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With the help of her father who kicked started her career, Corinne McKnight set out to pursue her music further. After dipping her toe in theatre as a child, Corinne applied to The Artist Development Network. There she was able to collaborate with other songwriters and find her own voice.
Inspired by the works of Maren Morris and Kacey Musgraves along with pop artists Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, Corinne’s music blends pop with country. Now living in Music City where she recently graduated from Belmont University, she’s ready to take her music to the next level. Giving her songs a personal touch, Corinne recently released “Pretty Flowers.” The track which she has been able to perform at various venues including The Row and The Bowery Vault.
You can hear Corinne’s music on this week’s Top Ten Tuesday Playlist and on her website at https://corinnemcknight.com/.
The name Hannah Ellis is becoming a household name. Having grown up to parents who were wedding singers themselves, Hannah has always been encouraged to use her voice to tell a story. Her inspiration came not only from her parents, but from her idols Martina McBride and Shania Twain.
Taking her music to the next level, Hannah made the move to Nashville as reflected up in her song “Home and a Hometown.” Reflecting on her own songwriting, Hannah says “inspiration can strike anytime,” most often from a conversation or experience. Hannah’s latest release “Your Women” reflects on her long-lasting relationship with boyfriend and fellow musician, Nick Wayne.
Currently on the CMT Next Women of Country Tour with Cassadee Pope and Clare Dunn, Hannah is grateful to be performing with two women who constantly encourage one another. Continuing to perform into the summer, Hannah will make an appearance at CMA Fest, Windy City Smokeout, and the Country Boom Music Festival.
Valuing the relationships she’s made, Hannah plans on releasing a series of singles this year. Keep an eye out for Hannah Ellis and listen to her music on streaming platforms everywhere and on her website https://hannahellismusic.com/home.
Stagecoach returns to Indio California on April 26th with all-male headliners, Sam Hunt, Luke Bryan, and Jason Aldean. Beyond the testosterone-heavy trio topping the lineup this year will be the usual mix of mainstream country, Americana, folk, and bluegrass acts.
On the Main Stage you will also find performances by Cam, Danielle Bradbery, Lauren Alaina, and more. The Sirius XM Spotlight Stage returns this year to highlight country music's up-and-coming artists including Abby Anderson, Rachel Wammack, and Mitchell Tenpenny.
For those interested in learning how to line dance, stop by the Honkey Tonk Dance Hall where Honey County will be performing.
Norwegian-born singer-songwriter Liv Austen announces that she will be releasing tracks “Detour” and “Whole Heart” from her debut album "A Moment of Your Time." The tracks will be available from Friday May 17th as a double A-side limited edition 7” vinyl, sold exclusively on Liv’s website and at live performances and available across download and streaming services.
The double A-side is the next stepping-stone in a string of successes from the country-pop star. Liv released her debut album "A Moment of Your Time" last October, which received a 5-star review from Maverick magazine and has since had over half a million streams on Spotify. She also supported American country star Sarah Darling on her UK tour in March.
“Detour” and “Whole Heart” were placed together on "A Moment of Your Time," reflecting the key part they play in Liv’s story. The two songs were both written by Liv; they openly and honestly describe the heartbreak of being written out of someone else’s story and then finding new love and fearing that the same will happen again.
The 2019 Billboard Music Awards nominees have been announced, leaving us wondering if they’ve learned anything from the year before.
Announced by Kelly Clarkson and Dan and Shay on the Today Show, the nominees include the top played artists in 2018. However, the nominees strongly reflect the lack of diversity within the music industry.
Of the country music nominees, all nominees for Top Country Artist are male, two of which were nominated in the previous year. Additionally, the nominees for Top Country Duo and Top Country Song are all male too. Carrie Underwood broke up the boys club in the category for Top Country Album and Shania Twain for Top Country Tour, with the remaining spots given to male artists.
See the country music nominees here:
Top Country Artist
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Top Country Male Artist
Top Country Female Artist
Top Country Duo/Group
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Top Country Tour
Top Country Album
Jason Aldean, Rearview Town
Kane Brown, Kane Brown
Luke Combs, This One’s For You
Dan + Shan, Dan + Shay
Carrie Underwood, Cry Pretty
Top Country Song
Kane Brown “Heaven”
Luke Combs “She Got the Best of Me”
Dan + Shay “Speechless”
Dan + Shay “Tequila”
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant to Be”
Dressed to the nines, the members of Farewell Angelina look as sharp as ever in their new music video for “Ghosts.” Premiered by CMT, the video showcases the women in ritzy dresses as they sing their reflective song “Ghosts” from their recently released Women & Wine EP. Watch the “Ghosts” music video here and stream the song here.
Andrea Young, Ashley Gearing, Lisa Torres and Nicole Witt look as timeless as ever as they perform the song, penned by Young and Witt with Logan Brill. Inspiration to write the song came after Andrea played the Grand Ole Opry one night. She posted a picture of the historic stage to her instagram saying “Even The Ghosts Are Singing Tonight.” One of her personal heroes and mentors was George McCorkle of the Marshall Tucker Band who wrote the sampled, “Fire On The Mountain,” in fact, she played his last show with him at the Gillioz Theater in Springfield, Mo.
“It feels amazing to release ‘Ghosts’ for the world to see. We wanted to honor all of our musical heroes who came before us and the rich tradition of Nashville songwriting. Thanks to our friends at CMT for sharing the premiere!” said Farewell Angelina.
“It’s a time-honored tradition in country music to honor your heroes and the ladies of Farewell Angelina have outdone themselves with their new single and video.” Sam Stephens, CMT News
Growing up to the sounds and stories of James Taylor and Shania Twain, Avalon Kali had country music on her mind. Originally from a farm town in Northern California, Avalon wants to bring country music west. A storyteller, Avalon has been writing music since the age of twelve. While attending Belmont University Avalon participated in co-writes, finding her own life experiences were similar to others. Appreciating music’s ability to act as a universal music, Avalon wanted to honor it in her song “Country Song.” A song about love for country music’s ties to family and tradition.
Recently, Avalon released “Looking Back On You,” after a breakup. Rather than a sad song, “Looking Back On You” reflects memories of the good times together and a relationship that wasn’t meant to be. The music video has a nostalgic feel, with polaroids featured throughout.
In the future, Avalon wants to play venues across the nation and continue to co-write. Listen to Avalon’s music on streaming platforms everywhere and on her website at avalonkali.com.
There was never a moment without music for Moriah Domby. Learning to play the piano at a young age, music became a passion of hers. Moriah writes her own music, songs with reflect her own experiences. Moving to Tennessee to major in music business, Moriah set out as an independent artist understanding how to juggle both the artist and manager aspects of the industry.
Able to perform across the country, Moriah plays to the feel of the room. Expressing emotion in her music, Moriah hopes to connect with her audiences. In fact, Moriah prefers to perform in intimate settings. Recently, Moriah was invited to perform at the Bluebird Café. There she performed her single “Could’ve Tried.” About meeting face-to-face with an ex and being pulled back in to their charms, “Could’ve Tried” is relatable to many.
Booking a tour for the summer with the mission to grow her fan base, you’ll want to keep an eye out for Moriah Domby. Find Moriah’s music on streaming platforms everywhere and on social media at @ MoriahDomby.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org