With country music in her blood artist Brailey Lenderman knew she wanted to pursue a career in music at a young age. As a child Bailey participated in a number of sports including swimming and rowing. Though wanting to go straight into music, Brailey’s parents convinced her to attend college. Ultimately grateful for the experiences that college gave her.
After graduation it was a matter of three weeks and Brailey had moved to Nashville where she now resides. Jumping into the music city scene, Brailey felt right at home. Not afraid to expose her vulnerabilities in her music, Brailey’s music is honest and reflects real life emotions. Recently releasing her debut single Remember All The Nights with the help of producers Jared Logan and Aswan North, Brailey can’t wait to build her fanbase.
In support of equal representation for women in music, Brailey will continue to support all women of all genres and speak up for those who are being shelved saying “I will never stop writing and playing either, I am going to be told no a lot just because I am a woman, but who cares, I know what I can do and I'll do it.”
Spending as much time in the studio as she can, Brailey is full of new material. So check out her single Remember All the Nights on iTunes and Spotify and follow Brailey on social media at @Brailey_Music.
Have your Top Down and cruise while listening to the duo Brown and Gray. Made up of Texas-born and Nashville-raised artist Kaci Brown and London’s Sam Gray, the duo is ready to take the country music world by storm.
For Kaci music choose her. With female artists from Trisha Yearwood to Kacey Musgraves and Carly Pearce to look up to, Kaci is confident in what she can accomplish as a female artist. Sam began his career in music by playing the violin. Later learning how to play the guitar, Sam formed a band in college and has been pursuing music ever since. Though exposed to a variety of genres, Sam couldn’t be more grateful to have met Kaci who introduced him to country music. Falling in love with the genre’s ability to share the real stuff, the duo Brown and Gray reflects personal stories in their music.
This summer Brown and Gray will be hitting the road. Thrilled to connect with audiences across the nation and perhaps become best friends with fellow performers Adam Doleac and Ashley McBryde, you’re not going to want to miss seeing these two perform. In fact the duo was asked to perform at this year’s Stagecoach Festival on SiriusXM’s Spotlight Stage and will be taking over our Instagram story for all of you who are unable to make it.
Working on their debut EP, Brown and Gray are ready to take the next step in their journey as artists. So find their single Top Down on iTunes, YouTube, and on Spotify’s Wild Country playlist and follow the duo Brown and Gray via social media at @BrwnandGray.
Though artist Karen McCormick began singing her in church and school choirs, it wasn’t until she was riding in the car with her father listening to Taylor Swift’s song Tim McGraw when she realized that music was her passion. Begging her father for a guitar at the age of 13, Karen began writing and producing her own songs.
Finding songwriting to be therapeutic as well as a way to think through a tough situation, Karen hopes her music reflects real emotions and is relatable to her audience. Karen’s style is contemporary. By creating songs which combine aspects of both the country and pop genres, Karen wants to introduce fans who only listen to pop music to country music and vice versa.
This Friday Karen will release her new single Just a Song, which recognizes a song’s ability to reflect different meanings on different people. The idea for the song came from attending a Song Suffragettes show in Nashville, where Karen currently lives. Inspired by the talent and passion of her fellow female artists, Karen wrote Just a Song in just four hours. Hosting a release party this Thursday, Karen wants to remind those who have influenced and supported her throughout her musical journey. By the end of the year Karen plans to release her debut EP and tour across the country.
So follow Karen’s journey by finding her on social media at @KarenLMcCormick and on her website at http://karenmccormickmusic.com/ and preorder Just a Song here.
Never knowing what life is like without music, Carolyn Routh was destined to become an artist herself. Being asked to sing “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” in second grade, Carolyn stepped into the spotlight and was immediately hooked knowing the stage was the right place for her to be.
With her family and friends behind her, Carolyn set out to write her own music. Being a passionate person Carolyn speaks from the heart. Enjoying country music for its fluidity between genres, her music can be enjoyed by any listener.
Later teaming up with friend Daniel to form the duo Nu-Blu Carolyn is curious to see how her audience reacts to their new style. Now ready to hit the road, Carolyn hopes to “reach as many people and touch them on an emotional level, one day at a time, one person at a time.”
So find her music available on iTunes, Spotify, and on Nu-Blu’s website at www.nu-blu.com.
The new Americana single from Jodee Lewis, Buzzard’s Bluff is a cathartic release from deep within the Missouri Ozarks. The natural lush landscapes are home to beautiful views, but just like the numerous birds of prey, a dark secret is always circling. The swelling ache of the violin takes center stage as the melodies wander deeper into the mountains. It is the first single and title track off the upcoming album, Buzzard’s Bluff, due out April 6.
