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!
Music is constantly evolving. It's difficult to keep up, as in country music especially, there is a new wave of artists coming in and taking over every couple of years. One of those new groups is the artists taking older music sounds and incorporating these sounds into contemporary country. And it's not just older country sounds, it's vintage pop, or in Jo Smith's case, old Motown vibes. Her EP Introducing JoSMITH has an unmistakable sound that is becoming her trademark.
You would think that a girl who was the runner-up on the biggest reality TV competition when she was 16 would have a perfect life. But Lauren Alaina has been very open about how her life is far from perfect. The first line of Alaina's much-anticipated sophomore record is "Daddy got sober, mama got his best friend," alluding to her parents' divorce. It took Alaina five years to get a second record out, and with this record, she tells her real, and sometimes sad story.
Welcome to a new article series here on Queens of Country! This is the first monthly music roundup of the year. These roundups will contain the best of female country music for that month and possibly some songs from another genre or from some guys making killer country music? It will vary each month, but here's the January Music Roundup!
Like Brandy Clark's Big Day in a Small Town, Natalie Hemby's debut record is the story of a small town. This particular small town is Puxico, MO, Hemby's grandfather's hometown. Great country music has the ability to be incredibly specific, but with that specificity, relate to people around the world going through similar things. Most people aren't from Puxico. But we all can feel the messages in this music, and we all understand the emotions songwriter-turned artist Hemby conveys on this record.
Amanda Sadler dropped her brand new single, "Drop the Needle Down" on Friday, January 20, following her 2015 EP, The Light. I had a chance to catch up with Amanda to learn all about the music that she grew up on, and the music inspiring her own songs currently.
It's no secret that even though Haley Georgia has 'Georgia' in her name, she has a track record of making music that's way more southern pop than country. And in the past, as she's been developing her sound, she's put out some definite misses. Don't remind me about "Ridiculous": it's a song we all try to forget ever existed. But with this new single, "Never Mine Nevermind," it seems as though Haley Georgia has developed into an artist to keep an eye on.
The funny thing about country music right now is that when you find a new artist that seems completely devoted to making country music that sounds 100% country, it's a surprise. I'm not saying that the pop and soul influence on country music is bad. Rather, it is great a lot of the time and exposes a greater audience to country music. Even so, sometimes is seems like more traditional country music is a dying genre. But then someone like Carly Burruss comes along.