Amy Wilcox spent years honing her craft as a songwriter and performer. While living in Nashville she landed a residency at the legendary venue, Third & Lindsley in addition to opening for country icons Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, and Kellie Pickler. Her name may also be familiar to some as she was on A&E's popular series Crazy Hearts: Nashville, which all eventually led to her signing with Blue Elan Records and a move out to Los Angeles. Her debut EP, WEST, will be released in early 2019.
Amy started her cover video series last month-- calling it "Something Old, Something New, Something True" with the first - a cover of The Chainsmokers - featuring Kelsea Ballerina - song, "This Feeling" and the second release was a cover of her favorite Elvis song, "Can't Help Falling in Love." Her something True is our featured video, a beautiful cover of Lauv's "Never Not"
For more info on Amy, visit: www.amywilcox.com
Today CMT announced their Next Women of Country Class of 2019 at Nashville’s CIty Winery. Introduced by Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild, the inductees include Anna Vaus, Emily Hackett, Ingrid Andress, Lainey Wilson, Lauren Duski, Leah Turner, Rachel Wammack, Stephanie Quayle, and Tenille Townes.
Additionally, CMT announced that Cassadee Pope will be headlining next year’s Next Women of Country Tour with Clare Dunn and Hannah Ellis. Dates and ticket information to come.
Heading this project is Leslie Fram who has continuously showed support for female artists since the Tomategate began in 2015. During today’s event Leslie awarded Maren Morris with The Impact Award, which is presented to a named artist who has paved the way for women in country music to follow.
Find more information via CMT here.
Growing up with the influence of Celine Dion and LeAnn Rimes, Sacramento native Tiffany Woys was persuaded to sing at a young age. Just six years ago, Tiffany formed her own band which performed together up and down the West Coast.
Dedicated to creating a unique sound, Tiffany pulls from her upbringing reflecting a pop country style. Also known for her dramatic vocals, fans will be left in awe. Choosing songs from a community of Nashville songwriters who deserve to have their stories told, Tiffany has had the opportunity to work and bond with fellow artists.
This month, Tiffany released her debut single Priceless which encourages women to never settle for less and recognize their full potential. You can find an exclusive look at the story behind Priceless below.
Stay tuned for more from Tiffany Woys by following her on social media at @Tiffany_Woys and on her website at https://www.tiffanywoys.com/.
Call the girls, grab a glass and pour on up - female powerhouse group, with a newly-evolved sound and new member Ashley Gearing, Farewell Angelina has released their new single, “Women and Wine.” The single’s acoustic video, filmed backstage at the Capitol Theater in Flint, Mich., was premiered online today by The Boot. You can find “Women and Wine” on all digital platforms.
“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).” - Farewell Angelina
Farewell Angelina will perform at W.D. Packard Music Hall in Warren, Ohio, Nov. 13 and wrap the first leg of their “Women and Wine” tour on Dec. 1 at the Berrie Center in Mahwah, N.J. You can keep up with all their tour dates on their website at www.farewellangelinamusic.com.
Taylor Barton learned her trade in the presence of musical royalty. Her husband, guitarist GE Smith, put the young songwriter backstage with musical legends like Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Jerry Garcia, and thus, her first song was conceived in the back of Dylan’s tour bus. Born in Baltimore, Maryland she learned to meld urban grit with soulful art.
Barton, a modern singer-songwriter, will release House Of Light this fall—a soulful, original and introspective record. It’s a courageous and personal story of going through emotional traumas and coming out on the other side. “When I was writing the songs for this album, my mother died, which triggered a major splintering in my family of origin,” she explains. “There was also a suicide that affected our family. The song, ‘Where Did You Go’ speaks to that. Ultimately, the songs are about redemption and forgiveness.”
Tony Shanahan who is Patti Smith’s bandleader produced the 11-song, House Of Light. Shanahan also lends bass, background vocals, acoustic guitar and synthesizer. GE Smith adds his talents playing mandolin, bass, acoustic guitar, slide and electric guitar, while Americana music darling, Sarah Jarosz lends mandolin, banjo and background vocals to a couple of songs. The rest of the band is filled out with Tom Brislin on keyboards, Bill DeBrew and Josh Dion on drums and Jenni Muldaur on background vocals.
The writing is simpler on House Of Light compared to Barton’s last record, Everybody Knows. “I was trying to get to the bone of the song,” she imparts. “We also used instrumentation to calm the listeners during this chaotic era. I was a big fan of Norah Jones, ‘Come Away With Me’ because it was the tonic everyone needed after 9/11. I wanted to calm everyone after the dissention that has occurred on every level of people’s lives in this day and time.”
The recording process hit a few bumps along the way, before coming to fruition. “All of us, Tony Shanahan, GE and I were experiencing really tragic, traumatic events during the making of this record,” Barton recalls. “We stopped production while Tony’s wife was operated on for a brain tumor. GE’s father died, and then my daughter’s childhood friend committed suicide. We stopped production again, while the family took some time to heal. It was rough-going some days, but we managed to push through and get this intense collection done. Finally, Sarah Jarosz came in and nailed it with her magical, monstrous talent, and brought us all back to reality to finish what we started.”
The mystic sounds of the title track, “House of Light” opens the record and sets its tone. The song “Chaos” adds a little groove to the sound, while the country-tinged “Steeplechase” and “The Wheatfields” feature Jarosz’ vocal and mandolin additions while displaying Barton’s gift for melody and elegant phrasing.
