Ever since attending a Johnny Cash concert at the age of nine, singing has been a dream of Britnee Kellogg’s. Having grown up to the sounds of traditional country and watching the success of Miranda Lambert and Carly Pearce, Britnee’s music mixes the sounds of new and old country. Writing from an honest place, Britnee shares her experiences of being a mom in her music. Wanting to be an example of someone who won’t let anyone keep her from following her dreams, Britnee plans to expand her fanbase outside of the Pacific Northwest where she’s from.
In March, Britnee will release a new EP entitled “Someone Somebody Loves.” The title track is a ballad, which has brought Britnee’s fans to tears. Based on her own personal struggles, the track is relatable to many.
Stay tuned for what’s to come for Britnee Kellogg by following her on social media at @BritneeKellogg and on her website at http://www.britneekellogg.com/.
Author: Nicole Marchesi
In the past year radio has been under scrutiny for lacking diversity, forcing listeners to turn to streaming sites for new music. As a result, studies predict that radio broadcasting will become extinct in the coming decades. While some can argue that radio is easier to access in the car and allows for interaction between a listener and a station’s host, those born into the digital age argue that the radio is a poor source to discover new music and is difficult to listen to on a smartphone. Streaming, however, allows listeners to choose the music they want to listen to and is compatible with in home speakers and devices. To explore this trend further we conducted a survey asking 50 people how many hours they spend listening to the radio versus streaming sites. Additionally, the sample was asked about their age to determine whether one’s age correlated to which format they listen to most.
While the majority of poll takers under the age of 30 listen to the radio, 94% surveyed prefer to listen to streaming sites. Younger poll takers listen to 1.46 hours of music on the radio on average and stream an average of 5.68 hours of music on digital platforms. This demonstrates that streaming sites are more easily accessible to listeners under the age of 30. In a study done by Music Watch, they found that streaming sites in comparison to broadcast radio are easier to navigate, keeps listeners aware of music trends, and helps in discovering new songs and artists. Without having to rely on the choices made by radio executives, streaming platforms allow listeners to discover unsigned artists and create playlists of their own. According to data found by Edison Research and Triton Digital’s Infinite Dial, only 19% of listeners choose radio as the top source for new music in 2017. The following year Spotify, YouTube, and Pandora more than doubled in sales revenue. This study also found that music discovery and keeping up-to-date with current music trends is important among listeners age 12-24. The increase in streaming usage has current radio executives turning to steaming services as an indication of an artist or song’s popularity, therefore catching onto music trends too late.
In the past, listeners relied on the radio as their main source for music. The radio allowed for a variety of music to be heard, without the customer having to purchase entire albums in the form of a CD or vinyl. Accustomed to radio’s influence on music selection, the majority of individuals over the age of 30 prefer listening the radio. Of the data we collected, poll takers listen to 3 hours of music on the radio and 2.95 hours on streaming sites each day. Removing the outliers which listen to music on streaming sites for 8 and 11 hours, the average for listening to streaming sites is 2.25 hours. Radio’s selling point is its easy accessibility in the car. According to the US Department of Transportation, the typical car is 11.6 years old, meaning the majority of vehicles are without the equipment necessary to play music from a smartphone or other digital device. Discovered by CNBC, drivers born between 1946 and 1964 are buying new vehicles at a slower rate representing only 36% of new car buyers down from previous years where they made up 42% of buyers. This indicates that older listeners typically tune in to the radio while in their cars.
A sample of 50 subjects were administered the survey ranging from the age of 17 to the age of 68. Of our sample, 62% listen to music primarily on streaming sites leaving 38% who prefer to listen to the radio. Overall, poll takers over the age of 30 listen to fewer hours of music with an average of 2.976 hours per day, while those under the age of 30 listen to an average of 3.57 hours of music per day. This speaks to the how the music industry is less dependent on radio as a source of music exposure, meaning the easy accessibility of streaming is allowing the younger generation to listen to music for more hours each day. Streaming is now available to listeners on their mobile devices, through their home speakers, and in the car.
Platforms such as Spotify and Pandora allow people to listen to music while undergoing everyday tasks including commuting, studying, and exercising. Although listening to the radio in the car remains convenient, car manufacturers began selling models with smartphone connectivity in 2015, installing USB ports and Bluetooth enabled devices. Bluetooth speakers and in home audible devices, including the Amazon Echo, focus on streaming services allowing for music to be played from a mobile device rather than through AM/FM radio channels.
