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Project 1268

Bentonville, Arkansas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2019 | SELF | AFTRA

Bentonville, Arkansas, United States | SELF | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 2019
Duo Pop Singer/Songwriter




"Music video shot in Tahlequah features recent THS grad"

Tahlequah recently served as the backdrop for a soon to be released music video that will be featured in the music industry and in film festivals throughout the world.

The video, set to the independent music hit “Do Ya Wanna” by the band Project 1268, features model and actress Brook Sill and Lincoln Johnson, a recent graduate of Tahlequah High School. The song currently sits at number seven in global indie music charts and is heard on stations both in the U.S. and in the U.K.

Johnson, who plans to major in music education in college, graduated from THS earlier this month. He was recently selected to perform in New York City as part of a national music student contest. At first, Johnson said he was reluctant to being in the video, but then realized this was a unique opportunity that could give him both experience and connections in the music and entertainment industries.

“I am grateful that I was given this special opportunity to make both music and acting connections,” Johnson said. “Plus, it was great getting the chance to meet and work with Brook. She’s not only beautiful but brings a passion to her work.”

Sill, of Los Angeles, California, is a model and actress who has been featured on shows, such as “Stranger Things” and “Outer Banks” on Netflix, “Cobra Kai,” and “Chaos on the Farm,” a Lifetime movie, where she was selected to play the lead role of Jessica. Sill has traveled around the world as a professional model, and after leaving Tahlequah, was on a flight heading to Bali for her next movie adventure.

“I had an absolute blast shooting this video in Tahlequah,” Sill said. “We got to see many locations and saw each special spot in town. From the parks, the bookstore, the Jazz Lab, and more, each person we met was lovely. Being part Cherokee it was special for me to be here.”

Project 1268 is based out of Bentonville, Arkansas, and consist of the duo Craig Brown and Haley Webster. They were recently nominated for the Orpheus Global Independent Music Songwriter of the Year award and are being played on Amazing Radio Network.

Several businesses within the city were also featured, including Kimberly’s Prom and Bridal, Southside Drive In, Too Fond of Books, the NSU Jazz Lab, and Zomac Music Center. The group worked closely with the Tahlequah Chamber of Commerce in bringing the shoot to the area.

“Nathan [Reed] and the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce staff were very helpful and instrumental in getting us here,” said Randy Gibson, a Tahlequah native and CEO of RDG Communications, who serves as the agent for Project 1268 and is the producer of the video. “Tahlequah is such a special place. Now, through the release of this video to the music industry and film festivals worldwide, we can help share this special place with the world as well.”

The video was directed by actor and professional movie critic Nick Nicholson, of Houston, and is scheduled to be released in late summer or early fall. A special showing is being planned for Tahlequah upon release. For sponsorships or more information on the video or Project 1268, visit - Tahlequah Daily Press

"Project 1268 – Records Back"

Describe your sound in 3 words

Haley: A) Soulful B) Reminiscent C) Americana
Craig: A) infectious B) Eclectic C) OG Soul

What inspired the concept for “Records Back”?

C&H: Life events and revelations that force us to stand up for ourselves and take back what has been stolen from us. Not about just physical belongings, it’s about getting back time, love and dignity.

How did you achieve the 90’s hip-hop plus jazz sound in the engineering process?

C&H: our producer Chris Collins at Crimson Road Studio, without question. His pedigree included playing 90s EDM, Ska, and later he owned a jazz club in New Orleans. Absolutely reached in our heads and laid down what we were hearing.

Favourite album of the past year?

H: Older than 2022 but discovered in 2022, Maddie Zahn “You Might Not Like Her”
C: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats “The Future”

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?

H:Artist challenge: letting people see the deep things so I can forge a connection
C: Exposure. The effort of trying to be visible and promote on social media and to events, festivals and venues.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

H: I don’t care what anyone else says, LISTEN TO ME. You are the most important being in your life. Get rid of the ones that say otherwise. Get rid of them NOW.
C: Ditto. Pursue your dreams against all odds and against the well-meaning advice of people who will settle for your mediocrity.

