With only one country station, Heidi Raye grew up listening to ‘90s country. Singing in church and participating in musical theatre productions, Heidi became a well-rounded artist. Recently, Heidi released her debut EP Worth a Shot. An introduction to her, Worth a Shot speaks of personal experience.
Working on her next project, Heidi is ready to show her fun and upbeat side. Having toured this past summer, it’s become clear to Heidi that she enjoys engaging with her fans. Believing that 2019 is her year to shine, stay tuned for more from Heidi Raye by following her on social media at @HeidiRaye and on her website at https://www.heidiraye.com/.
Brooke Lambert has today released her new single I Don’t Wanna Hate You. The track was written with one of Lambert’s best friends, Nina Ward, about a toxic relationship that completely consumed Lambert for over a year and is based on the concept of looking at a bad relationship through rose-colored glasses.
Originally from Gosford but now calling the Gold Coast home, Lambert is a rising star whose talents are matched only by her sense of humor. Her debut EP Right Now came in at #4 on the iTunes Country chart on the day of its release, and Lambert has enjoyed a wave of success since, with festival slots at Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival and the Backroad Bash Music Festival. She has also supported acts including Kirsty Lee Akers, Neilly Rich and The Choirboys.
Recorded at Machine Lab Studios on the Gold Coast, I Don’t Wanna Hate You was produced by Jared Adlam, from Jared Adlam Audio Production, who has worked with artists such as Aleyce Simmonds, Tori Forsyth, The Ruiins and Jonny Taylor.
I Don’t Wanna Hate You kicks off with an upbeat guitar riff, setting the tone for the remainder of the track. “Intoxicated, infuriated, with the mess you made of me,” sings Lambert, though her tight performance is hardly reminiscent of a mess. Lambert walks a tightrope, coming to terms with the knowledge that "I don’t wanna hate you, but I think I do." With lyrics portraying a lover’s innocence and a woman’s wisdom, I Don’t Wanna Hate You is an exciting taste of Lambert’s upcoming EP, due for release in 2019, and you can sneak a preview at various shows over the summer. Don’t miss her, because you don’t wanna hate yourself.
Kiera Stella found her confidence through music. A shy child who often sang in her closet, it wasn’t until Kiera’s guitar coach encouraged her to sing when she realized that she wanted to become a vocalist. Following her passion for music Kiera started writing her own songs in high school, jotting down experiences she had encountered.
Growing as an singer-songwriter, Kiera released her debut single “No More” in June. An introduction to who she is as an artist, Kiera hopes her listeners can get a sense of who she is as an artist after listening to "No More." Planning to perform in the New York area and opening for Walker Hayes and High Valley, Kiera loves what she’s doing.
Listen to Kira’s music on Spotify or Apple Music and follow her on Facebook here.
Colbie Caillat, the Grammy Award-winning, singer-songwriter is slated to debut her new band, Gone West. The group consists of Caillat, multi-platinum singer-songwriter Jason Reeves singer-songwriter Justin Kawika Young, along with ACM and CMT nominated Nelly Joy.
Gone West will make their debut appearance on October 26th at Opry Goes Pink, a fundraising event at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN to raise breast cancer awareness and benefit Susan G Komen. Confirmed artists also include Carrie Underwood, Ronnie Milsap, Tegan Marie, Anita Cochran, and comedienne Karen Mills. Five dollars from every ticket sold that night will be donated to Susan G. Komen. Tickets and packages are available at Opry.com and at (800) SEE-OPRY.
After Opry Goes Pink, Gone West is scheduled for a follow-up performance at Analog at Hutton Hotel on November 3rd, at 6 PM.
For more information on upcoming events and activities please visit www.gonewestmusic.com
On Wednesday, CMT gave the music industry a wake up call when they honored the leading women in country music during their Artist of the Year special. Honorees included Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott and the ladies of Little Big Town.