In the digital era, streaming sites are becoming the primary source for listening to music. Radio broadcasters are faced with how to engage with their younger audience, who prefer commercial free music and personalization. Upon our research, we agree with New York University’s Larry Miller who believes that radio stations must adapt to the rise of digital streaming. Applications including iHeartRadio and TuneIn allow listeners to stream local and national radio stations on their smartphone devices. Radio stations may also attract listeners by offering giveaways to concerts and sponsored events, continuing to market their clients’ products while offering incentives unavailable to those who stream their music. Additionally, radio stations would limit commercials which don’t provide incentives to their listeners.
Another source of attracting a younger audience is by introducing new songs and artists regularly. Radio broadcasters must work with recording companies to discover new talent, before the public does. To understand their audience, radio stations should also provide their listeners with a platform to voice their opinion of the artists played on the station and request artists they’d want to hear.
The best thing a listener can do is reach out to radio broadcasters and demand what they want to hear. If that doesn’t work, turn to the radio stations who do take your requests, because the point of the matter is radio provides exposure for artists and without it talent goes unrecognized. Talent the women in country music have right now.
Meet rising star Kamryn Palmer, who will be performing at the Lighthouse Cafe on January 22nd as part of our Change the Day for Girls concert series. This 19 year old is quickly building her fanbase. A talented guitar player as well, Kamryn has a unique ability to connect with her audience.
Having played venues including the Grand Ole Opry and the House of Blues in the past, Karmyn is excited to bring her music to the west coast. Now working with producer Billy Smiley, Kamryn is creating a new album to be dropped in 2019. The album follows the release of her single “Devil in an Angel’s Disguise” a soulful, female- driven anthem about finding that guy who is the perfect charmer, but eventually over time you discover “it was like being in heaven and hell at the same time.”
Listen to Kamryn's music on all digital platforms and join us at the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach, CA at 6pm on January 22nd to see her perform. Details and RSVP here: http://www.womenofcountrymusic.com/events.html.
The third single "Goodbye For Good" from their highly anticipated EP, Capsize, was released on January 4th for streaming and download on all major platforms including Spotify and iTunes. “Goodbye For Good” is a strong representation of the sentimental vocals and intimate country-esque lyrics from the mother-daughter duo of Lindsey and Claire Justice. Having worked with producer Chris Jacobie (Penny & Sparrow, Jarrod Dickenson, Duncan Fellow) to complete the EP, the result is a five song exploration and showcase of the musical ingenuity that is created when artistry runs in the family. This is the third and final single from the upcoming EP, Capsize, due to be released February 1st, 2019.
Cliffs + Caves unabashedly share their deeply personal and relatable stories through songs that resonate with listeners of all generations. Best known in their home state of Texas for their unique blend of indie-folk music, the pair are delivering their best record yet with the release of their upcoming EP, Capsize. The original songs are a team effort with Lindsey creating most of the lyrics and melodies while Claire, a multi-instrumentalist, composed the music for the tracks. Undoubtedly their most dynamic release to date, Capsize reveals the depths of their skills as songwriters and instrumentalists with intimate lyrics lilting intrinsically over smooth musical progressions.
Nashville born and raised, Sophie Sanders has always dreamed of becoming an artist. Following in the footsteps of her father after college, Sophie began writing her own music. Taking from life experiences and stories from books, it’s easy to relate to Sophie’s music.
On November 30th, Sophie released her debut album “Steep and Shining Spaces.” The record is a collection on songs from the past six years and give a personal feeling. The lead track “Still Waters” also features Amy Grant and premiered on Billboard in July.
Coming out of her shell, Sophie wants to perform more in the New Year. You can listen to Sophie’s music on streaming platforms everywhere.
Winner: Carly Pearce
Raised in Kentucky, Carly Pearce was destined for country music. Racing to the top of the charts this year, Carly Pearce continues to capture the hearts of her fans with the release of “Closer to You,” which reflects on her relationship with fellow artist and now fiancee Michael Ray. Additionally, Carly Pearce won New Female Vocalist of the Year at the ACM Awards and CMT awarded “Every Little Thing” the Breakthrough Video of the Year title. Having toured for Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett, and Luke Bryan it’s time Carly headline a tour of her own. Partnering with friend Russell Dickerson, the two will be co-headlining The Way Back Tour in 2019.
Runner Up: Lindsay Ell
Known for her mad guitar skills and often sporting blue nail polish, Canadian artist Lindsay Ell has earned her spot in as a 2018 Artist of the Year finalist. In 2013 Lindsay made the move to Nashville and released her first single “Trippin’ On Us,” which debuted as the most added song in both Canada and the United States. Last year Ell released her debut EP “Worth The Wait” which features six tracks including her current single “Champagne.” More recently Lindsay’s unique sound and exceptional guitar skills, have caught the eye of John Mayer and Keith Urban. In fact Lindsay Ell released “The Continuum Project” just this year, which includes 12 John Mayer songs covered by Ell herself.
