While some dream of a “White Christmas,” California native Lexi Lauren misses the streets of her sunny hometown. Giving her rendition of holiday classics from each era, Lexi’s Christmas album will have you singing along. The title track, California Christmas, was written my Lexi herself who reminisces about her family's holiday traditions and references her favorite holiday songs in her lyrics.
Looking forward to spending this holiday season with family, Lexi’s traditions include driving around to see her neighborhood’s light, drinking hot chocolate, and getting pedicures on Christmas Eve.
Listen to California Christmas on our Holiday Playlist here.
It was clear to Katie Knipp at a young age that she loved to sing. In high school, Katie found songwriting to be a healing process from breakups and having witnessed a suicide. Additionally, Katie’s songwriting is inspired by movies and everyday events.
Growing up with a family from Kentucky who bonded over blues and country music, Katie finds her music to be in the style of americana. Having Bonnie Raitt as her idol, Katie released her new album Take It With You.
Keep an eye out for Katie in 2019 and listen to her music on Spotify here.
With a push from her grandmother who was a member of the musical theatre industry, Liddy Clark’s interest in singing began when she performed Colors of the Wind at her school’s talent show. Realizing her talent as a singer, Liddy’s parents offered to pay for vocal lessons and enroll her in music theatre productions. By the age of 13, Liddy had begun playing the guitar often covering songs by her idols John Mayer and Taylor Swift.
Now a songwriter as well, Liddy demonstrates her creativity in her music. However her latest single Shot Down tells of her own emotional experience after the shootings in Parkland where Liddy grew up.
Attending school at USC, Liddy is open to collaborating with fellow students and will start performing acoustic sets at venues in the area. In fact, Liddy has agreed to perform during our Change the Day for Girls Concert Series at the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach. More details to follow.
Hear Liddy’s music on streaming platforms everywhere including her rendition of “Do You Hear What I Hear” on our Holiday Playlist here.
Amy Wilcox spent years honing her craft as a songwriter and performer. While living in Nashville she landed a residency at the legendary venue, Third & Lindsley in addition to opening for country icons Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, and Kellie Pickler. Her name may also be familiar to some as she was on A&E's popular series Crazy Hearts: Nashville, which all eventually led to her signing with Blue Elan Records and a move out to Los Angeles. Her debut EP, WEST, will be released in early 2019.
Amy started her cover video series last month-- calling it "Something Old, Something New, Something True" with the first - a cover of The Chainsmokers - featuring Kelsea Ballerina - song, "This Feeling" and the second release was a cover of her favorite Elvis song, "Can't Help Falling in Love." Her something True is our featured video, a beautiful cover of Lauv's "Never Not"
For more info on Amy, visit: www.amywilcox.com
Today CMT announced their Next Women of Country Class of 2019 at Nashville’s CIty Winery. Introduced by Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild, the inductees include Anna Vaus, Emily Hackett, Ingrid Andress, Lainey Wilson, Lauren Duski, Leah Turner, Rachel Wammack, Stephanie Quayle, and Tenille Townes.
Additionally, CMT announced that Cassadee Pope will be headlining next year’s Next Women of Country Tour with Clare Dunn and Hannah Ellis. Dates and ticket information to come.
Heading this project is Leslie Fram who has continuously showed support for female artists since the Tomategate began in 2015. During today’s event Leslie awarded Maren Morris with The Impact Award, which is presented to a named artist who has paved the way for women in country music to follow.
Find more information via CMT here.
Growing up with the influence of Celine Dion and LeAnn Rimes, Sacramento native Tiffany Woys was persuaded to sing at a young age. Just six years ago, Tiffany formed her own band which performed together up and down the West Coast.
Dedicated to creating a unique sound, Tiffany pulls from her upbringing reflecting a pop country style. Also known for her dramatic vocals, fans will be left in awe. Choosing songs from a community of Nashville songwriters who deserve to have their stories told, Tiffany has had the opportunity to work and bond with fellow artists.
This month, Tiffany released her debut single Priceless which encourages women to never settle for less and recognize their full potential. You can find an exclusive look at the story behind Priceless below.
Stay tuned for more from Tiffany Woys by following her on social media at @Tiffany_Woys and on her website at https://www.tiffanywoys.com/.
Call the girls, grab a glass and pour on up - female powerhouse group, with a newly-evolved sound and new member Ashley Gearing, Farewell Angelina has released their new single, “Women and Wine.” The single’s acoustic video, filmed backstage at the Capitol Theater in Flint, Mich., was premiered online today by The Boot. You can find “Women and Wine” on all digital platforms.
“We are so thrilled to share this new project that represents each of our four personalities and sounds. This band is an ever-evolving, songwriting sisterhood that exudes our passion for entertaining and celebrating each phase in life through music (and wine).” - Farewell Angelina
Farewell Angelina will perform at W.D. Packard Music Hall in Warren, Ohio, Nov. 13 and wrap the first leg of their “Women and Wine” tour on Dec. 1 at the Berrie Center in Mahwah, N.J. You can keep up with all their tour dates on their website at www.farewellangelinamusic.com.
Taylor Barton learned her trade in the presence of musical royalty. Her husband, guitarist GE Smith, put the young songwriter backstage with musical legends like Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Jerry Garcia, and thus, her first song was conceived in the back of Dylan’s tour bus. Born in Baltimore, Maryland she learned to meld urban grit with soulful art.
