Being an only child, music became a friend to Karly Driftwood. Learning to play the guitar at a young age, Karly was always bound for Nashville. Karly began working on her debut album when she arrived, writing songs to introduce herself. Her songs are based on true stories, including “Strip My Way to Nashville” about how she funded her dream and “Not Even Close” to reflect how she isn’t ready to settle down.
Recently, Karly released a music video for her track “Bake You a Cake.” Filmed in Patsy Cline’s house and climbing to over 2.5K views on YouTube, Karly is excited to see her vision on the screen.
You can find Karly’s music on all streaming platforms and on her website at https://www.karlydriftwood.com/.
Step into a “Jungle” with Krista Angelucci. Beginning her career at the age of three, Krista has had the opportunity to perform in her home state of Massachusetts. In fact, Krista has been chosen to perform the national anthem for the Patriots.
Moving to Nashville, Krista felt overwhelmed by the many artists but quickly found it to be an encouraging environment. Remembering to be herself, Krista began writing her own music including her song “Fake Girl.” Most recently she released “Jungle,” inspired by her love of Disney and animals. You can see Krista exploring her own jungle in the song’s official music video.
Wanting to support fellow female artists, Krista paired up with Melanie Meriney to host a special called Women Crush It Wednesdays. Each week they highlight a new female artist in country music. You can find Krista on social media at @KristaAngelucci.
The Port of Los Angeles is going country with the inaugural Subaru Country Freedom Festival, an all-day country music fest celebrating active military, vets and first responders on Saturday, October 19. The first-year music festival brings today’s hottest country artists to San Pedro with live performances by Chris Janson, Cody Johnson, Adam Doleac, Honey County, Carmel Helene, Amanda Kate, and more!
Tickets and details here: https://www.subarucountryfreedomfestival.com
Meet the female performers below:
From a diverse background, discover the unique sound of Carmel Helene. Carmel is following in the footsteps of her musical parents, her dad a jazz artist and her mom a folk musician, which allowed her to grow up with many inspirations. Among those is Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and Michael Jackson. As a teen, Carmel began to write her own music and joined a metal band.
Now having pursued music professionally for twenty-five years, Carmel has discovered her love of country music, specifically the acoustic guitar. Always writing, Carmel made her way to Nashville where she wrote about pain, love, and growing up. With two singles on the way, “Fire in You” and “Solider,” she’s ready to showcase her unique sound. Find Carmel on her website https://www.carmelhelene.com/.
Born into a musical family, Amanda Kate can’t remember a time when she wasn’t singing. With a mom who wrote Christian music and had the opportunity to work for Dean Martin and Bob Hope, Amanda was able to pursue music professionally at the age of 16 when she toured with her band
After being told Nashville was where she must take her dreams, Amanda made the move at the age of 23. However, she quickly became homesick and is overcoming the odds by having a music career in her hometown as a fulltime mom. Despite the challenge of balancing life and a career, Amanda is making a name for herself in the California country scene. With champions standing in her corner, such as Tina, the director of the Subaru Country Freedom Festival, Amanda is being given the recognition she’s been working for.
With her growing success, Amanda is ready to release another album on October 9th. The album will feature 12 songs dedicated to her mother, who is battling cancer. Including songs written by Amanda and her mother, she sees the album as an opportunity to be her mother’s voice during this hard time. Entitled “Time” to represent the how music takes time, it’s time for Amanda to stand in the spotlight.
Honey County is a female country trio featuring the stacked voices, songwriting and layered guitar work of bandmates Dani Rose, Devon Jane and Katie Stump. As one of Rolling Stone's “Top 10 Artists You Need To Know,” the band has maintained a busy schedule both onstage and in the studio, sharing shows with artists like Lady Antebellum, Brett Eldredge, Jake Owen and Easton Corbin. With a prestigious placement of their song “Love Someone” featured in an episode of CMT's “Nashville” this past summer, and the remix of “Los Angeles” on the NFL Network, the band is continuously working on new music fresh off the release of their EP, High on the Radio, in February 2019.
At Stagecoach 2019, Honey County debuted “Country Strong” dedicated to those affected by the Route 91 and Borderline shootings. The song went on to receive critical acclaim and be supported by Apple Music, Spotify, Radio Disney Country and more. Visit honeycounty.com for more information.
Following in their father’s footsteps, sister duo Lexanna has been surrounded by the sounds of Shania Twain, Faith Hill, and Adele growing up. Writing songs since the age of six was Lexi, whose sister Savannah recently picked up songwriting herself. Being melody based, the girls start each song with a musical track. In the coming months, the duo plans to release a new single titled “Dagger in Your Heart” followed by a full album. The album is to include ballads as well as sassy and upbeat tracks to reflect their personalities.
Having been on tour with American Idol’s Cabe Foehner, Lexanna has been able see a bit of the world and meet new fans along the way. They’re looking forward to the possibilities to come and can be heard on all streaming platforms or on their website https://www.lexannamusic.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