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.
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