Catch a Song Suffragettes show at the Living Room Cafe
Visit the Johnny Cash Museum displaying pictures & memorabilia from the life of music icon Johnny Cash
Take a tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame. One of the world's largest museums and research centers dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American vernacular music
Witness a show at the Grand Ole Opry
See up-and-coming artists perform at the Bluebird Cafe
Stroll through the Music City Walk of Fame Park honoring Nashville music legends
Capture your memories of Nashville in front of the “ I Believe in Nashville” wall
From the beginning it was clear to Stephanie Grace that she wanted to pursue music and all she needed was a little faith. At age seven Stephanie was first introduced to the stage, singing in front of her friends and family. Despite being shy as a child, Stephanie found comfort in being on stage and by the age of fifteen was writing music of her own. With Martina McBride and Faith Hill to guide her on her way, Stephanie set out to encourage others to branch out of their shell as well. In fact it was Taylor Swift who first told Stephanie to go after her dreams in 2006.
Using songwriting as a powerful tool, Stephanie writes of her own experiences overcoming challenges in the hopes that her listens will follow in her footsteps. Often about fitting in and stay true to herself Stephanie’s music will leave you feeling inspired.
As for the future Stephanie hopes to reach as many fans as she can. An artist who enjoys performing for children, she believes that passion is discovered at a young age.
After a long time away from the studio, Stephanie will return to songwriting this upcoming year. Her plan is to release a new single in February and an album by the end of the year. So stay tuned for more from Stephanie Grace by following her on Twitter and Instagram at @stephaniegracemusic and on her website at www.stephanie-grace.com.
Ring in the holiday season with Lexi Lauren’s rendition of Dolly Parton’s Hard Candy Christmas. A favorite christmas song of Lexi’s along side Frosty The Snowman and today’s most popular Christmas tune All I Want for Christmas by Mariah Carey, Hard Candy Christmas best reflects how Lexi spends her holidays. Among family and friends each year tracking Santa and enjoying the sounds, smells, and sensations of the Christmas season, Lexi can’t wait to become a part of your holiday traditions with the release of Hard Candy Christmas. So make sure to check out the lyric video above and hear Lexi’s cover of Hard Candy Christmas now on our Women of Country Christmas Playlist here.
The music never stops for new artist Liv Austen who first performed in her church choir, later learning how to play the piano and write songs of her own. In high school Liv received the support of her parents and set out as an independent artist.
Now signed to NUA Entertainment Liv can’t wait to share her music globally. Her newest release The Next Time was written about a break up between friends with a message to be better next time. Liv hopes that her music is relatable and reflects her new sound of blending her country roots with sounds of pop. Also choosing to pursue country music for the ability to sing about anything she chooses, Liv can’t wait to travel to Nashville and collaborate with as many artists as she can.
Working on a new album as well as a single to be released in January, Liv is excited to continuing sharing her story with the world. So make sure to stay tuned for more from Liv Austen by following her on Facebook and Twitter @LivAusten and on her website at http://www.livausten.com/.
Whether you’ve heard of Emma White or you’re about to get ready to be amazed. Growing up in Baltimore with her mother who was a songwriter herself, Emma’s surroundings allowed her to pursue a career in music from a young age. Influenced by artists old and new from the Dixie Chicks to Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake, Emma was ready to branch out of her shell and start making music of her own as an adult. Often writing of personal experiences, Emma isn’t afraid to share her story with the world. Later moving to Nashville where she’s able to collaborate with other artists and perform weekly, Emma is excited to see how the community reacts to her music.
Recently releasing her single Overthink It, which was co-written with college pal Emily Earl, about overthinking what the other person in a relationship is trying to say; Emma hopes her fans can relate to her experience. Having already received praise upon being featured on Spotify’s New Boots Playlist, Emma is confident that fans are enjoying her music. So make sure to keep a lookout for Emma White as she makes a name for herself in country music by following her via Twitter and Instagram @EmmaWhiteMusic and on her website at http://emmawhitemusic.com/.
“I’m thankful for having friends and family who put up with my craziness build me back up in times of self-doubt! I wouldn’t be able to pursue this lifestyle without them.”
"The simple idea of being able to pursue a dream is something I'm truly thankful for in 2017, and what I wish for everyone in the world. To be able to dream without limits, brings so much happiness to the soul."
“I'm thankful for good friends, family and having the chance to do what I love. :) especially this year.”
Rachel from Native Run
“I’m so thankful for my husband this year! We got married last December and every day gets better and better. Also that tasty new protein ice cream amiright!?!”
Kassie from Blue Honey
“This year I am thankful that I get to perform with my amazingly talented husband for a living! And that we both have the most supportive parents and siblings anyone could ask for. We are both very lucky!
"This year I have so many things to be thankful for! Of course I'm overwhelmingly thankful for my family, new Nashville friends, and my little puppy, Jax. But, being from Texas, I’m also very thankful to live in Nashville where it won’t be 95 degrees on Thanksgiving!"
“I am thankful for my health and happiness, family and friends (new and old), and that I get to spend every day writing, singing, and sharing my stories in hopes that they will touch people and help people through whatever they are going through.”
Jenna from The Reklaws
“To me, Thanksgiving means taking everything you have at this very moment and being especially thankful for all of it. So many of us are so consumed about what is ahead, and where we should be and often forget to look around at what we actually have. It means friends, family, and faith - and reminding myself of how lucky I am to have them.”
