There’s nothing Jana Kramer does better than a good old fashioned heartbreak song.
Three years since their debut record was released, country music’s favorite female duo is back with a new label and a new perspective. Maddie & Tae went through an intense label shuffle with the closing of their label Dot Records and their subsequent move to Mercury Nashville. But they’ve gotten out the other side, and are plotting the release of their sophomore album for later this year.
RaeLynn is an acquired taste. She sings with major twang and not much range, and her pop-country music leans quite heavily on the pop side. Occasionally her lyrics are very strong, especially the tracks that she’s had a hand in writing. But she’s never quite been able to shake off “God Made Girls,” the syrupy, somewhat sexist song that launched her career post-The Voice.
Muscle Shoals, Alabama native Taylor Grace is only sixteen, and her perspective matches her age. But her first release to iTunes, “Far From Perfect” contains a maturity and reflection not often found in a writer so young.
I have to say, I didn’t think I would be writing about Taylor Swift again so soon.
I remember the first time I heard this song incredibly clearly. A video of Danielle Bradbery singing a new song, “Potential” at a ‘Girls of Nashville’ event in Nashville got re-tweeted onto my Twitter timeline, and as someone who’s been looking forward to new Danielle Bradbery music since the day she put out her debut, I listened. I was struck instantly by the change in her delivery. She’s always been an incredible singer — there’s a reason she won The Voice.
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."
New country artist Catie Offerman may have just written one of the most interesting cheating songs of the last couple years.
This is the first song since Kelleigh Bannen's "Church Clothes" that has completely stopped me in my tracks. Ashley McBryde was recently named a Highway Find with her song "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega," and is working on her full length debut album with Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Little Big Town.) But on June 16, she released one of the best songs that has been released so far this year, "Girl Goin' Nowhere."
You might know Cheyenne Goss from her cover/re-write of Sam Hunt's song "Drinkin' Too Much" that has amassed over 130,000 views on her YouTube Channel. Or maybe you've never heard her name before. If you haven't, it's a good thing you're reading this article. Cheyenne Goss's brand new single, "Done," which was released to iTunes in early June, is a new, interesting take on country music. It proves that she knows her sound and she's ready to see where it takes her.