Music always came natural to Eileen Carey. Growing up, Eileen participated in choir and community productions before learning how to play the drums. Moving west to Southern California, it became obvious to Eileen that she wanted to become a singer. Inspired by everyone from Keith Urban to Celine Dion and Katy Perry, her journey into country music wasn’t a normal one. In fact, radio promoter Gene Kennedy told Eileen that her song would be successful on country music radio and she hasn’t looked back since.
Approaching each song with an open mind, Eileen wants to give people an alternative view on life. Her music often offering support and encouragement. Now working on her fifth album, Eileen is always in the studio. Her latest single “Meet Me Halfway,” was co-written with Travis Allen and can be found on CD Baby. Expanding her fan base, Eileen will perform at The San Diego County Fair, The Orange County Fair, and The Rose among other places this summer.
Wanting her music to make a difference in the world, Eileen hopes her music can be heard in films, television, even political campaigns in the future. For now you can follow Eileen on social media at @EileenCarey and on her website www.eileencarey.com.
Following in the footsteps of her aunt, who was a singer in a central Florida band, Aly Cutter has always been surrounded by music. Growing up to the sounds of Etta James and The Eagles, Aly strives to be a powerhouse in country music while also showing her vulnerable side. Not afraid to show the good, the bad, and the ugly, her music is diverse and attractive to any audience. She is currently working with Biff Watson and fellow producers Jason Lane and Jesse Lavigne on a new EP.
Having recently opened for Robyn Adele, Aly is looking towards touring outside of Nashville when the EP drops. She is also proud to see the support women are giving each other in the industry, “this industry is crazy and unpredictable, but... you get back what you put in the world so I’m ready to see a powerful resurgence of women in country music.” For now, you can listen to Aly’s music on YouTube or her website.
Listening to her grandmother’s mixtape, Ashley Taylor fell in love with country music at a young age. Inspired by artists Brandy Clark, Kacey Musgraves, and Loretta Lynn, Ashley is constantly challenging herself to become a better songwriter. In addition, she looks up to Mother Maybelle and Nancy Wilson, both who showed her that “women can be badass guitarists too.”
In her own songs, Ashley wants to encourage people to be proud of who they are and what they love. She does this by conveying stories about family, Jesus, and her hometown. Ashley has also drawn from her own experiences, such as when a fan approached her after a show commenting how she played like a man. Thinking to herself “I guess I just look like Barbie and play like Ken,” Ashley wrote “Play Like Ken” to show how the women aren’t viewed as a powerful presence in country music.
Setting out to take every opportunity as it comes, Ashley is excited to hit the road this summer. You can find her music on all digital platforms and on her website at ashleytaylormusic.com.
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With the help of her father who kicked started her career, Corinne McKnight set out to pursue her music further. After dipping her toe in theatre as a child, Corinne applied to The Artist Development Network. There she was able to collaborate with other songwriters and find her own voice.
Inspired by the works of Maren Morris and Kacey Musgraves along with pop artists Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, Corinne’s music blends pop with country. Now living in Music City where she recently graduated from Belmont University, she’s ready to take her music to the next level. Giving her songs a personal touch, Corinne recently released “Pretty Flowers.” The track which she has been able to perform at various venues including The Row and The Bowery Vault.
You can hear Corinne’s music on this week’s Top Ten Tuesday Playlist and on her website at https://corinnemcknight.com/.
The name Hannah Ellis is becoming a household name. Having grown up to parents who were wedding singers themselves, Hannah has always been encouraged to use her voice to tell a story. Her inspiration came not only from her parents, but from her idols Martina McBride and Shania Twain.
Taking her music to the next level, Hannah made the move to Nashville as reflected up in her song “Home and a Hometown.” Reflecting on her own songwriting, Hannah says “inspiration can strike anytime,” most often from a conversation or experience. Hannah’s latest release “Your Women” reflects on her long-lasting relationship with boyfriend and fellow musician, Nick Wayne.
Currently on the CMT Next Women of Country Tour with Cassadee Pope and Clare Dunn, Hannah is grateful to be performing with two women who constantly encourage one another. Continuing to perform into the summer, Hannah will make an appearance at CMA Fest, Windy City Smokeout, and the Country Boom Music Festival.
Valuing the relationships she’s made, Hannah plans on releasing a series of singles this year. Keep an eye out for Hannah Ellis and listen to her music on streaming platforms everywhere and on her website https://hannahellismusic.com/home.
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