Category Archives: Interviews

Kickn It Java Style with Cassie 4-01-15


This weeks program is a little late.  But better late than never…..That lil ol devil thinks he is getting my goat.  Well I got news for him I did goat tying in High School.  Me and God got dis.

This weeks episode is brought to you by Two Or More Coffee House



  1. “I’m A Rock”  Kristina Craig Band
  2.   “Today’s Gonna Be Beautiful”  Mikayla Lynn
  3.   “Cowboy Boots In Heaven”  Isaac Cole
  4.   “Wont Let Go”  Carol
  5.   “Christian Rock n Roll”  Tommy Brandt II
  6.   “A New Rode”  Chloe Goss
  7.   “Heart of Worship”  Tommy Brandt
  8.   “Amazing Grace”  Dave Powers










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Cassie G

KIJS with Cassie-Interview with Chad Williams

541304_448906928512672_144913719_n I was blessed to get to watch Chad perform live at the 2014 ICM Awards Showcase.  That night Chad told us he had a head cold.  I thought wow if this is how he sings with a head cold I cant wait to hear him with out one because he is rocking it.

This week I decided to try out doing a phone interview.  I had a blast.  My friend was there with me and she said “wow you cant hide your emotions by your face for sure.” When I asked what she meant, she said ‘you looked like you love every minute of what you are doing”  I sure do.  So here it is KIJS with Cassie-Interview with Chad Williams



Interview with Chad Williams

Chad Williams grew up playing music with his family now still continues to sing and play to encourage others. In 2013 he had the opportunity to debut at the Inspirational Country Music Awards Week in Nashville , sharing the same stage with Jeff Bates ,Tommy Brandt, Randy-Paul, Aaron and Amanda Crabb, Cross Country the Band and many more. Music is and always will be a part of his life. His style is very different with a inspirational twist ,very soothing yet with a hint of country, blues , and whatever else you may pick up on. Nevertheless he always leaves you wanting to tap your feet right along.



I love Blues Music and this song is now one of my favs. Click Below to listen to Blues Gospel.


Check out Chad’s Video from the 2013 ICM Awards.


To learn more about Chad Willimas and his music and ministry click below.




Thank You Chad for doing this interview for Kickn It Java Style with Cassie.


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Cassie G

Interview with Kimberly Dawn


I met Kimberly Dawn at the 2014 ICM Awards.  She is such a sweet woman of God.  I enjoyed her showcase and loved her true country sound.

Kimberly and I have a sweet mutual friend; Richard Frazier.  Richard Plays Kimberly’s music on The Richard Frazier Show.  He networked and connected us together.  I am so glad he did.

Kimberly called me the other night and we talked for over an hour.  She shared her heart with me and what God is done in her life.  She blessed me with this interview.


Kimberly Dawn Nutter, a native of Greenbrier County, WV, is a comparatively new edition to the Country/Gospel music industry. Since professionally beginning her career in 2013, her singing and songwriting abilities have made her one of the most influential voices of “this generation’ of Country/Gospel music. Kim always strives to reach out lyrically to the sick, afflicted, and broken-hearted, and her efforts have gotten noticed, often resulting in her music being described with words like: joyful, uplifting, inspiring, affirmative, exuberant,and universal in its appeal and intention. Her message is quite abundant with love, faith, rhythm, wisdom and soul.

Kim has striven to rise from the shy young vocalist she started as to where she is today. She whole-heartedly believes that her career is an answered prayer and an opportunity to use her combination of talent, extraordinary work-ethic, and girl-next-door likeability to continue both her artistic growth and growth with her ministry.

Bio taken from her website below

Interview with Kimberly Dawn

 How long have you been singing Country and Inspirational Country Music?   I’ve been singing and writing all my life. However it wasn’t until after my children and myself experienced an enormous tragedy in 2011, I began to pursue my singing possibilities in the year 2013, I was encouraged by a professional friend to submit four of my songs to Internet Radio and in two days they charted in at #1, and remained in the top 20’s for over three weeks.


Are you an independent artist?  Yes.


What artist would you say has influenced your music the most?  I have several influences from different genres: Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Louie Armstrong, Jason Crabb, Allyson Krauss. The most influential in recent times would have to be Carrie Underwood.


