Raised in the small town of Oliver Springs, Tennessee music wasn’t originally on Rachel McIntyre Smith’s mind. Rather it was a classroom rival that encouraged her to pursue piano lessons. Motivated to rein superior, she also picked up the ukulele, clarinet, and guitar and hasn’t looked back since. Inspired by Kacey Musgraves, Linda Ronstadt, and Taylor Swift, Rachel’s music is country pop with a vintage flare. Her songwriting skills came from her mom, an English major who taught her to write poems. Rachel most enjoys country music’s storytelling aspect and the ability to share her emotions to a larger audience.
Her latest single “Baggage” was written from her own experience with online dating. Being open about going to therapy, he replied saying she had too much baggage. Hurt by the statement, Rachel looked at herself in the mirror and told herself “I’m the whole package.” A confidence booster, “Baggage” was born and relatable to many.
Unique to Rachel, she most enjoys performing in cat cafes. Not only can you count on the cat doing something funny in the middle of her set, but it also helps to reduce the nerves and makes the whole experience comfortable. In fact, she launched a concert tour of cat cafes, called The Kitten Coma Tour, to raise money for feline rescue. Unfortunately, it was cut short due to the pandemic. Rachel reflecting on the year saying, “You can’t predict what’s going to happen, so it’s important to have a balance between work and self-care.” Looking forward, Rachel plans to release more music in 2021. You can listen to “Baggage” on all digital platforms and on her website here.
iHeartMedia and FOX announced today the nominees for the 2021 iHeart Radio Music Awards, airing LIVE from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live / PT tape-delayed) on FOX. The event also will be heard on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio app.
Now in its eighth year, the iHeartRadio Music Awards will celebrate the most-played artists and songs on iHeartRadio stations and the iHeartRadio app throughout 2020, while also offering a preview of the upcoming hits of 2021. The show will feature award presentations in multiple categories, live performances from the biggest artists in music, surprise stage moments and will tell the stories of the winning artists’ road to #1.
“The iHeartRadio Music Awards is a true awards show recognizing the artists and songs fans have listened to and loved all year long,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia. “We are excited to be continuing our partnership with FOX on this unforgettable evening of music and stories.”
In addition to paying tribute to music and artists, the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards will again celebrate the fans, giving iHeartRadio listeners the opportunity to decide winners in several new and established categories. Fan voting will determine this year’s Best Fan Army, Best Lyrics, Best Cover Song, Best Music Video, the Social Star Award, Favorite Music Video Choreography Award and the first-ever TikTok Bop of the Year Award.
Social voting begins today, April 7, and will close on May 19 at 11:59 PM ET for all categories. Fans can vote on Twitter using the appropriate category and nominee hashtags or by visiting iHeartRadio.com/awards. See the country nominees below.
Country Song of the Year:
As previously announced, the Academy of Country Music®, in partnership with 1000 Stories® Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wine, will feature New Female Artist nominee, Tenille Arts, on the latest episode of the three-week ACM Wine Down Wednesday Series. The episode will feature wine provided by 1000 Stories® Wine, as well as a conversation and stories with Tenille Arts, and a performance that includes her top 10 single “Somebody Like That.” The upcoming episode of the ACM Wine Down Wednesday Series featuring Tenille Arts will be available to stream on the Academy of Country Music® and 1000 Stories® Wine official Facebook pages on Wednesday, March 31st at 6 p.m. CT. Following Arts’ performance on Facebook, the episode will be featured and available to watch at TheHub.ACMcountry.com for 30 days.
Recent episodes of the ACM Wine Down Wednesday Series featuring Kameron Marlowe and Jimmie Allen are now available to watch at TheHub.ACMcountry.com.
On behalf of each artist featured in the series, 1000 Stories Wine is contributing a $2,000 donation towards the ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund to be disbursed to individuals in the Country Music community who are currently on the waitlist for pandemic relief assistance. To learn more about ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund, visit ACMLiftingLives.org.
Since the ACM Wine Down Wednesday Series launched in July 2020, the series featured Jimmie Allen, Lindsay Ell, Caylee Hammack, Nicolle Galyon, Maddie & Tae, Kameron Marlowe, Carly Pearce, Cassadee Pope, MacKenzie Porter, Tenille Townes, Hailey Whitters and Lainey Wilson.
For more information about the Academy of Country Music visit ACMcountry.com or TheHub.ACMcountry.com.
Rising singer-songwriter Bri Fletcher has united a group of Nashville’s most promising up and comers for an all-female anthem entitled “Glow.” Written by Fletcher and Katie Austin and performed by Fletcher, Austin, Sara Spicer, Ashlie Amber, Brailey Lenderman, Tori Allen, Liv Charette and Kaylin Roberson, “Glow” speaks to women in every stage of life. Fletcher and Austin did not stop after recruiting the talented crop of artists, but utilized women in every aspect of this project. From the producer to the engineer and videographer, 19 women worked in front of the mic and behind the scenes to make this female empowerment tune a reality.
Sounds Like Nashville exclusively premiered “Glow” before its release stating, “the song encourages women from all walks of life to push through the hard times and “Glow.” From the girl crying on the bathroom floor, to the exhausted mom, to the woman feeling left out, the song seeks to empower and bring women of all stages together. Throughout the song, the women trade the encouraging lyrics with upbeat, country-pop production as the backdrop.”
The “Glow” music video, featuring all females featured on the track, will make its world premiere with CMT Music and CMT.com on April 19th.
As an avid activist for anti-bullying and the force behind her very own Teen Guidance Foundation, Fletcher brings her “Debully” assemblies to schools across the US, including one last year in her home state of Texas where she experienced severe bullying firsthand as a teen.
“Glow” is available on your preferred digital platform here.
Performers for the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards have been announced. The all-star lineup includes hosts Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton. Numerous Black artists were invited to perform in addition to Guyton, those being Kane Brown, CeCe Winans, and The War and Treaty. Nine women made the bill including Kelsea Ballerini, who announced the nominees, 55th ACM Entertainer of the Year winner Carrie Underwood who will be joined by CeCe Winans, Miranda Lambert with Elle King, plus Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce, Mickey Guyton, and Maren Morris. View the full list of performers below.
The 56th Academy of Country Music Awards will air live from three iconic locations: The Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman Auditorium, and The Bluebird Café on Sunday, April 18 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
Performers (in alphabetical order):
Dan + Shay
Little Big Town
The War and Treaty
For more information, visit ACMcountry.com