You may recall a couple years back, Queens of Country did a feature on an up and coming country singer with soul sensibilities named Abbey Cone. Today, Abbey Cone is a blossoming songwriter, who recently got a cut on the Lindsay Ell record. She’s tapped into the pop/soul side of her artistry more than the country side in recent years, but her writing is detailed and compelling, as you can find in the songs on her SoundCloud page.
Welcome to 2018! This little monthly playlist post is something I’m going to be continuing all year, and it will continue to cover artists on SoundCloud. It’s easy to find great Spotify playlists, but great country music on SoundCloud is a little harder to find. To keep updated on all of my favorite songs on SoundCloud over the next year, keep an eye on the website at the beginning of every month, and follow me on the streaming service. Without further ado, here is the January Playlist.
SoundCloud is an incredible platform for sharing music. It's filled with demos, worktapes, and imperfect songs, some of which are actually quite perfect. It's traditionally known as a hub for rappers, but the country community has a considerable presence on SoundCloud. Here are some of the best country songs of the last month on the streaming service.
Singer and songwriter Carly Burruss put out one of the best EPs of the year in January, emerging as one of the more traditional and classic new country songwriters out there right now. Since that project, she's been writing a lot and occasionally putting out worktapes or demos on her Soundcloud page. This song, "Whitewash" is one of those worktapes.
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.
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.
Anna Vaus recently made headlines when she was named the first recipient of the Miranda Lambert 'Women Creaters' Scholarship. Vaus is a songwriting student at Belmont University, and she's a worthy recipient of the scholarship, as shown by this week's spotlight song on Soundcloud.
It's been over two years since Daisy Mallory put out her last project. This Side of Town, her latest EP, was an almost flawless EP, highlighting Mallory's smooth vocals and strong songwriting, and varying in sound from song to song, showing Mallory's versatility as an artist. Mallory, does however continue to post demos of the songs she's been writing on SoundCloud, but it's been a minute since she's posted something there as well. But now Mallory is back on SoundCloud, and recently posted an acoustic track titled "Okay."
This Labor Day, one song you should take a listen to with your free time is this new demo by Jenna McDaniel, titled "In The Sun." Written by McDaniel and fellow Song Suffragette Kalie Shorr, "In the Sun" is a mid tempo song produced by Shorr's producer Jason Afable.
Dallas. Orlando. Newtown. San Bernardino. These are just a few of the places where deadly mass shootings have happened this decade in the United States. After the week we've had, with the police violence against black men and the shooting in Dallas leading to the deaths of five police officers, singer-songwriters Jamie Floyd and Maren Morris have decided to use their talents to promote peace and mourn the lives lost.