Morgan Leigh Garner and Courtney Dashe are the two women behind the new fiery duo, Hadley Park. This isn't your typical duo: the name 'Hadley Park' comes from the names of their two daughters, born four days apart. They're motivated by their children and encouraged by their husbands, and they've got a lot of life experience to draw from for their music. In their music, you won't hear songs about puppy love or growing up: you'll hear life lessons, stories of real life, and some fun, poppy jams for the heck of it.
With her new single "Every Little Thing," Carly Pearce has found the sweet spot between modern production and more classic country sounds. She's played with both before, with the more acoustic old-school sounding "Black Sheep" on her EP, and then her most recent release, the firmly pop-country "Dare Ya." This new song is a mixture of the two, and is a song to be named when talking about how country music should and could be evolving into.
Turn on the radio, and you won't hear the best of country music. This is becoming a known fact, and although some great talents are on the radio, a lot of the biggest talents in country music come from places one wouldn't necessarily think to look. In order to find those extremely talented young artists, sometimes one has to turn to mediums other than radio, by looking at Soundcloud or Youtube or other music sharing websites. Elly Cooke is an eighteen-year-old singer and songwriter, fresh out of high school. She posted her first video on YouTube a year ago, but she has one of the strongest female voices in the country music industry today.
Morgan Dawson recently released her debut EP, titled This Ain't War. The EP contains 5 songs, ranging from uptempo rockers like the closer "Rebel Child," to empowering songs like "Walking Through the Fire" and of course, some good ol' country ballads. "Lyin'" is one of those, and it is also the best song on the EP. Morgan took the time to answer some questions about the inspiration and making of this incredible song.
We're 3 weeks from the 50th CMA Awards, and I'm excited. Here are my predictions for the historic night!
Country music used to be a genre for older people, but today, it's a genre for young people as well. As the lyrical content began to change to being more teen-friendly most notably with Taylor Swift in 2006, the genre has been exposed to a whole new generation. Today, those young girls who became hooked onto country music when it first began more youth-friendly are now all grown up, and are beginning to make youth-friendly country music of their own.
Anna Vaus recently made headlines when she was named the first recipient of the Miranda Lambert 'Women Creaters' Scholarship. Vaus is a songwriting student at Belmont University, and she's a worthy recipient of the scholarship, as shown by this week's spotlight song on Soundcloud.
Vince Gill has the best taste. He's been a champion for women of country music, writing on and producing Ashley Monroe's records and now joining Logan Brill on the Opry stage.
Brooke Eden just released a new EP, titled Welcome to the Weekend. The songs cover all the different parts of the weekend, beginning on a Friday night with "Diamonds" and ending on "Sunday Mornin'". The EP is cleverly set up, and for the most part well done.
2016 seems like it's been the year of the songwriter, with many prominent songwriters in Nashville finally releasing music under their own name. Alyssa Bonagura is the most recent addition to the list. She completely wrote and co-wrote her record. It was recorded live at Petti Sound in Nashville, and was co-produced by Bonagura and Mark Petaccia. She also plays on the album, with the songs featuring her on acoustic guitar, piano, ukelele, and 5 other instruments.
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