You might recognize the name Jenee Fleenor as the first female to win Musician of the Year at the CMA Awards, but that’s not all. Jenee learned to play the violin at the young age of three alongside her musical parents. Picking up the fiddle, she became a member of the band at her local opry house. After high school, Jenee moved to Nashville to become a full-time musician.
Her career began touring with Martina McBride and Terri Clark, however Jenee has been working longest with Blake Shelton. In fact, she joined Blake on his Friends and Heroes Tour and plays in the house band on NBC’s The Voice. Jenee has also played fiddle on various number one songs including Jon Pardi’s songs "Dirt On My Boots," "Head Over Boots," and "Heartache On the Dancefloor.” Currently Jenee’s achievements are on display at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s showcase “American Currents.” There you can find her CMA Award, fiddle, and wardrobe memorabilia.
Not only a musician, but also a singer songwriter Jenee recently released “Good Ol’ Girls.” Co-written with Buddy Owens and Phil O’Donnell, “Good Ol’ Girls” was written in just three hours. An autobiographical take on living her dream, the song is directed at young female musicians following in Jenee’s footsteps. “Thank you for putting in a song and lighting a fire in me,” a fan remarked after hearing Jenee perform. Now working to build her catalog, Jenee plans to release an EP in the coming year.
Stay up to date with Jenee Fleenor by following her on social media at @JeneeMusic and listen to “Good Ol’ Girls” here.
By: Nicole Marchesi
Meet Nebraska Native Heidi Merrill
Meet Nebraska native, Heidi Merrill. Inspired by the voices of Stevie Nicks, Evanescence, and Martina McBride, Heidi blends her country roots with a pop-rock influence to produce a sound like no other. Paying homage to her fellow cornhuskers she released “Home Grown” in 2015, an album which received radio time in the mid-west.
Last year Heidi’s music was focused on sports, her single “Game On” being picked up by CBS’s Inside College Basketball. This year, Heidi released “Can You Keep a Secret,” a sassy melody on trying to keep a secret in a small town.
Now residing in Newport Beach, CA with her husband and two-year-old son, Heidi is working on new music and posting covers from her home. You can find Heidi’s music on all streaming sites and on her website here.
Born into a musical family, Amanda Kate can’t remember a time when she wasn’t singing. Taking it back to her roots, Amanda recorded her rendition of George Strait's hit "Someone Had to Teach You" out now.
About Amanda Kate:
With a mom who wrote Christian music and the opportunity to work for Dean Martin and Bob Hope, Amanda was able to pursue music professionally at the age of 16 when she toured with her band. After being told Nashville was where she must take her dreams, Amanda made the move at the age of 23. However, she quickly became homesick and is now making a name for herself in the California country scene. Although having balanced a job with music and being a mom, Amanda quit her job in December to pursue music full time. With champions standing in her corner, such as Tina, the director of the Subaru Country Freedom Festival, Amanda is being given the opportunities she’s been working for. She also makes frequent appearances at The Ranch Saloon and Campus Jax.
With her growing success, Amanda released her latest album on November 8th. The album includes 12 songs dedicated to her mother, who was battling cancer. Including songs written by Amanda and her mother, she sees the album as an opportunity to be her mother’s voice during this hard time. Entitled “Time” to represent how “when you are faced with a limit of time you realize that there is no time like the present,” it’s about time for Amanda to see her career soar.
Follow Amanda on her journey via social media at @amandakatemusic and on her website here.
Ingrid Andress is preparing to drop her debut album Lady Like on March 27th. The album will feature the hit single “More Hearts Than Mine” that charted on Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay Charts. Andress signed with Warner Nashville in 2018, however she has been writing for the stars for much longer.
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Andress grew up homeschooled. She was born into a large family and did not adhere to the norm of traditional definitions. “I’m not trying to be a rebel, BUT I am putting myself on the line, because that’s who I am. The goal is to connect to people, and that moment is all I want” says Andress. She then went on to graduate with a degree in music composition from the Berklee College of Music and perfomed on NBC’s a cappella singing competition, The Sing-Off.
After moving to Nashville, her songwriting skills showed exceptionally bright! She began to collaborate with both pop and country artists. Sam Hunt, Alicia Keys, and Charlie XCX are just a few of the artists that she has collaborated with. Andress has been applauded for her “honest and heartbreaking” lyrics by Rolling Stone and The New York Times described her as “steady, calm, alive.”
Stay tuned for the official release and follow Ingrid on her social media at @ingridandress and on her website https://www.ingridandress.com.
By Haley Moloney
Today Alana Springsteen and Filmore released "Think About You." Alana met Filmore through her father who was his Lyft driver and embarrassingly ran out of gas while driving him, which he had never done before. While stopped at the gas station, Filmore was trying to Shazam one of Alana’s demos that her dad was playing in the car and nothing would pull up for him. Finally Filmore asked who he was playing and Alana’s dad proudly told him that it was his daughter and she was the reason why he and their family of six moved to Nashville years ago. Filmore told her dad that he was an artist too and would follow her giving his social media handle. Her dad recognized the name as Alana was already a fan of his at this time. Filmore attended Alana’s debut EP release show in June and became such a fan that he invited her out on tour with him shortly following.
“If you had told me a year ago I was gonna be releasing a song with Filmore this month, I probably wouldn’t have believed it. The second I heard his voice on this song I fell in love with it even more! Such a dream collaboration for me and I can’t wait for the world to hear it," Alana exclaims.
Listen to "Think About You" here.