Nashville born and raised, Sophie Sanders has always dreamed of becoming an artist. Following in the footsteps of her father after college, Sophie began writing her own music. Taking from life experiences and stories from books, it’s easy to relate to Sophie’s music.
On November 30th, Sophie released her debut album “Steep and Shining Spaces.” The record is a collection on songs from the past six years and give a personal feeling. The lead track “Still Waters” also features Amy Grant and premiered on Billboard in July.
Coming out of her shell, Sophie wants to perform more in the New Year. You can listen to Sophie’s music on streaming platforms everywhere.
Winner: Carly Pearce
Raised in Kentucky, Carly Pearce was destined for country music. Racing to the top of the charts this year, Carly Pearce continues to capture the hearts of her fans with the release of “Closer to You,” which reflects on her relationship with fellow artist and now fiancee Michael Ray. Additionally, Carly Pearce won New Female Vocalist of the Year at the ACM Awards and CMT awarded “Every Little Thing” the Breakthrough Video of the Year title. Having toured for Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett, and Luke Bryan it’s time Carly headline a tour of her own. Partnering with friend Russell Dickerson, the two will be co-headlining The Way Back Tour in 2019.
Runner Up: Lindsay Ell
Known for her mad guitar skills and often sporting blue nail polish, Canadian artist Lindsay Ell has earned her spot in as a 2018 Artist of the Year finalist. In 2013 Lindsay made the move to Nashville and released her first single “Trippin’ On Us,” which debuted as the most added song in both Canada and the United States. Last year Ell released her debut EP “Worth The Wait” which features six tracks including her current single “Champagne.” More recently Lindsay’s unique sound and exceptional guitar skills, have caught the eye of John Mayer and Keith Urban. In fact Lindsay Ell released “The Continuum Project” just this year, which includes 12 John Mayer songs covered by Ell herself.
With a push from her grandmother who was a member of the musical theatre industry, Liddy Clark’s interest in singing began when she performed Colors of the Wind at her school’s talent show. Realizing her talent as a singer, Liddy’s parents offered to pay for vocal lessons and enroll her in music theatre productions. By the age of 13, Liddy had begun playing the guitar often covering songs by her idols John Mayer and Taylor Swift. Now a songwriter as well, Liddy demonstrates her creativity in her music. However her latest single “Shot Down” tells of her own emotional experience after the shootings in Parkland where Liddy grew up.
Attending school at USC, Liddy is open to collaborating with fellow students and will start performing acoustic sets at venues in the area. In fact, Liddy will perform during our Change the Day for Girls Concert Series at the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach on February 19th. Details on our Events Page.
All-female group, Farewell Angelina, consists of four longtime friends with stellar harmonies. Recently the group released their new single “Women and Wine,” which speaks to their bond as a group. The single was followed by a music video and tour which began on November 13th.
“We are so thrilled to share this new project that represents each of our four personalities and sounds. This band is an ever-evolving, songwriting sisterhood that exudes our passion for entertaining and celebrating each phase in life through music (and wine).”
With only one country station, Heidi Raye grew up listening to ‘90s country. Singing in church and participating in musical theatre productions, Heidi became a well-rounded artist. Recently, Heidi released her debut EP “Worth a Shot.” An introduction to her, Worth a Shot speaks of personal experience.
Working on her next project, Heidi is ready to show her fun and upbeat side. Having toured this past summer, it’s become clear to Heidi that she enjoys engaging with her fans. Believing that 2019 is her year to shine, stay tuned for more from Heidi Raye by following her on social media at @HeidiRaye and on her website at https://www.heidiraye.com/.
Kentucky native Hannah Ellis sang in her local church and performed in every small town contest at a young age. Moving to Nashville after graduating college, Hannah aspired to write music that has the power to heal and inspire others. Discovering songwriting Hannah also discovered herself, understanding that she is not the only one experiencing the same feelings or emotions.
In 2017, Hannah released her debut EP which featured five tracks that gave her spin on love and heartbreak. You can find Hannah on CMT’s Next Women of Country Tour with Clare Dunn and Cassadee Pope and hear her latest single “Home and a Hometown” on all streaming sites.
