MEET AMERICA CAMPAIGN: GEORGIA

I know it seems that I took a hiatus from my MEET AMERICA CAMPAIGN, but it wasn’t my fault!  My Georgia boy took forever to get his questions in, (I’m pointing fingers), but I assure you it was worth the wait!

Chris is from Mcdonough, GA, which is about 40 minutes south of Atlanta.  The reason he was worth the wait is because the man sings like an angel!!  Add on a beard, puppy dog eyes, and a southern drawl —  I’m swooning.  Let’s meet this Georgian musician!

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A:  Chris, did you grow up in Georgia? If so, how was it different from other states?

C:  I was born and raised in Georgia.  Growing up here is really laid back.  It’s more centered around being outdoors and using the land; hunting, fishing, farming and cattle raising are all common things.

A:  If I were to visit, where are the places I MUST see?

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C:  If you were to visit you would have to see…ME, duh!! Haha, Georgia has wide variety of different entertainment.  Comedy clubs, historical places, good music scene and great food places, ‘cause, I mean, it’s the south.  No one cooks better than us.  The Walking Dead is filmed here, so  it’s easy to walk up and be an extra.  Georgia has a lot to offer.

A:  What is your favorite thing about Georgia?

C:  My favorite thing about Georgia…hmm, I never really thought of it.  I guess [the fact that] it’s diverse in landscape.  You’re a car ride away from the ocean, lakes, mountains, rivers, so there’s a lot of beautiful sights to behold.

A:  Tell me about your passion for music and singing. How’d it get started and where can we see it?

C:  Wow, singing and music.  I grew up in a musical family.  My parents sang in a touring

group around Georgia [and] I helped set up equipment and run the soundboard since I was little.  I was always drawn to instruments and singing. I’ve played in jazz bands, metal bands, rock bands, contemporary, Christian, worship punk, hardcore, you name it, I’ve probably played it.

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Click here to here Chris sing!

I just feel that music should be explored, not settled on just one genre.

My inspiration for singing is my mom.  She can sing so amazingly and I’m not saying that cause she’s my mom. She got soul, haha.

I currently am working on a solo acoustic album and also writing with another acoustic/folk band of mine called Two Beards and a Babe.

I have a youtube channel: HERE. I only uploaded one video so far, but I’ll have videos about the band [up] soon.

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A:  Your voice makes me feel like I’m in a Nicholas Sparks novel. [insert dreamy sigh]  So, Chris, I have to ask, what’s your favorite movie?

C:  Favorite movie: Star Wars saga and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Valid choices!  Love the Darth photo; I’m very glad he appreciates the American flag.  I want to thank Chris for participating in the Meet America Campaign.  I’d love to visit GA someday!

 You can find Chris on instagram at xsithbeardx

Next week the temperature rises for HAWAII!

Don’t forget to check out the previous states:

Yasmin: Alabama
Robert: Alaska
Reynell: Arizona
Stephanie: Arkansas
Christopher: California
Amanda: Colorado
Nyree: Connecticut
Michael: Delaware
Jennifer: Florida
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MEET AMERICA: CONNECTICUT

Connecticut:  A state that I’ve been to a thousand times.  BUT, that doesn’t mean I know every single resident.  Finding someone I didn’t know was effortless and I couldn’t have found anyone sweeter!  Nyree is from Derby, CT — the smallest town– and she was a really good sport!  I nagged this poor woman for days to get her answers in, hah!  It’s ok, she loves me.  Nyree actually hails from Florida, but she’s been a Connecticut babe since 2005.  She writes, “I needed a change from the craziness that is south Florida.”

Let’s meet this Connecticut Mom!

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A:  So, Nyree, how is living in Connecticut different from any other states?

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N:  Connecticut has unpredictable weather and beautiful season changes… People come here from all over the country during autumn.  We have the best scenery and different types of trees, so the colors are amazing!   When I lived in Florida, we basically had two seasons: summer from April to October, and then a “Florida winter”.  I had quite a culture shock when I moved to CT.  I quickly found out that people get married right out of high school, go to college, have kids, and they go to church.  This was all kinda foreign to me because south Florida is all about partying.

A:  Nyree, besides Florida being crazy, why did you move to CT?

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N:  I decided that I needed a better area to raise my daughter.  My mother moved to CT in 2004, so it worked out perfect.  I came up for a visit in July 2005, and really liked it up here.  About two months later, I made the move.  It’s was the best decision I’ve ever made.


A:  Nyree, my darling, tell us about your career!

N:  I work in the Customer Services Dept for a water company.  I’ve been there for almost 8 years.  I love working for my company [because] we do a lot for the environment and our communities.  I’m hoping to get my kids involved this year, as well.  I really enjoy volunteering and I feel that it’s important to get involved.

A:  Connecticut is a beautiful state!  If Americans were to visit, what should they see first?

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Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

N:  When someone visits CT, I try to get them over to the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History [or] to Mystic for shopping [and attractions].  If it’s summertime, then we’ll probably go to the local amusement parks & the state parks.  It’s beautiful here, anytime of year!

A:  I loooooove Mystic!  Describe your perfect day in CT.

N:  The perfect day in Connecticut is usually that first really warm day in spring.  Especially after a long winter.

A:  That goes for me, too, here in Massachusetts!   So, what hobbies take up Nyree’s time?38903bd3-1d30-48ea-a0c3-dab9d2336cfd

N:  My main hobby, and most expensive hobby, is traveling!  I’ve been to Europe, but I was 17, which was 100 years ago!  I absolutely love art and especially tattoos.  There are few things that I “geek out” about [and] the tattoo world is one of them… This year, I’m hoping to take up archery with both of my daughters.  They are 10 and (just about) 6.  We love going to amusement parks and hiking at the state parks here in Connecticut.  Oh, and I also “geek out” about music and movies.  Watching movies really takes me to another place.

A:  That is a perfect segway to the most important question in the universe!  What is your favorite movie?

N:  I have many, many favorite movies.  It’s so hard to pick just one.  I’ll have to go with The Goonies, though.

A:  That’s a more than acceptable choice!  (I totally had a crush on Corey Feldman).   Nyree, I want to thank you for sharing yourself with the readers and I!  I hope you have a killer summer with your girls!

Stay tuned for Michael from Delaware next week! 

Missed some of the Meet American Campaign features?  Catch up!!!

Yasmin: Alabama
Robert: Alaska
Reynell: Arizona
Stephanie: Arkansas
Christopher: California
Amanda: Colorado

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