Brett Kissel: ‘What Is Life?’ – Album Review

Brett Kissel’s brand new album, What Is Life?, is available everywhere now, April 9th. Take a look below as we dig a little deeper into the 14-track collection of original material.

Brett Kissel's brand new album, 'What Is Life?', is available everywhere now, April 9th

Brett Kissel’s brand new album, ‘What Is Life?’, is available everywhere now, April 9th

There’s music and then there’s artistry. Brett Kissel’s brand new record What Is Life? is the latter. The Canadian country superstar outdoes himself with this new release, creating a powerful project that is all love, all heart, and all honesty. The inspiration for the record stems from the philosophical question “What Is Life?” It is clear from this project that Kissel has answered that question for himself.

The first track off the project, “What Is Life? – A Perspective” sets the tone for the entire record. Interestingly enough, it is not a song, but a poetic prose that questions the meaning of life, how to live life in abundance and in gratitude, and the importance of family. Kissel asks the listener “What brings tears to your eyes or joy to your heart? What brings angst to your backbone, brings fire to your belly?,” adding, “I’m trying to figure it out too.”

With the rest of the album, fans get to hear exactly what conclusions the singer-songwriter has drawn from the original question. Songs like the lead single, “Make A Life, Not A Living” and “Down To Earth” remind us to fill our lives with experiences and moments with the people we love, rather than with money and material objects. Both songs encourage listeners to remove the veil that so often clouds our vision and to focus on the people and the experiences that bring us the most joy.

In a similar vein, “Die To Go Home” and “Everything In The Rearview” reminds listeners of the importance of sitting firmly in your roots. The former is a song about the appreciation of where you’re from, while the latter, one of our favorites, is one of the most nostalgic songs off the record. “Everything In The Review” takes us on a trip down memory lane reminding us of all the things that make us who we are.

“All the good, the bad, the tears, the laughs, the bitter, and the sweet // All the time we lost / The parking lots, those memories still run deep // It’s as part of me as my heart beating”

Proving that the past is just as important as the present, Kissel enlisted the help of his three children on this one-of-a-kind project. Family is clearly embedded into the fabric of who the singer is and the type of music he makes, so vocal clips of each of his three kids, Aria, Leo, and Mila were the perfect fit for the project. The children say things such as “You’re the love of my heart,” and “I love you more dad.” Even more special, in “From Leo,” Kissel’s wife is heard saying things like “You are brave” and “You are important” to their son.

Although most of the songs have at least a little bit to do with love, “Without” and “From This Day Forward” are the two most obviously romantic tunes. “Without” shows off Kissel’s vocals like no other, while “From This Day Forward” could be a future wedding song for anyone getting married soon. The song is lyrical vows, and we think it’s pretty sweet!

“I wouldn’t doubt us for a second // Now here we are, taking the next step // I want you to know that // I promise to put you first for the rest of my life // Take on your problems when they get too heavy // I’m always going to stand by your side // Hold you up when you feel unsteady”

Finally, we could not end this review without talking about the final track off the record, “Kindness.” The whole message of the album comes full circle with this song. The beautifully articulated tune is acoustic and even acapella at times, but the message is all heart. Making a reference to track number one, Kissel pictures what a world would be like if kindness was contagious. The message is just as special as the song, and the entire project as a whole.

“If kindness was contagious // And no one could escape it // It would be a four-letter word nobody used // Different isn’t dangerous // Hands were meant for shaking // Hearts were made for making love // This I promise you // The world would be such a better place // If kindness was contagious”

Get to know more about Brett Kissel in our interview below, where the talented singer-songwriter joined us for an acoustic performance and to chat about his artistry back in 2019.

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What Is Life? is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

BREAKING: Kane Brown Just Announced 35-City ‘Blessed & Free’ Tour

Kane Brown just announced The Blessed & Free Tour kicking off this Fall 2021 and ending in February 2022. Check out the full list of dates below.

