On the day of the Delta Airlines shutdown last year, singer/songwriter Nora Collins was supposed to be boarding a flight to Nashville to shoot a video for her song "Guess I Woulda Known By Now." One canceled flight and one delayed flight later, and five hours after the shoot was supposed to start, Collins landed in Music City. "It was kind of a stressful day," Collins said over the phone recently. "It is a personal song, so trying to perform that was kind of hard and scary to let those feelings come through, but everybody was wonderful and made me feel very comfortable." The result is a beautiful black and white performance video (watch below) to accompany a track that is one that you should definitely take three minutes to listen to.
"This album is basically my heart on a platter," country singer and songwriter Camille Rae said about her second full-length record, Come Find Me. And listening to it, it's easy to hear it. Be on the lookout for this fabulous record, out March 17. Camille took the time to answer some of my questions about her brand new album, so to learn a little bit about her thoughts on the album as a whole and a look into some specific tracks, continue reading!
Hailing from Southern California, but now based in Nashville, Cierra Louise released her first EP on Thursday, February 2. The project mixes traditional country sounds with exceptional lyrics, and a youthful perspective on the genre we all love. Cierra took the time to answer some of my questions about her debut project, so read below to learn all about the process of making her first official EP!
Mississippi-born singer/songwriter Jordyn Mallory released her debut EP to iTunes in May, led by the infectious summer-themed "Boat Friend." Jordyn took some time to talk to me about the making of the EP and the inspiration behind each track.
Olivia Lane just turned 25, and although it may seem like she has it all figured out, she admits she doesn't. The second track on her new EP, "Quarter Life Crisis" is the most autobiographical song on this EP, according to her. "Once you graduate school, and when you're in reality and real life, there are no grades anymore," Lane said. "You're not trying to get an A+ in reality. So it's sort of an adjustment for those six months to basically two years after you graduate school and you're like, 'what do I want to do with my life?' The more adults I'm hanging out with, it's like, you know what, the only conclusion that I've got is that no one has it figured out."
If you ask rising contemporary country singer Brittany McLamb what her favorite experience in country music so far has been, she'll say playing on WSM 65o, the radio station for the Grand Ole Opry. "I got to play a song live and they also played my current single at that time on the air," she said. "So that was just a big deal for me cause my dream is to play the Opry. And to be a part of something that's close to the Opry was very exciting for me."
Kelleigh Bannen has been an active member of the country music community ever since 2012, when she released her debut single, "Sorry On the Rocks." This year, Bannen took a chance and parted from her label, and released her debut EP, a collection titled Cheap Sunglasses independently. The EP stretches from summer-themed tracks like lead single "Landlocked" and "All Good Things" to more personal tracks like the title track, "Cheap Sunglasses." I recently chatted with Bannen about the EP and this exciting new chapter in her music career.
Last week, Leah Daniels found out she was nominated for five Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) awards, including the awards for Single of the Year, Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. When she found out, she couldn't believe her eyes. "It was so crazy!" she said. "It's such an honour to be nominated and it's extra special because it's the industry that picks the nominees." Daniels, along with Jason Blaine and Tebey, leads the nominees with five nominations. This wasn't just an honor for Daniels, but it was a defining moment. "Sometimes I find I get so caught up in my work and music that I loose the ability to measure my success," she said, "but moments like those make you stop and realize — okay I am on the right track!"
At 17, most teenagers are going to high school, hanging out with friends, thinking about college and doing all the typical things that teens do in high school. But 17-year-old singer/songwriter Abbey Cone is not your typical teenager. Instead of going to football games and taking exams at school, she released a full length album last year and has already become a talented musician respected by many.
Canadian singer songwriter Molly Brown is a young artist, and new to the country scene, but the way she approaches making music is much wiser than her 24 years: "Don't aspire to sound like others," she says. "Hope that they aspire to sound like you." Her philosophy has marked her as a stand out artist, because she truly sounds different than any other new female artist in country music.