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.
Katrina Stone is one-half of the Americana/singer-songwriter group The Likes of Us along with Benj Heard. She's created a lot of music on her own, too, and is frequently featured on the music-sharing site Noisetrade. I didn't really follow her solo career, but when I received a newsletter about her new project, I thought I should check it out. Generally, I've found her songwriting to be hit-or-miss, but this project is certainly a hit.
God Made Girls - RaeLynn
I have to say, the fact that RaeLynn actually co-wrote this song is quite the bonus. Add how it's co-written with Liz Rose (who's worked with Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood etc) and Nicolle Gaylon (who co-wrote both Miranda Lambert's Automatic and her "We Were Us" duet with Keith Urban), and it's sure to be a country hit. Which it is. The layered vocals at various points in the song are especially well done.
(Review of RaeLynn's Me EP)
Break Free - Ariana Grande ft. Zedd
This new song is one that can easily be replayed without me getting sick of it. It's hit the top 10 again, which really isn't any surprise. The more EDM-ish direction is a change, but not so much of one that it's unprecedented or alienating of her previous fanbase.
(Review of Ariana Grande's My Everything)
Magic - Tiffany Alvord
Magic is the second single off Tiffany Alvord's third album, and it certainly highlights the more produced sound that she's promised for a few songs on it. I'm not sure how much of a fan I am of the particular song, and it's not really my style, but Tiffany's voice shines like always.
(Review of Tiffany Alvord's Legacy)
Lindsay Bruce is definitely one of my favorite Youtube artists. Her songs are all so uplifting, and she perseveres even when things like getting eliminated from The Voice happen. Not to mention, she's super nice to people who support her, and certainly supports her friends (for example, when Alaska & Madi were eliminated from The Voice, she sent out a tweet asking who thought that they needed to release their debut CD right now?) She's recently released her long awaited EP, which is sometimes called Sugarcoated or just the Lindsay Bruce EP.
Since their Billboard-charting single, Bad for Me, Youtube stars Megan & Liz have been moving in a more country direction, as opposed to their original super-poppy releases. First it was Back Home, and now it's an EP full of country-sounding songs, including past fan favorite "Grave". It's safe to say that their departure from Collective Sounds after it closed was a good thing, as they're now being given more freedom and their EP is even charting on Billboard's country, heatseekers and independent charts.
So one day I was browsing around on Noisetrade, which is a really great site to find new musicians that don't already have a huge following. I got several songs that day, but one of my favorites was Alyssa Baker's EP. All of the songs are very well written.
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