The show opened up with a spectacular performance from the Pistol Annies, followed by Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile giving their rendition of Aretha Franklin’s song “A Natural Woman.” All the honorees were awarded throughout the night, with the most memorable speech being the list from Karen Fairchild, who named over 30 female artists who are killing in in country music, including Carly Pearce, Danielle Bradbery, Abby Anderson, and Kalie Shorr. The night continued with performances by Hillary Scott with Tori Kelly, Kelsea Ballerini featuring Alison Krauss, and Little Big Town. The final performance of the night gave the audience a preview of Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty 360 Tour when she invited tourmates Maddie and Tae and the group Runaway June to the stage for an unbelievable compilation of songs ending with her very own track Cry Pretty.
CMT claims that the show hit record number of viewers, which is a sign to all radio executives that women want to be heard on the radio. Follow CMT on YouTube to see the performances from the 2018 CMT Artist of the Year Event.
From the moment Katy Hurt’s parents realized they could play Patsy Cline to put her to sleep as a child, it was clear that she was bound for a career in country music. Wanting to express her personality, Katy’s upcoming EP Unfinished Business gives her audience a look into her everyday experiences.
Off the new EP, the track See Ya Later was released as a single last month. A sassy take on standing up for yourself, See Ya Later is relatable and fun to dance along to. To promote the EP, Katy is planning a radio tour across the UK and creating a music video.
You can listen to Katy’s music on iTunes and Spotify or on her website at https://www.katyhurt.com/.
Canadian group El Coyote found music was more than a decision, but a need. Each member writing from a young age, allows listeners to experience the group’s growth as artists. With a wide variety of influences from Dolly Parton to George Jones and newcomers Margo Price and Kacey Musgraves, El Coyote’s music reflects a classical country sound. Michelle Tompkins explains the group’s songs as a reflection of “reality, expectations, and existing.”
Having released their debut album just this year, El Coyote is hoping to place their music in the hands of as many listeners as they can. Tracks including “Only Temporary,” which speaks to how quickly time passes and the importance of using it wisely and “By the Gate,” which compares one’s situation to another can be found on the new album.
Always working on new music, El Coyote hopes to continue sharing their story with the world. You can hear their music on BandCamp here and follow El Coyote on social media at @ElCoyoteBand.
Kalie Shorr will kick off the “Road To The CMA Awards” Tour Oct. 9, performing and interacting with fans at Walmart stores across the U.S. including key cities Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas. The “Road To The CMA Awards” Tour, sponsored by Pepsi, Lay’s, Santa Margherita and Vanity Fair Napkins, will bring the excitement of the CMA Awards to Walmart stores and highlight “The 52nd Annual CMA Awards” airing live from Nashville, Nov. 14 on ABC at 8/7c.
Says Shorr, “Growing up, I would get so excited for the CMA Awards and count down the days until the big event. I couldn’t be happier to get to bring that same energy nationwide leading up to one of Country Music’s most magical nights. I’m so thankful to the CMA and Walmart for the opportunity to go out on this one-of-a-kind tour.”
Shorr will be performing a one-hour acoustic set in each market featuring songs off her recent EP, Awake, as well as her breakthrough single “Fight Like A Girl.” The tour dates will also feature a meet and greet and various brand activations. In select markets, Shorr will also visit local high schools and colleges in support of the CMA Foundation’s “It Starts With M.E.” campaign to help raise awareness of the importance of music education.
The “Road To The CMA Awards” Tour is being produced by shopper marketing agency RSM and Cassetty Entertainment. Watch the Tour video teaser here.