What was your first song to hit the air waves?  “Holding On “


And which station started your adventure on air?   Wow, I started out on hundreds of different radio stations, thanks to HMG Christian Country Radio. 

Click on link below to listen to this great song by Kimberly Dawn

Holding On


What would you say was the defining moment in your music ministry that you knew that this was what you wanted to do?  It was on a memorial day weekend, “Kimberly Dawn had been scheduled to perform for the Veterans and POW’s . We had several sound problems , not to mention my lead guitarist was stuck in a wreck just a few miles away, no one was hurt of course.  He called in and said he could not make it to play, I was feeling very discouraged , but the show must go on.  I looked up and saw a special needs couple raising their hands toward the heavens with smiles on their faces and tears of joy for the Lord streaming down from their eyes as they danced in circles all around the area while we played. Of course I was crying too, but I saw the love of God at work. That’s one of the most memorable times on this journey. But there have been many blessings almost too many to count.


What motivates you to keep going when you’re tired?  I think about the calling God has placed on my life. I think of how Jesus died for us and He never gave up on us.  Lord willing I will press through and keep on keeping on!

Do you have any new projects in the making?  Absolutely , in just a few weeks we will have a complete album of twelve songs “ Reaching Higher “, as well as a single called “ Can’t have Me”.


Click on link below to listen to Cant Have Me

Cant Have Me


What’s your current single on the air waves that we might hear? “Rain on me” just debuted about three weeks ago.


Click on Rain on Me to listen to her new single

Rain On Me


Do you write any of your own songs?  Yes, I write all of my songs and my husband helps me with music arrangements on a lot of them.


What is your personal favorite out of all the songs you have recorded or sing? “Reaching Higher “
is one of my favorites, it brought me through one of the hardest times in my life. All of my songs relate to an experience God has brought me through.


Can you share one of your funniest memories of Singing on stage or while recording?
There have been several; however everyone in the band got big kick out of me biting the mic, while we were on the air live at the Floyd Country Store in Floyd Virginia. I will share with you that my dress seam ripped straight up my leg at the Nashville Palace in Nashville Tennessee, while preforming and anyone that commented on my dress thought it was made that way.   I just kept on singing however,  I laughed half the night over that one.


Can you tell us about the clothing and accessories you have on your website?  Yes, the line of clothing and accessories are designed to represent the lyrics from various songs recorded. Proceeds go to a non-profit organization recently founded called Solomon’s Porch. For families, who have been and are afflicted by Drug Addiction, Loss and or Abuse. That’s another project I am working on.


Check out Kimberly’s Online Store Below



What is your favorite scripture and what does it mean to you? 
Isaiah 59:1 Behold the Lord’s hand is not too short to save, and his ear is not too deaf to hear.
As long as we cry to God with sincerity , He can hear us and He will save us.
I share that scripture with people that feel they are unworthy of God’s love and mercy .

To learn more about Kimberly Dawn and her music please check out her website below.

Click here to enter Kimberly Dawn Ministries



Thank You Kimberly Dawn!!!!!


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Cassie G

Interview with Bart Fortenbery



I am really excited about this interview with Bart Fortenbery.   I have been reading Bart’s website information, listening to him minister and listening to his jams…Loving what I am reading and hearing.


Check out this Video of Bart Ministering on Living to Please God



In 1993 Bart gave his life to Christ. Since then, he knew that God had a special plan for him. Bart has always had a love for music. Once he discovered Christian music, he knew that was where God wanted him to be. Bart’s mission, is to help the lost get saved but also help the saved stay encouraged in their walk. With the message in his songs and his testimony of money struggles, going through a divorce, losing a home, yet never giving up; most people can relate to his life. Bart says, We often try so hard to do what is right and yet, Satan keeps trying to wear us down. Personally I have wanted to give up many times. Through the love and encouragement of others I have continued to follow Gods will. That is the same thing I want to send to others.
In Roman’s 13:10 ;Love does no wrong to anyone, so love satisfies all of God’s requirements;, and Ephesians 5:1-2 ;Therefore be imitators of God as beloved children, And walk in Love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God;. Bart says that we need to show more love and understanding towards each other and to be that reflection of Jesus Christ, so that others will want what we have , as Christians.

