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“ALEX MARIE BRINKLEY” – 2016 Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Finalist

Alex Marie Brinkley – Top 10 Finalist in the Performing Songwriter Contest at the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival

Started singing at 14, how old are you now?
“I just turned 19!”

When will you graduate from Berklee College of Music?
“I’m in the Class of 2019.”

What’s your favorite coffee to order?
“Soy lattes are definitely my favorite!”

Have a favorite quote or credo that you live by?
“Live más – Taco Bell. I also always have something sparkly on me at all times. Glitter is very important.”

Was the ukulele the first instrument you learned to play?
“Piano was actually my first instrument. I started learning piano when I was five because my mom played and I wanted to be just like her. When I was in my senior year of high school, there was a ukulele in one of the music rooms, I picked it up one day, and haven’t put it down since.”

How would you describe your songwriting style?
“My style is definitely pop/singer-songwriter. I always try to make my lyrics unique and the songs catchy. I listen to as much music as possible, so my songwriting influence honestly comes from almost every musical genre.”

How long did it take to write the song you submitted to Wildflower! and is it based on a real moment or memory?
“What If I Love You & Just Me were co-written in Nashville with one of my mentors, Doug Kahan. I came in both sessions with a first verse and chorus and we finished the songs from there. Both were written in under two hours, and yes, they’re based on true stories! “What If I Love You” was written about a guy that I was really good friends with in high school. I had always had a crush on him and he saw me as just a friend. In the song, I’m basically asking him, “Well, what if I love you?” “Just Me” is more of a song about myself and how my weird quirks and silly things I do make me who I am. Both songs are super fun for me to perform and I can’t wait to play them at Wildflower!”

Do you have any superstitious habits before a performance to chase jitters or just for plain old good luck?
“I usually eat a bean burrito a few hours in advance, drink a lot of water, wear a lot of glitter, and I never match my socks.”

What does it mean to be selected as a Top Ten Finalist for this competition?
“It means SO MUCH!!! I was almost in shock when I found out I was a finalist because everyone competing with me is so, so talented. I cannot wait to meet everyone and learn as much as I can from them. I’m honored to be a finalist.”

In a relationship or totally focused on career?
“I’m in a relationship with my ukuleles and Taco Bell.”

Will any special family members and friends be at Wildflower! cheering for you?
“My mom, stepdad, and some of my best friends will be there!”

Who in the Wildflower! line-up are you most excited to see perform?
“I’m really excited to see Survivor and Finger Eleven. I remember listening to both of them when I was younger, so I definitely want to go jam out to both of their performances.”

Connect with Alex Marie Brinkley:
alex@alexmariebrinkley.com
www.alexmariebrinkley.com
https://www.instagram.com/alexmariebrinkley/
https://twitter.com/alexmbrinkley
https://www.facebook.com/alexmariebrinkley
https://www.youtube.com/user/alexmariebrinkley

The award-winning Wildflower! Performing Songwriter contest encourages the growth of the art of independent performing singer-songwriters. The genres include Acoustic, Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, Celtic, Country and Folk. The Singer Songwriter Stage is located in the Bank of America Theatre within the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts. The top ten finalists will compete for cash prizes on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.and more info is available on the website: http://www.wildflowerfestival.com/songwriter-contest/

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GATES OPEN AT 6:30PM AND WILDFLOWER! STAGES TO ROCK ON SATURDAY

It’s been a wild weekend here at Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival! We are so excited to update that the gates are going to open at 6:30 p.m.. The festival has been partially open since this morning and indoor performances inside the Eisemann Center have continued as scheduled throughout the day.

Unfortunately, Blue Oyster Cult had to cancel its appearance at the Festival due to its flight into DFW International Airport being cancelled because of the severe weather. All acts prior to 6:30 p.m. set to perform on outdoor stages have been removed from the schedule.

Want the good news? The Methodist Richardson Amphitheatre Stage, Plaza Stage, and Bud Light Stage are ready to rock (after a lot of hard work by the festival folks).