Joining Brown on tour will be show openers, Jordan Davis, Chase Rice and Restless Road.

Tickets for The Blessed & Free Tour will go on-sale to the general public Friday, April 16th, at 10am local time at kanebrownmusic.com. A limited number of VIP Packages will be available. These exclusive offers include an amazing selection of tickets, early-access to the General Admission Pit, limited edition merchandise and much more. Registration for the pre-sale begin right now, Thursday (April 8). Visit kanebrownmusic.com for additional pre-sale and ticket on-sale information.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Kane Brown releases.

Check out the dates below for the full list of shows…

Kane Brown’s ‘Blessed & Free Tour’ Dates:

Oct. 1, 2021 — Sacramento, Golden 1 Center
Oct. 2, 2021 — Los Angeles, STAPLES Center
Oct. 8, 2021 — Nampa, Ford Idaho Center
Oct. 9, 2021 — Salt Lake City, Vivint Arena
Oct. 10, 2021 — Denver Ball Arena
Oct. 14, 2021 — Oklahoma City, Chesapeake Energy Center
Oct. 15, 2021 — Houston, Toyota Center
Oct. 16, 2021 — San Antonio, AT&T Center
Oct. 17, 2021 — Dallas American Airlines Center
Oct. 22, 2021 — New Orleans, Smoothie King Center
Oct. 23, 2021 — Memphis, FedExForum
Oct. 24, 2021 — Atlanta, State Farm Arena
Nov. 4, 2021 — Washington, D.C., Capital One Arena
Nov. 5, 2021 — Brookly, Barclays Center
Nov. 6, 2021 — State College, Bryce Jordan Center
Nov. 19, 2021 — Toronto, Scotiabank Arena
Nov. 20, 2021 — Detroit, Little Caesars Arena
Nov. 21, 2021 — Cleveland, Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
Dec. 2, 2021 — Miami, AmericanAirlines Arena
Dec. 3, 2021 — Orlando Amway Center
Dec. 4, 2021 — Charlotte, Spectrum Center
Jan. 6, 2022 — Indianapolis, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Jan. 7, 2022 — Louisville, KFC Yum! Center
Jan. 8, 2022 — Pittsburgh, PPG Paints Arena
Jan. 13, 2022 — Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center
Jan. 14, 2022 — Boston TD Garden
Jan. 15, 2022 — New York, Madison Square Garden
Jan. 20, 2022 — Milwaukee, Fiserv Forum
Jan. 21, 2022 — Minneapolis, Target Center
Jan. 22, 2022 — Chicago, United Center
Jan. 27, 2022 — Portland, Moda Center
Jan. 28, 2022 — Seattle, Climate Pledge Arena
Janu. 30, 2022 — San Francisco Chase Center
Feb. 3, 2022 — Phoenix Suns Arena
Feb. 4, 2022 — Las Vegas, T-Mobile Arena

Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett Take Home Early ACM Awards

Ahead of the 56th Annual ACM Awards, New Male and New Female Artists of the Year were revealed.

NYCountry Swag 2018 Artist to Watch and Swag Sessions Alumn, Jimmie Allen takes it home for the ACM Awards New Male Artist of the Year. Repping for the females, NYCountry Swag 2020 Artist to Watch, Gabby Barrett takes home the ACM Awards New Female Artist of the Year. Each artist was surprised with the news by this year’s co-host Keith Urban. Check out the sweet videos above for Allen’s reaction and the video below for Barrett’s reaction.

The ACM Awards will take place live from Nashville on Sunday, April 18th at 8PM ET on CBS. For the full list of nominations, click here and for the full list of performers, click here.

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FULL LIST: 2021 ACM Awards Performers Announced

The 2021 ACM Music Awards have revealed their full list of performers for the 56th Annual show. Taking the stage includes Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Luke Combs and many more. The show will take place live from Nashville on Sunday, April 18th at 8PM ET on CBS. Take a look below for the full list of performers.