You’d give up making music for…

H: NOTHING. Music has always been my soul language, and I will be thinking of songs with my last breath.
C: Ditto. Nothing and no one. Music is me.
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Thank you! - HipHop Paranoia

"Project 1268 debut a feel good & vibrant single, "Happiness""

On their first officially released single titled “Happiness”, you can instantly sense the passion and love coming through from new duo, Project 1268. Do yourselves a huge favor and read on for our positive review of the track, as well as a background on the band.

Made up of old friends Craig and Haley, the two have come together to create a new band called Project 1268. Blending up a wide array of genres, but ultimately classified as upbeat indie rock, their debut single “Happiness” has successfully given us that emotion after multiple listens through. If you know what’s good for you, and you appreciate music that makes you feel good, we highly recommend you give it a spin.

With Haley on lead vocals, we can only assume that Craig took care of the instrumentation. Together though they’ve come forward with an eclectic mix of sound that is vibrant and perfectly primed to get dancing to. While we labeled it as indie rock, there’s still so much else going on sonically. We sensed a little bit of punk and even hints of third wave ska due to the completely necessary addition of horns as well. Certainly the song is well rounded and it’s set a lovely base for what we can hopefully expect in the future.

What you can expect before you dive in is a whole lot of positivity, but also a quick reminder to pay attention to the lyricism as well. For us, it was easy to get lost in the fun and carefree attitude that the song evokes, however the lyrics aren’t to be passed over either. They’re thought provoking and delivered flawlessly from Haley; you can truly feel that she’s enjoying herself while giving a memorable performance.

At just a little under three minutes in total length, this is 100% a song we know we’ll be coming back to. As the first song from a band that’s new on the scene, they’ve also legitimately got us patiently waiting for whatever they cook up nex. As long as it’s in the same vein as “Happiness”, there’s a pretty solid chance we’re going to love it just as much!

With that being said, once again we recommend you check it out immediately. You can also stay up to date with Project 1268 by following them on their social media below. Enjoy! - We Write About Music

"Project 1268 create endless versatility on their 2nd LP, "Sophomore Effort""

In a heartwarming tale of reconnection and musical harmony, Project 1268's sophomore album, aptly titled "Sophomore Effort," presents a delicious mix of studio work and electrifying live cuts that celebrate the unbreakable bond between its singer-songwriter duo, Craig and Haley. High school best friends who were once separated by time and distance, the duo's reunion in a new city and state has given rise to an extraordinary musical journey that is both heartfelt and musically brilliant.

The tongue-in-cheek title of "Sophomore Effort" playfully nods to the duo's long-standing friendship, which blossomed during their high school days and now forms the foundation of their musical collaboration. This sense of camaraderie and deep connection is evident throughout the album, infusing each track with a genuine and authentic feel.

"Sophomore Effort" presents a diverse array of musical styles, ranging from tender ballads that tug at the heartstrings to upbeat, foot-tapping anthems that exude joy and positivity. The duo's songwriting prowess shines through in the evocative and relatable lyrics, which offer listeners a glimpse into their shared experiences and personal reflections.

One of the album's highlights is the inclusion of these live songs, where Project 1268's talent truly shines. Whether performing as a duo or collaborating with local friends and bandmates, Craig and Haley's onstage chemistry is electric, drawing the audience into an immersive musical experience that transcends the boundaries of the recording studio.

Having previously reviewed some of the songs featured on "Sophomore Effort," it is evident that the complete record takes their musical journey to new heights. The album not only showcases their growth as artists but also highlights the wealth of talent that surrounds them, making it a true celebration of collaboration and community.

Throughout "Sophomore Effort," Project 1268 skillfully navigates the fine line between introspective songwriting and infectious melodies, resulting in a collection of songs that are both intimate and universally appealing. Their ability to craft poignant narratives and infuse them with captivating musical arrangements is a testament to their artistry and passion for their craft.