"This year I'm thankful for my new niece and Goddaughter Caroline. I'm thankful that my family is all healthy and that I get to spend time with them for the holidays. I'm SO thankful that my record Get Drunk And Cry is released and living in the world."
Fellow Oregonians Rachel and Chad Hamar of the duo Cloverdayle set out to make a name for themselves with the release of their new single Scars. Originally coming from musical families, both grew up pursuing music in their own unique ways. For Rachel she was introduced to music in 3rd grade often performing at church and in school. Though trying out for multiple sports teams in high school, Rachel always came back to her passion for music. As for Chad, music was his sole focus as a child. Learning how to play the drums, Chad was already playing gigs regularly in middle school. The two finally met at Clackamas Community College where they were attending jazz classes and in 2008 Cloverdayle was created.
With a love of songwriting, the duo often writes of personal experiences. Sometimes their story, other times stories about their friends, Cloverdayle hopes their music is relatable and allows their fans to let loose. With many influences from Faith Hill to Lady Antebellum and George Michael, there’s no doubt that Cloverdayle’s sound is like nobody else.
During their 2017 summer tour, Cloverdayle debuted their latest and quite possibly most personal song, Scars after it garnered such an emotional reaction from fans that Chad & Rachel knew they needed to get in the studio and record it right away. However, Scars was not written overnight. The initial concept for the lyric started back in 2013, after Rachel had an unexpected major surgery, waking up with what she described as both “physical and emotional scars.” Rachel discovered that she has stage 4 endometriosis and that, after years of trying, their chances of having kids naturally would probably never happen. Chad & Rachel know that we all share the common threads of hurt and healing, and especially with everything that’s happening in our world, they feel that the message of this song will be universally relatable.
So make sure to stay tuned with Cloverdayle as they continue to make their way into the country music industry by following them on Twitter and Instagram @Cloverdayle and on their website www.cloverdayle.com.
With songwriting in her blood, artist Taylor Marie Wagner was bound to write her first song at a young age. Despite departing from a musical track in college, Taylor stayed close with music department making friends who taught her how to play the guitar as well as other instruments. Later making her way to Nashville, Taylor couldn’t stop herself from performing whenever she could often playing open mic nights at venues across Nashville.
Finding herself laughing with American Idol alum Tristan McIntosh about a date gone wrong which she wished she had missed, Taylor wrote her latest single Wish I Missed. Similarly Taylor’s music always tells a personal story and often she is teased by her friends who worry that their actions may result in a song.
Inspired by the great George Strait, Taylor’s music reflects the traditional sounds of country music. Taylor claims she’s also not afraid to incorporate the blues into her music.
Hoping to hit the road for a radio tour in the upcoming year, make sure to keep an eye out for Taylor by following her on Twitter and Instagram @TMmusic_93.
Country duo, Indigo Summer is taking country fans by storm with their self-titled debut release. Featuring all original songs co-written by the duo, Bryan Edwards and Hope Nix, the full-length album is sure to add a fresh and exciting sound to country music. Meeting at a songwriter’s night at Nashville’s famed Hotel Indigo in December of 2010 (hence part of the duo’s name), Hope and Bryan quickly hit it off with their musical similarities. The two began writing together and from those sessions, their partnership grew to include performing and producing together.
Indigo Summer, released the music video for their second single, “Wants What It Wants,” off their self-titled debut album. The duo, comprised of Bryan Edwards and Hope Nix, think of this single as their signature song.
“When Hope and I wrote this song, it was when we first started out as a duo, I don’t think we even had a name yet. “Wants What It Wants” has little bit of everything that Indigo Summer represents. I think it’s one of the most emotional songs that we have, I feel it every time we sing it, and it’s been a fan favorite ever since we added it to our set.” Says Edwards.
With the release of the new single, Indigo Summer followed up with the release of their music video for “Wants What It Wants.”
“Filming this video was an intense experience. Since the song is dark and moody, Bryan and I wanted to emulate those emotions in our performance, putting our acting skills to the test. It was a long and tiring night of filming, but I think Stephen Byrum, our videographer, captured everything we wanted and I’m proud of how it turned out.” Says Nix.
The duo is excited about the release of the new single and the music video and they are continuing to build the buzz surrounding their album release. The members of Indigo Summer are proud to have co-written all twelve songs on their debut album, produced by Indigo Summer’s own Bryan Edwards and David Dorn.
As solo artists, they have performed across the country and opened for some of the biggest names in the industry, including Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, and Charlie Daniels. As songwriters, they have had numerous cuts and TV placements, including songs recorded by Jason Aldean and featured on the Discovery Channel.
So stay connected with Indigo Summer through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and on their website at http://www.indigosummermusic.com/.
Without a doubt the CMA Awards continue to prove that they can put on an event worth being called the biggest night in country music. With endless performances and unforgettable collaborations, no country music fan will ever turn down the chance to attend the CMA Awards.
Yet despite your hosts Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley and the breathing tributes to those who've fallen each year, the awards themselves haven't changed in years. In fact Little Big Town has won Vocal Group of the Year for 6 consecutive years, a well deserving award... the first time. Plus Garth Brooks, a country music legend by all means, received his sixth Entertainer of the Year award. In fact Entertainer of the Year hasn't been awarded to a female artist since 2011 when Taylor Swift received the honor. And Miranda Lambert, the only female award winner last night, took home her 7th Female Vocalist of the Year award.
Watching the CMA Awards one could assume that only ten artists make up the entire genre, while radio stations such as Sirius XM The Highway and the Bobby Bones Show have proven otherwise.
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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