The newest song that's caught my attention enough for me to want to go in depth with it is "Lifeboat" by Melanie Meriney. Meriney released her EP, Up in Lights in May, featuring this song. "Lifeboat" is a catchy, pop-country track that has some deeper meaning behind the carefully crafted lyrics. Read on to learn more about the inspiration behind the song, the process of writing it, and the sound of the song straight from Melanie Meriney herself.
It's been a long road for Danielle Bradbery. In 2013 (has it really been four years?) she became the youngest person to win The Voice, and went on to release her debut record that same year. But since then? Bradbery has been a question mark. She released "Friend Zone" in 2015, which was panned by critics and fans alike. That brings us to now, as Danielle Bradbery has FINALLY released the first single off of her new project, a song she wrote titled "Sway," indicating the direction of her sophomore record.
Country music is in.
Whether we like it or not, country music has reemerged as one of the most popular genres of music all over the world. Teenage girls flock to Luke Bryan concerts like they do to Justin Bieber concerts. Sales of certain country artists are higher than many major pop acts. But with that, comes the bleeding of popular culture into country music, resulting in very pop and hip-hop-influenced tracks being marketed as country.
A year after the release of The Variety Show Volume One, Maggie Rose is back with another EP. Volume 2 of The Variety Show never appeared, but this could be seen as the second volume. This one doesn't have 'variety' in the title, but Rose has continued her pop influenced country sound, adding a little variety into country music. It completes Rose's transition from more traditional to more varied, and solidifies the vibe of the new and improved Maggie Rose.
The anticipation has been killing us all, but it's finally here: Kelsea Ballerini's new single off of her sophomore record. Ballerini has been talking this record up since late 2015, explaining how the record shows a change in her writing style and a move away from the fun, flirty, poppy songs that led her to have No. 1 three times in a row. "Legends" is the first taste of that project, and although this is different than her first record, this isn't quite the masterpiece that Ballerini said it would be.
Next month is set to be an exciting month of music releases, but before we jump into that, here's your May music roundup!
Natalie Hemby. Nicolle Galyon. Liz Rose.
These three women are some of the most successful songwriters today, with Hemby best known for her work with Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town, Liz Rose with Taylor Swift, and Nicolle Galyon with RaeLynn. By themselves, they are responsible for some of the best country songs today. But what happens when they all come together? This song proves that the result is simply magical.
For Memorial Day, Nashville-based artist Carissa Leigh is honoring our veterans and fallen soldiers with her new song, "At Night."
Taylor Acorn keeps serving up the hits.
Before Maren Morris was taking the music industry by storm, she was in Texas, writing songs and charting on Texas radio. She released three records before her major label debut Hero, titled Walk On, All That it Takes, and Live Wire, so there's a fair bit of older music from her floating around the internet.