Though singing has always been a major part of Bria Wilson’s life, she didn’t pursue a music career until she was an adult. Realizing that music kept her going, Bria followed in the footsteps of her idols Reba and Miranda Lambert writing her first song Too Soon in honor of her father’s passing.
With a pop-country sound, Bria has become accustomed to the contemporary style of country music. Wanting her own edge, Bria strives to create music that is easy to dance along to and reflects her own stories. Bria’s latest release Deal Breaker reflects her attitude towards immature boys who think too highly of themselves.
This year Bria wants to travel playing as many gigs as she can. So check out her new single on YouTube here and follow Bria on social media at @ItsBriaWilson.
Lucky to have enrolled in Grammy Camp the same year, the members of Maybe April -- Kristen Castro, Katy DuBois (Bishop), and Alaina Stacey have been singing together ever since. Writing their first track Loving You Still, reflecting on bad breakups, the group discovered they harmonized well together. Their latest release Paper Heart was written by Kristen, who was reflecting upon her first love passing love notes between desks in school when she wrote the track.
Now friends as well as bandmates, the group enjoys traveling to shows together taking every opportunity they’re given to perform. This spring Maybe April wants to focus on promoting their debut EP, which was released just this past year.
So check out their self-titled EP available on iTunes and Spotify as well as their official music video for Last Time via CMT here.
Nashville’s Next Troubadours, a new monthly round featuring young artists and hosted by Crowd Surf, is set to kick off at Just Love Coffee on Thursday, February 22 at 5:30pm CT. The inaugural showcase is set to feature young talents Landon Wall, Josiah Siska, Taylor Gayle and Ava Paige.
With the goal in mind of representing what the future of Nashville should look like, Crowd Surf set out to create an event that would equally feature male and female artists. This is also an opportunity for talent under the age of 21 to be able to get their music out to the community in a round where age wouldn’t limit them.
“We're absolutely stoked to be launching this. There's so much young talent here in Nashville, but it's hard to find places to get out and play when you're under 21 in Nashville,” shares Crowd Surf co-founder Cassie Petrey. “This is going to provide a new way for these young writers to meet, work together, and bring up the next generation of Nashville music. We're going to do it the right way as well, and make sure that women always have equal amount of stage time. We have to change the 90/10 ratio that is dominating country music programming, and this is a great first step.”
What: Nashville's Next Troubadours
When: February 22 at 5:30pm CT
Where: Just Love Coffee (1528 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN 37203)
Free, all ages show.
Coming from two vastly different worlds, artist Jenna Paulette has developed a unique sound taking from traditional country as well as the upbeat sounds of the city. With a mother who was a rancher, Jenna grew up listening to the Dixie Chicks and George Strait. However as a teenager, Jenna found an appreciation for pop music and moved to the city attending the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Often writing of her own experiences with finding and falling out of love, Jenna’s music is relatable. Featuring a pop-country sound, Jenna is a contemporary artist who’s not afraid to incorporate the sound of the steel guitar in her music.
Having moved to Nashville, Jenna has discovered that a song is more brilliant when written with others. Recently Kalie Shorr invited Jenna to be a part of Times Up, the song that preaches for equal opportunity for women in the music industry. Along with 22 other female artists, Jenna hopes that the song’s release will encourage the music industry to recognize the lack of women on the radio, at award shows, and on the charts.
Following her latest single Coolest Girl in the World, Jenna plans to release another love song titled ILYSM (I Love You So Much). This modern love story is sure to have you saying “aw.”
So check out Coolest Girl in the World via iTunes and Spotify and follow Jenna at @JennaPaulette on Twitter and Instagram for more new music news to come.
Following in the footsteps of her late cousin Glen Campbell, artist Miller Campbell brings honkey tonk to the Pacific Northwest with the release of her debut album Sweet Whiskey. Featuring a variety of tracks including All Summer’s Breaking Loose which is sure to put you on your feet and Sweet Whiskey which reflects Miller’s impressive vocal range; her debut album has the ability to reach a wide audience.
This album to Miller reflects her own life experiences and takes a more traditional route featuring sounds of the fiddle and banjo. Having suffered from the lost of her brother John, Miller wrote One Step in his memory. “He was autistic, and my absolute soulmate” relates Campbell. “He was the life and soul of the project and the only reason I began work on this record. Without his encouragement, belief, and memory, I just can't imagine having the courage to do this.”
