Country music in 2018 is home to a wide array of personalities and unique sounds and right in the middle of it all is AJ Gatio. On the cutting edge sonically of what is both country and pop, AJ is an emerging young artist that is out everyday making a name for himself with his high energy live performances!
Since moving to Nashville permanently in 2015, he has played over 300+ live shows and has been a part of many big events including CMA Festival, the Key West Songwriters festival, and many other events. To start off 2018, AJ put out a song called "Too Hot" which was featured as an Apple Music Hot Track upon release!
At the heart of it all though, AJ knows that country music is about the fans. Whether it be after a show, or on social media, he is as approachable and personal with fans as he is his friends. Music is meant to be a shared experience, and AJ Gatio is an experience you don't want to miss!
Grinders Switch, Tennessee is famously known as the Grand Ole Opry’s own Minnie Pearl’s hometown. But now there’s another act emerging from this small town.
Grayson Michael has been in music his entire life. Beginning at the age of 7 he began taking piano lessons. Continuing on throughout his teens he was very involved in piano competitions with classical and jazz styles. At the same time he became a member of The Grinders Switch Ensemble, a weekly live radio show that broadcasts every Saturday morning. Through the years of getting to play alongside of legendary artists such as Ed Bruce, Crickets, Michael W. Smith, Melinda Doolittle, and many others, he began to hone his craft as an instrumentalist. Michael moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and was accepted to Belmont University where completed his degree in Commercial Music Piano Performance. While at Belmont, he began singing and crafting his love of country music through songwriting. Even with all these influences, Grayson stays true to his country roots, which can be heard in any song that he performs.