Country music artist Hailey Georgia is best known for her song "Ridiculous" — but that reputation is mostly notoriety. Although her debut EP was released last year, she's recently released it on NoiseTrade. It's hard to decipher the meaning behind her EP as a whole, as the songs besides the title track seem to be about the same kind of thing that the title track satirizes. The EP as a whole presents varying perspectives on the archetypal, glamorized high school experience, with some songs glamorizing and some songs satirizing the same thing. Georgia's debut EP is a mixed bag in quality, but does have some solid tracks that show her promise as an artist.
I heard of Hailey Steele for the first time when I learned that she would be opening at a Kelsea Ballerini concert at the Royale that I was attending. She's not very well known yet, but that should change. If you're someone who pays a lot of attention to the cowriters of songs, you might know her for co-writing "Fight Like a Girl" by Kalie Shorr, or for co-writing "Boyfriend" by RaeLynn. She is, however, more than just a songwriter — she's an artist in her own right, and her recent music as well as her debut EP prove that.
Maggie Rose has come a long way since "Girl In Your Truck Song". Her "Tomato Tuesdays" series over last summer proved her confidence in her new music and showed her style, and now she's released her first project since 2013's "Cut to Impress". All of the songs in The Variety Show prove her to be a force to be reckoned with in country music, and much more than the girl in someone's truck song. Country music needs a voice like Maggie Rose.
Olivia Lane has made a name for herself in country music already with singles such as "Steal Me Away" and "You Part 2". "You Part 2", her most recent single, contained a rap bridge and highlighted the pop-leaning direction her music was going in. Her debut album "Heart Unlocked" contains many songs like "You Part 2", and also several ballads and tracks with a definite message. It's pitched as acoustic, but the majority of the songs are much too produced to truly be considered acoustic. Despite being less cohesive than would be ideal for a debut album, it has many highlights as well as containing several important messages and describing a journey of sorts that Olivia has taken in country music. (Track by track review after the break)
Love her music or hate it — you've definitely noticed Rachel Platten. Her debut single off this album, Fight Song, was pretty much impossible to avoid if you listened to the radio or had a general awareness of pop culture. And thanks to an opening spot on the "Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too" tour with Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri as well as promotion by Taylor Swift on her Twitter, her other music is getting noticed too. (She's nearly impossible to avoid if you listen to Coast 93.3 at all.) The songs on Wildfire range from deeply emotional to poppy and optimistic, with plenty of love songs thrown in the mix. I'm one of the people who loves her. (Track by track review after the Read More break.)
New country artist and former pop artist Cam has already made a splash in the country world with her debut EP "Welcome to Cam Country" and her singles "My Mistake" and "Burning House". In her debut album as a country artist, Cam further defines her sound, releasing more beautiful ballads as well as raucous country songs and pop-influenced anthems. Of the new songs, the ballads are the best, but some of the upbeat country songs fall flat
Lacey Caroline is one of the many female artists to come out of country music, but one of the few to come from a region that's not the South, and it shows in her music. Her second EP "One of the Guys" distinguishes her from the crowd, embracing a rock-influenced sound and highlighting her spunky personality.
Maren Morris is one of many up-and-coming female country singer-songwriters trying her hand at success in Nashville, but one of the few actually getting the success she deserves. She's written songs such as Kelly Clarkson's "Second Wind", and the music video for her debut single, "My Church", has over 2 million views on Youtube. Her first EP to come out on major outlets such as iTunes gives a taste of what's hopefully to come. There are several standout tracks, with the entire EP being written by well-known songwriters in addition to Morris herself.
The Y2K Mixtape is Kalie Shorr's first to be released through major outlets, as opposed to through her website, and is more of a proper album. Because of that, it's more produced than her first EP. It isn't quite as country as her previous EP, but that's to be expected, especially since she acknowledges that her music is a blend of country, pop and rock. Along with the single "Fight Like a Girl", the EP has more finished versions of two tracks that you might have heard on Kalie's Soundcloud ("Class of 2000" and "Break The Breakup").
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