Never one to shy away from the stage, Amber Ikeman enjoyed musical theatre as a child. With her friends and family by her side and a can do attitude, Amber recently decided to pursue a career in music. Her music is written as an introduction to her resilience, adventurous spirit, and passion for women’s equality. Inspired by Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez, Amber hopes to follow in their footsteps and encourage women to blaze their own trails.
Her newest single Wild Buffalo was written in response to feeling pressured about settling down. The song encourages her listeners to challenge stereotypes and follow which ever path is right for them.
Aspiring to tour the world knowing “that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself and that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams,” Amber isn’t about to slow down anytime soon. For now you can find her music on iTunes and Spotify or on her website at www.amberikeman.com.
Sisters Kayleigh and Kristin Demlow form the duo Steel Ivory and together are ready to bring a totally new sound to country music. Learning to play the acoustic guitar in their high school years, the two began playing at local venues in Ohio where they grew up. Influenced by their father who is a musician himself, their love of music came naturally as did their passion for songwriting. Often writing of personal experiences, the sisters hope their music is relatable and uplifting to those who’ve experienced similar events.
Based in Nashville, Steel Ivory auditioned to be featured on the album Nashville Dremin', which features twelve up and coming artists you’re going to want to keep an eye out for. The album is set to be released on November 24th and includes their single Never Been Kissed. For even more exciting news, the duo plans to release their debut album this upcoming year.
As for performing, these sisters are the least bit shy. Having opening for country stars Scotty McCreery and Tyler Farr as well as preparing for their Opry Mills debut happening November 12th, the duo can’t wait to set out on tour and share their music with as many people as possible.
So stay tuned for new music to come by following Steel Ivory on Facebook and Twitter plus check out their latest release available now on Spotify.
It’s taken six months and three producers to find the rock-infused country sound that Kalie Shorr has been looking for, but she’s finally found it and it’s going to be a game changer. Two Hands, the first single off of her highly-anticipated project, premiered exclusively on Radio Disney Country’s Spotlight show followed by immediate rotation on Radio Disney Country.
“I’ve always known ‘Two Hands’ was special. I was so excited the day I wrote it because it was the first love song I had ever written that felt honest to the way I fall in love. I’ve always loved the darker side of writing - whether it’s sassy, or angsty, or moody - but this one still incorporates all of that. Love itself is so complex and crazy and messy - and so am I. Two Hands is about being yourself, owning your strengths and weaknesses, and celebrating the people who love you for all that you are,” expresses Kalie.
“’Two Hands up for Kalie Shorr,” comments Phil Guerini, GM of Radio Disney Networks. “We are proud to premiere this next chapter song and sound from one of today’s most promising new artists and songwriters.”
Streaming support has also played a huge part in Shorr’s success and is continuing to grow her fan base exponentially. Currently #1 on Breaking Country and added on Cool Country playlists on Apple Music. You can also find her music on Spotify, and on her website at http://www.kalieshorr.com/.
It's Never Too Late To "Jump Off The Train" And Fall In Love With the Help of Artist Raihanna Estrada
Influenced by everything from Disney to 90’s country as a child, artist Raihanna Estrada is always full of new ideas to incorporate into her music. Along with a melody that is fun and embraces both the traditional and contemporary sounds of country music, Raihanna’s music stands out from the rest.
Her husband, a guitar player, often collaborates with Raihanna whether at home belting out a tune for their friends and family or in the studio producing a new EP. Together they collaborated to produce her newest single Jump Off The Train, which was written while Raihanna was traveling on a train to visit friends in Sweden. About spontaneous love and new beginnings, you’re sure to fall in love with the track. Coming this November, Raihanna will be featured on the album Nashville Dreaming which features twelve up and coming artists in country music that you’re gonna want to keep an eye out for. The album is produced by John Willis and includes Raihanna’s single Road Trippin’, perfect for your trip home for the holidays.
Playing shows weekly with her husband in Nashville, Raihanna couldn’t ask for anything more. Hoping to share her music with as many people as she can as well as return to California for a homebound tour in the future, Raihanna is just beginning her musical journey.
So check out her new single Jump Off The Train and stay tuned for the release of Nashville Dreaming this November!
Like how most stories go Melanie Meriney saw Shania Twain in concert and was instantly inspired to follow in her footsteps. Signing up for singing lessons the next day and picking up the guitar in 7th grade, Melanie hasn’t stopped singing since. With her mother by her side, Melanie began writing her own music. Based off personal experiences as well as emotions as expressed in the form of motifs, Melanie’s music causes her listeners to look at the world with a whole new perspective.
Her latest EP Up In Lights, showcases Melanie’s powerful vocals and diverse sound which consists of everything from rock to hip hop and country influences. Her single Lifeboat was crafted by Melanie herself and features an upbeat sound that will get anyone on their feet. Produced with Joshua Mendez, who had a similar mindset about the track’s sound, Melanie couldn’t be more confident in the song’s success.
As for the future, Melanie can’t wait to surprise us with her music video for Lifeboat as well as wanting to hit the road in the upcoming year. So check out Melanie on her socials @MelanieMeriney and find her music available on iTunes and Spotify here.
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 email@example.com