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").
2015 Mini-Reviews part 2, featuring Ashley Monroe, Halsey, Ellie Goulding and Alex G. (see Part 1 here).
Megan & Liz have had a tough road to success. Of course, there's the general sexism of the country "bro-country" takeover, which makes it hard for women to break into the country music genre. Then there's how they parted ways with their label two years ago. But they aren't letting anything like this deter them. With Deux, they're back, and showcasing their sound with an EP that's a combination of pop beats and country instrumentation and songwriting. Megan & Liz have finally found where they want to be in the country-pop continuum, and it works.
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