Military brat Carrie Welling has always had a close relationship with her family. In fact, it was her dad who gave her the music bug and helped her write her very first song “Teachers.” Originally in California, it was after hearing the stories told by Bonnie Raitt Sheryl Crow, and Lori McKenna in addition to producers inviting her to Nashville, when she realized country music was the perfect fit.
Carrie’s most recent album “High Heels and Heavy Things” conveys the challenge of putting on a brave face while the world is crumbling down around us. Carrie adding,” It’s also about letting go and releasing past baggage to become a better person, which is a theme that threads through many of the songs on the album. Owning up to my mistakes and looking towards a brighter future.”
Carrie isn’t afraid to be vulnerable which is demonstrated in her song “Good to Me.” The story of blaming herself for not being at the point in her career she had hoped for, the song is a reminder to be good to yourself, because when “we’re good to ourselves then we can be good to others and pay it forward.” Carrie took her own advice and went on tour which opened many doors and gave her the reassurance that she was where she was meant to be.
Having released the album in September of 2020, Carrie has been promoting it through online shows. She’s also writing again in the hopes of releasing another album in late 2021 and touring again afterwards.
You can find Carrie’s music on all digital platforms and on her website www.carriewelling.com.
What do Charlotte, Jess and Sarah all have in common? They are three sisters from Sydney, Australia who make up the talented country/folk trio, The Fallen Robins. Known for their beautiful harmonies and genre bending sound, they released their debut EP ‘Stupid Little Girls’ last November. Their EP explored themes of loneliness, heartbreak and belonging through a unique and modern feminine lens.
The sisters are all within 4 years of age and were raised by their single mother who instilled confidence and hard work into them from a young age. “Our mum always told us that we are capable of anything we put our minds to. She encouraged us to dream big and although not musical herself, she has always supported us in writing and playing music.” Charlotte, Jess and Sarah reveal the purpose behind their tongue-in-cheek title, Stupid Little Girls, is to prove that women are just as capable as men. A truth that they learned from watching their mother raise three young girls. “Society can be unfair in its treatment of women and women’s issues, and one thing that stands out to us particularly is the negativity towards women who show strong emotions or opinions. We write songs to add our perspective to the conversation and to let our thoughts and feelings fly honestly and freely.”
The Fallen Robins admit their first and greatest musical crush is Taylor Swift. Her honest heart and clever songwriting hooked the sisters immediately. The authenticity of country is what initially drew The Fallen Robins to the genre. Dolly Parton is their other great love, “What we can say - she’s a legend. We’ve always admired her for blazing a trail for women and have been endlessly inspired by her confidence in herself and her songwriting. Her music has always been the benchmark for us. We push ourselves to write songs that touch people like hers do.” The songs written amongst the sisters are emotionally driven and are a window into their hearts. They showcase their strong feminine perspectives and show that they are not ashamed of their feelings or opinions.
The Fallen Robins would love to one day work with Australian producer, Chris Vellejo, the producer of many Passenger (UK singer/songwriter) albums. They recorded their EP at Everland Studios in Sydney with engineer Ben Worsey. Charlotte, Jess and Sarah have been taking it one day at a time during the pandemic and have written many new songs which they plan to release. They would love to begin experimenting with blending Bluegrass, Americana and Celtic sounds into their music. Keep an eye out for their new music video dropping January 28th!
The Fallen Robins are currently available exclusively on Bandcamp to stream, download and buy. They have plans to launch on Spotify soon.
Chart-topping singer/songwriter Carly Pearce will kick off the NFC Championship Game this Sunday, Jan. 24th, performing the national anthem as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers face off at Lambeau Field. Music and sports fans alike can watch via FOX TV (check local listings) beginning at 2:05PM CT.
