Laura Bryna is breaking jaws and hearts all through town as this country-pop singer-songwriter releases her latest single "Jawbreaker," which is currently on Country Radio and winning over fans and media alike. The catchy song filled with “sass and attitude” was written by Bryna along with Eric Sanicola and Grammy Award winner Damon Sharpe, who also produced the female empowerment anthem track.
"Jawbreaker" has been streamed over half a million times with the accompanying music video being viewed over two million times. Fans have even taken to TikTok to perform dances to the song's sassy lyrics. Laura adores her TikTok community- or “Bryniacs” as she calls them- and loves to see their takes on her music and messages; “As a songwriter, you hope to touch at least one person with your music. But it is so neat to see everyone interpreting and listening to my music on TikTok and sharing those videos.”
Moving back and forth between Nashville and L.A, Laura is able to be immersed in different cultures, people, and environments. Both of these places are near and dear to her heart but “Nashville is home and home is where the heart is” and, as she says, “Nashville is where I get my sass and attitude in my music.”
Growing up, Laura’s parents always told her to “not let anybody make you something you are not”- something that has carried Laura through life as well as her career in the music industry. Laura sees this same authenticity and pride in one’s work as she looks around at other women in country music. Naming a few of her favorites, she admires the work and female empowerment that Eda James, Wynonna, Taylor Swift, and more! Her favorite part of seeing women in country music is that “everyone is authentic and true to themselves.”
Whether you are a new fan or a ride-or-die “Bryniac,” make sure to check out Laura’s new projects on her website https://laurabryna.com/.
Miranda Lambert's MuttNation Foundation & Tractor Supply Company Award Over $250,000 in Grants to 52 Animal Shelters
Three-time GRAMMY Award-winning Country superstar Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation and Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, teamed up for the third consecutive year to donate more than $250,000 to animal shelters across the nation. Through MuttNation’s Mutts Across America program, one outstanding shelter or foster-based rescue in every state – plus Washington, D.C. and a “Wildcard” pick – are being honored with a surprise $5,000 grant.
“Finding deserving shelters and rescue groups across the country is easy,” said Bev Lambert, Miranda’s mother and co-founder of MuttNation, who also conceived Mutts Across America. “It’s narrowing it down to just one in each state that’s really tough.”
“Mutts Across America is MuttNation’s cornerstone – it was our first signature program,” added Miranda. “These grants give us the chance to show our appreciation and spotlight shelters across the country for their hard work, year-round, to improve the lives of shelter pets. We’re so proud to partner with Tractor Supply on this and other programs, allowing us to elevate our goals and increase the number of animals’ lives we can change.”
Since the initiative’s origin nine years ago, MuttNation’s Mutts Across America has supported more than 450 shelters with over $1.75 million in grants. Tractor Supply began partnering with MuttNation in 2021.
“Shelter pets have our hearts at Tractor Supply,” stated Kimberley Gardiner, chief marketing officer at Tractor Supply. "Miranda’s passion for this cause and the work she has done through MuttNation truly inspire us and supporting their work is a privilege and joy. These shelters are saving the lives of animals and pets and providing the care they need as they wait for their future owners.”
Each year, MuttNation conducts extensive research to carefully choose the organizations that will be honored with the annual grants and, this year, is specifically recognizing some of the outstanding shelters that help seniors, special needs dogs, large dogs and pit mixes; the “Love Harder” dogs that are easy to love but hardest to get adopted. There is no application process for Mutts Across America, and the recipients are given no advance notice before receiving the award.
In addition to the Mutts Across America partnership, MuttNation and Tractor Supply started the Relief For Rescues Fund earlier this year to help shelters and shelter pets recover from natural disasters. To date, the fund has generated over $357,000 to support shelter animals affected by disasters such as floods, fires, hurricanes and tornadoes, with funding already dispersed to organizations responding to shelter pets impacted by severe flooding in California’s Central Valley, a violent EF4 tornado in Mississippi and more.
Tractor Supply is the exclusive retailer of MuttNation pet products, with a percentage of all sales going to the MuttNation Foundation to promote and facilitate its mission.
We sat down with Kimberly Perry, formally the lead singer of The Band Perry, at CMA Fest to discuss “If I Die Young” reimagined, her new project “Bloom”, and becoming a mom.
Experiencing CMA Fest for the first time as a solo artist, Perry described it as “feeling like a new artist, but with benefits.” Her fans were able to see her perform on the Chevy Vibes Stage and hear an exclusive interview about her new project “Bloom” on the CMA Close Up Stage. Her single off the project “If I Die Young Pt. 2” is a reflection of how Perry interprets the 9-time platinum-selling song “If I Die Young” as an adult. She realized that life becomes sweeter as you live it and you can’t trade the collective wisdom and the people that come into your life for anything. Highlighting the last line in the chorus, “now I know there’s no such thing as enough time,” she found that’s the biggest way she disagrees with her younger self and hopes people can relate growing up alongside her and the song.