Miller hopes the album, which was released last November and recorded at London Bridge Studio in Seattle, “shows the world what country music in the Pacific Northwest is really all about!” Never one to hold back any emotions, Miller announced that “I hope that people get a genuine feel for who I am from this record. It truly follows the story of my last year and a half, which I think is something a lot of modern records lack.”
So listen to Sweet Whiskey available now on iTunes and Spotify and on her website at www.millercampbell.com.
New Jersey native and country music newcomer Ali Auburn releases empowering lead single Hero, off her forthcoming record, due out this April. The song, which typifies the theme of empowerment through self-discovery, serves as an inspirational message to anyone who has ever struggled with self-assuredness.
“I wrote Hero after finally getting to the point where I could look at myself in the mirror and know that I was enough. That inner recognition gave me the confidence to pursue my dreams with a new ferocity because I didn’t need anyone else to validate my songwriting or music; I was validating myself. I think that if every girl could get to that point and truly believe in her heart that she is good enough the way she is, then we really could run the world.”
Hero, which was inspired by the healing process after a difficult breakup, almost never made it into the studio. “When I wrote the songs that ended up making it on this upcoming record, at the time, I honestly thought that I was done recording and performing. I just needed an outlet, and my guitar was there. But then I realized how special these songs were, and I knew I couldn’t keep them hidden away. So, I decided that I would record them, but that it was going to be on my own terms and in my own way.”
Recorded at The Gradwell House in Haddon Heights, NJ, Auburn is responsible for single-handedly writing the lead single and all remaining nine tracks on the project. She also produced the album, alongside engineer and co-producer Matt Weber.
Ali Auburn is no stranger to the country music scene, having first taken the leap into the Nashville music scene nearly ten years ago, she’s played hundreds of shows since. Having opened for the likes of Chris Young, Zac Brown Band, and Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, her voice has been described as “angelic and pure, with just enough grit to stay interesting.” With a country/pop/rock sound, Auburn blends the sophistication of artists such as Alison Krauss with the playfulness of Kelsea Ballerini.
So check out Hero available now on iTunes and Spotify and on her website at www.AliAuburn.com.
Australian singer-songwriter Cassidy Gaiter’s passion for country music brought her to Nashville for the release of her new single All The Feels. An artist who enjoys the writing process as much as she enjoys performing, Cassidy isn’t afraid to put pen to paper writing of experiences of her own. After collaborating with songwriters in Sydney, Cassidy became confident in her own work and set out to Nashville to produce her debut EP.
Cassidy’s EP Shake It Don’t Fake It warns listeners to not conform to the “norm.” Featuring a contemporary pop-country sound, Cassidy reflects her lively personality in each track. Cassidy’s latest single All The Feels is sure to give you butterflies. In fact Cassidy recently released the track’s music video, which reminds us all of our first high school crush. [Watch below]
Cassidy's next step includes touring across Australia and making annual trips to Nashville. For now you can find Shake It Don’t Fake It on iTunes and Spotify and on her website at www.cassidyraegaiter.com.
Best defined as "punk country," Kalie Shorr proved yet again that she is the queen of content, releasing an electric new music video for her hit single “Two Hands.” Shorr gave a sneak peek to a sold-out crowd of industry and media VIPS, fans and friends during her launch party for her new EP Awake last week at The Back Corner in Nashville. The color filled, psychedelic video premiered on CMT and CMT.com Friday morning and has since been added to GAC and to the top of Vevo’s DSCVR playlist.
Shorr says, “this video is the most visually creative thing I have ever done. During the process of finding my sound on Awake, I also found what my world looks like. I have a lot of freedom as an independent artist, so I was able to lean pretty far from tradition on this video, keeping it youthful and exactly what I wanted. I am excited for this to be the first music video from the record and I am thankful to have the support of CMT, GAC and VEVO!”
The neon-dream visuals were brought to life at The Listening Room Cafe and Stormlight Pictures Company by director Rob Bennett and Quinton Cook, with Thomas Kuttenkuler as the male lead.
Watch the full video above and tell us what you think by tagging us on Twitter and Instagram @nextwomenofcountry.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org