Following the success around her recent solo single Why I Need You which has been on various country radio playlists across the UK and had nearly 100k video views to date, London-based Irish singer/songwriter Megan O’Neill has today released another track from her forthcoming album, the upbeat country-leaning song Ghost of You. Recorded in Nashville earlier this year, Megan describes the song as "one of those ones that just kind of flowed out - it was effortless to write in some ways but then of course, when editing, you can spend hours changing one lyric here and another one there! It’s about loved ones lost but their memories live on as part of you. One part of you wishes you could let them go - let those memories go - and yet another part of you is thankful that you still have them with you in some spiritual way."
With a sold-out first show of the year in Camden next week, Megan returns to the stage with her full band on February 10th for a full-band headline show at Under The Bridge, London.
Now fans can stream/download the new single on Spotify and all other platforms now, or check out the track via Soundcloud here.
In the wake of the Why We Wear Black campaign at this year's Golden Globes the ladies of Song Suffragette's teamed up to release their new single Times Up. The track's music video recently released on Vevo features an all-female lineup dressed in black, creating a powerful image anyone would find inspiring. So watch the full music video above before downloading the single via iTunes here.
A natural born singer artist Daniety Smith began singing in her church choir at the age of two, later participating in her school’s plays. Her music reflects the traditional aspects of country music while including a variety of genres including rock and pop. This is demonstrated in Daniety’s latest release Just Me. Hoping to make a difference in the world, the track encourages listeners to just be themselves and not let anyone tell them otherwise. Influenced by experiences of her own, Daniety’s songs are relatable and tell a story. Daniety also enjoys hearing her fans’ interpretation of her music saying “I want my lyrics to help a fan get through the day.”
Living in Nashville, Daniety has had the opportunity to collaborate and learn from others in the music business. Having worked with Tim McGraw’s guitar player and being inspired by the band Jackson Ward, Daniety’s music continues to evolve.
This year Daniety hopes to share her music through acoustic sets which allow her to better connect to her audience. For now you can find Daniety’s music on ReverbNation and on social media at @DanietySmith.
Whether you’re Road Trippin’ or acting Careless this summer make sure to catch the Rascal Flatts with Carly Pearce and the duo Dan + Shay as they set out on the Back to Us Tour in June.
The tour, which will reach 25 cities across the nation, features new music from the band’s latest album Back to Us and includes stops in Massachusetts, Ohio, Texas, and California.
“I can’t describe how much we are looking forward to the tour this summer!” singer Gary LeVox says in a press release. “We’ve been lucky enough to be in a position to tour consistently throughout our career, and last year felt like the perfect time to reset as we focused on the release of our 10th album. Coming back this year and with our friends Dan + Shay, who are some of the best guys around, as well as Carly who had an amazing year last year, makes it all the more exciting! It’s going to be an awesome time for us and the fans!"
Openers Carly Pearce, who’s single Every Little Thing reached number 1 in 2017, and Dan + Shay, who’s new single Tequila was released today, also couldn’t be more excited about hitting the road together tweeting “my summer just got a whollle lot better.”
Rascal Flatts' 2018 Back to Us Tour City Stops:
Virginia Beach, Va.
West Palm Beach, Fla.
St. Louis, Mo.
San Diego, Calif.
Following the release of her chart topping album Come Back Fighting, new artist Philippa Hanna will be heading out on the road this April for her most exciting run of headline shows to date. Her country-tinged 6th release hit Number 1 on the iTunes UK Country Chart on the day of release and topped the Official Christian & Gospel chart in December 2017.
Fans can expect to hear Off The Wagon, the lead single that has drawn comparisons with the likes of Dolly Parton as well as the acoustic reggae-infused Dorothy and the hard-hitting bluesy title track Come Back Fighting. In addition to established favorites and classic country covers, Philippa will be championing upcoming singles Getting On With Life and The Hero.
Joined by a small ensemble of accompanists on stage, in her signature style, Philippa will share the stories and insights behind the songs in tandem with her daily inspirational YouTube blog.
Having captivated UK audiences on tours supporting Lionel Richie, Leona Lewis, Anastacia, Wet Wet Wet, Collabro & Rebecca Ferguson, her reputation as an outstanding acoustic entertainer is hard to rival. With just 4 dates planned for the tour, fans are advised to get tickets early to avoid disappointment. Tickets go on sale this Friday.
View tour dates here:
Tuesday 3th April - O2 Academy 3, Birmingham
Wednesday 4th April - Night & Day, Manchester
Thursday 5th April - Bush Hall, London
Friday 6th April - Plug, Sheffield
Crowned by us among many others as the one to watch in 2018, CMT Next Women of Country artist Kalie Shorr is set to release Awake on January 26. The highly-anticipated project features seven songs that truly showcase Shorr’s ability, passion and energy she injects into her music. Awake will be available for pre-sale on iTunes January 15 while the project's first single "Two Hands" continues to be featured on SiriusXM The Highway's "On The Horizon," Radio Disney Country, TuneIn Country Roads and on prominent Apple Music playlists Breaking Country and Cool Country.
