Meet The Team: NYCS Contributing Writers

NYCountry Swag is proud to announce the addition of new contributing writers to our team.

As fans first, it was important for us to expand our team and bring new voices to our brand as we continue to grow.  By growing our family of music lovers, we now have the flexibility to add more content and continue to bring fresh country music news and views to our followers.

We look forward to continue to share the unique voices of our team members and highlighting all of the aspects of the country music genre far beyond our home base in New York City.

Learn more about our contributing writers below:


Lucie Bernheim, Contributing Writer

Lucie is a born and raised New Yorker finishing up her senior year of high school. Aside from listening to country (and all) music, Lucie loves to write songs, watch The O.C., and hang out with friends & family. Catch her on Instagram: @lucieflax


Dylan Bestler, Contributing Writer

Dylan is a recent grad of St. Thomas Aquinas College and a former collegiate track and field athlete. He resides in Long Island, where he now plays softball and attends numerous shows at Jones Beach. His three loves are the Yankees, country music and his dog, Bailey. Follow him on Twitter: @D_Best23 and Instagram: @d_retired_runner


Kristina Callahan, Contributing Writer

Kristina is from Syracuse, NY and now lives in Manhattan. Country music, Bravo, college football and October are just a few of her favorite things. Follow her on Instagram: @kcallahan.



Jeremy Chua, Contributing Writer

Jeremy was born and raised in Singapore, and currently resides in Nashville. He discovered country music in 2008 and soon fell in love with its storytelling element. He has a passion for the music industry and big dreams of propelling country music globally so that more people across the world can be touched by its songs. Follow along on socials at: @jeremy_chua.


Erin Crosby, Contributing Writer

Erin lives in Middletown, New Jersey and is currently a senior at Monmouth University studying English-Creative Writing with a minor in Information Technology. Along with listening to country music, her passions include writing poetry, spending time with family and watching New Girl on repeat. You can connect with Erin on Instagram: @erincrosbby and Twitter @erin_crosby


Alexa Ebner, Contributing Writer

Alexa grew up in L.A., where she discovered her love for country music early on. Her interest grew while attending Nashville’s Vanderbilt University where she spent time catching the live music acts on Broadway. She now lives in NYC and works at a Brand Consultancy. In addition to country music, her passions include hot yoga, playing the guitar, and searching for the best pizza & pasta spots in the city!


Autumn Haile, Contributing Writer

Autumn is an entertainment journalist and writer. California born and raised, she fell in love with the songs of Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson and has since gone on to cover major country music events including CMA Fest, the ACM Awards, and the CMT Awards. She now lives in New York with her two cats, Memphis and Brooklyn.


Julia Grubbs, Contributing Writer

Julia was born and raised in Kentucky, but now calls NYC her home. She is a dancer and an accountant, avid country music fun, and lover of all things the city has to offer. Extreme dog-petting and laughing are two of her greatest skills. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter: @jwgrubbs



Molly Holmberg, Contributing Writer

Molly is from Eugene, Oregon. If Garth Brooks & George Strait were in a room filled with tacos that would be her dream come true! She loves country music, songwriters, the artists & just being a fan. She goes to just about every event she can to engulf herself in & learn more about the country music family! IG: @mollyholmbergphoto


Abby Kaye-Phillips, Contributing Writer

Abby is a native Rhode Islander currently based in Nashville, TN. Her love of all things music attracted her to the south, but the hospitality, food, and warmer weather definitely sealed the deal! Her three favorite things are country music, Grey’s Anatomy, and video chatting with her identical twin sister. You can connect with Abby on Instagram: @abbykp143


Rebekah Milsted, Contributing Writer

Rebekah was born and raised in a small town in South Jersey. Country music and the Philadelphia Phillies are her two favorite things besides her husband of course. You can connect with Rebekah on Instagram: @rbm53 and Twitter: @rbm_53



Nicole Piering, Contributing Writer

Nicole grew up on Long Island, saying that she liked “all types of music, except country.” That all changed when she randomly attended a Rascal Flatts concert at MSH in 2007 & was immediately hooked. In addition to her love of country music, Nicole loves all things Disney-related. You can find her on Instagram: @NicolePiering


Michal Pietrzak, Contributing Writer

Michal is from Poland. The country where country music isn’t “cool” or well-known. Discovering country music in 2014 thanks to King George Strait, he completely fell in love with the genre. He’s also keen on college football, the Simpsons and American culture. One day he’ll become a professional writer and settle down in small-town USA. You can connect with Michal on Instagram: @country.mike.3 


Jaclyn Tracy, Contributing Writer

Jaclyn is a Journalism major at Adelphi University. Aside from country music, she loves to travel, explore new places, go to concerts, and spend time with friends and family. She is also interested in fashion, beauty, and entertainment and has wanted to write for a magazine ever since she was young. Keep up with her on IG: jaclyntracyxo 


Brianna Vacca, Contributing Writer

Brianna is a Music Business Student at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Alongside being a full-time student, Brianna is a Folk/Indie Singer/Songwriter, Music Journalist, an ambassador for Sofar Sounds Philadelphia, and a student brand ambassador for Live Nation.


Shanna Vitaliano, Contributing Writer

Shanna grew up in New Jersey & is a huge fan of country music and going to concerts. When she’s not working she enjoys traveling; you can find her on a camel in Morocco, or shark cage diving in Hawaii. She is an avid NY Mets fan and an animal rescue volunteer! Connect with Shanna via Instagram: @svitaliano & Twitter: @ShannaVitaliano


Erica Zisman, Contributing Writer

Erica is a 20 something social worker from Long Island, New York with a passion for the creatives and, of course, all things country music. In her free time, you can find her planning impromptu trips to explore new cities, but Nashville, Tennessee remains her favorite. Feel free to follow along on the adventurous ride via Instagram: @love_ericaaa


Interested in becoming a contributing writer for NYCountry Swag? Learn how you can apply here.



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