Friday, June 24, 2016

Rising country artist and singer-songwriter Jamie Lynn Spears releases catchy new single “Sleepover”

Nashville, Tenn. (June 24, 2016) - Rising country artist and singer-songwriter Jamie Lynn Spears releases catchy new single “Sleepover” that will have you turning the volume up and singing along instantly. The single is available nationwide today on iTunes and Spotify.

The mid-tempo song tells the story of wanting an old-fashioned relationship and taking it slow, saying that “this ain’t no sleepover.” Teaming up with co-writers Liz Rose, Tina Parol and Corey Crowder, “Sleepover” showcases Jamie Lynn’s vocal and writing abilities proving that she is a rising talent in the country genre.

“‘Sleepover’ has really set the tone for my next chapter as an artist,” says Spears. “Sometimes I forget that I’m only 25 years old so I wanted to embrace that. We as women can be mothers and wives, but we can still be confident, sexy and flirty. ‘Sleepover’ really helped me understand that side of me more.”

As well as releasing her new single, Jamie Lynn will star in a one hour TLC special on Sun., June 26th at 10/9c. Jamie Lynn Spears: When The Lights Go Out will take fans into her everyday life showing her as a mother and as a country artist.

After taking a break to raise her daughter back home in Louisiana, Jamie Lynn started her career in country music. Her official country music debut came in the form of country ballad “How Could I Want More.” The intensely personal lyrics mixed with a simple song production portrays Jamie Lynn as wise beyond her 25 years. Most recently, Jamie Lynn co-wrote Jana Kramer’s hit single “I Got The Boy.” The single was an amazing success for Jana Kramer as well as for Jamie Lynn receiving RIAA's Gold Certification in February 2016.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Ten New Songs to Check Out This Week

Matches and Moonshine -Rachael Turner
Nothing Even Matters -Lindsay James
Thy Will -Hilary Scott
After Party -Caleche Ryder
Everybody Sings -Cassadee Pope
Rolling Stone -Parker McKay
You Don't Have to Be Lonely Tonight -Sarah Darling
Rearview -Kalie Shorr
What If You're Wrong -Kaileigh Bullard
Pop That Bottle -Jana Kramer

Friday, June 17, 2016

Artist Jana Kramer Partners With Go Girl Design

Go Girl Designs, an emerging fashion accessories company, today announced a partnership with country singer and actress Jana Kramer, who will serve as the celebrity spokesperson for its Busy Girl Bangle brand.
In 2016, Kramer received nominations for Female Vocalist of the Year from the Academy of Country Music Awards, Breakthrough Female of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year from the American Country Countdown Awards and Female Video of the Year from the CMT Music Awards for "I Got the Boy." She will collaborate with Go Girl Designs for select marketing and social media promotions.
Country singer Jana Kramer partners with Busy Girl Bangle - the hair tie and bracelet duo for girls on-the-go!
Go Girl Designs specializes in creating fashionable, yet functional, accessories for today's woman on the go. The Busy Girl Bangle is a patent-pending bracelet that serves as both a chic accessory and a way to keep a hair tie conveniently at hand.
"From the moment I saw this bracelet that also doubles as a hair tie holder I knew I had to have one," Kramer said. "What I like about the product is that it's fashionable and practical."
"Jana represents our brand perfectly," said Lindsay Serfass, co-founder of Go Girl Designs. "Not only is she down to earth, but she's a mother on the go trying to balance family and her career as a country music singer. She wears our bracelet and we couldn't have asked for a better partner for Go Girl Designs,"
This versatile bracelet features two removable rope chains and a hair tie. It is currently available in gold, rose gold and silver, and can be purchased via the website.
"Jana connects across generations of women," noted Go Girl Co-Founder, Debbie Perry. "She can speak to the busy mom or the fashion-conscious teenager with her Southern charm and sophistication."
About Go Girl Designs
Go Girl Designs is a fashion accessories company in Knoxville, Tenn., founded by Debbie Perry and Lindsay Serfass. The mother and daughter team is dedicated to providing women with trendy and functional accessories for everyday wear. The Busy Girl Bangle is the first product to launch. Its unique design keeps hair ties off your wrist yet conveniently close.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Ten New Songs to Check Out This Week


