Kalie Shorr had a monster 2016. Her single "Fight Like A Girl" became the second best selling debut single by a female artist that year, she was named a Highway Find, and she played shows across the country. When naming artists that are on the rise, it's hard to forget Kalie Shorr. A songwriter with writerslist and an unsigned artist, Shorr's new EP is representative of that meteoric rise in 2016, and of the new music she's been writing. Featuring her first two singles, "Fight Like A Girl" and "He's Just Not That Into You," Slingshot is a must-listen.
This is a rough worktape. Mickey Guyton didn't even know it was being recorded, proved by her adorable, "Are you recording? Oh sh*t!" at the end of the track. There's background noise, and both busbee and Guyton don't completely know the words or the melody. Even with all of those factors making this not the best recording ever, this tiny song buried in SoundCloud is one of the best songs I've heard in a long time.
If you don't know songwriter Lori McKenna, get out from under the rock you've been living under. Winning Country Song of the Year at the Grammys two years in a row, and writing some of the best songs in the genre, McKenna is not a songwriter to be overlooked. McKenna is an incredible singer in her own right, but here are three artists that took the words that McKenna wrote and transformed them into something new and beautiful.
"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!
Over the years, YouTube has become the home to unreleased songs by various artists. Some new additions to that collection of rare cuts are the unreleased songs of Kelsea Ballerini. Today's find is "Teach Me," a song that is baby Ballerini at her best.
How is March already here? The second month of 2017 was a great month of music, with many artists releasing new album/singles, and a good amount of artists redeeming themselves from previous efforts. Here are three albums & three singles, and some great songs by male country singers that you should be listening to now!
On Nikita Karmen's debut EP, she succeeds in bringing a completely unique perspective into country music. Australian-born, this singer/songwriter writes with a sincerity and wit that is often hard to find in American country singers, but is found in Nikita Karmen's music. The first new offering after Karmen's debut single, "Out of the Park," Nikita Karmen is a pleasure to listen to. Continue reading for a track-by-track review of Karmen's new project.
For the second installment of Songspiration, a feature delving into the music that your favorite artists listen to, we have Alexandria Corn! Born in Upstate New York, Corn has been singing and has beenpassionate about all different kinds of music her whole life. She took the time to answer some questions about the music that has influenced her in the past, and what is influencing the new music she is working on.
All-female vocal groups have had a bit of trouble succeeding in recent years, just like female solo acts, but that doesn't mean that these groups aren't putting out stellar music. And this year, their popularity has been increasing, especially with Runaway June breaking the Top 30. Maybe April is one of the more under-the-radar country bands, but they've been working hard to craft their own version of the traditional female girl group sound, and it's a killer sound that they've crafted.
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!