In a world where genuine connections can be hard to come by, Project 1268's "Sophomore Effort" stands as a shining example of the power of friendship and the profound impact it can have on one's artistic journey. With each note and lyric, Craig and Haley invite listeners into their world, inviting them to share in the joy, laughter, and heartfelt moments that define their musical odyssey.

There really is a little bit of something for everyone on this record. It certainly has a summer feel to it at times, but can also bring you down to more of an introspective place. The versatility is endless and a major factor in us loving and recommending this record for all! So please, click those links below to listen, follow along, and of course to stay tuned for more news! - We Write About Music

"Behind the Curtains with Project 1268: Exclusive Backstage Pass Insights"

Project 1268, formed from a heartfelt reunion after years apart, exemplifies the fusion of deep friendship and creative synergy. Their music, a unique blend of soul, folksy songwriting, and 90s beats, is heavily influenced by the rich sounds of the 60s to 80s. Renowned for their humour-infused approach, they gained acclaim with their holiday hit "Ugly Sweater," a playful nod to festive traditions. The band has made notable appearances on local TV and is anticipating a feature in Billboard magazine. With plans for performances and EP releases in 2024, Project 1268 continues to enchant audiences with their retro-infused melodies and relatable lyrics.


Formation of Project 1268: How did your reunion after many years lead to the formation of Project 1268, and how has your friendship influenced your music?

Our close bond has encouraged an amazing amount of creativity. Between catching up on the years spent apart, sharing current adventures, and having goals for our future, it is an almost endless source of inspiration.

Inspiration Behind 'Ugly Sweater': What inspired the concept of "Ugly Sweater," and how does it reflect your approach to holiday music?

We like to take partially comedic looks at a lot of our music, and the ugly sweater phenomenon was perfect

Musical Influences: How do your diverse musical influences from the 60s to 80s shape the sound of Project 1268? We tend to have a strange combo of soul, folksy songwriting, and frequently a 90's style beat

Notable Performances and Features: Can you share your experiences with notable gigs, television features, and your upcoming interview in Billboard magazine?

We have had a lot of fun on local TV and applying for music festivals in 2024. The Billboard magazine exposure is still in the works...

Public Relations Strategy: With the hiring of a West Coast PR firm, what are your promotional plans for 2024, and how do you aim to expand your reach?

We are very excited about some possible performances in California, plus some opportunities to write AND work on a series of EPs we plan on releasing.

Recording Process of 'Ugly Sweater': Can you describe the recording process for "Ugly Sweater" and your collaboration with Chris Collins, Cherise Carver, and other musicians?

We have done recording sessions in an old-school style of LIVE PERFORMANCE, which you can catch on our YouTube channel, but Ugly Sweater used the best of modern technology - we caught our friend Aaron, who is a Nashville session player to do our bass parts, a guitarist friend from a local music conservatory, and the two of us did keys, sax, vocals, then we sent it to Chris and Cherise at Crimson Road studios who did the drum parts, mixed, mastered, etc. It's amazing what collaborations are possible.

Ethos and Style of 'Ugly Sweater': How does "Ugly Sweater" incorporate office politics and family-time themes with a humorous undertone?

You said it...Have to make it through the holiday season with all the rush and pressure, so might as well do it with style...we are the best-looking ugly sweater wearing people you will ever see.

Creative Process for Holiday Music: What is your creative process when writing and arranging holiday music, and how do you keep it fresh and engaging?

Any music needs to be written from a perspective of personal experience. Turns out most personal experiences are shared by most people, so we pick a topic and write OUR take on it, and has really seemed to resonate with people.

Fan Engagement with Ugly Sweaters: How do you plan to engage with your fans through social media with your custom-made ugly sweaters?

Hahaha, noooo.... we have some great photos of us on youtube and facebook, but we are not engaging in the fashion industry. Not yet, anyway.

