Calling all the ladies to listen to Macy Krew’s latest release “Royalty.” A sassy power anthem about standing up to the people and things that get in your way, Macy hopes listeners will “turn the volume all the way up and scream the words to it.”
Inspired by the honest songwriting of Carly Pearce, Krew wanted to keep it real and speak her full truth. She commented, "So much of this song is pure honesty. In the music industry and life in general, there are always people and things that will try to get in your way of success. At the end of the day, you’re always going to have people who don’t like you or want to make commentary about the way you live your life, and it’s just not worth your time. I want this to be a song of confidence and self-respect, that shows females especially that you don’t have to hold back your personality. Be yourself. Demand respect and don’t accept anything less!"
Premiering the song at the Listening Room Café, she brought the sparkles and sass to the stage receiving a positive fan reaction and is looking forward to more shows to come. Promising to release a few more songs this year, follow Macy on social media at @macykrewmusic and on her website www.macykrew.com.
Tune in this Sunday, April 18th at 8pm ET/ 7pm CT to watch the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards co-hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton on CBS or stream live and on-demand on Paramount+. The show will be broadcast from the Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.
The awards will feature an unprecedented number of world television premiere performances including Elle King and Miranda Lambert opening the show with “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home),” Dierks Bentley performing U2’s poignant classic “Pride (In The Name of Love)” with husband and wife duo The War and Treaty, Mickey Guyton performing “Hold On”, a special mashup from Miranda Lambert with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall of “In His Arms," and Maren Morris with Ryan Hurd with “Chasing After You."
Additional powerful collaborations include Carly Pearce and Lee Brice duetting on “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” Carrie Underwood performing a medley from her new album of gospel hymns, My Savior, which will also feature a duet with CeCe Winans, and Kelsea Ballerini and Kenny Chesney performing together for “half of my hometown.”
It was also announced today that Lady A will join the lineup in addition to recently revealed New Male Artist of the Year, Jimmie Allen, and New Female Artist of the Year, Gabby Barrett, who will all perform on this year’s show.
See previously announced performers here.
Artist Casi Joy was born to sing. Joy participated in local talent shows as a child and joined the Country Opry Circuit by the age of 10. She then ventured into pop music, working closely with Radio Disney. However, it was the sounds and stories of Connie Francis and Patsy Cline that brought her back to her country roots.
Auditioning for NBC’s The Voice in 2016, Casi earned herself a four-chair turn. She chose Blake Shelton as her voice coach. On the show she learned how to define her brand, improve her stage presence, and push her voice to its fullest potential. On the show Blake Shelton praised her saying, “she has this electric energy when she's on stage and has these unique things that she can do vocally. She's an edgier version of a country artist. She's old school but has a youthful energy about her. There's no stopping Casi Joy."
After The Voice, Casi hit the road. Touring with her husband and sharing the stage with Maren Morris, Keith Urban, Carly Pearce and many others. Her most notable performance being when she appeared as a performer for the Kansas City Plaza event.
Her latest single “The Money” touches on the financial difficulties many faced in the pandemic. About not needing to be a millionaire but wanting to pick up the phone without hearing a collections agent on the other side, the song speaks from the heart and is relatable to many. Despite the serious subject, Casi kept the song lighthearted. The music video, released on April 8th reflects that and can be seen below.
Constantly writing, be prepared to hear more from Casi in the coming months. She also plans to hit the road this summer, living on the bus full time and touring across the country. For a full list of tour dates, you can visit her website casijoy.com.
Author: Nicole Marchesi
Get to know Gabrielle Mooney, who’s latest single “Bad” has everyone’s attention. Mooney describes the song as “an essential part of my story and lets everyone in on my journey as a person, that I haven’t been very vocal about before. It talks about the struggle between right and wrong, and what it’s like to feel like an outsider where you don’t belong. Being able to write this song was an incredible way to reflect and tell this part chapter in my story.” Gabrielle states her influences and favorite artists include Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, Dolly Parton, Faith Hill, and Keith Urban. Gabrielle also noted she loves rock music, which is most evident on “Bad.” You can the watch the official music video for “Bad” which premiered on Taste of Country below.
Growing up Mooney praises her family who “was always so music oriented and encouraged me to be creative. Music was also something that really bonded my family together from just loving it as a whole to performing a church, it always brought us together.” Gabrielle is not the only well-known Mooney in her family, she is the older sister of Shay Mooney, half of the award-winning duo Dan + Shay.
Have you ever come across the name LYRX in the liner notes of a song? Believe it or not, that is Gabrielle as well! She has written many songs including “90’s Country” by Walker Hayes released in 2018 and has only gained momentum from then. She has collaborated with songwriters Shane McAnally (Kacey Musgraves, Old Dominion, Kelsea Ballerini) and Danny Orton (Reba McEntire, Lady A, Billy Ray Cyrus) along with a handful of other talents.
Despite the many hats Mooney wears, she never forgets where she came from. Being a new woman in the country music industry, Mooney gives the advice to those on the road behind her “to stand your ground and just feel confident in yourself and your craft. As a woman in the music industry, I think it’s so important to remember your values and to stay true to who you are. Lead your own path and trust your gut.”
You can find her music on all digital platforms and across social media @gabriellemooneymusic on Instagram and @GabrielleMMusic on Twitter.
Author: Charles Hacker
Amanda Cooksey Transports Broken Hearts to Private Paradise with "In Denial" Music Video
Amanda Cooksey's bubbly pop-country persona shines through in the music video for her newest single, “In Denial.” Filmed right outside of her hometown in Florida, the video amplifies the 50’s inspired melody, written by Cooksey and her co-writers Michael August, Austin Nivarel and Steve Lester. The idea behind the video was inspired by Cooksey’s own experience and that period after a breakup when it can be hard to accept that the relationship is actually over.
“The idea was to throw my metaphorical 'baggage' into the ocean and forget that my heart was ever broken. I think one of my favorite details in the video is the 'if found please do not return to Amanda Cooksey' tag on the luggage I was carrying. I am so grateful that Kolby Copeland was able to capture what denial looked and felt like to me in this video and can't wait for people to see it,” said Cooksey.
Watch the video below.