The Got Country Team

Stephanie Bear-Yelverton – CEO/Founder (South Carolina) @StephBear_GC

Kim Hooker – Editor In Chief (Florida) @hookedupcountry

Stefanie Richardson – Graphics/Contributor (Florida) @stefanie0518

I was born and raised in Orlando, but my heart lives in Nashville.  My love for country music runs deep in my blood, thanks to my dad.  I remember, as a kid, riding around in his truck singing along to Reba, Brooks & Dunn, The Judds, and of course King George.  “Pure Country” is a movie that was often played in our home.  My passion now lies with up and coming artists.  My favorite artists are Cale Dodds, Seth Ennis & FILMORE.  If Cale Dodds has a show, chances are I’m there – either front row, or on stage with my camera.  That being said, I love photography – concert photography in particular.  I have a sweet Fox Hound named Abby.  My dream, and goal, is to one day call Nashville home.

Kelly Hettenbaugh – Contributor (Florida) @khettenb

Kristin Whyte – Contributor (New Jersey) @KristinMarie21

Danielle Mercer – Contributor (South Carolina) @GC_Danielle

Born and raised in the small southern town of Summerville, South Carolina I was given deep roots in country music as the radio dial was always turned to 103.5 WEZL. My friends have coined me the Country Music Fairy since they have yet to be let down when coming to me for music suggestions. As a former state champion percussionist I live and breathe music, silence is not welcome in my life as there is constantly an iPod or radio playing. My current focus is promoting the singer/songwriters and new & upcoming artists. My top three favorites are Andy Velo, Dylan Scott, and Mitchell Lee (Wetherington). During the day you can find me at the front desk of Charleston’s #1 real estate company, and at night running the marketing for my husband’s remodeling business Heart Pine Homes while renovating our home. I like to spend what little free time I have with my fur-baby Jake, perusing the antique stores, exercising my 2nd Amendment right, or out in the woods deer hunting.

Sarah Russo – Contributor (Massachusetts) @DrSarah1on1

Sarah Russo comes to GotCountryOnline from DirtyWaterMedia in Boston, Ma.  For the last 3 years she has hosted 1on1 with Dr. Sarah, interviewing some of country music’s hottest stars.  Her career first started as a love/relationship host, but as more celebrities stopped by she grew to have a passion for the country music scene! She has appeared at the CMA awards, CMAFest, and has filmed many of her shows at WestlightStudios and 12th and Porter.  When she is not filming she is very passionate about rescuing animals and doing hot yoga.


Sarah McGriff  – Contributor (Iowa) @sjmcgriff

Sarah McGriff is a writer and musician from New Sharon, IA. She is a classically trained trumpet player and holds a degree in Music Performance from Texas State University. Sarah worked as a producer and on-air personality for KTSW radio station in 2012 and received awards from the Technical Image Press Association and the Broadcast Education Association. In 2013 she was as a sound engineer under Kent Finley at the famous Cheatham Street Warehouse, the venue where George Strait began his career. Sarah has worked with artists such as Whiskey Myers, Cody Johnson, and Randy Rogers Band and previously wrote for On Vinyl Music out of Austin, TX. Currently, she is pursuing her master’s degree in historical musicology at Florida State University.

Christine Tully – Contributor (Ohio) @Christine_Tully

I grew up in a small rural town in Ohio. I grew up on 90s country music with songs like Strawberry Wine and artists like Kenny Chesney playing on the radio. I grew up listening to only country music and to this day still do. If you ask anyone who knows me they will probably tell you, I am always at a show. People don’t typically ask what I have been doing, they typically ask “What was the last show you went to?” or “Who are you going to see next?”. My current favorites include Clark Manson and Drew Baldridge. There’s just something about knowing and believing in an artist and then watching people slowly fall in love with their music that will always attract me to this genre!