With a push from her grandmother who was a member of the musical theatre industry, Liddy Clark’s interest in singing began when she performed Colors of the Wind at her school’s talent show. Realizing her talent as a singer, Liddy’s parents offered to pay for vocal lessons and enroll her in music theatre productions. By the age of 13, Liddy had begun playing the guitar often covering songs by her idols John Mayer and Taylor Swift. Now a songwriter as well, Liddy demonstrates her creativity in her music. However her latest single “Shot Down” tells of her own emotional experience after the shootings in Parkland where Liddy grew up.
Attending school at USC, Liddy is open to collaborating with fellow students and will start performing acoustic sets at venues in the area. In fact, Liddy will perform during our Change the Day for Girls Concert Series at the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach on February 19th. Details on our Events Page.
All-female group, Farewell Angelina, consists of four longtime friends with stellar harmonies. Recently the group released their new single “Women and Wine,” which speaks to their bond as a group. The single was followed by a music video and tour which began on November 13th.
“We are so thrilled to share this new project that represents each of our four personalities and sounds. This band is an ever-evolving, songwriting sisterhood that exudes our passion for entertaining and celebrating each phase in life through music (and wine).”
With only one country station, Heidi Raye grew up listening to ‘90s country. Singing in church and participating in musical theatre productions, Heidi became a well-rounded artist. Recently, Heidi released her debut EP “Worth a Shot.” An introduction to her, Worth a Shot speaks of personal experience.
Working on her next project, Heidi is ready to show her fun and upbeat side. Having toured this past summer, it’s become clear to Heidi that she enjoys engaging with her fans. Believing that 2019 is her year to shine, stay tuned for more from Heidi Raye by following her on social media at @HeidiRaye and on her website at https://www.heidiraye.com/.
Kentucky native Hannah Ellis sang in her local church and performed in every small town contest at a young age. Moving to Nashville after graduating college, Hannah aspired to write music that has the power to heal and inspire others. Discovering songwriting Hannah also discovered herself, understanding that she is not the only one experiencing the same feelings or emotions.
In 2017, Hannah released her debut EP which featured five tracks that gave her spin on love and heartbreak. You can find Hannah on CMT’s Next Women of Country Tour with Clare Dunn and Cassadee Pope and hear her latest single “Home and a Hometown” on all streaming sites.
Born in Kingston, England the name Lucie Silvas isn’t new to British fans. However, her appearance at the Country to Country Festival caught the eye of many Nashville producers and Lucie’s has become an artist to keep an eye out for in 2019.
Just this past year, Lucie released her album “E.G.O” which includes lead single “Kite.” This soulful album is perfect to listen to over a good cup of coffee and can be found on streaming platforms everywhere.
Living the southern lifestyle in Lansing Michigan, artist Candi Carpenter become obsessed with country music as a child. Following in the footsteps of her hero Dolly Parton, Candi made the move to Nashville at the age of fifteen. With the stage as her classroom Candi began performing at every bar and honky tonk dive around.
Now Candi writes music of her own, often oversharing personal details of herself which ultimately bring her closer to her fans. Hoping her music reminds her listeners that they are not alone, Candi’s music is easy to relate to. Working with Sony Music Global and CTK Management Candi is excited to build a fanbase of her own.
In 2019 she is set to release a new EP which fans can expect to have compelling storytelling, soaring vocals, lush strings, and a more authentic Candi Carpenter than they've ever heard before. Find her hosting Song Suffragette shows and follow her on social media @CandiCarpenter.
Rising star Kassi Ashton can be found on Keith Urban’s Graffiti U record singing “Drop Top,” but it was her soulful, rich voice that had fans wanting more. Signed to Universal Music Group in Nashville Kassi released her song “California, Missouri,” where she paints the portrait of her childhood growing up in a small town.
Recognizing her talent was the ACM Honors, Kassi’s first awards show. Now you can listen to her latest release “Taxidermy” on iTunes and Spotify or on her website here.
You may recognize the name Savannah Keyes from her frequent appearances on the Song Suffragettes Stage or her recent appearance on Shania Twain’s show Real Country, but her upbeat song “Hypocrite” will leave you a fan of hers. Being the girl who told herself to love and appreciate her flaws, while also picking herself apart in the mirror, Savannah wrote “Hypocrite.”
