We've got the premiere of Crystal McGrath's latest single! "Back to Never" can be found here. “Back to Never” was written and recorded by all local Calgary musicians and friends of McGrath’s. She wrote the song with Darren Gilbert and Aaron Pollock. Crystal loves to perform because “music is a universal language and a connection. Everybody in the world connects through music”.
The Calgary, Canada born and raised artist had a unique path to music. She was a gymnast as a kid but broke both feet and quit at 12 years old. Crystal put her gymnast training mentality into her music. She joined the Youth Singers of Calgary and performed at Disney World and on cruises. Crystal went to college for marketing but that is also where her music career ultimately started, “I went to school for marketing and sat in class, but I just wrote songs. I left that class early and grabbed local newspaper on way out and saw an ad to make a demo tape”.
Crystal has always loved country music. Her sound is a blend of Pop and country and looks up to female country powerhouses Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, and Kelly Clarkson. McGrath dreams that one day she will get to step into the circle at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Crystal wants aspiring artists to know that they should “stay focused on what makes you feel good”. Crystal is also the host of two podcasts, “Crushing Chaos” and “The Artists Behind the Music”. She also runs her own marketing company and is a music teacher!
Check out her website for more information on her music.
Canadian country artist Lindsay Ell has scored herself 4 Canadian Country Music Award nominations. Ell is nominated for Female Artist of the Year, Interactive Artist or Group of the Year, Album of the Year, Video of the Year for “Want Me Back” and Songwriter(s) of the Year for “Good On You”. Ell’s reaction to this year’s nominations “it is surreal, I have watched the CCMAs since I was a little girl and now, I am here waving my Canadian flags!” Ell now has a total of 16 nominations and three wins.
Her latest album “heart theory” was released in August 2020, and she has not slowed down one bit. She is currently on the road touring with 6x ACM Award winner and 10x CMA Award winner Blake Shelton. “Blake is such a good guy, he’s so down to earth and very supportive”. Ell reflects on her first stadium show in two years by saying “I will never forget walking in to the first arena in Omaha, Nebraska. There is something about arena energy that you cannot forget”.
Although 2021 is almost over, Ell is full steam ahead! She is back in the studio writing and recording and has an upcoming tour. The “Want Me Back” Tour will be Ell’s very first headlining tour in Canada. Ell will be bringing along new artist Robyn Ottolini on tour with her, and you can see the dates buy tickets here.
Tune in to the Canadian Country Music Awards on November 29th.
Entrepreneurial entertainer and independent singer/songwriter Alexandra Kay is excited to release her first-ever party song, “Tall Boys". Written by Kay, Andrew Capra, and Mary Kutter, this track is an ode to the things that make the workweek worthwhile, like good friends and cold beer. The guitar and drum solos with Alexandra’s authentically country voice and undeniably clever lyrics make it a bar anthem for the age. Listen to the modern bop here.
"In true Alexandra Kay fashion, she utilized the demo as a marketing tool to endorse the ['In Real Life'] tour. While promoting her summer tour that proved that you can turn social recognition into an adoring fan base – fans slowly started to learn the lyrics of her up-tempo banger 'Tall Boys'." - Tiffany Goldstein, Country Now
“'Tall Boys' is the crowd pleaser I have always wanted to write. After teasing it on TikTok a few times and watching the amount of views it was getting, I knew I had to put it out. The coolest thing is seeing fans singing the words back to me every night on tour without the song even being released yet! It makes me even more excited to finally have 'Tall Boys' out in the world for people to crack a beer open to and toast to a long day,” says Alexandra Kay.
Her viral sound, reminiscent of Dolly Parton, and fun-loving energy easily explains Alexandra’s massive social media following and hundreds of thousands of monthly streams. She captivated audiences with her coffee-making singalong videos, including Tim McGraw, who recently gave her cover of his No. 1 hit “Don’t Take The Girl” high praise in a viral video. Now, Alexandra is proving she can turn her social media recognition into a bonafide and dedicated fanbase. “Tall Boys” has been the crowd favorite at the SOLD OUT shows on her recent “In Real Life” Tour, and Alexandra is looking forward to sharing more about this new music and her journey on the upcoming CMT series ‘Viral to Verified’ airing on September 28.
Angel Edwards has released her latest song, “Lighters”, you can check it out here! Angel Edwards was raised in Toledo, Ohio. Her parents were and still are very supportive, especially with her music career, and she believes she would not be anywhere without them. Around age 5 Angel’s mom made her do chores around the house so to pass the time, she made up songs. Edwards looks up to Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton for their extraordinary vocal talent.
The new song, “Lighters” came from an idea Angel had with her brother. “I have had the idea for over a decade and since we are all missing the magic of a live concert and the moment when people put their lighters up in the crowd”. Edwards loves performing as she can connect with the audience while telling a story, and dreams of playing the Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Angel wants aspiring artists to know that they should “take the risk, especially while you are young, you will want to throw in the towel, but keep going”. Edwards is so thankful for all the streams and shares on “Lighters”!
Check out Angel Edwards’ website for all information regarding upcoming shows and music.
Ashland Craft has released her long-awaited debut album “Travelin Kind”, you can check it out here. Ashland grew up singing in Piedmont, South Carolina. While Craft does not come from a musical family, “music is all I knew growing up, I sang in church, around town, and did any and every competition”. Ashland was eventually led to season 13 of The Voice where she made it to the top 10 with coach Miley Cyrus. “I have learnt so much in each faze and stage as a musician, from playing local bars to The Voice, and now touring stadiums, I have learnt how to be confident on stage and believe in myself”.
Craft has been waiting her whole life to create and release a full album. She has writing credits on all but one song and collaborated with some of the best songwriters in Nashville like Erik Dylan (Luke Combs and Brent Cobb), Jessi Alexander (Miranda Lambert and Miley Cyrus), and Jonathan Singleton (Tim McGraw and Maddie & Tae) among many others! Her favorite song on the record is “Leaving You Again” because “it’s empowering, it’s traditional country, and it embodies everything I love”. Craft reflects on the overall album by saying “I wanted the album to be relatable on all fronts for everyone, it really takes people on a journey”.
Craft has toured with Luke Combs, is among CMT’s Next Women of Country Class of 2021, and is currently on tour with Zac Brown Band on their “Comeback Tour” with Adam Doleac, Devin Dawson, Gabby Barrett and Teddy Swims. The Piedmont born singer just had what she believes is the highlight of her career so far. While on the “Comeback Tour”, she got to play Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. “The Fenway show was absolutely the highlight of my career so far. Moments like seeing Fenway (Park) and signing the Green Monster in the park has been the ultimate feeling for me”. Craft wants aspiring artists to know that you should “be yourself. This is what the (music) business is all about. Live your own truth because that makes the best music”.
Check out Ashland Craft’s website for all information regarding tour dates, merchandise, and music.