With a passion for music since the day she turned five, Kim Martin was destined to pursue a career as an artist. Born and raised in Hacienda Heights, a suburb of Los Angeles, country music wasn’t Kim’s only love. Kim also enjoyed listening to classic rock, blues, and R&B, but found she most resonated with country music after picking up the bass guitar at the age of fourteen.
Chasing after her destiny, Kim attended the Berklee College of Music as a performance major. Having played as a member of many cover bands, Kim finally found the right group of people and began to write her own music. Always a creative person, Kim found songwriting to be just as enjoyable as performing and quickly wrote her first self written EP entitled Heart and Soul. Found writing of real life experiences as well as fictional stories inspired by tv shows and movies, Kim hopes her stories show a more personal side of herself. With a contemporary southern rock sound, Kim’s music reflects her Old Southern Soul as does her newest EP.
Performing up to five times a week, Kim is always busy sharing her story with others. Inspired by Miranda Lambert and Gretchen Wilson, Kim isn’t afraid to be a little sassy up on stage and her audience loves it. Not about to give up music anytime soon, Kim hopes to sign a management deal and continue to make noise about her EP in the hopes for a radio tour.
You can find Kim’s music as well as her tour schedule and much more on her website http://www.kimmartinmusic.com/.
Growing up in a family where music was a way of life, it’s no wonder Rhonda Vincent has become known as the “Queen of Bluegrass.” Born and raised in northern Missouri, Rhonda was surrounded by a variety of different sounds and genres. A member of her family’s television show, The Sally Mountain Show, Rhonda quickly became accustomed to playing gigs each and every night. Later starting her own band, Rhonda achieved respect from the bluegrass community which consisted of majorly men as her ability to perfect each chord and her demanding vocals stood out among the rest. As a female artist in the 70’s and 80’s, Rhona knew she had to create a unique set of tracks that relayed a wholesome message to her listeners.
Recently collaborating with friend and inspiration, Daryl Singletary, Rhona is to release a new album entitled American Grandstand. With a traditional vibe and hints of her own experiences, American Grandstand is a magical product of two artists who find singing to be as natural as breathing.
Finding joy in everything she puts her mind to, Rhonda’s music creates a sense of empowerment in her listeners. Not afraid to take on any opportunity that comes her way Rhonda is currently working on a piece that requires her to sing in the style of rock, a challenge Rhonda claims will “add an element of excitement to her music” that no other artist can compete with.
Looking forward to what comes next Rhonda hopes to promote the release of American Grandstand. Having taken Nashville by storm performing at the Grand Ole Opry and all weekend long at this year’s CMA Fest, Rhonda plans to hit the road this summer sharing her music with as many people as she can.
So get a taste of Rhonda’s music on iTunes, Spotify, and on her website at http://www.rhondavincent.com/ then tag us @nextwomenofcountry to tell us what you think about the Queen of Bluegrass.
New Artist Lily Garland sets out to bring country music to the United Kingdom with the launch of her second EP The Next Chapter. Recorded at Kore Studios in London with the help of her producer Justin johnson, the Next Chapter showcases Lily’s powerful vocals and raw emotion. With a soulful ballad as well as an upbeat tune Lily’s music has the ability to impress anyone.
Inspired by women in country artists Carrie Underwood and Miranda lambert, Lily similarly writes all her songs based upon her own experiences. For Lily songwriting is great therapy a way to reflect on the good and the bad times. In the debate about old country versus new, Lily takes the stance on country music as being defined by the story by the heart felt lyrics and the catchy melodies rather than the twang of one’s vocals.
Releasing the EP today June 16th, Lily invites her fans to Studio 2 on Parr Street this Saturday to celebrate her success with her. As for the summer Lily will be on tour performing in Liverpool, Portsmouth, and London accompanied by her band.
A loud child who wasn’t afraid to belt out the words to every song she came across, Kylie Hughes has always been known as the singer in her family. Able to pick up the lyrics to a song after only hearing it once, Kylie was quick to pursue singing covers of all her favorite tracks. With a father who appreciated the sounds of a classic guitar, Kylie was able to pick up the instrument quite quickly for a young girl.
Inspired by music from the early 2000’s, Kylie finds herself often writing about boys as well as rewriting experiences of her own. Kylie’s debut album tells of her journey from start to finish leaving her listeners surprised by her unique sound and never bored. Wanting to enter the music scene with a bang, Kylie’s first single Heat is the perfect summer anthem as well as introduction to who Kylie is as an artist. Sassy and upbeat, Heat was quick to attract a large audience allowing Kylie to set off on tour this summer.
