Nashville-based singer-songwriter Leah Marie Mason brings a new type of revengeful tune with “Cigarette Sober,” available everywhere today. Written by Mason, Robyn Collins and Jason Reeves, “Cigarette Sober” unapologetically confronts the allure of forbidden temptations with an anthem for anyone who has broken free from the chains of a toxic past. Exuding an upbeat and melodic aura, Mason's airy vocal tone takes center stage, infusing the track with heartfelt emotion. Listen here.
"Writing this song was an incredibly cathartic experience for me,” shares Mason. “It signifies a pivotal time in my life when I was finally able to take my power back by letting go of a relationship I had clung to for way too long. This song helps me realize my self-worth and inner strength, and I hope it speaks to other girls in the same way.”
An empowering ballad for those who have faced similar struggles, this latest release from Mason resonates with the universal experience of letting go of toxic ties while demanding to be valued as more than just a “temporary tattoo.” “I'm not the kinda girl you can wash off in the morning / Guess you'll have to live with the brand I left on you,” proclaims Mason.
Just last month, Mason touched hearts with the emotional tribute “Black Sheep,” shedding light on her mental health struggles during Suicide Prevention Month. Building on the success of her April 2023 debut EP, Honeydew & Hennessy, the 24-year-old artist continues to carve her unique space in the industry as she navigates a musical landscape where genres are blending more seamlessly than ever before. Gracefully evolving alongside her personal journey, Mason's signature ethereal production quality and lyricism that doesn't shy away from depth or weightiness reflects her diverse array of genre influences such as Country, pop and folk.
Rising country star, Alexa Goldie, has released the official music video for her latest release “Set In Stone.” This adorable video portrays new love following a couple as they settle into their lives together. Goldie is shown in a beautiful white romper, singing her heart out in front of a golden-hour sky. “Set In Stone” is perfect for anyone falling in love with the one and ready to make the next step in their relationship. Watch here.
Tanya Tucker, Carly Pearce, Lainey Wilson, Megan Moroney & More Slated To Perform at the 57th CMA Awards
The Country Music Association has announced the initial lineup of performers for “The 57th Annual CMA Awards.” The lineup includes a mix of first-time nominees and performers, along with Country Music legends and reigning CMA Awards winners, including Luke Bryan, Jelly Roll, K. Michelle, Little Big Town, Megan Moroney, Old Dominion, Carly Pearce, Chris Stapleton, Tanya Tucker and Lainey Wilson. Hosted by Bryan and Peyton Manning, Country Music’s Biggest Night™ broadcasts live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 8 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC and available next day on Hulu. Watch the CMA Awards on-air promo HERE.
Collaborations include Jelly Roll taking the stage a second time with first-time CMA Awards performer K. Michelle for a moving rendition of “Love Can Build a Bridge,” and one of the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Tucker, will be joined by Vocal Group of the Year nominee Little Big Town, for a special performance of Tucker’s iconic “Delta Dawn.” Vocal Group and Music Video of the Year nominee this year, Old Dominion, and New Artist and Song of the Year nominee as well as first-time CMA Awards performer, Moroney, will perform their new song “Can’t Break Up Now.” Pearce, nominated for Female Vocalist and Musical Event, will take the stage to perform her lauded new single “We Don’t Fight Anymore” with Stapleton, in addition to his solo performance.
Additional performers and presenters for “The 57th Annual CMA Awards” will be announced in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned to CMAawards.com for more details.
Caitlin Quisenberry captivated both the audience and coaches during her gripping audition on ‘The Voice’, delivering a soul-stirring rendition of Kacey Musgraves’ “Rainbow”. Notably, Reba McEntire and Gwen Stefani both turned their chairs, while Niall Horan expressed regret for not doing the same, exclaiming, “Why didn't I turn!? I should’ve turned!” John Legend affirmed Caitlin’s talent, stating, “We can see what gifts you have as a vocalist.” Reba then made her persuasive pitch, drawing attention to Caitlin’s country sound and remarkable vocal quality, emphasizing her own extensive experience in the music industry. “I’ve had wonderful coaches in my career, people who have guided me, and I think I can help you out with some of the things that people have been so sweet to teach me. And we’re both redheads.” she added. Gwen followed up with admiration for Caitlin’s raw talent, beautiful tone, and vocal range, offering herself as the enthusiastic and collaborative coach Caitlin needed.
In the end, Caitlin chose her fellow redhead, and the legendary “Queen of Country” warmly welcomed Caitlin to Team Reba, signifying a significant milestone in Caitlin’s musical journey.
As a celebration of this momentous audition, Caitlin is releasing her rendition of “Rainbow”, showcasing her exceptional vocal prowess and genre-blending finesse. Listen to the single HERE.
Follow Caitlin’s musical journey on ‘The Voice’ on NBC, airing every Monday and Tuesday at 8/7c!
Nicolle Galyon, an award-winning songwriter with 10 No. 1s, has made a career writing about her hometown, heartbreak and strength, with a nostalgia that has surpassed her age; however, Galyon has reserved a privacy around a role she's played for the last 16 years: wife. Married to fellow hit songwriter Rodney Clawson (George Strait, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney) her entire adult life, Galyon releases a surprise EP aptly titled second wife today, Friday, Oct. 13, on their 16th wedding anniversary. second wife is now available in its entirety, complemented by six music video scrapbooks filmed at Sonic Ranch revealing a behind-the-scenes look at the recording process at the famed studio. Watch the video scrapbooks here.
The six song EP emerged from a collaborative effort between Galyon and Clawson over a long weekend at their farm just outside of Nashville, and was recorded with co-producers Jimmy Robbins and King Henry at the renowned Sonic Ranch in Texas. The EP arrives 15 months after Galyon's highly praised artist-debut, firstborn, which Forbes described as “candid and vulnerable” and Nashville Lifestyles noted it was “a raw and real look inside her world told as the only woman who lived it can.”
Of the record, Galyon admits that “second wife shows the side of me that is flawed, self-deprecating, understated, silly, and yet unconventionally traditional. The side of me that fell in love at 21. That's a side of me that I don't always show — the married one. If firstborn was a memoir, second wife is more of a fun adventure in real time. The thing about second wife is even the title itself is imperfect. That's probably my favorite thing about being one. The illusions (and delusions) I had as a firstborn were gone once I became one.”
The EP's daring title, which Galyon calls “imperfect, honest and kind of irreverent,” invites listeners into Galyon and Clawson's world offering a genuine and unique glimpse into their lives. The EP opens with a one minute prelude titled “jo.” which finds Galyon expressing her gratitude to her mother- in-law, detailing all the ways she helped shape Rodney. Transitioning to the upbeat, tongue-in-cheek “prenup.,” Galyon and Clawson poke fun at their lack of need for a prenup upon marriage with Clawson's vocals carrying the second verse and chorus. “the grain.” is an airy, piano-driven ballad that nods to her home state of Kansas, reminding listeners of the different forms love stories can take.
The second half of the EP begins with “rooms.,” a candid confession that chronicles how different walking into rooms together has evolved throughout their relationship. Serving as a metaphor for various life experiences, Galyon's anxieties ultimately take a backseat by her unwavering desire to be with Clawson. “texas hold 'em.” ramps up the energy as Galyon presents a lighthearted version of herself belting out this playful, romantic hit. Finally, second wife concludes with “under the rainbow.,” which serves as a poignant foreshadowing of her family's recent move back to her hometown of Sterling, Kan. – the very place that has been the focal point of the last two decades of her writing.