Canadian artist Delta Jackson knew that music was her calling at a young age. Raised in rural British Columbia, Delta spent her childhood exploring the outdoors. In fact Delta took dance lessons as a child, which lead to her interest in performing in musicals. Realizing she enjoyed the musical aspect of theatre, Delta fell down the path of becoming an artist and hasn’t looked back since.
Following in the footsteps of her cousin, Lisa Brokop, Delta began writing songs of her own. She enjoys reflecting on personal stories and sometimes lets her creativity get the best of her creating fictional stories which paint a vivid picture. Just this year, Delta released her self-titled EP which features five tracks. Delta brings to life the story of Johnny and Nancy in her song In Comes Down while the track Rise & Fall gives a personal look at Delta’s challenges and overcomings along her path to becoming an artist.
In the future Delta wants to release a full length album to complete the story she’s begun. For now you can find Delta’s music on iTunes and Spotify or via Pledge Music at https://artists.pledgemusic.com/projects/deltajackson.
Young artist Kayley Hill knew she was destined for a career in music from the start. Exposed to country and bluegrass as a child, Kayley’s voice lends itself to country music. Additionally Kayley writes from a place of honesty, reflecting personal experiences in her songs.
Kayley has had the opportunity to perform at a variety of venues, opening for Jewel as well as the duo Maddie and Tae. Recently Kayley released her new single You’re Her Man, which forces her listeners to think about the “what ifs” in their past. Now available on iTunes and Amazon Music, You’re Her Man is making waves in country music.
So check out Kayley Hill on social media at @Kayley.Hill and on her website at www.kayleyhill.com.
Following the success of her critically-acclaimed debut single Fireflies, which is now approaching 150,000 streams on Spotify, London-based country artist Binky is back with another powerful pop-infused anthem, Jackie D.
With an attitude and confidence exuding from this Kelsea Ballerini-esque, energy-charged foot-stomper, Binky continues her trend of slickly-produced infectious tunes packed full of lyrical and melodic hooks, tailored perfectly for the live shows. Jackie D is destined to become a real fan favorite in UK country with its “girl power” rebellious style, great depth and the passionate, emotional delivery from Binky.
Listen to Jackie D here.
Over the last ten years Live In The Vineyard (LITV) has become one of the most exclusive and sought-after tickets across the country as a private festival and this May they are Going Country for the first time ever, in partnership with the Academy of Country Music®. Live In The Vineyard Goes Country, taking place May 15-17 amidst the lush scenery of Napa Valley, California, will give attendees exclusive access to recording artists, top tier wine makers and world-renowned chefs during a “once-in-a-lifetime” three-day event. The inaugural Live In The Vineyard Goes Country will feature a headlining performance by 13-time ACM winner Carrie Underwood and will feature intimate acoustic performances by Hunter Hayes, Old Dominion, Parmalee, Ashley McBryde, Jerrod Niemann, Maddie & Tae, Eric Paslay, Maggie Rose, Lindsay Ell, Mitchell Tenpenny, Cale Dodds and Cash Campbell. Fans can check out more information about Live In The Vineyard Goes Country and enter for a chance to attend at https://www.liveinthevineyardgoescountry.com.
“Special trips like this and special experiences like this leave an impression. They are the stories you continue to talk about,” said Hunter Hayes during his performance at LITV in November. “If you get the chance to come to Live In The Vineyard please do not pass it up!”
Tickets for Live In The Vineyard Goes Country are only available through special radio station promotions with iHeart Radio, Cumulus, Entercom, Westwood One, the Bobby Bones Show, local participating stations and more. Tickets are also available through exclusive sweepstakes and offerings including with LITVGC presenting sponsor and official airline partner, Southwest Airlines, who will be helping to get several of the artists to Napa. What sets this event apart from the typical festival is the exclusivity and the intimacy of the events, which are curated specifically around the artists and always unique to each event. Live In The Vineyard Goes Country will include accommodations at the Meritage Resort & Spa, a special Welcome Reception, a “guitar pull” at Regusci Winery, a concert at the Blue Note Napa and a send off Brunch at one of Napa’s finest wineries.
Mother daughter duo 2Steel Girls out of Jackson County, Ohio found music was a passion they shared. Inspired by the songs of Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, the duo writes their music from an honest place not afraid to express emotion. Praising country music for its ability to tell a story, the duo also writes stories which reflect personal experiences.
Their recent single In My Head speaks to those going through tough times. An emotional ride long with a slower ballad, In My Head has a powerful impact on listeners. For a more upbeat sound the duo also released Queen Bee, which celebrates being yourself and encourages people lifting one another up.
Now the 2Steel Girls are in the process of completing their debut album. Featuring 11 tracks, the album is set to be released this June. In the meantime check out the duo’s music on iTunes and Spotify and on their website at http://2steelgirls.com/.
Kassie Jordan of the duo Blue Honey grew up among a southern lifestyle. Later attending Belmont University to follow her passion for singing, Kassie feels right at home in Music City. Kassie started off as a solo artist, until she met current husband Troy Brookes who was playing the same gigs at the time.
As a duo the two seemed to read each other's’ mind and quickly found that they harmonized together as well. The duo, now referred to as Blue Honey, writes about their own personal experiences. With a sound that is hard to put a label on, Blue Honey isn’t afraid of diversity.