Fiercely rooted in the classics, the girl who left her Kentucky home and high school at 16 to take a job at Dollywood has grown into a woman who embraces the genre’s forward progression and is confident in what she wants to say. Lighting a fire with her debut album "Every Little Thing" the PLATINUM-certified history making title track and has since become “Country’s ‘it’ girl” (ABC Radio), touring alongside Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and Luke Bryan. With the most CMA Awards nods for any new artist nominee in 2020, Carly led with New Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year and won Musical Event of the Year for her PLATINUM-certified, No. 1 duet with Lee Brice. In a year of uncertainty, Carly turned to the comfort of records she’s drawn inspiration from since her childhood dream started to take hold. Like those before who spoke their minds with a little sass and steel guitar – Dolly, The Chicks, Trisha, Reba, Patty Loveless – she’s leaning on her own intuitions with new single “Next Girl,” out now with a clever new video on Big Machine Records. Carly co-wrote the looking-out-for-your-sister track with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, who stepped in as new collaborators and producers following the unexpected death of her mentor and former producer busbee.
For the latest information and more, visit CarlyPearce.com
Country newcomer Kylie Trout released a new single "Extra" off her upcoming EP. The steady groove tune is filled with cross-genre storytelling about sailing ships on failed relationships and what dating within the younger generation really looks like. Written by Trout (after multiple rewrites with the help of Jason Hamar and Mark Addison Chandler, “Extra” is an R&B-meets-country track based on one of Trout’s former relationships, telling a story that is relatable, honest and fun - everything a good country song should be. The song is now available via all digital retailers (here).
This 17-year-old talent brings forth a lively song that takes a modern twist on classic country storytelling. Inspired by the aftermath of a breakup and an ex who made a habit of “going the extra mile.” Trout sings of the unraveling of events after the breakup as her ex further proved his "extra" status by continuing to air past grievances as she continued to process and move on. When discussing the upcoming release, said, "I love the vibe of this song, It's kind of different for me, but at the same time, I feel like it goes with my previous songs. I feel like it's a good mix."
As a senior in high school, Trout has a bright future on the horizon. “Everybody that I meet always tells me 'you're not 17, you're an old soul," she says, "And I love that!" After experiencing abuse from her biological mother at a young age, she lived with her single dad and grandparents in southern California for the first eight years of her life. Trout turned to music to help convey her feelings and process emotion. The singer-songwriter describes her journey to music as her “saving grace,” saying, “Growing up without my mom, it still gets to me to this day. But that really led me to music... I feel like I had to mature very quickly when I was little because there was a lot of things going on that other kids might not understand with my mom."
Throughout her childhood, Trout continued to discover her love of music. After having a bout of stage fright during a vocal lesson that led to tears and running out of the room upon her turn to sing, Trout's loved ones were shocked when this same shy girl commanded the stage at her fourth-grade talent show singing Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." "I just didn't want to get off the stage," Trout remembers of the moment that confirmed her love for performing.
From writing about her mother, to writing light-hearted, relatable songs like “Extra,” versatility is truly Trout’s strong suit. "I think all of my songs hold a different story," she narrates. "I want to mix everything around and tell completely different stories.”
As Trout's platform continues to rise, the budding songstress hopes to achieve her ultimate goal - to offer fans "three minutes of happiness," sharing the life lessons instilled in her through her music. With the release of her new song, “Extra,” this is a guarantee. “Things happen in life, and we may not like them, and bad things happen to good people, but at the end of the day, there's a reason for everything, and I like to convey that in my songs. I hope that gets across to people who listen to the music."
To learn more about Trout, follow her journey on social media or visit https://www.kylietrout.com/.
Twins Jordan and Madison Skinner have shared every moment together. This dynamic duo has been singing since the age of five. With a background in classical music and musical theatre, it was growing up in Southeastern Texas that drew them to country music. Their influences, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Chris Stapleton, and Stevie Nicks. Describing their sound as a blend of blues, rock, and country, they’ve been able to reach a large audience.
Forming the band Jaye Madison, the twins are focused on writing their own music and performing in Nashville where they now reside. They have had the opportunity to perform at The Row and The Cobra with a dream to play at The Bluebird. A team, the two collaborate on both the lyrics and harmonies in the song. Their latest single “Down,” is conversational and displays their strong vocals.
During lockdown, the duo has been hosting livestreams and will air a performance of “Pedestal” on Today in Nashville, January 25th. They are currently in the recording process with the plan to release a new album this year. You can find their music on all digital platforms and on their website here.