Bart is from the small town in Cherryville, North Carolina. He has 2 kids who is grown, daughter graduated from Sacramento State in California currently going for her masters at Appalachian University in NC  and son who graduated from UNC Asheville and married living in Gastonia NC.



What artist would you say has influenced your music the most?
Steven Curtis Chapman and I was introduced to Christian country by listening to Del Way
What was your first song to hit the air waves? And which station started your adventure on air?
My first song released to radio was “The Power of Prayer” which went to #1 on the Inspirational Country Music Charts in May of 2003, which was written about a little boy who was dignosed with Spinal Bifada. And how The Lord has healed him through prayer. And station I am not sure.
What would you say was the defining moment in your music ministry that you knew that this was what you wanted to do?
It has not been one thing but a list of things that the Lord has placed me in and the learning experience has been overwhelming. Like, started leading praise and worship in a few churches, then started a youth band that went to different places and played, and then was offered the position as Youth Pastor at a church and I am still doing that and loving it, and was asked to fill in as a pastor and turning out to be a 4 month long event bringing the message every Sunday and leading praise and worship, and then being asked to speak in this church and that. I feel that The Lord was working in my life to do this, even without having an education to be a pastor. The pastor of the church where I am the Youth Pastor, has guided me and gave me advice along the way. And it helps when he is also a teacher at Gordon Conwell Seminary in Charlotte NC, a school that Billy Graham had a part in starting. And through the response from all the places that I have sung and spoke has reassured me to follow this calling.
What motivates you to keep going when your tired?
Just knowing what God has done in my life and used me in the life of others keeps me going even when the thought of giving up occurs.
Do you have any projects in the making?
I just finished a project, but am working on a Bluegrass project and Contemparary Project, and will be next year before those are complete.
What’s your current single on the air waves that we might hear?
“He’s working on Making it Better”
Do you write any of your own songs?
I write all my songs,
What is your personal favorite out of all the songs you have recorded or sung?
I would have to say The Power of Prayer since it was my first release and #1
Can you share one of your funniest memories of Singing on stage or while recording?
I was not on a stage but I was singing in a Nursing home and the nurse had rolled a sweet ole man close to me as I was singing and he started coughing and he could not stop. As I was singing he coughed and his teeth come bouncing across the floor and I motioned for the nurse and never missed a beat singing. But afterwards it was a good laugh.
Can you tell us about Apple Lane Music Group?
I started this a few years ago, trying to learn about the song promotion part of the industry so I could help those starting out. I know how hard it was for me to come up with the money that some ask for, which is fine and they have done a great job for me in the past but it is hard to come up with alot of money. So I am learning as I promote myself. And my son had gone to College at UNC Asheville for Music production and he is helping me getting the studio up and running. I also give music lessons to students and used to have a music store.
What is your favorite scripture and what does it mean to you?
That one is easy, and it is Galations 5, 22-23. If everyone had love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control, this would be such a better place to live!
Thank you Bart for this interview
This has been one of my favorite songs so far.  Recently I have been helping another artist on a project that has made my heart so tender towards our soldiers.



Interview with Diana Williams



I was blessed to meet Ms. Diana Williams this last fall at the ICM Awards.  Diana writes some amazing songs and sings just as amazing.  I have been working with her on a project she is releasing with an artist I work closely with.  Diana has a precious heart, a love for music, and passion to make others smile.


Diana has blessed me by allowing me to interview her.  I hope you all enjoy getting to know this precious lady like I have.


Diana Williams

Diana Williams is a freelance writer of songs, stories and articles. Her lyrics often contain an embedded, nostalgic message. Diana refers to her lyrics as a tidbit of a self-help book that provides a moral to the story… with a light touch!

Diana is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association, and Global Songwriters Connection. She enjoys writing lyrics and melodies for other songwriters. Another favorite activity is occasionally singing with her local band, Crow Hill for charity.

With roots in Oklahoma and Texas, Diana currently resides in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.


