Following in the footsteps of her aunt, who was a singer in a central Florida band, Aly Cutter has always been surrounded by music. Growing up to the sounds of Etta James and The Eagles, Aly strives to be a powerhouse in country music while also showing her vulnerable side. Not afraid to show the good, the bad, and the ugly, her music is diverse and attractive to any audience. She is currently working with Biff Watson and fellow producers Jason Lane and Jesse Lavigne on a new EP.
Having recently opened for Robyn Adele, Aly is looking towards touring outside of Nashville when the EP drops. She is also proud to see the support women are giving each other in the industry, “this industry is crazy and unpredictable, but... you get back what you put in the world so I’m ready to see a powerful resurgence of women in country music.” For now, you can listen to Aly’s music on YouTube or her website.
Listening to her grandmother’s mixtape, Ashley Taylor fell in love with country music at a young age. Inspired by artists Brandy Clark, Kacey Musgraves, and Loretta Lynn, Ashley is constantly challenging herself to become a better songwriter. In addition, she looks up to Mother Maybelle and Nancy Wilson, both who showed her that “women can be badass guitarists too.”
In her own songs, Ashley wants to encourage people to be proud of who they are and what they love. She does this by conveying stories about family, Jesus, and her hometown. Ashley has also drawn from her own experiences, such as when a fan approached her after a show commenting how she played like a man. Thinking to herself “I guess I just look like Barbie and play like Ken,” Ashley wrote “Play Like Ken” to show how the women aren’t viewed as a powerful presence in country music.
Setting out to take every opportunity as it comes, Ashley is excited to hit the road this summer. You can find her music on all digital platforms and on her website at ashleytaylormusic.com.
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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
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