Future Musical Direction: Following "Ugly Sweater," what direction do you see Project 1268 taking in terms of musical style and themes?
We have an astonishing number of songs we are looking to record and perform in 2024. We have a series of EPs with different topics planned. Our style is really starting to gel a little more as we stick with that retro soul sound. - TJPL News

"Track Review: Records Back // Project 1268"

Since 2021 with their debut single ‘Happiness’, US-based Project 1288 has been sharing their eclectic music with the masses. Throughout 2022, the pair entertained listeners with critically acclaimed singles and a debut album – now they’re back with an exhilarating new single ‘Records Back’. Blending elements of soul, pop, jazz and even some hip-hop, Haley Webster and Craig Brown create a sound that is completely their own. Come with us as we delve into their recent single, ‘Records Back’.

The first release in 2023, Project 1268 blasts into 2023 with a slice of soulful old-school jazz tinged with sprinklings of 90s hip-hop and RnB. Unlike the previous single, ‘Do Ya Wanna’, ‘Records Back’ moves toward a more sensual cheekiness from an upbeat folk-pop sound. Recorded with producer Chris Collins at Crimson Road Studio, ‘Records Back’ is a jazzy tune easily played in smoky jazz clubs like the one Sade performs at in the music video for ‘Smooth Operator’. Groovy and slick, Haley Webster’s powerful alto melds harmonically with Craig Brown’s sexy saxophone showing off an “I don’t care what you think because I’m awesome” attitude.

While the melody can ensnare anyone’s senses, it is the bold lyricism that adds an edginess to the soulful single. In an interview with Hip Hop Paranoia, the pair explain that ‘Records Back’ is inspired by “life events and revelations that force us to stand up for ourselves and take back what has been stolen from us. Not just physical belongings, it’s about getting back time, love and dignity.”

Complex, intriguing and filled with a toe-tapping sensuality, Project 1268 intoxicate us with their single ‘Records Back’. The second single from their upcoming album, I cannot wait to hear what else they have up their sleeves.

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"‘Dwelling’ by Project 1268 Is a Musical Haven of Optimism That Will Awaken Your Soul"

Welcome to the exciting world of Project 1268, where the incredible songwriting duo of Craig and Haley cordially invites you to set out on a life-changing adventure. They are going to amaze you with their stories, personal advice, and deep melodies. Project 1268 creates music that resonates with the depth of human experiences with a blend of nostalgic soul, folk-inspired vocals, and a hint of classic pop. Their sound envelops listeners, leaving an unforgettable stamp on their emotions with their passionate lyrics and universal themes. Their music reminds you of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, or James Taylor.

Project 1268 is back with their new single, “Dwelling.” It is a delightful blend of acoustic guitar, drums, finger-snapping sounds, and enchanting female vocals. The addition of keys and saxophone adds an extra layer of delight and enhances the melody. The bassline picks up during the climax, creating a powerful and cohesive arrangement. And it perfectly complements the passionate vocal performance and chorus. Grandeur indeed! “Dwelling” has a nostalgic yet fresh feel. It made me feel like I was rediscovering an old favorite while embarking on a new adventure in the meantime.

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The lyrics seem like you are having a heart-to-heart conversation with a trusted friend who knows exactly what you wish to hear when you are feeling low. It reminds us to stay hopeful and look at the bright side. They encourage us to cherish our memories while letting go of past decisions made when we were younger. It’s like having a mentor guiding us with comforting words: “Hold on to the places in your memory, let go of the choices made by the younger you, what else could you do.”

With “Dwelling,” Project 1268 has created a work of art that serves as a constant reminder to embrace optimism. - Sinusoidal Music

"Project 1268 Rocks the Stage with Premiere of “Do Ya Wanna: The Music Video” at NSU Jazz Lab"

June 29, 2024

Project 1268 Rocks the Stage with Premiere of “Do Ya Wanna: The Music Video” at NSU Jazz Lab

TAHLEQUAH, OK—The highly anticipated music video of the song “Do Ya Wanna” by the band Project 1268 premiered at a special showing at 6:30 p.m. at the NSU Jazz Lab in Tahlequah. The video also premiered worldwide on the band’s YouTube channel @project1268band to a global audience. After the premiere showing, the band rocked the enthusiastic crowd by putting on a special concert to celebrate their first major music video.