During CMA Fest, Perry dropped her first solo project “Bloom”. A long time coming, “Bloom” was written during a very transformative time in Perry’s life. The project was born with the help of new relationships she formed including a relationship with incredible female songwriter, Nicolle Galyon, who signed Kimberly to her publishing label - Songs & Daughters.
The album as a collection talks about creating a welcoming space to be able to grow and blossom. When asked about her inspiration, Perry explained, “All the female songwriters that have meant so much to me in the country format from Loretta Lynn to Dolly and also Paula Cole in 1996 with ‘Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?’ All the female country songwriters that we love so much, it was about their real-life experiences paralleling with my own. And really making their experiences mine. Hopefully, that’s what “Bloom” is for some ladies and gents out there.”
The first track “Ghosts”, is Perry’s spin on a love song. In line with her southern gothic style, “Ghosts” talks about meeting the love of her life and in the afterlife. She told us that meeting her husband, Johnny, was a huge catalyst in operating on instinct rather than acting on the millions of other options thrown at her. Now the pair are expecting their first child and despite their nerves are excited about the next chapter in their lives.
Stay tuned for visualizers to compliment “Bloom” and hear the album now at kimberlyperry.lnk.to/Bloom.EP
Sister duo Tigirlily Gold spent more than five years honing their craft on Nashville’s Lower Broadway, perfecting their charisma and songwriting while delivering four-hour sets, three to four nights a week. Now, after signing to Monument Records in 2021, sisters Krista and Kendra Slaubaugh arrive with their debut EP, Blonde, which Holler notes is “packed full of unapologetic sass, empowerment and introspective songwriting prowess.”
Listen to the EP HERE.
“To us, Blonde the EP is a Dolly Parton state of mind. It’s all about being bold and confident in who you are, empowering others and being able to poke fun at yourself when life just isn’t going your way,” share the sisters. “These four songs are the start of a full-length record coming later on. Blonde hones in on what it means to be unapologetically yourself while remaining true to your roots. We are so excited for this new chapter of music together.”
Born from those years spent entertaining the rowdy Broadway crowds, Blonde captures that energy while highlighting the girls’ versatile songwriting. Opening with the bold, confident title track “Blonde,” the sisters set the tone with the empowering girl anthem. Inspired by Dolly Parton, “Blonde” goes beyond describing a hair color, but rather depicts a state of mind while encouraging girls to live unapologetically.
“Hometown Song” vulnerably depicts the girls’ inner turmoil of both loving and hating the small town they grew up in. Hailing from Hazen, ND, with a population of less than 3,000, Tigirlily Gold toil with leaving to chase their Music City dreams, while simultaneously longing for the place they called home and being thankful to have left.
The latest release, “Move On,” penned by Kendra, Krista, Alex Kline and Scott Stepakoff, is a clever wordplay, urging a love interest to “make a move on, move on me” on a date night.
Listen to “Move On” HERE.
Reflecting on the inspiration behind the newest song off the EP, Tigirlily Gold adds, “‘Move On’ is all about being forward and confident enough to make the first move on someone you like. We wrote this one with two of our favorites, Alex Kline and Scott Stepakoff and really dove into a new vibe lyrically and musically with this one! It’s the perfect, funky, flirty song to round off the EP!”
The EP ends with “Shoot Tequila,” showcasing the girls’ ability to entertain with American Songwriter opining it, “packs an energy-filled punch that’s tailor-made for country radio.” The upbeat party anthem is reminiscent of the push and pull of a toxic relationship, nodding to the irresistible temptation of caving to the “bad influence” of a tequila-induced night.
Tigirlily Gold’s infectious personality and growing catalog of songs continues to endear them in the Music City scene. The girls most recently performed for the ACM Awards Red Carpet Show on May 11, followed by their Grand Ole Opry debut on May 13 and a performance on the Maui Jim Reverb Stage at CMA Fest on June 9.
After a month-long vocal rest, Charly Reynolds is back in action with her new song, “She Ain’t Me.” This new female anthem is inspired by an ex-boyfriend who thought he found a better girl, but as stated by Charly herself, “she [just] ain’t me.” Electric, fun, and custom-built to be played as loud as your poor speakers can go, Reynolds unearths a bit of a different side of herself.
Charly had to take a month off of both singing and speaking altogether, due to an injury to her vocal cords performing while being sick. She says “I always felt like a flake saying no so I would say yes to every show, even when it wasn’t good for my health.” Now taking vocal training from a coach, she is learning to take care of herself and her voice.
She is now gearing up for the release of her debut EP, “Perfect Timing”, which comes out this Friday, June 23rd. The 6-track EP will include “She Ain’t Me” and the summertime anthem “Top Off.” Charly remembers “It was only February and I remember saying how it felt like a day to listen to Tim McGraw, the kind where you drive going nowhere with the windows down. So me, Nicole Croteau & Eric Wikman strived to write one of those feel-good summer songs that give the same feeling, and I think we did just that!” Pre-save the EP here.