House of Light is a huge excavation of Barton’s buried memories from childhood and the volatile, unpredictable relationship she had with both her mother, and the state she fled.
“Most of the new songs are turbulent letters or confessions to my mother,” Barton discloses. “I was thinking of the people I knew in Maryland which is where I grew up, and specifically the heartbreak I was negotiating. I was letting go of so many people, places and things that I loved. I have lost my home state, as my family members have died or moved away and when my mother passed, there was no more home to go to. I felt like a refugee. I drove around familiar streets feeling like a ghost.” Barton’s stories convey the beauty of that suffering and the determination of healing. House of Light focuses on what’s at the center of that light, and allows her to take a triumphant bow.
Taylor Barton has released eight critically acclaimed CD’s, and won 10 ASCAP Awards. She was 'an Official selection' for the Mill Valley Film Festival for her film; 50-Watt Fuse and she released a wild, raucous novel called Hotheaded Saints. All her work is available on iTunes. For more information: http://taylorbarton.com/
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/.
Brooke Lambert has today released her new single I Don’t Wanna Hate You. The track was written with one of Lambert’s best friends, Nina Ward, about a toxic relationship that completely consumed Lambert for over a year and is based on the concept of looking at a bad relationship through rose-colored glasses.
Originally from Gosford but now calling the Gold Coast home, Lambert is a rising star whose talents are matched only by her sense of humor. Her debut EP Right Now came in at #4 on the iTunes Country chart on the day of its release, and Lambert has enjoyed a wave of success since, with festival slots at Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival and the Backroad Bash Music Festival. She has also supported acts including Kirsty Lee Akers, Neilly Rich and The Choirboys.
Recorded at Machine Lab Studios on the Gold Coast, I Don’t Wanna Hate You was produced by Jared Adlam, from Jared Adlam Audio Production, who has worked with artists such as Aleyce Simmonds, Tori Forsyth, The Ruiins and Jonny Taylor.
I Don’t Wanna Hate You kicks off with an upbeat guitar riff, setting the tone for the remainder of the track. “Intoxicated, infuriated, with the mess you made of me,” sings Lambert, though her tight performance is hardly reminiscent of a mess. Lambert walks a tightrope, coming to terms with the knowledge that "I don’t wanna hate you, but I think I do." With lyrics portraying a lover’s innocence and a woman’s wisdom, I Don’t Wanna Hate You is an exciting taste of Lambert’s upcoming EP, due for release in 2019, and you can sneak a preview at various shows over the summer. Don’t miss her, because you don’t wanna hate yourself.
Kiera Stella found her confidence through music. A shy child who often sang in her closet, it wasn’t until Kiera’s guitar coach encouraged her to sing when she realized that she wanted to become a vocalist. Following her passion for music Kiera started writing her own songs in high school, jotting down experiences she had encountered.
Growing as an singer-songwriter, Kiera released her debut single “No More” in June. An introduction to who she is as an artist, Kiera hopes her listeners can get a sense of who she is as an artist after listening to "No More." Planning to perform in the New York area and opening for Walker Hayes and High Valley, Kiera loves what she’s doing.
Listen to Kira’s music on Spotify or Apple Music and follow her on Facebook here.
Colbie Caillat, the Grammy Award-winning, singer-songwriter is slated to debut her new band, Gone West. The group consists of Caillat, multi-platinum singer-songwriter Jason Reeves singer-songwriter Justin Kawika Young, along with ACM and CMT nominated Nelly Joy.
Gone West will make their debut appearance on October 26th at Opry Goes Pink, a fundraising event at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN to raise breast cancer awareness and benefit Susan G Komen. Confirmed artists also include Carrie Underwood, Ronnie Milsap, Tegan Marie, Anita Cochran, and comedienne Karen Mills. Five dollars from every ticket sold that night will be donated to Susan G. Komen. Tickets and packages are available at Opry.com and at (800) SEE-OPRY.
After Opry Goes Pink, Gone West is scheduled for a follow-up performance at Analog at Hutton Hotel on November 3rd, at 6 PM.
For more information on upcoming events and activities please visit www.gonewestmusic.com
On Wednesday, CMT gave the music industry a wake up call when they honored the leading women in country music during their Artist of the Year special. Honorees included Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott and the ladies of Little Big Town.
The show opened up with a spectacular performance from the Pistol Annies, followed by Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile giving their rendition of Aretha Franklin’s song “A Natural Woman.” All the honorees were awarded throughout the night, with the most memorable speech being the list from Karen Fairchild, who named over 30 female artists who are killing in in country music, including Carly Pearce, Danielle Bradbery, Abby Anderson, and Kalie Shorr. The night continued with performances by Hillary Scott with Tori Kelly, Kelsea Ballerini featuring Alison Krauss, and Little Big Town. The final performance of the night gave the audience a preview of Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty 360 Tour when she invited tourmates Maddie and Tae and the group Runaway June to the stage for an unbelievable compilation of songs ending with her very own track Cry Pretty.
CMT claims that the show hit record number of viewers, which is a sign to all radio executives that women want to be heard on the radio. Follow CMT on YouTube to see the performances from the 2018 CMT Artist of the Year Event.
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 Next 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 firstname.lastname@example.org