Although specific songs, collaborations, and surprise moments have not yet been revealed, so far this year’s show will feature over 25 artists performing more than 30 songs at multiple venues across Nashville for a truly unforgettable evening.

2021 ACM AWARDS FULL LIST OF PERFORMERS:

Alan Jackson
Ashley McBryde
Blake Shelton
Brothers Osborne
Carly Pearce
Carrie Underwood
CeCe Winans
Chris Stapleton
Chris Young
Dan+ Shay
Dierks Bentley
Elle King
Eric Church
Jack Ingram
Jon Randall
Kane Brown
Keith Urban
Kelsea Ballerini
Kenny Chesney
Lee Brice
Little Big Town
Luke Bryan
Luke Combs
Maren Morris
Mickey Guyton
Miranda Lambert
Ryan Hurd
Thomas Rhett
War and Treaty

 

Keith Urban will return for his second time hosting and will be joined by New Artist of the Year nominee, Mickey Guyton to co-host. Both entertainers will also take the stage to perform.

Normally airing from Las Vegas, this year the annual event will return to Nashville for a live broadcast for the second consecutive year following significant changes to the show due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The show will once again feature performances happening across three different iconic music venues in Music City: Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, and The Bluebird Cafe.

Airing on Sunday, April 18th, 2021 from 8PM ET – 11PM ET on CBS, the 56th ACM Awards will also be available to stream live and on-demand.

Check out the full list of nominations below + visit us on Instagram and let us know your vote for this year’s Entertainer of the Year.

HERE ARE THE 2021 ACM MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATIONS:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR:
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

 

GROUP OF THE YEAR:
Lady A
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
The Cadillac Three
The Highwomen

 

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Dierks Bentley
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

 

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde
Maren Morris
Carly Pearce

 

DUO OF THE YEAR:
Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]:
Bluebird – Miranda Lambert
– Producer: Jay Joyce
– Record Label: Vanner Records/RCA Records Nashville

I Hope – Gabby Barrett
– Producers: Ross Copperman, Zach Kale
– Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

I Hope You’re Happy Now – Carly Pearce & Lee Brice
– Producers: busbee
– Record Label: Big Machine Records / Curb Records

More Hearts Than Mine – Ingrid Andress
– Producers: Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis
– Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

The Bones – Maren Morris
– Producer: Greg Kurstin
– Record Label: Columbia Nashville

 

NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Ingrid Andress
Tenille Arts
Gabby Barrett
Mickey Guyton
Caylee Hammack

 

NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Jimmie Allen
Travis Denning
HARDY
Cody Johnson
Parker McCollum

 

SONG OF THE YEAR
*Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s):
Bluebird – Miranda Lambert
– Songwriter(s): Luke Dick, Miranda Lambert, Natalie Hemby
– Publishers: Emileon Songs; Little Louder Songs; Pink Dog Publishing; Songs of Universal, INC; Sony ATV Tree Publishing; Wrucke for You Publishing

One Night Standards – Ashley McBryde
– Songwriter(s): Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally
– Publishers: Canned Biscuit Songs; Smackworks Music; Smack Blue, LLC; Smackstreet Music; Tempo Investments; Warner Geo Met Ric Music; Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp

Some People Do – Old Dominion
– Songwriter(s): Jesse Frasure, Matt Ramsey, Thomas Rhett, Shane McAnally
– Publishers: Carrot Seed Songs; EMI Blackwood Music INC; Smackville Music; Songs of ROC Nation; Telemitry Rhythm House Music; Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp; Smack Hits; Tempo Investments; Warner Gro Met Ric Music

Starting Over – Chris Stapleton
– Songwriter(s): Chris Stapleton, Mike Henderson
– Publishers: I Wrote These Songs; Straight Six Music; WC Music Corp

The Bones – Maren Morris
– Songwriter(s): Jimmy Robbins, Maren Morris, Laura Veltz
– Publishers: Big Machine Music, LLC; Extraordinary Alien Publishing; International Dog Music; Oh Denise Publishing; Round Hill Songs; Warner-Tamerlane
Publishing Corp.

