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"New Music: Scarletta - Right Here, Right Now"

Scarletta is a hot new independent trio working their single up the Music Row charts. The band features Aubrey Collins, Nathan Stoops and Benji Harris. The song was written by Scarletta and Paul Wagner. The single and their upcoming debut album was produced by Blake Chancey (Dixie Chicks, Maggie Rose).

Fiercely feisty and fun trio Scarletta is heating up country radio airwaves with their smash single, “Right Here, Right Now.” The song has now broken into the Music Row Top 30, and for good reason.

“It’s one of those tunes you don’t get tired of hearing or playing! We always have such a great time on the air with them and you can count on KLMJ to keep playing Scarletta!” says KLMJ’s Mike Betten.

“What a great feel for a debut single. It’s a really fun song and we look forward to hearing more from them,” says KBOE’s Steve Shettler.

“I love watching the way they interact together. You can tell they’re a great group. Can’t wait to see them in a live show. We’re getting an incredible response, and this fun song is really catching on!” says KDKD’s Dr. Dave.

Read more at - Roughstock

"615 Spotlight: Scarletta Gets 'Island Fever'"

The winter might not seem like the perfect time to release a single with a tropical bent, but then again Scarletta is not your normal country act. The trio -- comprised of lead singer Aubrey Collins, fiddle player Nathan Stoops, and guitarist Benji Harris -- are proud to share with Billboard the debut of their brand new single and lyric video, titled "Island Fever."

The track will be the first single from a project the band is working on, and Collins says being in the studio with their new producers has been a liberating experience. "We are so fortunate to be working with a production team called Seathedesert - comprised of Steffon Hamulak, and Eric Torres," she says. "They let us be us. We got to use our own drummer, and we were all in there together. It was like a performance. It was so much looser, just letting us be the band we are."

Scarletta will be making the rounds at radio this year to promote the single. It's a trek they know well, having introduced themselves to stations last year with their single "Right Here Right Now."

"We did the radio tour last spring, and it was very much worth it," Collins notes, and says it was important for the group for more reasons than one. "It was just the three of us, and we split time driving, and a lot of bonding. That's when we became a solid unit. We really became super close," she says.

615 Picks: Scarletta Among 10 Artists to Watch in 2013

One of the aspects of Scarletta's sound that sets them apart is the wide and varied influences the band claims. "I listened to Motley Crue then Patsy Cline," says Collins, who also enjoyed a stint as lead singer of Trick Pony. "So my background was very eclectic. That describes my personality. I'm a rock and roll chick, but would also like to hang out at the farm one day and not hear any noise." Stoops - who has played fiddle on several season 10 and 11 episodes of "American Idol," goes in a different musical direction altogether. "There's a good deal of counter balance within this band," he said. "My background is in classical music." Harris took a completely different path to the band. "I just put a band together in the garage with my buddies, completely untrained. That's my background. I was always playing lead guitar and singing harmony- which is what I always wanted."

With the new single out, the band plans to hit the road in a big way. "Starting this month, we've got about a dozen dates through the summer pushing the music. We're starting to see some markets emerge as fan bases for us based on the fact they saw us, and came back, and told some friends about us," says Stoops.

Word of mouth has had quite an impact, says Harris. "It's so encouraging, because you can look out and see people mouthing the words to your songs, while wearing your t-shirts, and it's like 'Wow, we have fans! That is a great feeling." - Billboard

"615 Picks: 10 Artists to Watch in 2013"

Expect great things from new or emerging artists in the country and Americana worlds in 2013. Here's the 615's picks for ten artists to keep a keen eye on, from the Brooklyn-based Americana band the Lone Bellow to a new album from Pistol Annies star Ashley Monroe to the throwback sounds of Coy Taylor.

Amber Hayes -- Few country newcomers have as much reverence for the format's past - as well as an optimistic eye to the future as Hayes. Her latest EP, "Any Day Is A Good Day," shows tremendous growth as not only an artist, but as a writer as well. Look for big things from this Oklahoma native in 2013.

High Valley -- With their debut single "Love You For A Long Time" poised to make an impact, this trio of brothers from Canada have the talent, harmonies, and the songs to make it in 2013.

The Lone Bellow -- We're really excited about the future for this Brooklyn-based trio that runs the musical gamut. They are a little bit country, a little bit Americana, but in the end, they are a whole lot good! Their self-titled debut hits stores on January 22, and we think their future is nothing but bright.

Ashley Monroe -- Though she is known as a member of the Pistol Annies, Monroe has been at it a while. Her upcoming "Like A Rose" album is one of Music City's most anticipated projects, set for a March 5 release. Take one listen to a cut like the retro-ish "Morning After," and we think you just might agree that Monroe might be the most talented female traditional-based newcomer since Lee Ann Womack.