The premiere showing of the video was a momentous occasion for the band and their fans, and perfectly captures the energy and spirit of the song. The band, known for their dynamic performances, did not disappoint as they rocked the stage with a special concert following the premiere.

Project 1268, a rising star in the music industry, has been making waves with their unique sound and captivating releases. The release of their first major music video marks a significant milestone in their career and is a testament to their hard work and dedication.

The video features model and actress Brook Sill and rising talent Lincoln Johnson, as well as the duo of Craig Brown and Haley Webster. It was directed by actor, producer, and professional movie critic Nick W. Nicholson, owner of Malaka Motion Pictures and produced by RDG Communications. The song recently reached number seven in global indie music charts and is heard on stations both in the U.S. and in the U.K.

Project 1268 is based out of Bentonville, Arkansas, and consists of the duo Craig Brown and Haley Webster. The duo was recently nominated for the Orpheus Global Independent Music Songwriter of the Year award and are being played on Amazing Radio Network.

Sill is a model and actress who has been featured on shows such as Stranger Things and Outer Banks on Netflix, Cobra Kai, and was the lead character on the Lifetime movie Chaos on the Farm.

“I had an absolute blast shooting this video in Tahlequah,” Sill said. “We got to see many locations and saw each special spot in town. From the parks, the bookstore, the Jazz Lab, and more, each person we met was lovely. Being part Cherokee it was special for me to be here.”

The video also features Lincoln Johnson, a young and rising performer from the small Oklahoma town where the video was made. Johnson, who was recently selected to perform in The Lineup with Susie Mosher at the Birdland Jazz Club in New York City, is being watched by many for his exceptional singing and musical playing abilities. With this video, he is also being noticed by professionals in the movie and film industry as well.

Nicholson, a professional actor, producer, director, and member of the SAG-AFTRA national board of directors, flew to Oklahoma between jobs in Los Angeles and Houston to direct and oversee the project.

“The job of the director is to envision the project, create it, and bring it to reality. When you have a picturesque location like Tahlequah, along with the talent of the actors and crew involved projects like this one are memorable and enjoyable,” Nicholson said.

For Brown and Webster, it is an opportunity of a lifetime to be given the chance to share their music with the world.

“We are so excited to share these songs and hope others will feel the passion in our music and our stories as they embark on their own life journeys,” Webster said.

For booking dates or more information on the video or Project 1268, visit
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Put The Needle Down
Do Ya Wanna
Ugly Sweater
Bravery and Apathy
Me Now Free
Records Back
Rotary Dial Girl
Record Store
Rumours of War



Are you ready to rock the night away? Look no further than Project 1268, the ultimate party band from Bentonville, AR. Whether you're a fan of the groovy tunes from the 70s, the catchy beats from the 80s, the nostalgic hits from the 90s, this versatile group has got you covered. With their energetic performances and infectious enthusiasm, they'll keep your guests dancing all night long! Project 1268 is not your ordinary band – they perfectly blend the best of pop and indie rock vibes with a repertoire that spans across decades along with their own tunes, some of which are being aired currently across the UK and Australia. From timeless classics to the hottest contemporary hits, their diverse setlist is guaranteed to keep all generations entertained. Whether you're throwing a wedding, corporate event, or just a good old-fashioned party, these talented musicians will create an unforgettable atmosphere that leaves everyone wanting more. But that's not all – Project 1268 is more than willing to hit the road to bring the party to you! They are happy to travel up to 500+ miles, ensuring that you can enjoy their incredible performances no matter where you're located. Rest assured, their dedication and passion for their craft will shine through every note, making your event the talk of the town. So, why settle for a mediocre band when you can have this up and coming group? Get in touch with Project 1268 today, and let them turn your special occasion into a night to remember. Book now and get ready to dance, sing, and rock out with these talented musicians who will bring the perfect mix of nostalgia and excitement to your event.

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