Lewis, now living in Chicago, grew up in Missouri where a deep passion for music rang through her home at an early age. The sounds of Merle Haggard, EmmyLou Harris, and Waylon Jennings became a familiar chorus of voices that influenced her own storytelling. Buzzard’s Bluff opens with a haunting chill that quickly becomes an anthemic march. With a raw and honest cadence, Lewis sings with a spine tingling melody that commands attention. The steady beat of the drums intertwine with a deep bass, energetic strings, and a harmony filled chorus. The memory of the area still clings to Lewis as she explains, “There were a number of things about my childhood that were tragic and unhappy, yet the Ozarks is deep in my bones and I still carry a great love for the area and it’s beauty, even after fleeing to Chicago almost 20 years ago.”
Buzzard’s Bluff draws inspiration from growing up in a small town, the trials of faith, and a 19-year marriage with children. No journey is without its crosses, and the album emerges after years of self-reflection and struggle. As an artist, Lewis had to search deep within her spirit to deal with the unexpected turns of life. Dealing with personal loss is hard enough, but the devastation can shake repressed memories loose and bring them to the surface. Now sober for five years, Lewis has grown an exceptional amount both personally and as an artist. She explains, “My songs are more honest and they’re executed much better because I have my head on straight. I’m proud to share that with my friends and family who have supported me along the way.”
Artist Taryn Stevens is a woman of many talents. In grade school Taryn played basketball later graduating with a bachelors of science in nursing. With the help of her friend Brett Dove, Taryn learned how to play the drums quickly falling in love with being on stage.
In 2016 Taryn made the move to Nashville where she met her partner in crime, Brett Stafford Smith. Inspired by one another the now duo, Stafford Stevens isn’t afraid to express their emotions in their music. Their first album The Demo was released this past February featuring six tracks all of which were written by Brett himself. Watching to create a relationship with their listers, the duo’s music is relatable and easy to sing along to. Lucky to have found each other, the duo can’t wait to share their story with the world hoping to hit the road this year.
So listen to The Demo available on Spotify here or on their website at www.staffordstevensband.com.
Young artist Kailey Swanson feels right at home with performing on stage. With music to shape her into the person she is today and her Grandma who never let the house sit in silence when Kailey was a child, it’s no wonder why Kailey is pursuing a music career of her own.
Using songwriting as a way of talking to her audience, Kailey can write about anything. Blending the sounds of traditional as well as contemporary country, Kailey’s music is diverse and is relatable to any audience. Her latest single Diamonds and Coal was written following one of her worst heartbreaks. Hoping to empower other women through tough times, Diamonds and Coal is sure to make anyone feel better.
Wrapping up her next EP, Kailey can’t wait to hit the road this summer. So listen to Diamonds and Coal on iTunes and Spotify or via Kailey’s website at www.marmosetmusic.com/artists/kailey-swanson.
Country Fest returns to the Rose Festival on Sunday, June 3rd in Portland Oregon. This year 98.7 The Bull is hosting the Eli Young Band, Parmalee, Russell Dickerson, Carly Pearce, and Mitchell Tenpenny to rock Bob Lanphere’s Beaverton Honda stage.
Tickets go on-sale Monday March 5th here.
Jeannine Barry, one of Britain’s finest homegrown country artists, has announced the 2018 release of her new single Sweet Spot. The long-awaited single will be available digitally across all platforms and is planned to debut on March 9th. It will be released in conjunction with Barry’s return to this year’s C2C (Country 2 Country) festival, Europe’s biggest and most important country music festival. Fans can catch the singer-songwriter playing six sets over the three-day event on three stages.
Jeannine’s highly-anticipated new release is set to surpass her 2016 hit Bittersweet, which peaked at No. 3 on the UK Country iTunes charts. It also garnered her some serious attention amongst British and Nashville industry professionals and left fans, including long-time fan Nick, from Belles and Gals, who attended her 2017 packed out headline show at London’s Thousand Island, craving more.
Aside from her performances at C2C, Jeannine Barry is scheduled to perform a Bob Harris’ Under the Apple Tree session, which promises to set Barry on a very successful course for 2018.
Ever since the age of 5, Jada Vance was sharing her talent with the world. With country roots and a love for songwriting, there’s no wonder why Jada auditioned for American Idol in 2013.
A diverse songwriter, Jada isn’t afraid to share what she’s feeling in her music. Her latest release, There’s Always Me, was written by Courtney Cole and Kacey Musgraves. Changing the way people determine one’s happiness, There’s Always Me encourages listeners to appreciate what they have.
Now focusing on building her fanbase, Jada Vance is setting out on the road. So listen to her music via iTunes and Spotify now and view this year’s tour dates on her website at www.jadavance.com.
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 email@example.com