A small town girl from a musical family, Audrey Ray was bound to become a singer. Raised in Highland, Michigan Audrey values community and is strongly influenced by her family’s music background. Her dad was in a southern country rock band and Audrey admits that she “grew up in a house where music wasn't just playing, it was BLARING!" After attending concerts in the area, Audrey began to take vocal lessons at Milfered Music with the help of her coach Mary Ann who encouraged her to sing everywhere she went. Inspired by legendary female country artists, the Dixie Chicks and Jewel, Audrey sound is similar to traditional country music. Audrey writes of her own experiences in the hopes to inspire her listeners to take on a positive look at life.
An independent artist, Audrey works hard not only in the studio, but in the office promoting her own music and booking gigs across the country. From opening for Jon Pardi on his “All time High Tour” to performing to a crowd of over 20,000 people with Kelsea Ballerini Audrey, determined to share her music with the world, has done it all.
More recently Audrey released her single Back Road Memories which was written on the road with the help of her musical fleet. Working with her band to create Back Road Memories was a magical experience for Audrey as she loves to collaborate with others and share their stories as well.
Despite being appreciative of the the journey itself, Audrey is ready for the next chapter in her story. This spring Audrey will be releasing her debut EP and can’t wait to hit the road this summer and share her songs with all of you. So make sure to check out the newest from Audrey Ray and stay tuned for more from this up and coming artist who can be found on her website at http://www.audreyraymusic.com.
From a young age Melissa Ramski knew she wanted nothing more than to become a country artist and has done just that with the help of her supportive family and friends. In fourth grade when asked to dress as her future self, Melissa knew who she was destined to be and strutted into school the next day with her cowboy boots and microphone in hand ready to invest herself in a music career. That same year Melissa started to get involved in fine arts, playing the lead in the fourth grade play and competing in her local country fair’s talent show. By middle school Melissa was enrolled in vocal lessons and developed confidence in herself as an artist and model. In high school, Melissa tried out for her school’s cheer team as well as being involved in her school’s choir and drama club. A very busy teen, Melissa spent her weekends traveling to various music venues and competitions.
Always wanting to be one step ahead, Melissa enrolled in a music program that brought her to Nashville - the heart of country music. There she had the opportunity to write and record her first ever song. That Christmas, Melissa and her sister released a christmas single that made it onto the Grammy nomination list. Upon their success, they released their debut album Lost in Your Eyes in 2010, which was written and composed by Melissa herself. A diverse artist, Melissa and her sister Mindy also starred in an independent film entitled Careful What You Wish For.
More recently Melissa released her new single Keep Dreamin and plans on releasing yet another single called Masquerade on May 1st. So look forward to hearing more from this up and coming artist and check out her music available via iTunes, Soundcloud, and on her website at www.melissaramski.com.
Camille Rae is at it again and ready to release her newest album Come Find Me on March 17th. A force of nature, Camille’s new album features fourteen tracks including her hit single But I Want You. A songwriter herself, Camille wrote many of the songs on her new album in the hopes to empower her audience and reflect her own personal views and experiences. Putting heart and creativity into the making of this album Camille can’t wait for everyone to hear it. Camille’s favorite song on the album is entitled “I Need Me,” where she tells of a time when she needed change in her life and knew that she was the only one who was responsible for making those changes. With that in mind, Camille aspires to share with her fans that it’s okay to take care of yourself and to never lose sight of the person you really are.
On March 14th Camille will be hosting a release party for her new album, but you can pre-order Come Find Me today by clicking here to receive two tracks instantly! And stay tuned for more on Camille Rae as she hits the road this spring by following her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @camilleraemusic.
Having achieved learning the guitar, writing her first song and EP, as well as performing at fairs and festivals all over Michigan before the age of 18, it’s not wonder why Kaylyn Pace is ready to make a name for herself in country music. Having just moved to Nashville less than a year ago, Kaylyn has already began writing new material. Influenced by the Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood, Kaylyn writes to please her audience. With an ever changing style, Kaylyn keeps you wanting more.
Just recently Kaylyn released her new single Show You Around and plans on releasing her the full EP this spring. Show You Around tells of Kaylyn’s home and explains how despite living in Michigan she has always been able to relate to the southern way of life.
Kaylyn plans on embracing her new Nashville lifestyle, collaborating and meeting new artists she hopes will inspire her to become her own. An artist bound for success, you can find Kaylyn’s music on iTunes, Spotify, and on her website http://kaylynpace.com/.
Maren Morris had every reason to take to the red carpet at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards with confidence. Stepping onto the red carpet in a striking plum colored dress, strappy white heels, and with four Grammy nominations, Maren just knew it was her night to shine. Nominated for more awards than any other country artist, Maren’s first Grammys were more spectacular than most. Maren’s debut album Hero was up for Best Country Album, her single My Church was up for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance, while Maren herself was nominated alongside fellow women of country artist Kelsea Ballerini for Best New Artist.
But the most surprising and exciting moment of the night for Maren was when she took home the award of Best Country Solo Performance over Grammy veterans Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Brandy Clark, and Keith Urban who were also nominated for the prize. Defying expectations all night long, Maren Morris will go down in the history books as the woman who paved the way for women in country at the Grammys.
But the night wasn't over just yet for Maren. In addition to her nominations, Maren was given the opportunity to perform alongside soulful great Alicia Keys. Together they performed Morris’ hit Once, which stirred up quite a buzz among the country music community.
Clearly the Grammy’s proved one thing to us all: Maren Morris knows how to get it done! So make sure to check out Morris’ debut Grammy performance if you haven’t already and find her album Hero here.
Guitarist Lindsay Ell’s newest release All Aright is our Song of the Week! With a bubbly tune that you just can’t get enough of and impressive vocals, All Alright just might be what you’re looking for. Co-written with Laura Veltz and Jimmy Robbins, this new single sends the message that you should be grateful for what you have. Lindsay, caught up in her busy life, “wanted a positive song that talks about all those first-world problems that we make a big deal of. In the big scheme of things, that stuff really doesn't matter. Being on the road, you can get caught up in a lot of things. . . or you can just realize it’s not that bad.”
Though she’s had a record deal since 2013 Lindsay has never yet released a full album or EP, but hopes to do so early this year. So make sure to stay tuned for more from the fabulous Lindsay Ell, as you never know what she’ll do next.
On February 2nd new artist Christina Taylor released her newest single ‘Don’t Look Good in Your T-Shirt Anymore’ with the help of the development team at Go Long Entertainment. A storyteller herself, Christina tells of a personal story about wearing her boyfriend’s t-shirt after their relationship had ended and the uncomfortable feeling she felt in it, with the intention to encourage her fans that it’s okay to leave a relationship that doesn’t benefit themselves anymore. Having written a storyline others can relate to, Christina added a catchy tune to complete her new single ‘Don’t Look Good in Your T-Shirt Anymore’ in the hopes that others will feel empowered upon listening to it. Excited about her journey so far, Christina can’t wait to influence the daily lives of others with her strong lyrics and vocals. You can find her new single via iTunes and Spotify or by clicking here.
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