How long have you been writing music?   Since about 1978…I was going through a hard time and someone had given me an old Stella guitar.  It was plywood with barbed-wire strings.  I wasn’t aware at the time that you could change the strings. 🙂  As I was learning painful chords, something resonated with me and I wrote my first song which was called “I’m Not Your Love Anymore”.  It felt so good to write down feelings and not just leave them in a journal somewhere, but to create a song I could sing and remember and rejoice that I had survived something difficult.  I continued to write sad songs for awhile and was finally brave enough to sing them to other people.  I was amazed they cried as if the same thing had happened to them.  I realized my song was also someone else’s song – whether it was sympathetic or empathetic, it didn’t matter.  It connected and that was what mattered.  I still love sad songs – they make you feel better.  Your soul loves to put it all out there – good, bad, or ugly – it will express it any way it can as a way of handing it to God for his answers and blessings.

Who do you feel has influenced you the most in your music career?   It all started with my grandparents.  They literally thought I could do anything.  If I had listened to them, I would have started my music career a long time ago, but  I didn’t have the faith in myself that they did. I lived with them for the first five years of my life and we watched Gospel Jubilee and the Grand Ole Opry and that was the major building block for me.  I would pull a little footstool into the middle of the floor, stand on it and sing at the top of my lungs with Vestal Goodman or the Florida Boys or Tanya Tucker.  And my grandparents would nod approvingly and tell me I was going to be on the Opry someday.   I sang ‘specials’ in the church when I got older and some weddings here and there.  When I met my husband, his family played bluegrass and their harmonies and instruments stunned me.  The only families I had seen play music together were on the television and this family could have been there if they had wanted to go that direction.  My mother-in-law would sing the old songs, making them brand new again – plain spoken songs that weren’t afraid to say Jesus or talk about Heaven or the pain of this world.  Bluegrass and gospel were made for each other and their powerful messages always hit the mark with me.

I am all over the place with my songwriting influences, but having an Oklahoma accent, most things sound country even if they aren’t.  Thank God for demo singers. 🙂

Vocally, I loved women who could belt out a song like Vestal Goodman, Linda Ronstadt, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Whitney Houston.  I adore gospel quartets like the Booth Brothers and the Cathedrals – I would love to hear them sing “Willin'” – in case they are reading this. 🙂   As a songwriter, I’m blown away with the phrasings that sound so simple but probably took a long time to piece together. The last song that made me cry was “The House That Built Me”.  I’d tried for years to write a song saying  exactly what they so easily said.  Later, I learned it took seven years to write that song.

