Nine years ago on the 19th, Taylor Swift released her first single to country radio, Tim McGraw. Today she's the only artist to have three albums go platinum in a week, her latest album 1989 has had the beginning opening week since 2002, and has broken countless other records. What's more than that, she's connected to a generation of young fans who she describes as "her longest relationship". And in honor her and Tim McGraw, I've decided to make a special post with my favorite 10 songs by her. And I'm not going to be calling her "Harry Styles' ex girlfriend" or anything like that.
[Updated 3/12 with reviews of Beautiful Things and Hollow!]
Tori Kelly's had a long road to her debut album — an independent EP, a major label EP, elimination from American Idol and opening slots on tours for Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran. But with her debut album, blending acoustic songs, R&B and rap, it's evident that her record deal is well deserved, and American Idol made a mistake letting her go. (A side note — why are so many things leaking lately? Have some respect for the artists, people. I'm pretty sure it's easy enough to wait until it's officially released or officially available to stream.)
Tessa Mouzourakis is an upcoming Canadian country-pop artist. Her EP was released in February on iTunes, and was recently released on Noisetrade for free download. It has a smooth blend of country, folk and pop, as well as some excellent guitar in the background. Some of the songs on her EP, however, can sound a bit too similar.
I've finally gotten a copy of this EP, thanks to a contest sponsored by Song Suffragette. If you don't know who they are, they're an organization created around the founding principle of putting more female country artists on the radio. Kalie Shorr is one of their more well known artists, and she's built up quite a following on Twitter and SoundCloud. This EP contains demos of some of her better known Soundcloud songs, as well as some less popular ones, and it was so exciting to finally get a copy.
Independent country artist SaraBeth's latest EP is fun introduction to her, featuring co-writes from country songwriters such as Glenn Mitchell. Despite being an independent release, the EP has great songwriting, crisp production, and is the perfect release for the summer.
Striking Matches (Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis) have written some of the best songs on the soundtrack of ABC’s Nashville, When The Right One Comes Along and Hanging on a Lie (performed by Clare Bowen and Hayden Panettiere on the show respectively). Now, they’re finally releasing their long-anticipated album, and their own version of Hanging On a Lie. Their melodies, amazing guitar playing and songwriting skills combine to a great album, but Justin Davis's singing is occasionally unclear.
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