There's new music out every Friday — look at Spotify's "New Music Friday" playlist for a whole list of songs released yesterday. But if you listen to just one new song today, it should be this one.
If Kelsea Ballerini succeeds in country music with a pop album, where does traditional country belong?
Unapologetically is such a perfect name for Ballerini's second record. She released The First Time, dealt with all the 'not-country' criticism, and made it to the other side of that battlefield with three number one singles. So safe to say, she should feel unapologetic about her sound and her music, because it's working. She's found success.
The opening shot of Camille Rae's music video for her song "I Need Me" is an almost uncomfortably close shot of her face. The camera slowly zooms out as her eyelids open, her eyes showing a glimpse of the immense grief of lost love explored in the video. "My videographer, Jacob Long, was the brilliant mind behind this shot," Rae said. "It was so vulnerable! I did feel completely exposed and raw. It also wasn't the most flattering shot, but that didn't matter to me."
Welcome to your guide to the best music of the last month released by women in country music. Here's the July installment!
The folk influenced country sounds of Sykamore's latest single "Better Half" prove that country music can emerge from everywhere, even from a small town in Alberta, Canada. Read on to learn more about this honest and personable rising star.
Singer and songwriter Carly Burruss put out one of the best EPs of the year in January, emerging as one of the more traditional and classic new country songwriters out there right now. Since that project, she's been writing a lot and occasionally putting out worktapes or demos on her Soundcloud page. This song, "Whitewash" is one of those worktapes.
If you pay attention to country music, you know Maren Morris. The country songwriter burst onto the scene last year with her Grammy nominated record Hero, and has since then had success critically and commercially. But if you pay attention to country music, you may not know newcomer Jillian Cardarelli, an aspiring artist and songwriter from Massachusetts. But these two artists have something in common: they both played a part in the release of this song, "Rerun."
"I grew up my father's daughter / he said don't take no shit from no one" is the first line of newcomer Jade Jackson's record Gilded. It's a bold and defining statement that concisely describes the Anti Records artist's debut album. This album is a musical storybook, each song telling a specific story, all connecting to the overarching theme of being strong in the face of adversity and learning how to love. From start to finish, Gilded is full of hope, loss and self-discovery.
From the four year long wait between Danielle Bradbery's first record and even hints of a second record, to Cassadee Pope being dropped from Big Machine, right now is not a great time for female records in country music. But, here are some albums expected to come out at some point that country music needs now. Right now.
When pop culture and country music meet, you get Emily Reid's "Jennifer Aniston."