Award-winning singer, songwriter and activist Melissa Etheridge has released ‘One Way Out’, the first single from her upcoming album of the same name coming this autumn. ‘One Way Out’ is part of a collection of music written by Etheridge in the late 1980s and early 1990s that never made the cut...until now. The single is one of nine tracks that will be featured on the full-length album – One Way Out – to be released on September 17, 2021 via BMG.
Etheridge stumbled upon these decades old songs/demos years ago while gathering materials for a retrospective box set. As she went through the songs, it brought her back to the start of her career and how they just weren’t right for that particular time or album. Some of the tracks were written before she had even come out and never felt comfortable releasing them, but knew they would be perfect for the box set.
In 2013, the singer found herself back at Henson Studios in Los Angeles with her original band (Fritz Lewak, John Shanks, Kevin McCormick) and would give these songs a new life. Shortly after she finished the records, she would part ways with her label and the box set was shelved. Melissa would begin working on new material and once again, those songs were set aside. That is, until 2020 when she was sorting through old files to share with fans on Etheridge TV’s ‘Friday Night Time Machine’ show. The time was finally right. Fans will finally get a deeper glimpse to who Melissa was then, when she releases One Way Out this fall. Check out the tracklisting below which includes two songs recorded live at the Roxy in Los Angeles in 2002!
Fans will get also get to hear the song live when she performs from the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Downtown LA for her ‘One Way Out...Of The Garage’ concert special. The concert will stream LIVE on May 29th so consider this event part single release party and part Birthday celebration! Tickets are on-sale now, with a limited number of in-person seats available.
Etheridge has also confirmed a U.S. tour in support of the new album which will include both new dates and rescheduled dates from 2020 as well as a European tour for summer 2022. “I’m so excited to bring these songs to my fans. Years later I still am moved and can’t wait to share these tracks live.”
More info can be found at MelissaEtheridge.com.
Carolyn Miller has released the music video for her latest single, "When I Say I Do Today." The video features authentic footage from Miller's wedding day and will be supported online by CMT beginning May 28th. Watch below.
"When I Say I Do Today" was self-penned by Miller, with production by Frank Legeay and Michael Mechling. Teased on TikTok on March 1, the video racked up nearly one million views, thousands of comments/shares, a high demand for the release, and her song title hashtag #whenisayidotoday has over 1.7 million views to date. The song debuted on the iTunes Country charts at #3 and #4 in the USA, UK, and Australia (#19 all genre). Brides have already begun using this song in their weddings - from the USA to South Africa, UK, Ireland, Australia, and other countries around the globe.
“This is the most special and personal song I’ve ever written. In August 2018, I decided I would surprise my (now) husband and give him a song on the morning of our wedding. Surprisingly, it spilled out of me pretty quickly and it became my version of “vows” and what this day meant. I never planned on releasing it, but those who heard it made me think otherwise. I am so excited to make my love story a permanent part of someone else’s.”
Miller is “poised to have a banner year” (Music Mayhem Magazine) and was recently announced to join the Barefoot Country Music Festival this summer with Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Zac Brown Band, and more.
Stay tuned for more new music coming in early June by following her on her website here.
New Jersey artist Karly C has released her song "Another Drink or Three" today, March 21st. Growing up, Karly heard lots of country music around the house, especially Martina McBride and Faith Hill. She started singing at just 10 years old with a karaoke machine in her bedroom and she even taught herself to play Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey on the piano! She looks up to artists like Ashley McBryde and Luke Combs, but also Adele. You may think Adele does not fit in with the others, but Karly has a wide range of vocal style that can go “from sweet and soft at times to raw and gritty” along with her signature rasp.
The "Another Drink or Three" singer has gotten to work and collaborate with Dylan Maloney, Mike Johnson (Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson), and Billy Decker (Darius Rucker and Sam Hunt) among many others. Karly would describe her songwriting method as she “sits down at the piano first and starts with chords while [I] hum a melody. Then [I’ll] fill in that melody with lyrics”. She would give the advice to aspiring artists coming up of “ALWAYS be yourself! Because if you try and chase trends and emulate others, you’ll always be a dollar short and a day late!”
You can find her across all streaming services and social media (@officialkarlyc on Instagram, @KarlyCMusic on Facebook), and check out her website for more information.
Author: Charles Hacker
Today, Nashville Singer-songwriter Hannah May Allison releases the music video for her brand new single, “Safe.” Produced by Zachary Manno and co-written with Cliff Downs, the upbeat country-pop single was released on April 30th, and explores all of the feelings and obstacles that come with a new relationship. Shot at The East Nashville Greenhouse, the lush greenery and soft lighting created the perfect ambiance for the music video, which was beautifully filmed by Acacia Evans. Watch below.
Nashville singer-songwriter Hannah May Allison grew up in Palo Alto, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley, and a half-hour drive to San Francisco. Like most California girls, Hannah May grew up listening to pop music. At an early age she also developed a deep love of traditional country music through the influence of her mother, formerly a professional country singer who hails from the western plains of Kansas. Being a part of such a musical family, Hannah started singing and writing songs on the guitar in high school and moved to Nashville right after graduation. Hannah May’s laid back West Coast personality mixed with her southern roots makes her the definition of California country.
Hannah attended Belmont University and signed her first publishing deal shortly out of college. As a songwriter, Hannah has written with some of Nashville’s best writers, played at top venues like the world famous Bluebird Cafe, and has even secured several cuts with other artists. As an artist, Hannah has built quite a buzz through her recent single releases. You can listen to them all on her website here.
Jennifer Smestad’s parents claim she could carry a tune at the age of three and hasn’t stopped singing since. Jennifer grew up to ‘90s country, inspired by Shania Twain, Tim McGraw, and Faith Hill. "I like to pull components from my favorite genres and make it my own. You may hear me incorporate some 90s country mixed with some pop melodies and maybe a line or two of indie-type lyrics. My taste in music is all over the place, from country to pop to worship to indie."
Her biggest supporters: her parents. In fact, her debut single “Half the Man” was inspired by her father, an airplane pilot. Her parents also helped her to overcome her OCD and social anxiety which gave her the confidence to compete in the Miss America Competition. Utilizing her aptitude for singing with the title of Miss Arizona, she was given the platform to share her story worldwide of overcoming Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Social Anxiety, with which she was diagnosed at just the tender age of ten years old. She has been featured on Us Weekly, The Today Show, Daily Mail, and other major international networks, but most importantly, she has had the opportunity to touch the lives of so many others who have struggled with the same or similar challenges.
Now residing in Music City, Jennifer was able to find her voice. Her latest single “Can’t Have Mine” was released on March 26th. It tells of leaving a toxic relationship and valuing yourself before others. A quick write, the song all started with the line “you took your time, but you can’t have mine.”
Jumping back into performing, Jennifer loves to test out her songs to the crowed at The Listening Room. She’s written a ton in the past year and promises to have more songs released this year. “My life is full of spontaneity,” Jennifer says. “Every day is different, which keeps it fun and entertaining, but it also makes it difficult to have a consistent schedule.”
You can find Jennifer on social media @jennifersmestad and on her website here.