With a budding passion for music, Kandy Kelson knew she could have a career doing what she loved most. However it wasn’t until after she sent her daughter to college when Kandy began performing at a professional level. Being 52 years old Kandy was afraid of failing, but found comfort in working with fellow artists when writing. Having now found her own voice discovering stories in nature and her own life experiences, Kandy is excited to share her new music with the country music industry.
Now working with Flying Key Entertainment and The Red Room Sound Studio in Connecticut, Kandy has released four singles this year. For the future Kandy wants to continue to learn from her peers and simply share her music with as many people as possible.
So check out Kandy’s music now available on iTunes and Spotify here.
The Hobbs Sisters return with the release of their debut EP If It Wasn’t Love on May 25. Following in the footsteps of their grandfather who played the guitar and banjo, sisters Hannah and Lauren chose to incorporate the sounds of their childhood in each track. Having recently made the move to Nashville, The Hobbs Sisters were able to collaborate with fellow up and coming artists combining personal experiences to create stories worth telling.
Striving to appear genuine and honest, the sisters chose to share their journey with their listeners through the track You’ll Know. About knowing when you’re doing something right, You’ll Know confirms that The Hobbs Sisters are just getting started.
To expand their fanbase The Hobbs Sisters are heading on the read this summer, performing around the Pittsburgh and Nashville area.
Stay tuned by following The Hobbs Sisters on social media at @TheHobbsSistersand listen to their debut EP here.
Courtney Graf sets out on her own to share her spiritual journey with the release of her new single Fumes. Co-produced with former duet partner Lamont Coleman, Fumes came to Courtney after a few near death experiences. Knowing God kept her on this earth for a reason, Courtney wants to make the most of her time and continues to write music of her own. With a focus on finding her true self, Courtney speaks from the heart and hopes to inspire her listeners to learn to love those around them -- strangers or loved ones alike.
Working on new music this upcoming year, Courtney is only performing at smaller venues however she’s never one to turn down the chance to perform.
So make sure to listen to Fumes available on iTunes and Spotify now.
The Heels comprised of Bobbi Smith, Brittni Dominelli, and Kyla Rawlins will release their full-length debut album Love, Heels on May 25 bringing their lush three-part harmonies, sassy lyrics and unforgettable melodies to the masses. The fiercely independent group has been garnering attention since winning a B.C. Country Music Association Emerging Artist Award in 2016 and releasing their debut single Come Around the following year.
Created with the help of a team of top-notch producers Carly & Darren Savard, Anthony Fiddler & Clint Van Blanken. Love, Heels builds on the trio’s distinctive sound that has drawn comparisons to artists such as The Dixie Chicks, Fleetwood Mac, Wilson Phillips, The Band Perry and Little Big Town. However, there are few powerhouse vocal trios in the Canadian country music scene on the same level as The Heels. Their focus is clear to make music both profound and timeless, as evidenced by Love, Heels’ first single He’s Not Where I’m Going.
Says the band, “Love, Heels is a colorful collection of songs we have written together to lift and empower ourselves and our listeners. This album was a collaborative journey of discovery; establishing our own sound by layering our unique abilities and staying true to our vision of three voices uniting in harmony to #HeelTheWorld from start to finish.”
Artist Rylie Bourne has country music in her blood. Following in the footsteps of her father who played the guitar, Rylie attended many bluegrass festivals as a child later learning how to play the guitar herself. In her teens Rylie began playing at open mic nights and soon thereafter decided to pursue a career in music.
New to songwriting but excited to try new things, Rylie found her voice creating songs which have deep and dark melodies and creative lyrics. In 2017 Rylie graduated from Segue 61 where she met her current duo partner Damon Atkins. Wanting to build a fanbase this summer, the two are hitting the road.
So listen to Rylie’s new single Shoot to Kill on iTunes and Spotify or on her website at www.ryliebourne.com.
Hayley Marsten releases her new single and video for Money Can’t Buy Class today. If there’s one lesson to learn from the song’s release it’s this: never be cruel to anyone, because you never know who is a songwriter.
