Texas born and raised artist Leslie Satcher has found herself a family within the country music community. Having begun singing in her local church choir from a young age, Leslie always had a passion for music. By the age of 26 Leslie followed her heart to Nashville where she quickly felt at home among fellow artists.
Now Leslie is widely known for her songwriting. An observant artist, Leslie writes about what’s going on in her life as well as the world at large. Most commonly known for writing Troubadour for country legend George Strait, Leslie has also had the opportunity to work with Willie Nelson, Bonnie Ray, and Trisha Yearwood.
Most recently Leslie formed the Electric Honey Badgers which is made up of some of country music’s best musicians including Bob Seger's guitar player, Jim Brown, and Tommy Harden who’s formerly played drums for Reba McEntire. In fact the band recently released a new album titled 2 Days In Muscle Shoals.
So find Leslie’s music on CD Baby and Spotify or on her website at http://www.lesliesatcher.com/.
East Hallows, LLC. has announced it will launch the first ever, all-female touring music festival this fall, taking a stand against gender inequalities in the music industry. Featuring a lineup of powerhouse female headliners—which will be announced in spring—the “Zenitheve” music festival will make stops in Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and New York with a final show in Nashville. Local emerging artists will also be invited to perform in each city for a chance to take center stage in the Nashville finale.
“Zenitheve was born out of the desire—and the need—to shine a light on the discrimination women face in the country music industry,” said Rae Solomon, Nashville recording artist and co-founder of the festival, who has experienced these industry inequalities firsthand. “We also want to dispel the myth that female artists’ tours and albums don’t perform as well as their male counterparts. Zenitheve is all about celebrating the female voice and our equal place in the music business.”
The festival will be held in 15,000-25,000 capacity indoor arenas within select markets, and tickets will be on sale starting in the spring following the announcement of the lineup.
“We believe that women and their music are not a charity. For that reason, we have chosen to be a for-profit organization and festival, paying female artists the value they are due,” said Jacob Green, co-founder of Zenitheve. “A portion of our ticket sales will go directly to benefit a foundation set to support women and positive change in the industry.”
To learn more about the festival, its mission, the show lineup and ticket sales, visit zenitheve.com.
Continuing the tradition of bringing the hottest new talent to the festival, Stagecoach 2018 has invited teen rockers Minor Emergency, singer-songwriter Julia Rizik and country-pop trio Auburn Road, to join the ranks of Half Pint Hootenanny stage alumni, Tegan Marie and Temecula Road as this year’s festival newcomers.
Sunday, April 29 Pop-Country-Americana, teen trio Auburn Road will be sure to mesmerize with their stunning three-part harmonies. Alicia Paulson, Paxton Martin and Kristen Brown are lifelong friends who are staying true to their country roots, but also daring to push the boundaries of the modern genre. With a tell-all, attitude-filled songwriting approach and feisty personalities they are sure to crash through the stereotypes with three voices that blend perfectly together. They self-released their debut Fancy in their senior year of high school, graduated, and have since been busy playing shows, writing and recording songs for their upcoming EP series Mustang Vol. 1 and Mustang Vol. 2. Taking the destiny of their career in their own hands they are funding the upcoming releases through their touring, merchandise sales and a preorder campaign on PledgeMusic here.
What's new in Nashville? Not country. Not even rock. In fact, it's something completely different and hard to categorize. There is a reason “Americana-Pop” is not a widely recognized music genre, it’s because the ladies of mmhmm created it. It’s impossible to put them in a box, so we had to come up with our own genre for their sound.
Nashville-based duo mmhmm is made up of Hannah Fairlight and Raelyn Nelson. Raelyn Nelson has been singing since she can remember, having been raised on a steady diet of traditional country and gospel music. A gift from her grandpa Willie Nelson, in the form of a guitar, was the inspiration she needed. She began writing her own songs and formed The Raelyn Nelson band, a completely fresh and original sound, a true hybrid referred to by some critics as "Country/Garage Rock." ”I don’t really have a desire to be a ‘solo-artist’. Everyone in my family who plays music has always placed a lot of importance on band chemistry, on stage, off stage and in the studio. Hannah and I can read each other’s minds. Why would I wanna mess with that?”
Hannah Fairlight, a Midwestern girl turned TV-personality and original music pioneer, hasn’t wasted any time paving her future in Music City since she landed there in 2013. After landing a leading role on A&E’s Crazy Hearts: Nashville and released a self-produced EP reminiscent of Jack White’s raw rock sound, Fairlight went on to work with legendary rock producer Michael Wagener (Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osborne, Motley Crue) before landing the role of Veracity in Universal’s Pitch Perfect 3. "People always ask me what genre my music is. I never know how to respond," says the Bowie-and-Patti Smith-inspired young rocker. "I like to take risks and stay true to myself." Says Fairlight.
The pair have gained a lot of traction individually with their solo projects, and now the universe has pushed them together to form a genre-mixing duo that was has been deemed “envelope pushing” by Nashville Arts Magazine.
With catchy melodies, pretty harmonies, and their sassy, sweet and sexy vocals, it’s no wonder The East Nashvillian named them “the breakout duo of the year.”
When Midwest native Hannah Fairlight moved to Raelyn Nelson's hometown of Nashville, TN, the people of the village kept confusing them for one-another, so the two like-minded lookalikes decided to form a band.
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.
For now you can catch Candi performing with the Song Suffragettes. In fact Candi was asked to collaborate on the empowering hit Time's Up which was written by fellow Song Suffragette Kalie Shorr. Reflecting on her journey with the Song Suffragettes, Candi says “I’ve learned that if we want to see more women at the top of the charts, we have to support, love, and champion one another without jealousy. Let’s celebrate our differences, and what makes our music unique. Armies can accomplish a lot more than one lone warrior. We are an army of girls with guitars.”
In the future Candi wants to continue writing new music and eventually host an episode of her favorite show, Saturday Night Live. So find Candi’s music via YouTube and follow her on social media @CandiCarpenter.
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