Country newcomer Kylie Trout released a new single "Extra" off her upcoming EP. The steady groove tune is filled with cross-genre storytelling about sailing ships on failed relationships and what dating within the younger generation really looks like. Written by Trout (after multiple rewrites with the help of Jason Hamar and Mark Addison Chandler, “Extra” is an R&B-meets-country track based on one of Trout’s former relationships, telling a story that is relatable, honest and fun - everything a good country song should be. The song is now available via all digital retailers (here).
This 17-year-old talent brings forth a lively song that takes a modern twist on classic country storytelling. Inspired by the aftermath of a breakup and an ex who made a habit of “going the extra mile.” Trout sings of the unraveling of events after the breakup as her ex further proved his "extra" status by continuing to air past grievances as she continued to process and move on. When discussing the upcoming release, said, "I love the vibe of this song, It's kind of different for me, but at the same time, I feel like it goes with my previous songs. I feel like it's a good mix."
As a senior in high school, Trout has a bright future on the horizon. “Everybody that I meet always tells me 'you're not 17, you're an old soul," she says, "And I love that!" After experiencing abuse from her biological mother at a young age, she lived with her single dad and grandparents in southern California for the first eight years of her life. Trout turned to music to help convey her feelings and process emotion. The singer-songwriter describes her journey to music as her “saving grace,” saying, “Growing up without my mom, it still gets to me to this day. But that really led me to music... I feel like I had to mature very quickly when I was little because there was a lot of things going on that other kids might not understand with my mom."
Throughout her childhood, Trout continued to discover her love of music. After having a bout of stage fright during a vocal lesson that led to tears and running out of the room upon her turn to sing, Trout's loved ones were shocked when this same shy girl commanded the stage at her fourth-grade talent show singing Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." "I just didn't want to get off the stage," Trout remembers of the moment that confirmed her love for performing.
From writing about her mother, to writing light-hearted, relatable songs like “Extra,” versatility is truly Trout’s strong suit. "I think all of my songs hold a different story," she narrates. "I want to mix everything around and tell completely different stories.”
As Trout's platform continues to rise, the budding songstress hopes to achieve her ultimate goal - to offer fans "three minutes of happiness," sharing the life lessons instilled in her through her music. With the release of her new song, “Extra,” this is a guarantee. “Things happen in life, and we may not like them, and bad things happen to good people, but at the end of the day, there's a reason for everything, and I like to convey that in my songs. I hope that gets across to people who listen to the music."
To learn more about Trout, follow her journey on social media or visit https://www.kylietrout.com/.
Twins Jordan and Madison Skinner have shared every moment together. This dynamic duo has been singing since the age of five. With a background in classical music and musical theatre, it was growing up in Southeastern Texas that drew them to country music. Their influences, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Chris Stapleton, and Stevie Nicks. Describing their sound as a blend of blues, rock, and country, they’ve been able to reach a large audience.
Forming the band Jaye Madison, the twins are focused on writing their own music and performing in Nashville where they now reside. They have had the opportunity to perform at The Row and The Cobra with a dream to play at The Bluebird. A team, the two collaborate on both the lyrics and harmonies in the song. Their latest single “Down,” is conversational and displays their strong vocals.
During lockdown, the duo has been hosting livestreams and will air a performance of “Pedestal” on Today in Nashville, January 25th. They are currently in the recording process with the plan to release a new album this year. You can find their music on all digital platforms and on their website here.
A collaboration made in heaven, Ava Paige and Katheryn Shipley joined together to release “You Above All.” The song was written in May 2019, at the Global Songwriters Convention. A song driven by Ava, a 15-year-old whose deep connection to God as a source for hope and strength was evident. That strength was tested when Ava was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Watching Ava approach every treatment and diagnosis with grace and determination, it has left us in tears and “You Above All” will too.
On the path to a cancer free life, Ava was joined by Katheryn Shipley. Katheryn is a member of the 2021 Color Me Country Class and known for her latest single “You Love Is Enough.” Together something beautiful was born and to celebrate Kathryn, with the help of Ava’s mom, was able to paste the “You Above All” artwork on The Nashville Sign, a billboard for all to see.
Kathryn Shipley says, “I reached out to Ava about a year and a half ago saying let’s do something and she was like sure sounds like fun. It wasn’t in “His” timing I guess the much bigger purpose for this all was in the “works”. And after her performance at the Josie Music Awards and she won as well, I was like I just really felt God shifting me to reach out to her again. And it was a pretty cool moment! She kept pitching different songs she either wrote or was a co-writer on and “You Above All” the demo just hit my heart so hard, yet it was like a fresh breeze across my face. I was like this is the one! And I want you to not only sing on it but play lead acoustic as well”.