“Road To The CMA Awards” Walmart Tour Dates:
Oct. 9 - 4pm-6pm - Birmingham, Ala. - 209 Lakeshore Pkwy 37209
Oct. 10 - 4pm-6pm - Atlanta, Ga. - 1801 Howell Mill Rd NW 30318
Oct. 11 - 4pm-6pm - Greenville, S.C. - 6134 White Horse Rd 29611
Oct. 12 - 4pm-6pm - Charlotte, N.C. - 5825 Thunder Rd 28027
Oct. 13 - 4pm-6pm - Raleigh, N.C. - 4431 New Bern Ave. 27610
Oct. 14 - 4pm-6pm - Greensboro, N.C. - 2107 Pyramid Village Blvd 27405
Oct. 15 - 4pm-6pm - Columbus, Ohio - 3657 E Main St. 43213
Oct. 16 - 4pm-6pm - Cincinnati, Ohio - 2322 Ferguson Rd 45238
Oct. 17 - 11am-1pm - Indianapolis, Ind. - 4650 S Emerson Ave. 46203
Oct. 18 - 4pm-6pm - Louisville, Ky. - 2020 Bashford Manor Ln. 40218
Oct. 26 - 4pm-6pm - Chicago, Ill. - 3320 South Cicero Ave. 60804
Oct. 27 - 4pm-6pm - Grand Rapids, Mich. - 5859 28th St. SE 49546
Oct. 28 - 4pm-6pm - Detroit, Mich. - 7555 Telegraph Rd 48180
Oct. 29 - 4pm-6pm - Cleveland, Ohio - 3400 Steelyard Dr. 44109
Nov. 2 - 4pm-6pm - St. Louis, Mo. - 1900 Maplewood Commons Dr. 63143
Nov. 3 - 4pm-6pm - Kansas City, Mo. - 11601 E US Highway 40 64133
Nov. 4 - 4pm-6pm - Minneapolis, Minn. - 1960 Twin Lakes Pkwy 55113
Nov. 5 - 4pm-6pm - Milwaukee, Wisc. - 4140 W Greenfield Ave. 53215
Nov. 6 - 4pm-6pm - Memphis, Tenn. - 5255 Elvis Presley Blvd 38116
Nov. 7 - 4pm-6pm - New Orleans, La. - 1901 Tchoupitoulas St. 70130
Nov. 8 - 4pm-6pm - Houston, Texas - 111 Yale St. 77007
Nov. 9 - 4pm-6pm - Austin, Texas - 710 E Ben White Blvd 78704
Nov. 10 - 4pm-6pm - Dallas, Texas - 7401 Samuel Blvd 75228
Nov. 11 - 4pm-6pm - Oklahoma City, Okla. - 5401 Tinker Diagonal St. 73115
Nov. 12 - 4pm-6pm - Bentonville, Ark. - 4208 Pleasant Crossing Blvd 72758
Brooklyn Steele is a Nashville Recording Artist who has released her debut single, “Taken” on September 18, 2018. “Taken” has an undeniably hooky melody and lyric, with an interesting spin on the word. Brooklyn is influenced by other strong female artists such as Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Shania Twain and Maren Morris, but she loves adding her own personal flair to each music project.
Brooklyn was born and raised in South Florida but recently made the move to Nashville this past January. She has been working tirelessly on songwriting to continue honing in on her craft. She has been recognized as a “one to watch” artist through the Nashville Songwriters Association International - an accolade that one only earns if the hit writers reviewing one’s skill set feel there is potential to be a renowned singer/songwriter.
Her goals are to continue growing as a country music artist by releasing more music and building her tour. She continues to write and perform around Nashville, Tenn. and is currently working on her upcoming EP. On Oct. 1st her music video for “Taken” premiered on VEVO where her sassy and spunky personality is revealed in a princess storyline.
You can watch it here!
“Taken” is now available on all streaming platforms.
You’ll want to keep an eye out for Canadian artist Kelsi Mayne, who’s empowering single Woman Waiting was released on August 8th. Co-written with Jason Blaine, Woman Waiting is about not willing to wait around forever, encouraging men to come home to their wives and girlfriends.To promote the single’s release, Kelsi plans to book a radio tour across Ontario and has been invited to perform at this year’s Canadian Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
You can listen to Women Waiting available everywhere now and on Kelsi’s website at https://www.kelsimayne.com/.
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