Promoting the release of her new single, Kylie filmed the music video for Heat upon being inspired by the movie Talladega Nights. Filmed on California’s Irwindale Speedway, the video doesn’t hold back anything and neither does Kylie who sure turned up the heat while filming.
Patiently waiting for her big break, Kylie will be off to Nashville as well as touring around the LA area this upcoming fall. As for now you can find Kylie’s music on Soundcloud and on her website at http://www.kyliehughesmusic.com/.
Despite growing up in a Seattle suburb, Taylor Acorn was surrounded by country music at a young age. Raised by a father who enjoyed the sounds and songs of Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson, Taylor appreciates him for introducing her to the country music scene. At the age of eight Taylor was hit with the great tragedy of losing her father to an unexpected accident, but found a way to express her love for him through her music. With writing as a coping method, Taylor hasn’t stopped since. Originally a closet singer, it wasn’t until her school announced that they were having a talent show when Taylor felt the courage to share her stories with her peers.
Once up on stage Taylor was a crowd favorite and as a perfect introduction to her as an artist Taylor just released her single Put It In a Song. Taking from experiences of her own along with a diverse collaboration of instruments, Put It In a Song places Taylor in a superior mood and she hopes it does the same for her listeners.
Taking on a new challenge Taylor recorded her first music video for Put It In a Song which created quite a buzz on YouTube. With a persistent attitude Taylor is bound for success, so make sure to follow Taylor on her socials @tayloracorn and watch her debut music video above.
Singing before she could talk young artist Chloe Collins was bound to pursue music as her career. Inspired by the Hannah Montana movie as a child, Chloe took up the guitar teaching herself a new chord each day. Though originally a pop artist, the sounds and storytelling of country music drew Chloe in and soon she was hooked writing about family and stories of her own. With Maren Morris as her hero, Chloe’s music reflects a mix of new and old country as well as stays current with the trends.
Her most recent single Forget Your Name was written by Chloe when she was fourteen after being inspired by the city of Nashville for the first time. Her anthem and motivator as she continues to amaze the music world, Forget Your Name is the perfect introduction to who Chloe is as an artist.
Continuing to enjoy the journey she’s on, Chloe hopes to set out on a radio tour soon and eventually wishes to play Madison Square Garden.
Born and raised in a suburb of Los Angeles, artist Liz Anne Hill found herself running off to a rural town in Arizona to escape the city and pursue her love of horseback riding as well as country music. Comfortable strutting around town in her boots and white Ray-Bans, Liz’s music reflects her personality by incorporating the sounds of country with a hint of rock.
Often finding herself in the middle of sticky situations, Liz writes of her own challenges in life. Later she started to observe people, whether it be the bank teller or the barista down the street, finding that by sharing their stories Liz had the ability to tell a story with her music, a story that many of her listers could relate to.
Recently Liz released her single The Fish Ain’t Bitin’ entitled by her father while based upon the experiences of her friends as well as her own. All about the crazy world of dating and it’s ups and downs, Liz hopes the single will inspire her listeners to not be afraid of moving on and starting over.
As for the future Liz hopes to release a full album as well as the music video for her single claiming “I want to enter into the music scene with a bang!”
A childhood star Brenda Burch was singing and even performing as a toddler. Always singing nursery rhymes on her mother’s recorder, Brenda quickly became comfortable performing and by the age of three was on stage in front of a crowd of over 2,000 people. Her first time in the studio came at the age of six when she recorded a film soundtrack and after that she was off recording children’s albums.
But it wasn’t until a producer mentioned Brenda’s twang when she choose to pursue country music. Having become inspired by Shania Twain and Carrie Underwood, Brenda began to write straight from the heart. A girl who loves a good story, Brenda wrote her single Sparks Will Fly about how it’s hard to find that person with all the right traits. A song that is relatable to many, Sparks Will Fly reached number one on the charts in Europe and made a big statement here in the US.
Knowing that a song must mean something to an artist in order for them to sound authentic when performing, Brenda’s new single Take Me Back was written upon her own experiences with change. Inspiring her listeners to not fear what is ahead by saying “with every ending you can begin again”, the Take Me Back music video features Brenda among the red rock mountains of Utah. In a unique spot Brenda demonstrates how new places can be exciting as are new challenges.
So make sure to watch the Take Me Back music video above and follow Brenda on her socials @Brenda_Burch for more music news to come!
It's the week of CMA Fest which features yet another outstanding lineup of artists. This year there are over 60 female performers and groups that will be on stage at the festival and to celebrate their success we've created a playlist featuring every single one of those artists available to you 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 email@example.com