You can listen to “You Above All” on all streaming platform and on our New Music Friday Playlist here.
Today rising Country star Hailey Whitters announces "Living The Dream," a deluxe edition of her critically-acclaimed 2020 album "The Dream" featuring five new songs, will be released on February 26th. The deluxe album finds Whitters moving from fantasizing about “the dream” to actually living it, calling upon her close friends and collaborators Brent Cobb, Jordan Davis, Hillary Lindsey, Little Big Town, Lori McKenna and Trisha Yearwood to contribute vocals to the fresh tracks.
Following the release of her current single “Fillin’ My Cup” (feat. Little Big Town), Whitters today dropped “The Ride” (feat. Jordan Davis), the second track to be pulled from "Living The Dream."
“Jordan Davis took me out on his very first headlining tour when I was only an independent artist. I thought that was a bold statement for him to make, and I am very appreciative of him taking a chance on me,” explains Whitters. “He's one of the key reasons I've been able to say I'm ‘living the dream,’ so when thinking about who to collaborate with on this project, he was a no-brainer. I just love his voice and everything he's bringing to the Country format.”
“All of the artists featured on this project are responsible for me being able to hang up the apron strings and make music full-time,” says Whitters about "Living The Dream." “The royalties from Little Big Town’s cut on ‘Happy People’ helped pay for part of "The Dream," Brent Cobb and Jordan Davis were two of the first artists to take me on tour, Lori McKenna and Hillary Lindsey are my two songwriting idols and favorite co-creators, and Trisha Yearwood is one of the first artists that got me excited about moving to Nashville and pursuing Country music. I wanted to show fans full circle what ‘living the dream’ looks like for me – from where I started with ‘Ten Year Town’ to the bucket list moments that have resulted since I released my record, "The Dream." I felt it was important to show them what can happen when you don't give up on yourself.”
Biddy Ronelle is an Americana singer-songwriter from Derbyshire. The Unsigned Review says of Biddy, “Deep South Americana… if you’re a fan of early Taylor Swift or Lady A, Biddy’s voice reminds us of Hilary Scott.” Having had a stellar come up on the UK Country Scene, Biddy has secured her place at the table for years to come. She brings a rockier take on country music while delivering a stunning display of powerful vocals.
Musical ability runs in the family, Biddy’s mother was a punk rock songwriter in the 80’s. This of course influenced Biddy’s love of the crossover country/rock sound. She began playing instruments at a young age and she now also works as a professional theatre performer having appeared on the West End and internationally. Biddy is currently the lead female vocalist in the multi-award winning stage show, The Chicago Blues Brothers. “There’s nothing that compares to the thrill of performing your own work live or hearing your songs on the radio” says Biddy.
Growing up in the Derbyshire countryside Biddy made sure to note, “We might be UK based, but we also ran barn dances!” Biddy feels a deep connection with country music because of the storytelling saying, “It should and will always come back to this - it’s an honest music form.” Brandy Clark, Brandi Carlisle, Delta Rae, Melissa Ethridge, Tanya Tucker and Lucinda Williams are Biddy’s musical inspirations. Similar to these ladies, Biddy’s music brings both the light and dark together to tell stories that need to be heard.
Giving your first autograph is something no artist will ever forget. While performing live on BBC London, Biddy says, “it was a highlight and nerve wracking! First and last time I have been asked for my autograph which I think I will always remember. In musical theatre, the first time I stepped on to Edinburgh Playhouse’s stage was special as it was such a milestone moment for me.” Prior to the pandemic, Biddy was set to go on a 2020 UK tour. In the future, Biddy desperately wants to tour and book festival gigs as a full band so as to create very theatrical experiences. She also plans on writing more for other artists and digging into her catalog of previously written material.
Biddy is planning on releasing two EP’s this coming year! “I think I have a rough plan for the next year or so - I want to release two EP’s as they feel like split personalities. One dark country, one on the lighter side.” These two separate collections will convey Biddy’s life experiences. She says, “I feel that my story writing is drawn from life experiences - good and bad. There are light and dark moments just like everyday life. I also like telling outlaw stories and creating worlds to escape in.”
You can find Biddy Ronelle on social media @biddyronellemusic and by searching her name on all streaming platforms. Watch out for her piano live streams on Facebook and stay tuned for her new single dropping in the Spring!
Author: Haley Moloney