What was the first song you had on the radio and who was the artist?
About a million years ago, someone played some rough recordings I had (of course, I didn’t know they were rough at the time).  But more recently, I made a decision to try harder at writing quality songs and getting them out into the world.  It really is like giving birth, dressing up your baby and sending it out for adoption.   I’ve heard recently that some of my songs are on the radio and I am the artist on those, but I know for a fact there will be two more coming up that are very special to me.  Stephen Rew will be releasing ‘I Want My Country Back’ in the spring and Carol Hogner will be releasing ‘They Saved The World’ very soon.  I cannot wait to hear the feedback from those songs and the artist’s interpretations.  I am very proud to know both Steve and Carol and honored for them to sing those songs in particular.  They are both statement songs.
What would you say was the defining moment in your music ministry that you knew that this was what you wanted to do?  A couple of things come to mind with that question.  I hadn’t planned on a ministry – though I devoutly believe we are all displaying our ministry every day – a very scary thought for me at times.  I didn’t plan any of this, but I wanted it all my life and though I didn’t know it, I needed it.  I would get up in the middle of the night and write and it was my happy place.  The calendar had a little something to do with it, too. It reminded me if I wanted to do this, I’d better get started, but at that time, I had only planned on writing songs – any kind of songs.  I was wrapped up in learning all different styles and so on.  Then I wrote ‘Willin’ and something happened.  It fell on the page and when I read it, I realized I couldn’t have written that song because it taught me so many things I didn’t know.  It was as if another person sang something and made me write it down.  I hear ‘Never give up, Never give in’ in my head weekly.   At that point, I knew I didn’t want to write just any type of song.  I wanted to write songs that mattered.  I began to hunger for songs with messages.  I still didn’t care if they were secular or spiritual songs – in fact, when I hear a well-written song with a good solid, loving message, I know God is behind it.  It reminds me that  no matter who you are or what you have done, you are not alone and there is an answer.  It blurs the line for me between a spiritual song and a secular song.  I think the world itself is hungry for songs and stories with meaning and connection to our Creator.   I have heard love songs that could be sang directly to God without changing one word.  I think songs with meaning always hit their mark with any audience and let’s face it, there are people who have to be eased into the message of salvation and hope in everyday language so they relate, understand and then yearn for what God has to tell them. Their hearts can be made ready with words and context.  I not only have met them and sang to them, I am one of them.  I had to return in my heart to the little Morning Star church to remember – Jesus Loves Me This I Know / Just As I Am.  I think those songs should have been written as one and they still restore the faith my grandparents had in me.  I am here for a reason and I may not follow the same path in the same way, but God has plans for my middle of the night writings and I will do my best to stay out of the way.   A song like ‘Let Me Ride’ is a good example of a song that  doesn’t say God or Jesus, but it opens the conversation of why are you here?  What is the dream you are after?  Then the conversation of Who put you here is natural and easy.  God has given me hundreds of hooks and ideas that are clearly designed to pull out a spiritual message in every day language and deliver them with heartfelt sincerity.  For some reason, it only happens in the middle of the night. 🙂
What motivates you to keep going when you’re tired?  I know the answer to this one!  I have a full time job that runs about 60-70 hours a week with a dollop of high stress to top it off.  I am grateful for not only the job, but (this is hard to say) for the stress because now I understand how blessed I am.  I would have missed that knowledge without the days when I need to breathe into a paper bag.  Writing songs, stories, articles, any kind of writing – talk about your long shot goals, I could play the lottery and have better odds.  So here is what happens and I believe it is because I continually ask for help and signs of being on the right path.  Every time I am overwhelmed by having a full-time job and a goal of being a great songwriter and a writer of meaningful stories and ideas – when I seriously begin to question my sanity and choices – then, some one calls or writes to me and tells me they love a song or they want me to help them write a song (or a story) and I am back on track.  It is straight from my Father, letting me know I am doing what I should be and not worry about tomorrow or my list of to-do’s or the fact that I am out of chocolate.  I am also like Mark Twain who could live a month on a good compliment. 🙂  God knows that about me, too – why else would I have had grandparents who told me every day what a good singer I was?   God knew.
Do you find that you do well when writing songs directed to  the market verses from your heart?  I have written both and I have successfully pitched both, but if I had a wish for the future, I would only write from the heart.  I believe you can do both at the same time, but it is difficult.  There are things in this life that will bring you money and attention, but you might not be proud of them.  I still feel Grandma listening and watching and her values are finally my values.  I smile knowing she has probably told God about the Opry plan.  It took a long time to understand what matters to me and to accept it, but now there isn’t any joy in trying to write any other way.  I am happy to know this about my soul now and it will save time.
Do you have a funny story you can share with us of working with any particular artist?  The funny story is what I found out about trying to write a song with my husband.  I was very close to completing a song and needed more of a jump for the chorus.  My husband sings beautiful harmony and you can hear him on some of my songs.  I love our sound.  His voice absolutely completes mine and gives us a very unique sound.  I figured he would sing a little harmony on the song and that would give me the jump note I was looking for.  We do have very different ways of doing things and I usually enjoy that.  However…. I bet every married person knows what I am going to say – it came as a total surprise to me that we do not work well together on songwriting or probably any other kind of art.  It was a very long 30 minutes and it has not been repeated. Just sayin’.
The other funny thing – when I visited The Grand Ole Opry for the first time, we were seated in the very back row (against the wall) in what I think were the only two seats left in the house.  I remembered Grandma saying I was going to be on the Opry someday and how because she had said it and here I was…I looked up to Heaven and said, “You know God, I meant on the stage, not in the audience…right?”
Thank you so much Diana for sharing from your heart with us. 
If you are looking for a great song to record be sure to contact Diana Williams.  Check out her website below.





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