Branching out Savannah is co-hosting, Let the Girls Play, a show on Radio Disney Country with Kalie Shorr that talks about the rising women in country. In 2019, Savannah is planning on releasing a full EP and can’t wait to share her journey with all of you.
Listen to “Hypocrite” on Spotify and Radio Disney Country now.
Brown & Gray
Have your Top Down and cruise while listening to the duo Brown and Gray. Made up of Texas-born and Nashville-raised artist Kaci Brown and London’s Sam Gray, the duo is ready to take the country music world by storm.
For Kaci music choose her. With female artists from Trisha Yearwood to Kacey Musgraves and Carly Pearce to look up to, Kaci is confident in what she can accomplish as a female artist. Sam began his career in music by playing the violin. Later learning how to play the guitar, Sam formed a band in college and has been pursuing music ever since. Though exposed to a variety of genres, Sam couldn’t be more grateful to have met Kaci who introduced him to country music. Falling in love with the genre’s ability to share the real stuff, the duo Brown and Gray reflects personal stories in their music.
Having released their debut EP “Salt in the Coffee,” Brown and Gray are ready to take the next step in their journey as artists. So find “Salt in the Coffee” on iTunes, YouTube, and on Spotify and follow the duo Brown and Gray via social media at @BrwnandGray.
When her parents surprised her with a trip to Nashville on her 12th birthday, Lacy Cavalier was hooked. Pursuing music ever since, Lacy moved to Nashville and has had the chance to collaborate with fellow songwriters in the area. Being 21 years old, Lacy writes of her experiences with relationships: good and bad. Most recently, she released her single “Cheating On U” which quickly captured the attention of her peers. Off doing what she enjoys most, Lacy wants to perform as much as possible in the new year.
Oregonian Briana Renea grew up on her family farm embracing her country roots. Participating in plays and choir in high school, Briana found her confidence being on stage. Originally pursuing acting, she entered a showcase in LA. There Briana met her producer and launched her touring career.
Now in Nashville, Briana writes about growing up. This year she released “Chasin’ Trouble” which quickly became a favorite among her fans.
Preparing to release new music in 2019, keep Briana on your radar by following her on social media @MusicBRenea.
Oregonians Rachel and Chad Hamar of the duo Cloverdayle have built themselves a fanbase large enough to call an army and name them our 2018 Group of the Year. Following the release of their self-titled album and touring throughout the Northwest, Cloverdayle has inspired many. Reflecting their laid back style and country roots, this 16 song album feels like a baby to the duo. Having began the writing process three years ago, their new album includes a variety of stories and emotions. The track “I’ll Remember” was written in honor of two close friends who lost the fight to cancer. Wanting to remember them at their best, Cloverdayle kept the track upbeat with a nostalgic feeling. Meanwhile “Love Changes Everything” speaks about today’s political climate, preaching love above hate. For classic country fans, “State of My Heart” plays with the traditional sound of a steel guitar. Additionally Cloverdayle choose to include their rendition of “Strawberry Wine,” the first song they learned to play together.
Runner up: Auburn Road
Teen trio Auburn Road is sure to mesmerize you with their collaborative harmonies. Comprised of lifelong friends Alicia Paulson, Paxton Martin and Kristen Brown, the trio isn’t afraid to express their true selves and beliefs in their music. In fact Auburn Road often pushed the boundaries of the modern genre. Releasing their single “Outlaw” this year, Auburn Road is taking control of what’s to come next by booking shows whenever and wherever they can.
Kalie Shorr “Awake”
Kacey Musgraves “Golden Hour”
Ashley McBryde “Girl Goin Nowhere”
Ashley Monroe “Sparrow”
Kaitlyn Baker “Blackbird”
Brown and Gray “Salt in the Coffee”
Calah Delaney “Take a Chance On Me”
2Steel Girls “The Real Thing”
Carrie Underwood “Cry Pretty”
Kelleigh Bannen “The Joneses”
Abby Anderson “I’m Good”
Runaway June “Runaway June”
The Stubborn Lovers “Mother Road”
April Kry “Sink or Swim”
Rachel Wammack “Rachel Wammack”
Lucie Silvas “E.G.O”
Meghan Patrick “Country Music Made Me Do It”
Jillian Jacqueline “Side B”
I am currently a student at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles as a marketing major. Upon realizing that I wanted to change the way people perceive country music and to help women have a voice, I began The Women of Country in 2015 promoting new female artists and sharing their stories with the world. You can find me via Instagram @nicolemmarchesi or contact me via email at email@example.com