Kacey Musgraves -- Her debut single "Merry Go Round," reminds us of something that Loretta Lynn might have written had she arrived in Nashville today. It has that same earthy feel of many of the icon's classic hits. The Sulphur Springs, TX native is definitely going to make quite an impact in 2013.

"Nashville" -- Though the Nielsen ratings jury is still out on the ABC drama, I have been intrigued by the music that has been coming from the show. Hayden Panettiere's "Telescope" is entertaining, but Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio's "If I Didn't Know Better" is simply a riveting piece of relationship-inspired angst -- television show-based or not. With T. Bone Burnett leading the musical charge of this show, we think it's inevitable that it will inspire more great musical moments.

Scarletta -- The trio of Nathan Stoops, Benji Harris, and lead singer Aubrey Collins have been turning ears and heads with their energetic sounds, and with a new project in the works, 2013 promises more of the same.

Coy Taylor -- Coy Taylor is a modern-day throwback to legends like George Jones and Johnny Paycheck, and he has attracted the attention of Average Joe's Management. A listen to his latest material proves that they - as well as he, are both on the right course.

Chris Weaver Band -- There is no other band on the market that sounds quite like this. They blend contemporary country with classic sounding R&B in what seems like an effortless manner. Their latest disc, "Standing In Line," is one that deserves quite a bit of attention - and we think they will receive it.

Drake White -- MCA Nashville has a lot of hopes riding on their new artist, and well they should. He possesses a sharp wit in his songwriting that is comparable to that of an early Brad Paisley. Anyone who cites bluegrass and freestyle sounds in his bio is sure to be a little off-center musically, and that is a very good thing. With material like "Fifty Years Too Late," White is sure to make a mark with audiences in 2013!
- Billboard


Still working on that hot first release.



What sets country music apart from every other genre is its ability to tell a story. What sets Scarletta apart from every other band is the fateful way in which it all came together. It is truly a case of a band that was meant to be.

Fiddle player Nathan Stoops, lead singer Aubrey Collins, and guitarist Benji Harris have created a sound that is pure magic. When these three uniquely talented artists first collaborated they knew something special was happening. Since that first day their songwriting, performing, and vocal blend have progressed effortlessly, capturing the attention of the music industry and fans alike.

Scarletta has surrounded themselves with a strong team of industry professionals. The band is being produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Blake Chancey. They are managed by Rusty Harmon for Average Joe's Management, and are booked through Buddy Lee Attractions.

Prior to forming Scarletta, Northwest Ohio native Nathan Stoops was a classical violinist. He first picked up the violin at age 7 and became a member of the Hillsdale College Orchestra at age 14. Nathan went on to attend Hillsdale College as a music major and became the school's first freshman concertmaster in over ten years. While still in college, he was offered a position with a professional orchestra in Jackson MI. During this time, Nathan discovered a love for country music. He explains, "I still love classical music, but country has allowed me to branch out into other aspects of music, such as singing and songwriting. Since moving to Nashville, Nathan has toured internationally with Aaron Tippin, Chris Cagle and Bo Bice. In seasons 10 and 11 (2011, 2012) of American Idol, Nathan was featured on several shows performing with Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery, and Skyler Laine.

Texas born and raised, Benji Harris began singing and playing guitar when he was 12, long before he came to Nashville for an internship at a studio on music row. That first taste of Nashville was all he needed. He soon moved to town and found success as a bandleader, background vocalist, and session musician for up and coming artists, including a tour with Bo Bice. During a session in 2009 he met Nathan Stoops. Their musical and songwriting chemistry immediately clicked, and when Nathan approached him with the idea of forming a band, his response was "Sure, why not!"

Lead singer Aubrey Collins is no stranger to the spotlight. By age 16 she was touring and actively sought after by major labels. While still a teen, Aubrey left her hometown of Denver Colorado to pursue a music career in LA. After several years of working in the fast paced LA music scene, she felt the urge to return to her country roots. She moved to Nashville in 2007 to replace Heidi Newfield as lead singer of the commercially successful country band, Trick Pony. Aubrey left the group after a year to pursue other opportunities and soon after met Stoops and Harris.

Scarletta just released their first single to country radio. The song, "Right Here Right Now" was written by Scarletta along with rock personality Paul Taylor, (Winger, Alice Cooper) who co-produced the track with Blake Chancey. "They have everything it takes in this day and age," said Chancey, "musical chops, great vocals, amazing harmonies, and fantastic songs. They are the next great personalities in country music."