Gracee Shriver was born in Owasso, Oklahoma and grew up playing tennis and singing. She sang at her local church and at a BBQ restaurant for 10 years, starting when she was just 9 years old. At 16, Shriver the went on to the hit NBC show “The Voice” and made it to the top 16! Gracee learned so much from The Voice and reflects on her journey “going from then to now, you continually have to work hard and go hard because people are always going to be better than you”. Shriver always thought of a career in country music and always looked up to all women in country (Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, and Miranda Lambert).
Her parents had no doubts that she could make it and help her as much as they can. Shriver describers her sound as “Pop Country with an old school voice” and loves writing breakup songs. Her favorite song is Fancy by Reba and even saw her perform it at the Grand Ole Opry, a venue she cannot wait to play one day! Shriver has worked with Ben Crosser, Dan Frizsell (Jason Aldean and Lee Brice), Buddy Owens (Shane McAnally and Eric Paslay), and Galen Griffin (Luke Bryan and Joe Diffie) on her music. The Oklahoman is currently pursuing a degree in Music Business at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, a place she has visited many times since she was 9 years old.
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GRAMMY®-nominated songstress Ashley Monroe unearths and subtly rearranges five of some of the most recognizable songs of all-time with producer Tyler Cain on their new EP "The Covers" available everywhere today. Monroe and Cain’s collaborative project began before she was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer, and the pair finished the project just as Monroe started chemo treatment earlier this year.
The Covers captures Monroe and Cain performing live in the studio with delicate acoustic and stripped-down arrangements, along with featured artists Ruston Kelly on “Love Hurts” and Brittany Spencer on “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You.”
"This project began out of a shared love for these songs. There’s just something magical about taking classic songs that we’ve listened to for most of our lives and stripping them down to just vocals and a guitar," Cain shared. "Tyler and I were just hanging at his studio and talking about our favorite songs and I said we should just film ourselves recording some of our favorite songs on Earth. The ones that make us FEEL better. Maybe it will help other people too, Tyler knows me and exactly the way I create and envision songs. It just seemed natural to collaborate on something that is so personal and raw in a way," Monroe said.
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Michelle Rivers grew up in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee, just 45 minutes south of Nashville. Her dad was a songwriter and always had songwriters in and out of her home. People like Bernie Nelson (Kenny Chesney and Wynonna) and Alan Shamblin (Miranda Lambert and Bonnie Raitt) were very familiar faces growing up. Rivers wrote her very first song at just 4 years old and learnt how to play the guitar when she was a teenager. In High School, Rivers moved to Austin, Texas. “I needed to leave Nashville and the Tennessee area to discover who I am. I then moved to Montana and never looked back. I have been here for 11 years”.
The now Montana resident loves artists like Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Lainey Wilson, but connects with artist Caitlin Canty over her song “Southern Man”. Rivers heard the song live for the first time and was captivated by it. “Southern Man” relates to her life because she is married to a southern man and lives in a northern land, that being Montana. Michelle is currently posting an original song a day on Instagram for 30 days. You can check it out here.
When the country folk artist is not songwriting, she loves performing and seeing people in the crowd singing her own lyrics. Rivers dreams of doing a European tour and playing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. Michelle wants aspiring artists to know that you should “trust your gut and go for it. Don’t get caught up in being perfect, imperfection can be beautiful”. Rivers currently has a Kickstarter campaign to fund her album. You can find it here.
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Keep an eye out for Leah Marie Mason. The Belmont senior has already secured over 250,000 monthly listeners on Spotify following the success of “Far Boy.” The song was Mason’s first write since moving to Nashville. About her breakup, Mason surprised her ex-boyfriend with the song and filmed it. His reaction went viral and so did the song. Mason saying, “a lot of people in my comments are saying how this is so relatable for them like they're going through a similar experience. Like a lot of people, music, it helps people cope. So, that's like all I ever want with my music and the fact that people are commenting saying that that's what it's doing is an incredible feeling for me.” Mason recorded the song with Austin Burke who is also featured in the music video. Watch below.
Mason grew up in a musical family, her dad a drummer. By the age of ten she was in a 70s rock band and formed an acoustic duo in high school. For college, Mason went to the Berklee College of Music, but realized her love for country music, especially Chris Stapleton, and transferred to Belmont University where she currently attends school. Mason is constantly writing and performing. In fact, she’s a Whiskey Jam regular.
Mason’s latest release “I Wish” is a modern-day Cinderella story combined with an acoustic guitar and fiddle similar to that of an early Taylor Swift song. You can connect with Mason on social media @leahmariemason and on her website here.
Emily Pyscher tells the honest truth in new single “My Turn.” Check it out here. About finally saying what needs to be said, “My Turn” is an empowering song that has connected with Emily’s younger audience. A singer-songwriter, Emily writes about specific events in her life and enjoys spinning stories around to create new ones. She named Taylor Swift and Bob Dillion as two songwriters who taught her how to write a meaning song.
Emily grew up in a one traffic light town, where everyone knows everyone. She started taking guitar lessons as a child and quickly took up songwriting after. At the age of nine, Emily performed for the first time and has never looked back. Her favorite part of performing: connecting with the audience face to face. Something she missed during the shutdown saying, “I missed when a fan zones in and connects with you, you can tell by their body language. It is so powerful.”
Moving forward, Emily is focuses on songwriting. In fact, she’s tapped into her more vulnerable side and will release “What I Said Goodbye” in November. Her goal is “to create a safe space over shared experiences with my writing. Digging deep into songwriting and finding lyrics where people of all ages can relate to. It’s also important to notice that women are a force to be reckon with in country music,” and Emily is just that – A force to be reckon with.
Stay up to date with Emily by following her on her website here.