Danielle Bradbery & Thomas Rhett “Goodbye Summer”
Jillian Jacqueline & Keith Urban “If I Were You”
Kelly Clarkson & Dan + Shay “Keeping Score”
Carrie Underwood & Ludacris “The Champion”
Chris Lane & Tori Kelly “Take Back Home Girl”
Kassi Ashton & Keith Urban “Drop Top”
Lauren Alaina & Kane Brown “What Ifs”
The Chainsmokers & Kelsea Ballerini “This Feeling”
Florida Georgia Line & Bebe Rexha “Meant to Be”
Kelsea Ballerini & Morgan Evans “Dance With Me”
The Women of Country announce their Change the Day for Girls Concert Series in Hermosa Beach, California. A showcase to feature the rising women of country, this series will provide a platform for female artists wanting to share their songs and stories. The series will take place at The Lighthouse Cafe on Tuesday nights, which are dedicated to country music. In 2019, The Women of Country has performances lined up from Liddy Clark, Carrie Cunningham, Kamryn Palmer, and Julia Rizik. See dates below.
RSVP on our Events Page now!
The Lighthouse Cafe
30 Pier Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
January 22nd: Kamryn Palmer 6-8pm
February 12th: Carrie Cunningham 9-11pm
February 19th: Liddy Clark 9-11pm
More dates to come...
Interested in performing in March or April? Fill out the survey here.
Emerging country singer Hailey Verhaalen's new Christmas 2-Pack including her original track “Single and Ready to Jingle” is now available for on iTunes here.
"I feel like this release is a perfect mixture of Christmas tradition and sass, and I can't wait for people to hear it," said Hailey. "I had so much fun writing my very first Christmas song, and I feel blessed to be able to release it alongside one of my favorite Christmas classics."
While the majority of radio stations refuse to play an equal ratio of female to male artists, we'd like to honor those exceptions who do.
Here's our Top 10 Radio Stations of 2018:
Bobby Bones Show
Radio Disney Country
She Wolf Radio
Weekdays With Murph
98.7 The Bull
SXM The Highway
The Big 98
Times Up Radio
Stepping away from their traditional Indie-folk blended sound, Cliffs + Caves create a fierce indie-rock song "Defiance.” Written as a battle cry, standing up for the powerless who can't speak up for themselves, the strong meditative lyrics of not waiting for permission to create a revolution perfectly matches the defiant beat and musical progression layering the song. The song was deeply inspired by an interview from a victim of sexual violence, and aims to say "we won't be quiet anymore". This is the second single from the upcoming EP Capsize, due to be released in February 2019.
Cliffs + Caves, the mother-daughter duo of Lindsey and Claire Justice, unabashedly share their deeply personal and relatable stories through songs that resonate with listeners of all generations. Their newest EP, Capsize, dynamically demonstrates their unique blend of indie-folk music created from intimate lyrics lilting intrinsically over smooth musical progressions. Partnering with producer Chris Jacobie (Penny and Sparrow, Jarrod Dickenson, Duncan Fellow) to complete the project, the result is a five song exploration and showcase of the musical ingenuity that is created when artistry runs in the family.
Their upcoming EP will be released in February 2019, but their first two singles are available now to stream. Check out the latest single, "Defiance" here.
Maren Morris “Rich”
Sandra Lynn “Somebody Kissed Me at a Bar”
Lindsay Ell “Criminal”
Kalie Shorr “Two Hands”
Julia Cole “Priority”
Sugarland with Taylor Swift “Babe”
Kelsea Ballerini “I Hate Love Songs”
Kelsey Lamb “Little By Little”
Hannah Grey Ellis “Home and a Hometown”
Morgan Myles “Acapella”
Abi Ann “A Day Without”
Tegan Marie “I Know How to Make a Boy Cry”
Lena Stone “Running Out of Red Lights”
Jillian Jacqueline “Reasons”
Emily Hackett “Good Intentions”
Maddie and Tae “Friends Don’t”
Olivia Lane “You Got Me”
Honey County “Sale of the Summer”
Chelsea Gill “Ray-Bans”
Following the release of her single “Hurricane,” JessLee has been making a name for herself in country music. Most recently, JeeLee signed with Lions Den Booking Agency in Nashville who will be laying out her "Hurricane" tour. Her single "Hurricane" and her acoustic track, "I'm so in Like with You" from "Strong" album have taken off on Spotify and her listeners have jumped from just over 100 Listeners to almost 8000 in less than a month.
For more on JeeLee, follow her on social media at @JessLeeCountry.
Keep an eye out for Nice Horse, an all-female group making waves in Canada. Composed of four badass women, Nice Horse released their debut album "There Goes the Neighborhood" just last year. The release was a success, leading the band to be named a CMT Fresh Face Artist and appearing at this year’s CCMAs.
