Nashville born and raised, Sophie Sanders has always dreamed of becoming an artist. Following in the footsteps of her father after college, Sophie began writing her own music. Taking from life experiences and stories from books, it’s easy to relate to Sophie’s music.
On November 30th, Sophie released her debut album “Steep and Shining Spaces.” The record is a collection on songs from the past six years and give a personal feeling. The lead track “Still Waters” also features Amy Grant and premiered on Billboard in July.
Coming out of her shell, Sophie wants to perform more in the New Year. You can listen to Sophie’s music on streaming platforms everywhere.
Winner: Carly Pearce
Raised in Kentucky, Carly Pearce was destined for country music. Racing to the top of the charts this year, Carly Pearce continues to capture the hearts of her fans with the release of “Closer to You,” which reflects on her relationship with fellow artist and now fiancee Michael Ray. Additionally, Carly Pearce won New Female Vocalist of the Year at the ACM Awards and CMT awarded “Every Little Thing” the Breakthrough Video of the Year title. Having toured for Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett, and Luke Bryan it’s time Carly headline a tour of her own. Partnering with friend Russell Dickerson, the two will be co-headlining The Way Back Tour in 2019.
Runner Up: Lindsay Ell
Known for her mad guitar skills and often sporting blue nail polish, Canadian artist Lindsay Ell has earned her spot in as a 2018 Artist of the Year finalist. In 2013 Lindsay made the move to Nashville and released her first single “Trippin’ On Us,” which debuted as the most added song in both Canada and the United States. Last year Ell released her debut EP “Worth The Wait” which features six tracks including her current single “Champagne.” More recently Lindsay’s unique sound and exceptional guitar skills, have caught the eye of John Mayer and Keith Urban. In fact Lindsay Ell released “The Continuum Project” just this year, which includes 12 John Mayer songs covered by Ell herself.
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 will perform during our Change the Day for Girls Concert Series at the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach on February 19th. Details on our Events Page.
All-female group, Farewell Angelina, consists of four longtime friends with stellar harmonies. Recently the group released their new single “Women and Wine,” which speaks to their bond as a group. The single was followed by a music video and tour which began on November 13th.
“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).”
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/.
Kentucky native Hannah Ellis sang in her local church and performed in every small town contest at a young age. Moving to Nashville after graduating college, Hannah aspired to write music that has the power to heal and inspire others. Discovering songwriting Hannah also discovered herself, understanding that she is not the only one experiencing the same feelings or emotions.
In 2017, Hannah released her debut EP which featured five tracks that gave her spin on love and heartbreak. You can find Hannah on CMT’s Next Women of Country Tour with Clare Dunn and Cassadee Pope and hear her latest single “Home and a Hometown” on all streaming sites.
Born in Kingston, England the name Lucie Silvas isn’t new to British fans. However, her appearance at the Country to Country Festival caught the eye of many Nashville producers and Lucie’s has become an artist to keep an eye out for in 2019.
Just this past year, Lucie released her album “E.G.O” which includes lead single “Kite.” This soulful album is perfect to listen to over a good cup of coffee and can be found on streaming platforms everywhere.
Living the southern lifestyle in Lansing Michigan, artist Candi Carpenter become obsessed with country music as a child. Following in the footsteps of her hero Dolly Parton, Candi made the move to Nashville at the age of fifteen. With the stage as her classroom Candi began performing at every bar and honky tonk dive around.
Now Candi writes music of her own, often oversharing personal details of herself which ultimately bring her closer to her fans. Hoping her music reminds her listeners that they are not alone, Candi’s music is easy to relate to. Working with Sony Music Global and CTK Management Candi is excited to build a fanbase of her own.
In 2019 she is set to release a new EP which fans can expect to have compelling storytelling, soaring vocals, lush strings, and a more authentic Candi Carpenter than they've ever heard before. Find her hosting Song Suffragette shows and follow her on social media @CandiCarpenter.
Rising star Kassi Ashton can be found on Keith Urban’s Graffiti U record singing “Drop Top,” but it was her soulful, rich voice that had fans wanting more. Signed to Universal Music Group in Nashville Kassi released her song “California, Missouri,” where she paints the portrait of her childhood growing up in a small town.
Recognizing her talent was the ACM Honors, Kassi’s first awards show. Now you can listen to her latest release “Taxidermy” on iTunes and Spotify or on her website here.
You may recognize the name Savannah Keyes from her frequent appearances on the Song Suffragettes Stage or her recent appearance on Shania Twain’s show Real Country, but her upbeat song “Hypocrite” will leave you a fan of hers. Being the girl who told herself to love and appreciate her flaws, while also picking herself apart in the mirror, Savannah wrote “Hypocrite.”
Branching out Savannah is co-hosting, Let the Girls Play, a show on Radio Disney Country with Kalie Shorr that talks about the rising women in country. In 2019, Savannah is planning on releasing a full EP and can’t wait to share her journey with all of you.
Listen to “Hypocrite” on Spotify and Radio Disney Country now.
Brown & Gray
Have your Top Down and cruise while listening to the duo Brown and Gray. Made up of Texas-born and Nashville-raised artist Kaci Brown and London’s Sam Gray, the duo is ready to take the country music world by storm.
For Kaci music choose her. With female artists from Trisha Yearwood to Kacey Musgraves and Carly Pearce to look up to, Kaci is confident in what she can accomplish as a female artist. Sam began his career in music by playing the violin. Later learning how to play the guitar, Sam formed a band in college and has been pursuing music ever since. Though exposed to a variety of genres, Sam couldn’t be more grateful to have met Kaci who introduced him to country music. Falling in love with the genre’s ability to share the real stuff, the duo Brown and Gray reflects personal stories in their music.
Having released their debut EP “Salt in the Coffee,” Brown and Gray are ready to take the next step in their journey as artists. So find “Salt in the Coffee” on iTunes, YouTube, and on Spotify and follow the duo Brown and Gray via social media at @BrwnandGray.
When her parents surprised her with a trip to Nashville on her 12th birthday, Lacy Cavalier was hooked. Pursuing music ever since, Lacy moved to Nashville and has had the chance to collaborate with fellow songwriters in the area. Being 21 years old, Lacy writes of her experiences with relationships: good and bad. Most recently, she released her single “Cheating On U” which quickly captured the attention of her peers. Off doing what she enjoys most, Lacy wants to perform as much as possible in the new year.