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.
For someone whose live show is considered one of the best in Nashville, it makes sense that Lindsay Ell has begun releasing songs that would be incredibly fun in a live setting. Ell is quickly developing her signature sound, veering away from her old, rock influenced sound, and now incorporating pop sounds into her country songs. This song and her last single release "By The Way" are both songs that are built for a live show.
If you loved British country duo Ward Thomas for their traditional country sound, you may be disappointed with their new record. On their debut, From Where We Stand, the duo told their stories in a delightfully country way. It was one of the most traditional mainstream country records of 2014, and gained Ward Thomas many fans. While hints of that old sound show up here and there on their sophomore effort, Cartwheels is more pop-country than anything Ward Thomas has done before.
It's been over two years since Daisy Mallory put out her last project. This Side of Town, her latest EP, was an almost flawless EP, highlighting Mallory's smooth vocals and strong songwriting, and varying in sound from song to song, showing Mallory's versatility as an artist. Mallory, does however continue to post demos of the songs she's been writing on SoundCloud, but it's been a minute since she's posted something there as well. But now Mallory is back on SoundCloud, and recently posted an acoustic track titled "Okay."
Sara Collins is not a household name yet, but she's performed at some pretty impressive venues for someone so early in her career. She boasts performances at Carnegie Hall, Nashville's Opry Mills Mall, and the iconic Puckett's Grocery in Tennessee. She's gearing up to release some new music, and the video for her new song "Lovesick Cinderella" premieres exclusively on Queens of Country today!
Even more than a year after SaladGate, women continue to be a rarity on country radio. Sometimes, though, some women do manage to crack the charts, and actually get some airplay. But for every woman on country radio, there are twenty women behind her that are just as talented, but don't get any airplay. Here are 5 female-voiced songs you may have heard on country radio, and 5 songs you'll love if you love those songs.
"But here's the simple truth, do what you dare to do."
Lane sings this lyric on the opening track of her newest self-titled EP, titled "Lightning." This lyric is not only a good lesson for everyone, but it's also something that has become more and more apparent in Lane's music. Lane dares to experiment with different sounds, and different kinds of songs. She dares to be vulnerable and she dares to be positive, and she dares to be country as much as she dares to be pop. Lane is all about spreading sunshine, but on this EP, she's also all about spreading originality.
As one of the brightest stars in country music, Kelsea Ballerini has not only been working hard to prove her own star power, but she's also been encouraging young female singer/songwriters to find theirs. Even though she's still brand new to country music, Ballerini has already been thinking about the next generation of songwriters. While she's been touring over the last year, Ballerini has brought a couple of new artists out to sing with her, most notably Monroe Scott and Liz Bissonette.
Jamie Lynn Spears came out of hiding and back into the spotlight in 2013 with her debut country single "How Could I Want More" and her EP. After years of staying out of the press and the headlines, Spears came back gracefully and beautifully, by releasing one of the best songs of 2013, in country music and in general. She followed it up with a very promising EP, which was actually one of the first albums ever reviewed on this website. But since then, she's been quiet.
Miranda Lambert released one of her best singles to date, "Vice" as the lead single off of her coming album (date and title to be announced). She followed up the stellar single with a moving video, that reflects the vibe of the song perfectly.
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