Inspired by a girl who had a lot of nasty things to say about Hayley, like how she could never pull off a designer bag or fancy things, the single is taken from Hayley’s latest EP Lonestar. The previous singles, Until You and Second Fiddle, both cracked the Top 30 in the Australian Country Airplay Charts and Money Can’t Buy Class is a catchy, sassy follow-up that’s sure to impress.
Produced by Matt Fell at Love Hz Studios, the single not only showcases the vocals that took Hayley to the Top 10 in the Toyota Star Maker competition, but also her knack for entertaining storytelling and a self-awareness that’s only growing with age. “You say I can’t pull off what you’ve got, honey,” Hayley sings, “it’s cause I’m everything you’re not.”
After receiving a grant from the Regional Arts Development Fund, Hayley recently returned to her hometown of Gladstone to film the video for Money Can’t Buy Class. She brought the guys from The Filmery, based in NSW, up to Gladstone for the shoot and this video, she says, “is the most involved I’ve ever been in the concept and pre-production so I’m extra proud of this one.”
So listen to Money Can’t Buy Class via Spotify here and watch the official music video above.
Singer-songwriter Kelsey Lamb is making a name for herself in country music Little By Little. Inspired by award winning artists Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, and Tim McGraw Kelsey made the move to Nashville to pursue a singing career. Attending music camps as a child there’s no wonder why Kelsey recorded her first song at the age of 16. Drawn to country music by the storytelling and the community Nashville has given her, Kelsey hopes her music reflects who she really is.
Written from an honest place Kelsey’s latest single, Little By Little, tells of the start of a relationship and is currently available on iTunes and Spotify. Promoting her new music, Kelsey is hitting the road this summer as well as playing shows in the Nashville area.
So stay tuned for more from Kelsey Lamb by following her on social media at @KelseyLambMusic and on her website at http://kelseylamb.com/.
Although only 14-years old Queeva’s positive outlook on life has her standing out above the rest. Introduced to country music by her father who played country in the car, Queeva was quick to fall in love with the sounds and songs of Dolly Parton and LeeAnn Womack. At the age of nine, Queeva took to the stage for the first time and hasn’t looked back since.
Now performing all around Nashville, Queeva has gained a large following. A songwriter as well, Queeva writes songs which are relatable as well as inspiring. In her latest single Live Like a Song, Queeva reflects on what music means to her. With a traditional country sound Queeva’s voice is sure to surprise you.
As for the future Queeva hopes to play at the Grand Ole Opry and release an album of her own. For now you can find Queeva’s music on iTunes and Spotify or on her website at http://queevamusic.com/.
Contestant Gabby Barrett surprised us all with her powerful vocals, earning her a spot in this season’s Top 7 of American Idol. Before sharing her talent with the world Gabby sang in her local church choir, working with a group of women who’ve continuously championed her dreams. With her father by her side Gabby began performing at the age of 11. Now 18, Gabby wanted to show her father how much his support means to her and decided to take the next step in her journey by auditioning for American Idol.
Gabby auditioned in Nashville, having prepared to perform Good Girl by Carrie Underwood. However the judges found that Gabby’s country accent hid her natural range. Giving her the chance to choose another song for her audition, Gabby gave the judges a preview of powerful vocals which was enough for all three judges to agree that she should advance to Hollywood.
Taking the judges’ remarks to heart, Gabby choose to perform Aretha Franklin’s Ain’t No Way in round 2. But it wasn’t until Gabby was given the chance to perform with Sugarland, when she became one to watch. Having looked up to Jennifer Nettles as a child, Gabby couldn’t believe that she was not only going to meet Jennifer, but also perform a duet with her. Commenting that Jennifer was a “classy woman,” it became clear that Gabby wasn’t playing games during her performance.
Returning to her roots, Gabby gave the judges her rendition of Maren Morris’ My Church, Miley Cyrus’ The Climb later redeeming herself with a performance of Carrie Underwood’s Church Bells during Showcase Week. Understanding that “no matter how prepared you are there will always be challenges up ahead,” Gabby is excited for what the future holds as a Top 7 contestant. Having picked up the guitar and written her first single titled Fireflies, Gabby is ready to make a name for herself in country music.
So tune in to American Idol every Sunday at 8 EST/ 5 PST and text “14” to 21523 to vote Gabby Barnett as your next American Idol.
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.
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