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Ross Jones - editor

Ross Jones is a CMA Award-nominated Editor-In-Chief, who is based in London, UK.Ross graduated from Staffordshire University with a bachelors degree in Music Journalism and Broadcasting, before further pursuing a career within the music industry. Ross served as a freelance writer for over ten years for a variety of independent and national UK publications, including DIY, So Young, Goldflakepaint and Wax Music. He also served as News Editor for Bristol In Stereo.Editor of Holler since the platform's launch in December 2020, Ross has overseen the launch of the editorial website, Holler Live Sessions and the Holler Weekly Podcast.In 2023, Ross was nominated for the CMA Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award, a commendation established to recognize outstanding achievements in the media as they relate to Country Music outside of the United States.As well as his role as editor, Ross is a music Journalist, DJ and Podcaster. As a DJ, Ross has played sets at The Long Road and Citadel Festivals, as well as across a variety of reputable London and Bristol venues. As a Podcaster, Ross co-hosts the country music magazine show Strokes of Country on Whynow with fellow Holler staff Ciara Bains and Holly Smith, where they have interviewed such high profile artists as Lainey Wilson and Jelly Roll.

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Gemma Donahoe - Social Media Manager

Gemma Donahoe is a country music Journalist and Holler's Social Media Manager from Down Under living in London. Gemma bleeds Red by Taylor Swift, votes Childers Bryan ’24, and leans into The Chicks when the going gets tough.

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Jof Owen - New Music Editor

Jof Owen is the New Music Editor at Holler. Now based in East London, he was born and raised in the English countryside in the small Buckinghamshire village of Wendover, and graduated from Winchester University with a BA honours degree in Contemporary Cultural Studies.He is perhaps best known for being the singer in the indie pop band The Boy Least Likely To, who he formed with Peter Hobbs in 2003. They released their debut album, The Best Party Ever, in 2005 to widespread critical acclaim, earning spots in both Pitchfork’s Top 50 albums and in the Rough Trade Shop top 10 of that year.Their song ‘Be Gentle With Me’ became one of those breakthrough songs that lent itself to a myriad of contexts with a video starring Rashida Jones. Their songs featured in everything from Greys Anatomy to Juno, from Coca Cola to car adverts. They were one of the last wave of mid-noughties indie bands who could happily play the Pitchfork stage at SXSW and appear on KEXP at the same time as enjoying mainstream success back home, with appearances on Popworld, GMTV and the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party.The band’s second album The Law Of The Playground, resonated just as quickly as the first, with ‘Stringing Up Conkers’ featuring in an Apple iPhone advert and ‘When Life Gives Me Lemons’ on the soundtrack to the hit Emma Stone movie, Easy A and more recently the Peter Rabbit movie.Jof Owen formed the band Legends Of Country in 2015, inspired by his long standing love of country music and growing up watching Calamity Jane and listening to Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins. They have released two albums, Talk About Country and Anything But Country, on their own label.As well as The Boy Least Likely To and Legends Of Country, he is also one half of the indie pop duo Bubble & Squeak with Poppy Hankin from Girl Ray.Alongside singing and songwriting, Jof Owen has also written about country music for Holler, The Line Of Best Fit and Riposte magazine, as well as having a monthly fears column in Rough Trade Shops magazine. He has appeared as a guest on the Sentimental Garbage podcast with Caroline O’Donoghue talking about Twee, Gilmore Girls and Shania Twain. He also works for Thirty Tigers.

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Maxim Mower - News Editor

Maxim is a Country Music Journalist and Holler’s News Editor based in London, UK. After gaining a Masters with Merit from the University of Oxford, he wrote Buddhism and Music, which will be published on Mud Pie Books. During lockdown, Maxim created the Happiness x Music Project and co-founded Mindful Melody magazine in 2020, both of which explored the intersection between music and wellbeing. He’s written for publications such as Country Music People and has served as Music Editor of the Cherwell Newspaper and Phaser Magazine, during which time he set up Phaser’s first podcast series. Over the past few years, Maxim has interviewed some of his favourite artists, including Kelsea Ballerini, HARDY, Riley Green, Bailey Zimmerman, Midland, Ernest, Molly Tuttle and more. Since joining Holler towards the end of 2022, he has expanded the news output and introduced new article formats such as Lyrics & Meaning pieces, Exclusive Q&As and Album Hub Pages. Maxim enjoys staying on the pulse of the latest releases, and is a country aficionado and avid listener of anything by Morgan Wallen, Luke Combs, Lainey Wilson, George Strait, Florida Georgia Line, Niko Moon, Megan Moroney and Zach Bryan, as well as keenly covering Post Malone’s transition into country music. Above all, Maxim considers himself Kenny Chesney’s No. 1 fan.

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Lydia Farthing - U.S. News Editor

Lydia Farthing is a Nashville-based music journalist and Nashville native who has spent her life immersed in the music industry.With career stops at MusicRow Magazine, Provident Music Group and Aristo PR, she's always in search of the best concerts and new music, and is an avid supporter of females in the country format.

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Baylen Leonard - head of music

Baylen Leonard is a London based Tennessee native and CMA Award winning music broadcaster and Artistic Director of The Long Road festival.A successful broadcaster with a weekday show Monday-Thursday 10am-1pm and a Sunday show 1pm-3pm on Bauer’s Absolute Radio Country.

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