“Sometimes, this industry makes you second guess yourself,” Shorr explains. “It might not even mean to -- there are just so many opinions and it's easy to try to please everyone. This project is the first time I've tuned everything else out but my own gut feeling on who I am and what makes me unique. This past summer, I bought a new electric guitar, met an amazing producer, and fell back in love with the records that made me want to write songs in the first place. Before I knew it, the Awake EP was born. I couldn't be more excited for it's release, this record feels like the most authentic introduction to me I could give anyone.”
Shorr will host an Awake EP launch party on Thursday, January 25 at The Back Corner. The event will be open to both the media and the public.
Shorr, who was recently announced as support alongside RaeLynn on the CMT Next Women of Country Presents Sara Evans All The Love Tour, has been a powerful voice for women in country music and remains fiercely herself amidst adversity
Danielle Bradbery quickly became a household name after competing as a member of Team Blake during season 4 of The Voice. Covering tracks by empowering female country music artists including Sara Evans’ A Little Bit Stronger and Carrie Underwood’s Jesus Take The Wheel, Danielle won the hearts of the country music industry eventually winning The Voice that year.
Danielle was later able to perform debut single The Heart of Dixie on the CW show Hart of Dixie and earned her Grand Ole Opry debut in November of 2013. In 2015 Danielle released her single Friend Zone which received some radio coverage, but it wasn’t until 2017 when she released Sway which put her back on top. This year Danielle also released her sophomore album I Don’t Believe We’ve Met which reflected her more vulnerable side. The album was quick to top the iTunes Charts and soon after its release Danielle become a nominee for Artist of the Year.
As a single parent, it can be tough to find the time to breathe, let alone participate in any reasonable fitness routine. But, your physical health directly correlates to your stress levels, which according to Adolescent Psychotherapist Katie Hurley, affect your children probably more than you know. Here are a few tips to help keep yourself in shape without breaking your budget and while keeping up your hectic schedule as a solo care provider.
Wake up 30 minutes early and get your blood pumping. If you’re an early bird, great. If you’re not, exercising first thing in the a.m. maybe just the push you need to catch the worm. Set your clock half an hour early and squeeze in a workout before your morning shower. Fortunately, you don’t need an expensive gym membership to burn serious calories. Health magazine asserts that this 30-minute workout, which features jumping jacks, side lunges, and modified sit ups, will blast away 350 calories in the time it takes to catch up on the latest episode of Young Sheldon.
Exercise with your kids. It’s unquestionable that children tend to emulate their parents’ behavior. It makes sense, then, to kill two birds with one stone by helping your child establish positive habits while keeping up with your own health and fitness goals. You can turn playtime into fun physical activities that are age-appropriate for your tiny partner. For instance, if you have an infant, don’t be afraid to grab your baby carrier and use your little one as an extra weight while doing squats. Older kids might enjoy gardening, bowling, or a simple dance party in the living room.
Create a home gym. If you have the space, you can turn an unused room or corner of the garage into a home gym that’s accessible 24 hours a day. Choose equipment that suits your exercise style. If you’re unsure of how you like to exercise, consider taking up yoga and investing in a yoga mat, which is an inexpensive tool that will define your workout space even if you’re short on room.
Look for opportunities for physical activity in everyday situations. There are opportunities to take the things you’re already doing and turn them into a mini workout, all you have to do is look. For example, take a walk during your lunch hour at work or park in the far corner of the lot so that you’ll be forced to get in an extra few steps each morning and afternoon. You can even sneak in a quick workout while being productive around the house by going the old-fashioned route and mowing the yard with a push mower or washing the car by hand.
Re-prioritize your schedule. Perhaps the most important thing you can do in order to accomplish your wellness goals is to simply re-organize your day. If you typically stop for coffee with friends each morning, skip three of those meetings in lieu of time for yourself to get a quick run in before work. You can also delegate age-appropriate chores to your kids and utilize that time for exercise. They will learn responsibility and you will keep yourself healthy and strong for their benefit. It’s a win/win situation.
While there is nothing you can do to add extra hours to the 24 you have each day, there are ways to stay fit without compromising your quality-of-life. Remember, you aren’t doing this just for yourself, but for your children, too. It may feel selfish at times, but putting your health and wellness at the top of your priorities list sets a positive example for your children. And as a single parent, it’s up to you to be your sons’ or daughters’ primary role model. Keeping yourself healthy is one way you can instill future habits in your kids while making sure you’re healthy enough to enjoy them now.
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