Texas native Jaylee Gandy enters the country music scene with her debut single "Hand Me Downs." The single was co-written by Jaylee Gandy, Deanna Walker, Rick Walker, Dani Rose, and Sofie Lynn; and was produced by Grammy winning writer, producer, and film composer, Femke. Listen HERE.
“Hand Me Downs” blends small town charm and Jaylee's strong vocals which carry her family’s story beautifully. “Releasing a song that you wrote about your life and your hometown is one thing... but for every single word to be true brings me to a new level of excitement,” says Jaylee. “I hope you enjoy Hand Me Downs!”
The music video for “Hand Me Downs” will be released next Friday, July 29th across all video platforms. Shot and directed by Ron McWilliams of Blazing Glory Productions, the music video emulates the song perfectly by showcasing shots of Jaylee singing around her hometown. Fans get an inside look at the Gandy family barn, a local concert hall, the rodeo where Jaylee grew up singing, and all around the lovely town of Lubbock, Texas.
Following the success of our first showcase during CMA Fest, we announced today “Women of Country Presents: Carolyn Miller & Friends” with performances by Carolyn Miller, Sarah Jones, Tezza, and Grace Tyler. The all-female showcase will be hosted by ACM and CMA Award-winning radio personality Kelly Ford and will take place at 6pm on Tuesday, July 26th at Live Oak. Miller will follow the round with a 30 minute power acoustic set. Admission to the show is FREE.
“There are so many talented female artists in Nashville, as we saw from our first show,” said Nicole Marchesi, founder of The Women of Country. “Our mission is to continue to provide opportunities for The Women of Country community to showcase their talent and network with executives and each other. Women supporting women!”
“I’m so excited for our second 'The Women of Country Live' event,” said Carolyn Miller. “The response from the community has been incredible and I can’t wait to give more and more women the opportunity to shine here in town. We have lots of ideas in store to continue to grow this event and I couldn’t have asked for a better kickoff during CMA Fest.”
The Women of Country and Carolyn Miller will continue to host monthly showcases in Nashville, empowering female artists and songwriters within The Women of Country community. To stay up to date, follow The Women of Country Live on Instagram here.
Groundbreaking Country artist Lily Rose continues her "confident ease blending musical styles'' (Rolling Stone) with brand-new track “In My Drinks,” just days before kicking off her first-ever headlining run across the West Coast. Penned by Jamie Davis, Jordan Gray and Rob Pennington, the nostalgic new track finds Rose chasing that next drink because it allows her to reminisce on the good times she and her ex shared, while avoiding the harsh reality that it's over. “Long as I'm still buzzing she's sitting right here // Cause it's clear when I'm sober that it's over with the girl of my dreams,” Rose regretfully admits.
“I immediately fell in love with this song the first time I heard it. I could just imagine myself telling this story from the heart with just an acoustic guitar or absolutely blasting it with my band,” shares Rose. “I'll always remember the day we recorded in the studio with Joey (Moi) – the drums, the movement, it all came together with such energy. I'm thrilled to have some new music out there to play on the road.”
After dropping the “remorseful banger” (Billboard) “I'd Be You” last month, “In My Drinks” continues the new chapter of music coming from Rose since her critically acclaimed debut project STRONGER THAN I AM. With no signs of slowing down, the 2022 ACM Best New Female Artist nominee and GLAAD Breakthrough Music Artist recently made her CMA Fest debut at Nashville's Nissan Stadium.
Taking her new music to the road, the “fearless female pioneer” (CMT) is set to kick off her summer 2022 headlining run on July 19 at the Troubadour in Los Angeles before heading up the coast. Rose's stacked summer of performances includes dates alongside Sam Hunt and appearances at some of the season's most anticipated festivals such as Watershed, Windy City Smokeout and Country Jam. Come fall, Rose will hit the road on Dylan Scott's AMEN TO THAT TOUR. For dates and more information, visit her website here.
Madeline Edwards has released her self-titled EP! You can be streamed here. “This EP has been in the works for over two years, the influences that helped shape the sound of it have been in the works for even longer. I’m excited for everyone to hear the beginning of a new chapter in this musical journey”, said Madeline in a recent interview. It has been just over a year since Edwards relocated to Nashville and she has accomplished things that can take people years and years of hard work to achieve. Since moving to Music City, Madeline has performed at the CMAs alongside Brittney Spencer and Mickey Guyton, sang on a cover of a Lady Gaga song alongside The Highwomen (Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires, Natalie Hemby and Maren Morris), was named to Spotify’s Hot Country Artists to Watch 2022 list, CMT’s Next Women of Country Class of 2022, and Color Me Country’s Class of 2022. Edwards will also join Chris Stapleton on his All American Road Show Tour, appearing on several dates during the summer. “Chris and Morgane Stapleton are my musical heroes. Just how they are as people and how they carry themselves is so inspiring to me. They are so open about being all in for family but at the same time they are so private,” said Edwards.
The tour announcement follows Edwards’ national TV debut earlier this year as well as her inclusion on several Ones To Watch Lists. Madeline recounted how she found out that she was going to be performing on the CMAs alongside Brittney Spencer and Mickey Guyton. ‘Mickey Facetimed myself and Brittney one morning and said that the CMAs asked her if she wanted anyone else to perform on the stage with her… She basically said, ‘you both are going to be singing with me that night.’ Neither Brittney or I could believe it or thought it was real. Once the night came and I was on the stage, I was so nervous. If that moment was the peak of my career, so be it. I took it all in.’ You can relive the CMA performance here. Also named to the Color Me Country Class of 2022, Edwards noted, “it means so much to me because Rissi has been a huge supporter. Rissi and her Rainy Day fund- which is a grant made available to new artists who need help funding their projects- is the reason I could release my song, “Best Revenge.”
Edwards, who is the oldest of 5 siblings, grew up in California before relocating to Texas and calling Houston home. “I always played music and grew up around music. I remember my mom put myself and my siblings in Piano lessons at 4 years old and I absolutely hated it. I had a super tough teacher, and it was so hard for me to read music. I remember around 13 or 14 I started writing songs and went back to the piano.” She recalls playing in piano and jazz lounges at just 14 years old, performing for 4 or 5 nights in a row until 2020. “I have put over 10,000 hours into my vocal cords and my music. I took the leap to Nashville because I wanted to be a recording artist and not a lounge singer.” Edwards does not like to be bound to any genre; she gravitates to whatever sound moves her. “I always gravitate to what is good and what moves me. I need to study a genre before I do it. I started with Miles Davis, then Karen Carpenter. Jazz and Country are so much alike. When it comes to my own music, I do my own thing but respectfully. This has been ingrained in me.’ Another career marker for Madeline was putting out her 2021 song “The Road”, which received over one million streams in the first few months and now has well over half a million.
This is not all the recent news coming out of the Edward camp, at her EP release party this past week, Edwards was invited to make her Grand Ole Opry debut by the legendary Wendy Moten. Make sure you catch Madeline taking the Opry stage on August 13!
You can follow Madeline on Instagram at @makingmadeline and find more information on her website here.