Interview With HICKS
By Jim Madonna
Well, I would ask him about his new single, “Hayride.” Ask him about the inspiration behind it, the writing process, the recording, etc.
Then, I would ask him about his recent nomination for the British CMA awards, as Euro Act of the Year, which he won last year. He’s also had some other nominations recently.
Then, I would bring up that he wrote some songs for the late, great, Jimi Jamison..and talk about that whole thing, and his going from writing rock material to country. That should get you started. lol. There’s a lot of stuff on the bio..just pick and choose. He’s an easy intervew.
What if I listened to all the “experts” that told me…
-You’re too old
-Don’t write country songs
-Radio will never play your songs
-There’s no audience for that
-Sure you can sing and your songs are great but it will never work
-Quit… Don’t go there… Are you crazy
Then I never would have…
-Been invited to play and represent Sweden at the CMA Fest in Nashville
-Won “Favorite Country Group” at IMN Country Music Awards
-Been nominated for “Best International Artist” and “Video Of The Year” at ICoMA Country Music Awards (2013)
-Had My songs played on thousands of radio stations all around the world
-Done radio and TV interviews in Italy, France, England, Ireland, Australia, USA, Sweden, Norway, Canada, Germany…
-Been nominated for “Song Of The Year” and “Video Of the Year” at Nashville Universe Awards
-Been “Artist Of The Month” on Sky TV in UK
-Play at country festivals in the USA, France, Sweden…
-Got fans from all corners of the world
-Been nominated again at ICoMA Country Music Awards for “Best International Country Artist” “Song Of The Year” (Hayride) and “Video Of The Year” (Unreachable Dream) 2014
-Been invited to play at BCMA in London 2014
-Received 3 Nominations at 2014 International Music and Entertainment Awards
-And… The biggest thing of all…. winning “Best European Country Act Of The Year” at The British CMA in London. (2013)
Good thing I didn’t listen to anybody else but myself!
Hicks (Miqael Persson) is an accomplished songwriter from the south of Sweden, with multiple Gold and Platinum records to his credit. His rock-edged songs have been recorded by artists like Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Giant (Dann Huff), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Little River Band, W.E.T. (Featuring Jeff Scott Soto), Grammy nominated Toby Hitchcock and Grammy winner, Barbados. He has also written with Nashville heavy-hitters like Anthony Smith, Dallas Rogers, Dennis Morgan and Sharon Vaughn. In late June 2014, “Hayride” became his first official US radio single release on MTS Records. It is currently climbing the New Music Weekly and Music Row country airplay charts, with the video reaching the Top 3 on Yallwire.com.
You can download his entire album at https://app.box.com/s/8ogcuo1gtpy1ro3l0ddg Be sure to play “Hayride,” for sure.
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