This latest single August Without Us released this past Friday features an upbeat tune and is easy to sing along to. In a few months the duo plan to release a full EP just before they set off to Norway to perform this summer.
So listen to music by Blue Honey on iTunes and Spotify and on Blue Honey’s website at http://www.bluehoneymusic.com/.
Female singer-songwriters Beth Keeping, Emily Faye and Vic Allen announce an all-female UK tour to put the spotlight back on women in music.
Under the banner Write Like A Girl the up-and-coming female artists will share the stage in a writer’s round-style performance, taking it in turns to play a selection of songs from their latest releases. Each date will also feature a guest act from the local area.
The three singer-songwriters met last year when they were writing in Nashville. Inspired by the craft of Nashville songwriters – and disheartened at the gender imbalance on the US country scene – Keeping, Faye and Allen decided to host a music tour to put female songwriters back on center stage.
A quick glance at the Hot Country charts in the States shows the huge disparity between the number of high-selling male and female artists. But this issue runs much deeper than country music. A recent USC study showed that in the past 6 years only 12% of songs in the Billboard Top 100 had a female songwriting credit. And back home on the UK live scene, last year on one night just 9% of live music acts were female-only (The Guardian, 2017).
Write Like A Girl is a new movement that aims to put female songwriting talent back in the spotlight – and inspire more women to pick up a pen or an instrument and create music. Keeping says: “We want to show that female writers have a unique voice to bring to the table. We also hope to create an environment where women celebrate each other’s talents and successes, and cheer one another on.”
The Write Like A Girl tour begins in Vic Allen’s local town of Norwich on 9th May and finishes in London on 24th May. More information can be found on Facebook.com/writelikeagirltour.
UK country singer Lucy Blu isn’t afraid to stand out from the crowd. Inspired by country music’s Brandy Clark, Cam, and Kacey Musgraves, Lucy speaks about her feelings towards what’s happening in the world as well as writes about her own personal experiences in her music. With a diverse sound that is never set in stone, Lucy’s music has the ability to appeal to anyone.
Most recently Lucy had the chance to perform at the Hard Rock Cafe in London. There she had the chance to perform her latest single Worst Than Whiskey which debuted on March 16th. Now working on her debut album, Lucy is excited to share the next chapter in her story knowing that "The greatest songs always have a story to tell. Whatever the subject matter, whether it's an upbeat or tongue in cheek romp, or a heartfelt and soulful ballad, it's the world you build around your song that really draws people in, catches their attention and touches their emotions."
So stay tuned for more from Lucy Blu as she sets out on the UK Country Music Circuit this summer and check out Worse Than Whiskey on iTunes and Spotify and on her website at http://www.lucybluofficial.com/.
With a country twang, an R&B range, and pop melodies, artist Sophia Scott is determined not to be restricted by genre. Hailing from Boulder and now living in Los Angeles, Sophia grew up with an eclectic music taste, listening to everything from James Taylor to Mariah Carey to Shania Twain who's influences can be heard throughout her music.
Sophia started gaining traction by posting youtube covers that she recorded in her bedroom with just a guitar and a mic. Her powerful cover of Rihanna’s Love On The Brain has over 1 million views and her bluesy cover of Chris Stapleton’s Tennessee Whiskey has been picked up by almost every major country blog. While grabbing a guitar and belting out a cover is still her favorite party trick, Sophia is ready to establish herself as a storyteller with an inventive, fresh sound.
Not ready to Quit just yet, Sophia will be releasing her new single this Friday. So make sure to find Sophia’s music via iTunes and Spotify as well as on this week’s Top Ten Tuesday playlist here.
Canby, Oregon Singer-songwriter, Briana Renea, utilizes her musical talent to the benefit of others by taking time out of her already full touring schedule to entertain and bring a message of social responsibility and accountability to school students.
On the Social Acceptance Public Service Ambassador tour, Briana Renea will be performing her original music and bringing awareness on important subjects like social acceptance, eliminating bullying, juvenile, diabetes, childhood obesity and self-harm to schools - their students, families, and communities.
Nashville Recording Artist Briana Renea’s upcoming single Unstoppable was selected as the theme song for the 2018-2019 Teens of America PSA tour. The song was released on March 30, 2018. In fact, Briana is donating 10% of this year’s Unstoppable download sales to Teens of America.
Briana Renea has been very fortunate to work with some amazing writers in Nashville over the past few years. She wanted to write a song for the teens of America program that would help inspire people and deliver a positive message for the program. “So I went looking through my catalog of unfinished songs and stumbled on the rough work tape of this. I immediately sent the idea over to my co writer, Steve Mitchell, and asked him to help me finish the song. It took two writing sessions, but when it was done I was thrilled with how it turned out.”
“My hope for this song is to help listeners feel like they are not alone and to let them know that if you work hard and set your mind to something, you can do it. I want people to hear the song and be inspired! Or when they are having a bad day, I want them to know that they are not alone. The song is about life and the ups and downs it throws at you. And if you put your mind to it, you can be a force of nature and be Unstoppable.”
“Being able to provide positive messaging to schools, especially teens...well, that naturally draws me to something as inspirational as the Social Acceptance Teens of America PSA tour. I think it is important that we as artists bring social acceptance messaging front and center. Unstoppable is simply that kind of messaging put to music.” You can check out her new song at https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/briana-renea/67242486.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org