Endless Summer -Danielle Bradbery
Shotgun Baby -Rhea Francani
You Ain't All That -Maddie Wilson
Summer Rain -Lockwood Barr
Stronger -Megan Lee
American Beauty -Abigail Wate
Daddy's Little Girl -April Kry
Tuxedo -Clare Dunn
Big Day in a Small Town -Brandy Clark
Fairytales -Michelle Knopick

Someone tell the CMT Awards that country female artists aren't just 'hot'

Carrie Underwood on the 2016 CMT Awards Red Carpet 
If you're a regular consumer of award shows, there are some things you know to look for: the sappy acceptance speech, thanking God, mothers, spouses, pets and managers. The crying. The music, which swirls to a pitch as the winner ascends the stage. The awkwardness of the host(s) as they try to make two hours pass seamlessly. Jokes about current events that may or may not land well. The 2016 CMT Awards featured all of these elements, including an astounding amount of sexism.

Like, crazy sexism. From cohost J.J. Watt putting a random girl in the audience on his shoulders ("What? She couldn't see the stage? I'm just being a gentleman! You're not married too, are ya?"), to the constant references to how beautiful the women in the audience and on the stage are, to yet another Watt comment about how he'd like to get with Pitbull's backup dancers, the sexist comments and actions were constant throughout the show. It made the watching experience excruciating.

How do you compile a group of insanely talented women, including Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini, and never once reference that talent? The adjective most used to describe the female artists at this year's CMTs was "hot." To be fair, Erin Andrews did refer to Luke Bryan as "chiseled" and apparently Dierks Bentley has a song called "It's Different for Girls" that essentializes both men and women in terrible ways, so the problem of gender isn't exactly limited. Still, though, it was shocking to see and hear how women were treated on the show, especially since country music has, in many ways, committed to overthrowing the stereotypes it's spent years perpetuating about women. It must have been awful to be a woman in that audience (unless you're Carrie Underwood, who I'm sure is entirely sick of this junk by now and is plotting its demise in her giant mansion, with the help of Miranda Lambert).

This was the first time I've ever watched the CMT Awards, but yikes. What a throwback to a time we would all like to believe doesn't exist anymore. It's sad to be wrong and it's even sadder to have that wrongness continually revived for two consecutive hours on TV. Do better, CMTs.

By Chanel Dubofsky

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Kacey Musgraves Calls for More Diversity in Country Music

Kacey Musgraves‘ debut album, ‘Same Trailer Different Park,’ is less than a year old, but she is already making huge waves with her music.

The singer, who won two Grammys last month, including one for Best Country Album, is also nominated for five ACM Awards, including for Album of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. But while she’s received plenty of positive support, she’s also faced a lot of backlash, especially with her controversial single, ‘Follow Your Arrow.’ But she isn’t about to let the negativity distract her from making the music she loves.

“I know I’m not everyone’s cup of tea, and I don’t really want to be,” she tells the Wall Street Journal. “I think if you’re everyone’s cup of tea, that probably means you’re a little bit boring, or you’re not pushing yourself. Creativity happens where it’s dangerous and scary, where you’re not comfortable. And that’s how it should be. That’s real. Music isn’t supposed to be vanilla. It’s not supposed to be something absolutely everyone enjoys. Frankly I’d love to see even more diversity in country music. Art is not supposed to be McDonald’s.”

The Texas native has been called a rebel by people in country music, but she says that title couldn’t be further from the truth.

“I think throwing the rebel card out there is really cheap,” she concedes. “The things I’m singing about are not controversial to me, I don’t push buttons to push buttons. I talk about things that have made an impression on me that a lot of people everywhere are going through. I know not everyone is going to relate to everything I’m saying, but that doesn’t make me a rebel. When Hank Williams sang about addiction and cheating and heartbreak and hating his life, he wasn’t being rebellious, he was being real.”
The 25-year-old is earning rave reviews outside of the country music genre, including from pop star Katy Perry, who invited Musgraves to join her on her Prismatic World Tour later this year.

“I’m thrilled that country music fans like my stuff, but so do a lot of people outside of country music, people who just love music,” she adds. “My goal is more to reach music lovers than to appeal to a genre. I love country music and I’m proud to represent it, but I don’t obsess over it as a category. Are there new rules? I’m not sure. Less rules, maybe. Every generation has to dig out their own path.”