Methodist Richardson Amphitheatre Stage
8:15 p.m. The Guess Who
10:00 p.m. Grand Funk Railroad

The Guess Who

Plaza Stage
8:45 p.m. Judah & The Lion
10:30 p.m. Fitz and the Tantrums

Bud Light Stage
6:45 p.m. Devil’s Sooty Brother
8:15 p.m. Joshua Ray Walker
9:45 p.m. Big City Outlaws

Aeromyth

Hill Hall
9:00 p.m. Aeromyth

UnitedHealthcare Singer Songwriter Stage
6:00 p.m. Jason Castro
7:45 p.m. Darrell Scott
9:15 p.m. Crystal Bowersox

The Plaza Stage viewing grounds consist of solid concrete but you’ll want to bring a lawn chair for the Methodist Richardson Amphitheatre Stage area, or wear comfy boots to navigate the soggy grass. The wet conditions have created high humidity of 94% and cool temperatures in the 60’s.

Due to schedule changes caused by today’s severe weather, all Saturday general admission tickets to the festival will be honored for use, either today or tomorrow. We scan it once and you can decide whether that will be for Saturday or Sunday. Ticket prices for Saturday have been dropped to $30 at the gate. On Sunday, children 12 and under will be allowed free admission.

Street performers scheduled to appear on Performance Row have been cancelled for today. Due to wind damage, the WF! Kids area is closed for the rest of the weekend.

The schedule for all acts is updated and posted on the website. www.wildflowerfestival.com

Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival Announces Revised Saturday Schedule Due To Severe Weather Impacts

All gates to open at 6:30 p.m. with most national acts set to perform

The Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival will open all gates at 6:30 p.m. The Festival has been partially open since 11 a.m. this morning, with indoor music performances taking place as scheduled on Eisemann Center stages.

Weather Impacts On Performances
With the exception of Blue Oyster Cult and Quiet Company, all performances set for this evening on outdoor stages at Wildflower! will perform as scheduled. Blue Oyster Cult had to cancel its appearance at the Festival this weekend due to its flight into DFW International Airport being cancelled because of severe weather. Tonight’s 7:15 p.m. performance by Quiet Company on the Plaza Stage has also been cancelled along with all other acts scheduled to perform on outdoor stages prior to 6:30 p.m.

Weather Impacts From Today’s Storm
At approximately 1 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon, severe weather passing through North Texas impacted the festival grounds causing limited wind damage. Festival staff are in the process of cleaning the grounds and all six gates at the festival will reopen at 6:30 p.m.

Patrons Asked To Prepare For Wet Conditions
People planning to attend the festival this evening to enjoy the outdoor stages will want to prepare accordingly for wet conditions. Bring water resistant clothing and lawn chairs are recommended.

Saturday Passes To Be Honored Today Or Tomorrow
Due to schedule changes caused by today’s severe weather, all Saturday passes to the Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival will be honored for use either today or tomorrow.

Saturday Pass Dropped To $30 For Saturday Performances / Children Get In Free Sunday
Ticket prices for Saturday have been dropped to $30 at the gate. On Sunday, children 12 and under will be allowed through the gates free of charge.

Other Updates
Street performers scheduled to appear on Performance Row have also been cancelled for today and, due to wind damage, the Children’s Area on the festival grounds is closed for the rest of the weekend. Information on the performance schedule for all acts is available at www.wildflowerfestival.com.

WILDFLOWER! FESTIVAL TO PARTIALLY OPEN DUE TO THREAT OF SEVERE WEATHER

Festival grounds expected to fully open at 5 p.m., or once area storms pass; performances on Eisemann Center stages continue as scheduled

(Richardson, TX) – Richardson’s Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival will partially open at 11 a.m. due to the threat of severe weather in the area. Gate F, located on the north side of the event, is open for patrons to directly enter the Eisemann Center to enjoy performances on the Singer Songwriter and Hill Performance Hall stages. The closest parking area to Gate F is the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas parking garage. View the Festival Map for locations.

All six gates on the festival grounds are expected to reopen at 5 p.m., or once the threat of severe weather has passed. People planning to attend the festival to enjoy the outdoor stages this evening are asked to prepare accordingly for wet conditions. Bring water resistant clothing, umbrellas and lawn chairs. All afternoon performances scheduled to take place on outdoor stages prior to 5 p.m. have been cancelled.

Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival has historically had bouts with rain over the past 27 years of its history in Richardson, but the event has always been held rain or shine. Richardson’s Emergency Management team consistently monitors the weather, and public safety personnel have plans in place to shelter people if necessary.

Tickets available online or at the gate.

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