https://theconciergegirl.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kelly_keys_930

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/113880157191502

I’m Kelly and I live in gorgeous Key West. I have lived up and down the east coast and finally settled down here in paradise about 5 years ago. My husband and I have had a very adventurous life so Key West seemed like the right spot to call home. Its full of quirky people, great restaurants, amazing happy hours and of course, the amazing turquoise water.

We lived in Maryland most of our lives. I loved living there so much! I not only had a full time job but I bartended on the side for 10 years. That bartending job changed my life. I loved mingling with everyone and learning about so many different people. I really loved that part of it. I ended up doing the bar’s website content and handling all of their social media. (Back in those days we only had Myspace.)  From websites and social media I ended up planning social events and eventually opening up my own event planning business. That was the best thing I have ever done. I cant even call it a “job”, It was just love!

I love helping people make their dreams come true.  I love the entire process from the first meeting to the end of the event where the client is sitting back, talking to friends and just enjoying their event. Seeing you happy is my goal.

After we moved from Maryland and down the coast I still wanted to do event planning but we moved a LOT so it was just too hard.

Then we settled down in the Keys and I knew I had to get started again. I felt it in my entire soul that THIS was the time.

We started in Marathon and moved down the island chain and when we  hit Key West I knew this was it! Key West has a lot going on at all times. A lot of moving parts to say the least. When visitors come they usually do not know where to start so they head to Duval street, eat, drink and shop and then they feel comfortable and stay there all week. That is totally fine, especially if it is your first time here BUT there is soooo much more to Key West. 

That last statement right there made me start a podcast (which is linked in this site) The Local Side of Key West is all about how to do the island like a local. The things you would not think to do on vacation.

So that all being said, that is what has led me to be a personal concierge. I want to help vacationers enjoy Key West without all of the work. I enjoy coordinating,  planning and helping people any way that I possibly can. The look on your face when you had the best vacation ever is my end goal!

Enjoy life, I’ll take care of the rest!

In this exclusive interview, Mark Baratto sits down with Rapper and Singer of the Dirty Heads, Jared Watson (aka Dirty J).

This interview happened 30 minutes before the band went on stage for the beginning of their national tour, down here at the Key West Amphitheater.

It may have been short, but for those fans out there, we touched on the bands origin story and their beginnings.

It may have been short, but for those fans out there, we touched on the bands origin story and their beginnings.

This episode is brought to you by the Backyards of Key West Gallery

Looking for local Key West art?  We’ve got you covered!  

More on the Dirty Heads

Following in the footsteps of their California brothers Sublime, Huntington Beach’s Dirty Heads mix hip-hop, reggae, and rock along with that laid-back South Cali attitude. The group formed in 2003 when punk rocker Dustin Bushnell (aka Duddy B) asked his friend, rapper Jared Watson (aka Dirty J), to collaborate on a project that would focus on positive vibes and infectious grooves. Watson added singing to his vocal skills, and with percussionist Jon Olazabal, an acoustic trio version of Dirty Heads began playing shows and building an audience. 

They soon hooked up with producer Rob Cavallo and headed into the studio to record their debut album for Warner Bros., but differences with the label had them looking for other opportunities. Still, the band was able to retain most of its work, including sessions with drummer Josh Freese, along with the late-Beatles collaborator Billy Preston in one of the keyboardist’s last recordings. The finished album, Any Port in a Storm, would arrive in 2008, with a deluxe edition following in 2010. The deluxe version featured the track “Lay Me Down” with special guest Rome Ramirez of Sublime with Rome. The song would top Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart just before the summer of 2010. 

They followed up two years later with Cabin by the Sea and later recorded an acoustic version of the title track. This, in turn, led to an entire acoustic album in 2013 called Home: Phantoms of Summer. Dirty Heads’ next album, Sound of Change, would prove to be a breakthrough for the now-veteran band, debuting at number eight on the Billboard Top 200 while topping the Independent and Alternative Albums charts upon its May 2014 release. 

Building on their renewed success, Dirty Heads enlisted a bevy of industry hitmakers to work on their self-titled 2016 follow-up, which — thanks to its mainstream appeal — again charted high on the Billboard Top 200. The following year saw the band drop its sixth studio album, Swim Team, featuring the singles “Vacation” and “Staloney.” Also included on the album was the track “So Glad You Made It,” featuring 311’s Nick Hexum. The single “Listen to Me” arrived in early 2019 and was later included on Dirty Heads’ Dave Cobb-produced seventh album Super Moon. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi

Website: https://www.dirtyheads.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dirtyheads

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DirtyHeads

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dirtyheads

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DirtyHeads

Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/6GkJh85o22LfD2vgL9DP6f?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

Apple iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/dirty-heads/id287941061

Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/preview/As2zqtl4npvdfmp3q2a7pwkyh3a?u=0#