Their single “Pony Up” related to their audience most, offering the message that you don’t need money to have fun. Forming a strong bond on and off the stage, Nice Horse won’t be going anywhere.
You can listen to their music on iTunes and Spotify or on their website at nicehorsemusic.com.
Read our full interview with the group below.
1. What inspired you to pursue a career in music?
BRANDI: I have always wanted to be a musician, for as long as I can remember (with the exception of a brief six months in my childhood when I wanted to be an entomologist.) We lived in the country, and so I spent a lot of time in the car singing harmonies to the songs on the radio with my mom and grandma. It’s one of my fondest memories of my childhood. I would listen to all my parent’s cassette tapes: The Judds, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Earl, Juice Newton. I would put on those tapes and dance and sing along to all of them. As family, we would watch the Tommy Hunter show together every week—and I would dress up and dance and sing along to all of the music guests. Then I discovered Shania Twain. I was ten years old when I got her first record, and I lived and breathed that record. If I had to pinpoint a moment in time when I was most inspired to pursue a career in music, it would be Brandi at ten years old, belting “Dance With The One That Brought You” into a hairbrush, dressed in an old bridesmaid’s dress from my mom’s closet.
KRISTA: Like Brandi, I couldn’t ever imagine NOT doing music! It’s been a huge part of my life since as far back as I can remember. What I couldn’t have predicted was where my career would take me – I had a very unusual path to becoming a drummer. I started out as a classical musician (first on piano, then on bassoon), and got two degrees in orchestral bassoon performance before getting into pop music… and then eventually drumming in Nice Horse.
KATIE: I actually started singing because my older sister did and I wanted to do everything she did. And I was TERRIFIED at first. I cried the first time I had to sing in front of people when I was around 8 years old. But my mom taught me never to give up, so I got up and did it again…and it’s what I’ve been doing ever since.
2. Which artists do you look up to?
KRISTA: We’ve been very lucky to share the stage with some amazing acts. Our first tour as a band was opening for Canadian icon Tom Cochrane, and recently we had the chance to tour with the legendary Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. I am in awe at the career longevity these artists have had, and when you meet them, you begin to understand why. They all love what they do and have such a passion for their craft as musicians, even decades in – and, most importantly, they are all truly lovely people who treat everyone around them with kindness and respect. It would be an amazing thing to have a career as long as these guys have had. I admire them so much as artists AND as people.
3. What message do your songs convey?
KRISTA: Our songs are very true to us. When we began writing for Nice Horse, we were writing just for the pure joy of it, so what came out felt really authentic to who we are as people – we like to have a good time, and we’ve got some strong opinions! Even our love songs don’t tend to be too passive – Six String Outlaw, for example, isn’t a song about someone getting swept off their feet and then left. It’s about two people who have really met their match, and who know all each others’ tricks! Those kinds of songs feel much more true to our point of view than a more traditional “damsel-in-distress” style.
4. Why country music over other genres?
BRANDI: I love so many different genres—country, classical, pop, rock. This is very clear from my career path in music. I went from being a university student studying opera, to a marching band musician in the Canadian Forces, to a solo folk singer, to a member of an indie pop band, to the bass player in a math rock band…and then to Nice Horse! My love for all these genres I have been lucky enough to be a part of will never die, and each of those experiences has shaped me into the artist I am today…but for me, country was my FIRST love. It’s what I grew up with, it’s what is in my bones, and being in country music just feels so…right.
KATIE: Country music has always been my first love and true love. I explored other genres over the course of my career and while I love those too, country music just feels like home to me.
5. Are you working on new music?
BRANDI: We are continuously working on new music. When we first started working with our producer, Jeff Dalziel, he pushed us to be writing as much as possible, to get the best songs for our album. We listened, and came back to him with 120 songs. Haha! But, he has really started us on this path of continuously creating and writing. We come down to Nashville once a month to write, we write songs together, we write songs on our own. Plus, we just finished recording two new songs (that I am SO excited about) that we will be releasing in the new year!
6. Any performances that stand out in the past?
KRISTA: It’s hard for me to pick just one, but we have played some truly unforgettable summer festivals. Boots & Hearts (Barrie, ON), Big Valley Jamboree (Camrose, AB), and Stars & Thunder (Timmins, ON) are a few of my absolute favourites! Summer touring is busy, but it’s so much fun.
KATIE: It was an absolute honour and thrill to sing with Tom Cochrane, that was an incredible experience I’ll never forget. And now, we recently got to do that with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. I grew up on their music so standing on stage with them was completely surreal.
7. Where do you see your music going in the future?
BRANDI: I believe the wheels are already in motion for the evolution of Nice Horse. With the addition of our newest member, lead guitarist Tara McLeod, in May, we have started to notice a real shift in our sound. The four of us together really converge into this great blend of classic country nostalgia meets hard rock. We love this path, and we just want to continue to follow it and see where it takes.
KATIE: World domination. We dream big.
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