Having been on a break from the spotlight while recording her debut album, Candi Carpenter is back with a soulful, festive cover of Merle Haggard's "If We Make It Through December!" This song is refreshingly different from the typical Christmas tune, full of wholeheartedness. The accompanying video is gorgeously reminiscent of 1950's rock n roll glamour, and Candi's voice will just melt you.
Ron Fair, who produced the song, is also producing Candi's heavily anticipated new EP, slated to come out in 2019. Fans can expect compelling storytelling, soaring vocals, lush strings, and a more authentic Candi Carpenter than they've ever heard before. "It's going to be a very dramatic EP, which is appropriate, because I'm a very dramatic person. I can't wait to tour next year and finally share my heart with the world."
Singer-songwriter Ana Cristina Cash is preparing for the holidays with My Christmas Collection, a unique compilation featuring eleven all-time favorite holiday classics and one original song.
My Christmas Collection was produced by John Carter Cash and recorded at the historic Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The compilation features everything from a captivating bilingual track, “Silent Night (Noche de Paz),” that showcases Ana Cristina’s rich voice, outstanding harmonies and Hispanic American heritage to a heart-warming duet, “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” with John Carter Cash.
Ana Cristina Cash was raised in Miami, Florida. Ana, of Cuban descent, is bi-lingual and began a professional career in music at the tender age of six. She quickly became an accomplished champion of the singing competitions on the variety show, “Sabado Gigante.” Ana’s recordings showcase her broad vocal range, from a deep resonating contralto to an amazing soaring soprano, revealing what is known to some as a “whistle register.” Ana Cristina was signed to Sony Music’s Latin division at the age of 15 and recorded her debut album, Ana Cristina, in the Spanish language. Ana went on to be the first Hispanic American to perform the “Star Spangled Banner” for a presidential inauguration for President Bush in 2005. In 2016, she married music producer, John Carter Cash, and has since been writing and recording the music she was born to sing. Ana’s music perfectly blends her connection with rockabilly and gritty blues, adding in a flavor of country and soul to create her own distinctive sound.
My Christmas Collection Track Listing:
1. Sleigh Ride
2. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
3. Carol of the Bells - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
4. Baby, It’s Cold Outside (feat. John Carter Cash)
5. O Holy Night
6. Santa Baby
7. Silent Night (Noche de Paz)
8. Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)
9. The Christmas Song
10. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
11. White Christmas
12. Santa Claus is Real
For more information on Ana Cristina Cash, visit https://www.anacristinacash.com/ or visit her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
We don't do this often, but we'd like to honor a few male artists who have released incredible music this year.
Dan + Shay
Wanting to remember the Christmas traditions from her childhood in Arizona, Shari Rowe released “Home for Christmas” on November 16th. Noting family traditions throughout the song, those unfamiliar with a “White Christmas” will feel right at home.
Following the song’s release, Shari filmed a music video which featured her friends and family. Filmed at Lake Pleasant in Arizona, the video shows Shari enjoying a BBQ and telling stories around the fire.
Shari’s own traditions include receiving homemade tamales from her neighbors and making pierogis with her Polish family. You can hear “Home for Christmas” on streaming sites everywhere or on her website at http://www.sharirowe.com.
Danielle Bradbery & Thomas Rhett “Goodbye Summer”
Jillian Jacqueline & Keith Urban “If I Were You”
Kelly Clarkson & Dan + Shay “Keeping Score”
Carrie Underwood & Ludacris “The Champion”
Chris Lane & Tori Kelly “Take Back Home Girl”
Kassi Ashton & Keith Urban “Drop Top”
Lauren Alaina & Kane Brown “What Ifs”
The Chainsmokers & Kelsea Ballerini “This Feeling”
Florida Georgia Line & Bebe Rexha “Meant to Be”
Kelsea Ballerini & Morgan Evans “Dance With Me”
The Women of Country announce their Change the Day for Girls Concert Series in Hermosa Beach, California. A showcase to feature the rising women of country, this series will provide a platform for female artists wanting to share their songs and stories. The series will take place at The Lighthouse Cafe on Tuesday nights, which are dedicated to country music. In 2019, The Women of Country has performances lined up from Liddy Clark, Carrie Cunningham, Kamryn Palmer, and Julia Rizik. See dates below.
RSVP on our Events Page now!
The Lighthouse Cafe
30 Pier Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
January 22nd: Kamryn Palmer 6-8pm
February 12th: Carrie Cunningham 9-11pm
February 19th: Liddy Clark 9-11pm
More dates to come...
Interested in performing in March or April? Fill out the survey here.
Emerging country singer Hailey Verhaalen's new Christmas 2-Pack including her original track “Single and Ready to Jingle” is now available for on iTunes here.
"I feel like this release is a perfect mixture of Christmas tradition and sass, and I can't wait for people to hear it," said Hailey. "I had so much fun writing my very first Christmas song, and I feel blessed to be able to release it alongside one of my favorite Christmas classics."
While the majority of radio stations refuse to play an equal ratio of female to male artists, we'd like to honor those exceptions who do.
Here's our Top 10 Radio Stations of 2018:
Bobby Bones Show
Radio Disney Country
She Wolf Radio
Weekdays With Murph
98.7 The Bull
SXM The Highway
The Big 98
Times Up Radio
Stepping away from their traditional Indie-folk blended sound, Cliffs + Caves create a fierce indie-rock song "Defiance.” Written as a battle cry, standing up for the powerless who can't speak up for themselves, the strong meditative lyrics of not waiting for permission to create a revolution perfectly matches the defiant beat and musical progression layering the song. The song was deeply inspired by an interview from a victim of sexual violence, and aims to say "we won't be quiet anymore". This is the second single from the upcoming EP Capsize, due to be released in February 2019.
Cliffs + Caves, the mother-daughter duo of Lindsey and Claire Justice, unabashedly share their deeply personal and relatable stories through songs that resonate with listeners of all generations. Their newest EP, Capsize, dynamically demonstrates their unique blend of indie-folk music created from intimate lyrics lilting intrinsically over smooth musical progressions. Partnering with producer Chris Jacobie (Penny and Sparrow, Jarrod Dickenson, Duncan Fellow) to complete the project, the result is a five song exploration and showcase of the musical ingenuity that is created when artistry runs in the family.
Their upcoming EP will be released in February 2019, but their first two singles are available now to stream. Check out the latest single, "Defiance" here.
Maren Morris “Rich”
Sandra Lynn “Somebody Kissed Me at a Bar”
Lindsay Ell “Criminal”
Kalie Shorr “Two Hands”
Julia Cole “Priority”
Sugarland with Taylor Swift “Babe”
Kelsea Ballerini “I Hate Love Songs”
Kelsey Lamb “Little By Little”
Hannah Grey Ellis “Home and a Hometown”
Morgan Myles “Acapella”
Abi Ann “A Day Without”
Tegan Marie “I Know How to Make a Boy Cry”
Lena Stone “Running Out of Red Lights”
Jillian Jacqueline “Reasons”
Emily Hackett “Good Intentions”
Maddie and Tae “Friends Don’t”
Olivia Lane “You Got Me”
Honey County “Sale of the Summer”
Chelsea Gill “Ray-Bans”
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