Born in Kingston, England the name Lucie Silvas isn’t new to British fans. However, her appearance at the Country to Country Festival caught the eye of many Nashville producers and Lucie’s has become an artist to keep an eye out for in 2019.
Just this past year, Lucie released her album “E.G.O” which includes lead single “Kite.” This soulful album is perfect to listen to over a good cup of coffee and can be found on streaming platforms everywhere.
Living the southern lifestyle in Lansing Michigan, artist Candi Carpenter become obsessed with country music as a child. Following in the footsteps of her hero Dolly Parton, Candi made the move to Nashville at the age of fifteen. With the stage as her classroom Candi began performing at every bar and honky tonk dive around.
Now Candi writes music of her own, often oversharing personal details of herself which ultimately bring her closer to her fans. Hoping her music reminds her listeners that they are not alone, Candi’s music is easy to relate to. Working with Sony Music Global and CTK Management Candi is excited to build a fanbase of her own.
In 2019 she is set to release a new EP which fans can expect to have compelling storytelling, soaring vocals, lush strings, and a more authentic Candi Carpenter than they've ever heard before. Find her hosting Song Suffragette shows and follow her on social media @CandiCarpenter.
Rising star Kassi Ashton can be found on Keith Urban’s Graffiti U record singing “Drop Top,” but it was her soulful, rich voice that had fans wanting more. Signed to Universal Music Group in Nashville Kassi released her song “California, Missouri,” where she paints the portrait of her childhood growing up in a small town.
Recognizing her talent was the ACM Honors, Kassi’s first awards show. Now you can listen to her latest release “Taxidermy” on iTunes and Spotify or on her website here.
You may recognize the name Savannah Keyes from her frequent appearances on the Song Suffragettes Stage or her recent appearance on Shania Twain’s show Real Country, but her upbeat song “Hypocrite” will leave you a fan of hers. Being the girl who told herself to love and appreciate her flaws, while also picking herself apart in the mirror, Savannah wrote “Hypocrite.”
Branching out Savannah is co-hosting, Let the Girls Play, a show on Radio Disney Country with Kalie Shorr that talks about the rising women in country. In 2019, Savannah is planning on releasing a full EP and can’t wait to share her journey with all of you.
Listen to “Hypocrite” on Spotify and Radio Disney Country now.
Brown & Gray
Have your Top Down and cruise while listening to the duo Brown and Gray. Made up of Texas-born and Nashville-raised artist Kaci Brown and London’s Sam Gray, the duo is ready to take the country music world by storm.
For Kaci music choose her. With female artists from Trisha Yearwood to Kacey Musgraves and Carly Pearce to look up to, Kaci is confident in what she can accomplish as a female artist. Sam began his career in music by playing the violin. Later learning how to play the guitar, Sam formed a band in college and has been pursuing music ever since. Though exposed to a variety of genres, Sam couldn’t be more grateful to have met Kaci who introduced him to country music. Falling in love with the genre’s ability to share the real stuff, the duo Brown and Gray reflects personal stories in their music.
Having released their debut EP “Salt in the Coffee,” Brown and Gray are ready to take the next step in their journey as artists. So find “Salt in the Coffee” on iTunes, YouTube, and on Spotify and follow the duo Brown and Gray via social media at @BrwnandGray.
When her parents surprised her with a trip to Nashville on her 12th birthday, Lacy Cavalier was hooked. Pursuing music ever since, Lacy moved to Nashville and has had the chance to collaborate with fellow songwriters in the area. Being 21 years old, Lacy writes of her experiences with relationships: good and bad. Most recently, she released her single “Cheating On U” which quickly captured the attention of her peers. Off doing what she enjoys most, Lacy wants to perform as much as possible in the new year.
Oregonian Briana Renea grew up on her family farm embracing her country roots. Participating in plays and choir in high school, Briana found her confidence being on stage. Originally pursuing acting, she entered a showcase in LA. There Briana met her producer and launched her touring career.
Now in Nashville, Briana writes about growing up. This year she released “Chasin’ Trouble” which quickly became a favorite among her fans.
Preparing to release new music in 2019, keep Briana on your radar by following her on social media @MusicBRenea.
