To Sofie Lynn, music has always been the one constant in her life. Although having begun singing at the age of five, Sofie found what music meant to her while in college. Realizing how important music was to her she dropped out of school and pursed a career in it. Admiring the powerful voices of Carrie Underwood, Patsy Cline, and LeAnn Rimes, her songs convey personal emotions. Her latest release “Rooting for You” reminds listeners to stop rooting for an ex to come back, but rather root for them to succeed in life.
Always writing and collaborating with other artists, Sofie plans to release another single this October. Wanting to reach people from around the world, she encourages everyone to listen to her music on all streaming platforms and her website at www.sofielynnmusic.com.
With 90’s country artists lining the walls of her childhood home, Emma King knew she wanted her musical journey to take her to Nashville. Inspired by CASH, Fleetwood Mac, and the Dixie Chicks for their daring attitudes, Emma’s music creates a space for listeners to feel something. Emma chooses to write from a vulnerable place, allowing for the listener to relate to her music. Always creating new content, Emma is finding her voice through the songwriting process. Wanting to create the most authentic sound possible, her next EP “The Sun and the Blues” was recorded at The House of Blues.
Performing in the UK and Nashville, Emma can often be found at the Bluebird Cafe. During CMA Fest, she also had the chance to represent her country. Looking to travel across America, Emma is open to performing at as many quirky bars she can.
Stay tuned for the release of “The Sun and The Blues” on July 26th and find Emma’s music on YouTube and her website www.emmakingmusic.com.
Fresh to the Canadian Americana scene, Toronto's Gillian Nicola has released her new single "Night Comes to Call" from her forthcoming album "Dried Flowers."
Recorded in Toronto and featuring her longtime band, “Night Comes to Call” is an ode to self-care and contemplation - a beautiful take on solitary joys. Based in Hamilton, Gillian took an unusual route to becoming a roots based singer-songwriter. Trained in classical voice, she spent her teen years performing in a classic rock cover band, before launching herself into alt-country when she began writing songs. Her music ranges from acoustic folk singer-songwriter to textured and electric Americana and it reflects a knowledge and appreciation of the genre’s past and present.
With nominations for the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, Toronto Independent Music Awards and Hamilton Music Awards, Nicola has toured Canada’s east and west coasts. In addition, she’s opened for Amelia Curran and shared the stage for the JUNO Awards’ Love Song Edition with Tom Wilson, Terra Lightfoot, Tomi Swick, and Lori Yates. Engaging in her community is just as important to Nicola as performing. When she’s not focusing on her own creative process - she’s nurturing others by teaching voice and guitar, volunteering for Girls Rock Camp Toronto, sitting on a Musician’s Committee in Hamilton.
Hear “Night Comes to Call” on all streaming platforms and on her website at https://gilliannicola.com.
Headed by Tenille Townes and Old Dominion, the CCMA Awards will air from Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome on September 8th. Previously announced performers include Alan Doyle, Tim Hicks, The Reklaws, Andrew Hyatt, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Aaron Pritchett, Lindsay Ell, The Wilkinsons, Jade Eagleson, and Michelle Wright.
Proceeding the awards is the CCMA Songwriters’ Series, a four night series of performances from Jess Moskaluke, Mackenzie Porter, Lindsay Ell, Nice Horse, and more. Throughout the week, fans can also stop by the CCMA Fan Village where there will be additional events and performances.
The 2019 CCMA Awards will broadcast on Global at 9pm. Tickets can be purchased here.
Following in the footsteps of her mom, a country singer and her dad, a musician, Hannah May Allison moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University and pursue a career in music. Inspired by everyone from Patsy Cline to Katy Perry, Hannah grew up singing in choirs and learning how to play the guitar.
Incorporating the sounds of both country and pop into her music, Hannah often finds herself blending the stories found in country with the catchy lyrics found in pop songs. Her songs are also relatable, which Hannah strives for as "it's the best feeling ever when someone says 'I really related to your song.'"
"Right Now" you can listen to Hannah's new single which was released on May 17th. Planning to continue to release new music throughout the year, Hannah has been writing like crazy.
Find Hannah's music on Apple Music and Spotify.
Charly Reynolds couldn't imagine pursing any other career. Choosing country music for its ability to tell a story, Reynolds wants to become a positive role model for younger boys and girls. Showing them that you can chase your dreams and it's okay to not follow the same path as everyone else.
Curently working on new songs each month, her story has just begun. For now find Charly's music on streaming platforms everywhere and on her website charlyreynolds.com.
The CMT Awards return this Wednesday, June 5th at 8pm EST on Country Music Television. The event which kicks off the week of CMA Fest activities will be hosted by Little Big Town. Following their release of “The Daughters” and Karen Fairchild’s infamous list of women in country music from CMT’s Artist of the Year Event, you’ll be sure to laugh and applaud along with them.
Performing during the show will be returners Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris and more. Also, to take to the awards stage for the first time is Runaway June, Jimmie Allen, and Mitchell Tenpenny. With all of country music in Nashville, you won’t want to miss the CMT Awards.
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Music always came natural to Eileen Carey. Growing up, Eileen participated in choir and community productions before learning how to play the drums. Moving west to Southern California, it became obvious to Eileen that she wanted to become a singer. Inspired by everyone from Keith Urban to Celine Dion and Katy Perry, her journey into country music wasn’t a normal one. In fact, radio promoter Gene Kennedy told Eileen that her song would be successful on country music radio and she hasn’t looked back since.
Approaching each song with an open mind, Eileen wants to give people an alternative view on life. Her music often offering support and encouragement. Now working on her fifth album, Eileen is always in the studio. Her latest single “Meet Me Halfway,” was co-written with Travis Allen and can be found on CD Baby. Expanding her fan base, Eileen will perform at The San Diego County Fair, The Orange County Fair, and The Rose among other places this summer.
Wanting her music to make a difference in the world, Eileen hopes her music can be heard in films, television, even political campaigns in the future. For now you can follow Eileen on social media at @EileenCarey and on her website www.eileencarey.com.
Following in the footsteps of her aunt, who was a singer in a central Florida band, Aly Cutter has always been surrounded by music. Growing up to the sounds of Etta James and The Eagles, Aly strives to be a powerhouse in country music while also showing her vulnerable side. Not afraid to show the good, the bad, and the ugly, her music is diverse and attractive to any audience. She is currently working with Biff Watson and fellow producers Jason Lane and Jesse Lavigne on a new EP.
Having recently opened for Robyn Adele, Aly is looking towards touring outside of Nashville when the EP drops. She is also proud to see the support women are giving each other in the industry, “this industry is crazy and unpredictable, but... you get back what you put in the world so I’m ready to see a powerful resurgence of women in country music.” For now, you can listen to Aly’s music on YouTube or her website.
Listening to her grandmother’s mixtape, Ashley Taylor fell in love with country music at a young age. Inspired by artists Brandy Clark, Kacey Musgraves, and Loretta Lynn, Ashley is constantly challenging herself to become a better songwriter. In addition, she looks up to Mother Maybelle and Nancy Wilson, both who showed her that “women can be badass guitarists too.”
In her own songs, Ashley wants to encourage people to be proud of who they are and what they love. She does this by conveying stories about family, Jesus, and her hometown. Ashley has also drawn from her own experiences, such as when a fan approached her after a show commenting how she played like a man. Thinking to herself “I guess I just look like Barbie and play like Ken,” Ashley wrote “Play Like Ken” to show how the women aren’t viewed as a powerful presence in country music.
Setting out to take every opportunity as it comes, Ashley is excited to hit the road this summer. You can find her music on all digital platforms and on her website at ashleytaylormusic.com.
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