#DISCOVER | Jake Shane, Veronica Ballestrini, Stacey Randol, & MORE

Every weekday we pick one Songspace artist/track to be the featured Daily Discovery on AmericanSongwriter.com. Below is the week of 12.08 - 12.12.14.


Name: Jake Shane
Song Title: "Seascape"
Hometown: Springfield, IL

Jake Shane grew up in Springfield, Illinois, attended college in Nashville, and then lived in Madrid. His forthcoming album, Evening Sounds, intertwines American roots music with Spanish overtones. Listen to “Seascape."


Name: Veronica Ballestrini
Song Title: "Lonely Alone"
Hometown: Waterford, CT

After spending 2013 on the road with Secondhand Serenade, Alex Goot, and Juliette Simms (of 'The Voice' fame), Veronica Ballestrini released her sophomore album, Flip Side, earlier this year. She was a finalist in this year's Durango Sole Performer Contest. You can watch her online holiday concert on 12/10 via StageIt. Tickets HERE.


Name: Stacey Randol
Song Title: "Hometown"
Hometown: Decatur, IL

After studying music at Millikin University, the pieces began to fall in place and Stacey’s musical career took her on travels to Italy, China, and throughout the USA, only to find herself settling down in Music City. Stacey’s second album, Fables, was recorded in a home studio and then released earlier this year in February.

Listen to “Hometown” below and then be sure to check out the new video, as well. Stacey shot home videos over the past few months and pieced those moments together for the music video. It contains shots from travels around Illinois, Missouri, Alabama, New York, and Tennessee.


Name: Mike Mentz
Song Title: "Cigarette"
Hometown: Northbrook, IL

In 2013, Mike’s single “Cigarette” rode the Nashville Songwriters Association International’s Top 40 Chart for 4 months. An avid traveler, he has performed in over 25 countries, and his last 15 recorded songs were written in 12 cities including Chicago, Paris, Cozumel, Helsinki, Dublin, Barcelona, Tallinn, Nashville, and the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.


Name: decker.
Song Title: "Patsy"
Hometown: Denver, CO

Since 2009, the Sedona, AZ-based songwriter has written, produced and released a trove of mesmerizing music; an expansive palette of folk, gospel, rock and psychedelia recorded under the nom de plume decker. His new album, Patsy, will be released on February 17th, and we have the pleasure of introducing many of you to the album's title track.

You can pre-oder the album HERE.