Oregonians Rachel and Chad Hamar of the duo Cloverdayle have built themselves a fanbase large enough to call an army and name them our 2018 Group of the Year. Following the release of their self-titled album and touring throughout the Northwest, Cloverdayle has inspired many. Reflecting their laid back style and country roots, this 16 song album feels like a baby to the duo. Having began the writing process three years ago, their new album includes a variety of stories and emotions. The track “I’ll Remember” was written in honor of two close friends who lost the fight to cancer. Wanting to remember them at their best, Cloverdayle kept the track upbeat with a nostalgic feeling. Meanwhile “Love Changes Everything” speaks about today’s political climate, preaching love above hate. For classic country fans, “State of My Heart” plays with the traditional sound of a steel guitar. Additionally Cloverdayle choose to include their rendition of “Strawberry Wine,” the first song they learned to play together.
Runner up: Auburn Road
Teen trio Auburn Road is sure to mesmerize you with their collaborative harmonies. Comprised of lifelong friends Alicia Paulson, Paxton Martin and Kristen Brown, the trio isn’t afraid to express their true selves and beliefs in their music. In fact Auburn Road often pushed the boundaries of the modern genre. Releasing their single “Outlaw” this year, Auburn Road is taking control of what’s to come next by booking shows whenever and wherever they can.
Kalie Shorr “Awake”
Kacey Musgraves “Golden Hour”
Ashley McBryde “Girl Goin Nowhere”
Ashley Monroe “Sparrow”
Kaitlyn Baker “Blackbird”
Brown and Gray “Salt in the Coffee”
Calah Delaney “Take a Chance On Me”
2Steel Girls “The Real Thing”
Carrie Underwood “Cry Pretty”
Kelleigh Bannen “The Joneses”
Abby Anderson “I’m Good”
Runaway June “Runaway June”
The Stubborn Lovers “Mother Road”
April Kry “Sink or Swim”
Rachel Wammack “Rachel Wammack”
Lucie Silvas “E.G.O”
Meghan Patrick “Country Music Made Me Do It”
Jillian Jacqueline “Side B”
Named after a Bob Dylan song, female country group Farewell Angelina will embark on the second leg of their “Women and Wine” Tour in 2019 beginning January 17th in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida for their EP release show. The girls already have a packed first half of the year with even more dates to be announced soon, all to support the upcoming release of their new EP of the same name. Women and Wine will be released on January 25. All of Farewell Angelina’s tour dates can be found on their website at www.farewellangelinamusic.com.
"We are so thrilled to share this new project that represents each of our four personalities and sounds. This band is an ever-evolving, songwriting sisterhood that exudes our passion for entertaining and celebrating each phase in life through music (and wine)." - Farewell Angelina
The female powerhouse group just released their new single “Women and Wine” in mid-November and will be releasing their EP on Jan. 25. They will end 2018 with having played more than 75 shows. The “Women and Wine” acoustic video was premiered last month by The Boot and the girls have started a new video series titled “Wednesday Wine Buzz” with the first episode premiered on Parade.com and the second on Taste of Country.