Barton, a modern singer-songwriter, will release House Of Light this fall—a soulful, original and introspective record. It’s a courageous and personal story of going through emotional traumas and coming out on the other side. “When I was writing the songs for this album, my mother died, which triggered a major splintering in my family of origin,” she explains. “There was also a suicide that affected our family. The song, ‘Where Did You Go’ speaks to that. Ultimately, the songs are about redemption and forgiveness.”
Tony Shanahan who is Patti Smith’s bandleader produced the 11-song, House Of Light. Shanahan also lends bass, background vocals, acoustic guitar and synthesizer. GE Smith adds his talents playing mandolin, bass, acoustic guitar, slide and electric guitar, while Americana music darling, Sarah Jarosz lends mandolin, banjo and background vocals to a couple of songs. The rest of the band is filled out with Tom Brislin on keyboards, Bill DeBrew and Josh Dion on drums and Jenni Muldaur on background vocals.
The writing is simpler on House Of Light compared to Barton’s last record, Everybody Knows. “I was trying to get to the bone of the song,” she imparts. “We also used instrumentation to calm the listeners during this chaotic era. I was a big fan of Norah Jones, ‘Come Away With Me’ because it was the tonic everyone needed after 9/11. I wanted to calm everyone after the dissention that has occurred on every level of people’s lives in this day and time.”
The recording process hit a few bumps along the way, before coming to fruition. “All of us, Tony Shanahan, GE and I were experiencing really tragic, traumatic events during the making of this record,” Barton recalls. “We stopped production while Tony’s wife was operated on for a brain tumor. GE’s father died, and then my daughter’s childhood friend committed suicide. We stopped production again, while the family took some time to heal. It was rough-going some days, but we managed to push through and get this intense collection done. Finally, Sarah Jarosz came in and nailed it with her magical, monstrous talent, and brought us all back to reality to finish what we started.”
The mystic sounds of the title track, “House of Light” opens the record and sets its tone. The song “Chaos” adds a little groove to the sound, while the country-tinged “Steeplechase” and “The Wheatfields” feature Jarosz’ vocal and mandolin additions while displaying Barton’s gift for melody and elegant phrasing.
House of Light is a huge excavation of Barton’s buried memories from childhood and the volatile, unpredictable relationship she had with both her mother, and the state she fled.
“Most of the new songs are turbulent letters or confessions to my mother,” Barton discloses. “I was thinking of the people I knew in Maryland which is where I grew up, and specifically the heartbreak I was negotiating. I was letting go of so many people, places and things that I loved. I have lost my home state, as my family members have died or moved away and when my mother passed, there was no more home to go to. I felt like a refugee. I drove around familiar streets feeling like a ghost.” Barton’s stories convey the beauty of that suffering and the determination of healing. House of Light focuses on what’s at the center of that light, and allows her to take a triumphant bow.
Taylor Barton has released eight critically acclaimed CD’s, and won 10 ASCAP Awards. She was 'an Official selection' for the Mill Valley Film Festival for her film; 50-Watt Fuse and she released a wild, raucous novel called Hotheaded Saints. All her work is available on iTunes. For more information: http://taylorbarton.com/
With only one country station, Heidi Raye grew up listening to ‘90s country. Singing in church and participating in musical theatre productions, Heidi became a well-rounded artist. Recently, Heidi released her debut EP Worth a Shot. An introduction to her, Worth a Shot speaks of personal experience.
Working on her next project, Heidi is ready to show her fun and upbeat side. Having toured this past summer, it’s become clear to Heidi that she enjoys engaging with her fans. Believing that 2019 is her year to shine, stay tuned for more from Heidi Raye by following her on social media at @HeidiRaye and on her website at https://www.heidiraye.com/.
Brooke Lambert has today released her new single I Don’t Wanna Hate You. The track was written with one of Lambert’s best friends, Nina Ward, about a toxic relationship that completely consumed Lambert for over a year and is based on the concept of looking at a bad relationship through rose-colored glasses.
Originally from Gosford but now calling the Gold Coast home, Lambert is a rising star whose talents are matched only by her sense of humor. Her debut EP Right Now came in at #4 on the iTunes Country chart on the day of its release, and Lambert has enjoyed a wave of success since, with festival slots at Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival and the Backroad Bash Music Festival. She has also supported acts including Kirsty Lee Akers, Neilly Rich and The Choirboys.
Recorded at Machine Lab Studios on the Gold Coast, I Don’t Wanna Hate You was produced by Jared Adlam, from Jared Adlam Audio Production, who has worked with artists such as Aleyce Simmonds, Tori Forsyth, The Ruiins and Jonny Taylor.
I Don’t Wanna Hate You kicks off with an upbeat guitar riff, setting the tone for the remainder of the track. “Intoxicated, infuriated, with the mess you made of me,” sings Lambert, though her tight performance is hardly reminiscent of a mess. Lambert walks a tightrope, coming to terms with the knowledge that "I don’t wanna hate you, but I think I do." With lyrics portraying a lover’s innocence and a woman’s wisdom, I Don’t Wanna Hate You is an exciting taste of Lambert’s upcoming EP, due for release in 2019, and you can sneak a preview at various shows over the summer. Don’t miss her, because you don’t wanna hate yourself.
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 The 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