Farewell Angelina Tour Dates
Jan. 17 Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. - Warehouse 360 (Women & Wine EP Release)
Jan. 18 Seaside, Fla. - 30A Songwriters Festival
Jan. 19 Green Bay, Wisc. - Ashwaubenon Performing Arts Center
Jan. 22 Charleston, Ill. - Doudna Fine Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University
Jan. 23 Ballwin, Mo. - Sky Music Lounge (Women & Wine EP Release)
Jan. 24 Chariton, Iowa - Johnson Auditorium
Jan. 25 St. Cloud, Minn. - Paramount Center For The Arts
Jan. 26 Holstein, Iowa - Rosemary Clausen Center
Jan. 27 Alexandria, Minn. - Alexandria Performing Arts Center
Jan. 31 Delray Beach, Fla. - Crest Theater at Old School Square
Feb. 1 Belle Glade, Fla. - Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center
Feb. 3 Tarpon Springs, Fla. - Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center
Feb. 5 Boca Grande, Fla. - Boca Grande Community Center
Feb. 15 Bennettsville, S.C. - Malboro Civic Center
Feb. 16 Lumberton, N.C. - Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater
Feb. 17 Bluffton, S.C. - Music With Friends Palmetto Bluff
March 12 Van Buren, Ark. - Van Buren Fine Arts Center
March 13 Hot Springs, Ark. - Woodlands Auditorium
March 14 Hot Springs, Ark. - Woodlands Auditorium
March 15 Hot Springs, Ark. - Woodlands Auditorium
March 16 Duncan, Okla. - Simmons Center Theater
March 21 Bluffton, S.C. - The Pavillion Sun City Country Fest
March 22 Bluffton, S.C. - Roasting Room Lounge
March 23 Cornelius, N.C. - Boatyard Eats
April 19 Eau Claire, Wisc. - Pablo Center at the Confluence
May 4 Bremen, Ga. - Milltown Music Hall
Song Suffragettes “Times Up”
Maren Morris ft. Zedd “The Middle”
Sophia Scott “White Fence”
Hannah Ellis “ILY So What”
Julia Rizik “Medicine”
Jana Kramer “Dammit”
Tenille Townes “Somebody’s Daughter”
Maddie and Tae “Friends Don’t”
Cassadee Pope “Take You Home”
Jorja Dale “Wild Ride”
Abby Anderson “Make Him Wait”
Morgan Myles “Acapella”
Carrie Underwood “Cry Pretty”
Courtney Graf “Fumes”
Lacy Cavalier “Every Time It Rains”
Sugarland ft. Taylor Swift “Babe”
Montana Modderman “Didn’t Mean To”
Lacey Caroline “Ain’t That Girl”
The Mustangs of the West “T-Shirt From California”
Following the release of her new single “Call Me,” country singer-songwriter Sarah Darling announces a string of tour dates taking place in March 2019. In support of her upcoming 5th studio album “Wonderland,” which will be released March 1st, Sarah will play concerts in Glasgow, London, Norwich, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Brighton and Leeds. Tickets available now via Sarah’s official website: www.sarahdarling.com.
Speaking about performing in her home-away-from-home, Sarah said, “I’m so excited to be returning to the UK to share my new music. Doubly excited since many of the tracks on ‘Wonderland’ are “made in the UK” with UK co-writers and producers! Britain has a special place in my heart, and the audiences have always been so warm and welcoming.”
“Call Me,” released earlier this week, signposts the latest stop on a journey that Sarah has been undertaking towards the most promising and anticipated album of her career. Sarah describes “Wonderland” as a transformative time in her life, one that has allowed her to experiment in new sonic territories. “The whole concept of my ‘Wonderland’ album was to explore a brand new world artistically. Because of my connection to the U.K., I thought ‘what better place to bring my Nashville roots to be creative’. I think it’s good as an artist to stretch the boundaries, because you are always growing and that’s how you find new magic and move forward to wonderful, new places.”
A host of exceptional artists came on board to collaborate with Sarah on ‘Wonderland’, including writers from both the US and UK. Working with these songwriters has been a dream for Sarah, who took the challenge of writing with guests in her stride, “I’ve been in England for most of the year co-writing and working with producers. On this project, it’s really about new friends and new ideas. I literally would walk into a co-writing session, and had never met the person before. It’s so incredibly exciting to be finishing up the album, and to say I’ve recorded this in a different country. It’s a true reflection of me, and the current ride I’m on. Not to mention, I have new friends and memories for life. Music is about the connection. I’m so proud to share this trans-Atlantic collaboration. It’s the greatest adventure of my life to date!”
Sarah will be performing songs from “Wonderland” for UK fans at the following locations on her 8-date tour.
Tickets available via www.sarahdarling.com
Having been on a break from the spotlight while recording her debut album, Candi Carpenter is back with a soulful, festive cover of Merle Haggard's "If We Make It Through December!" This song is refreshingly different from the typical Christmas tune, full of wholeheartedness. The accompanying video is gorgeously reminiscent of 1950's rock n roll glamour, and Candi's voice will just melt you.
Ron Fair, who produced the song, is also producing Candi's heavily anticipated new EP, slated to come out in 2019. Fans can expect compelling storytelling, soaring vocals, lush strings, and a more authentic Candi Carpenter than they've ever heard before. "It's going to be a very dramatic EP, which is appropriate, because I'm a very dramatic person. I can't wait to tour next year and finally share my heart with the world."
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