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
*Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s):
Born Here Live Here Die Here – Luke Bryan
– Producers: Jeff Stevens, Jody Stevens
– Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

Mixtape Vol. 1 – Kane Brown
– Producers: Andrew Goldstein, Charlie Handsome, Dann Huff, Lindsay Rimes
– Record Label: RCA Nashville

Never Will – Ashley McBryde
– Producer: Jay Joyce
– Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

Skeletons – Brothers Osborne
– Producer: Jay Joyce
– Record Label: EMI Records Nashville

Starting Over – Chris Stapleton
– Producers: Chris Stapleton, Dave Cobb
– Record Label: Mercury Nashville

Tune in to the show to see who will take home the awards on April 18th on CBS.
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Priscilla Block Reveals Debut EP + Drops “Wish You Were The Whiskey”

Priscilla Block has announced her debut self-titled EP is set for April 30th. Additionally, she dropped a brand new song, “Wish You Were The Whiskey”, available now, April 7th, everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a look below as we dig a little deeper into the track.

TikTok star turned major-label artist, Priscilla Block released a brand-new song today, April 7th, titled “Wish You Were The Whiskey.” This track follows “I Bet You Wanna Know” and “Just About Over You,” which soared to number one on iTunes within 12 hours of its release.

Block has been teasing this song to fans on social media for a while now. She even burned a copy of the song on CDs and mailed them out to some lucky fans for early-listen access. The vocalist in the song is at the bar, pouring back Jameson to help her get over a breakup. Over a pop-rock production, Block expresses the similarities between the whiskey and her ex.

“Now I’m drunk, like a fireball lighting me up // Put it to my lips and I feel that rush // Letting 80-proof do what it does // and I’m high, it’s rocking me through the night // Keeping me warm, holding me so tight // Finally feeling fine and then it hits me // I wish you were the whiskey”

Block admitted on Instagram that a little over a year ago, she tried to pitch the song to Jason Aldean – and it would have been perfect for him. Between the lyrics, the imagery it portrays, and the loud, percussion-heavy sound, it is right up his alley and his voice would sound great on it. He already had a lot of songs about whiskey on his latest album, 9, which may be why he did not decide to cut it, or perhaps he just never saw the post. It was surely a missed opportunity because, with its catchy chorus, we think this could become a big hit for Block.

Block was singing covers and even some original songs for her followers on TikTok before officially releasing “Just About Over You” and signing with UMG Nashville last September. Her humorous side and positive attitude along with her powerful vocals and creative songwriting ability has helped her become an overnight success, which is why we selected her as one of NYCSwag’s 2021 artists to watch.

Priscilla Block's self-titled debut EP is due out April 30

Priscilla Block’s self-titled debut EP is due out April 30

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Priscilla Block releases.

To keep up with Priscilla Block follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Wish You Were The Whiskey” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

BREAKING: Eric Church Just Announced The Gather Again Tour

Eric Church just announced The Gather Again Tour kicking off this Fall 2021 and ending at Madison Square Garden in 2022. Check out the full list of dates below.

In an exclusive announcement with Eric Church’s fan club, The “Church Choir”,  and by Billboard magazine earlier today, The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and current ACM Entertain of the Year nominee revealed the news to return to the stage. With 55 dates set through the U.S. and Canada, Church will kick things off this fall and end at the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden on May 7th, 2022.

Dubbing the tour, “In The Round: The Gather Again Tour”, Church will make the most of the long awaited opportunity to return to the stage by performing from a stage set up directly in the center of each arena floor. The new set up will allow for each venue to accommodate as many fans as possible.

Tickets to all U.S. dates go on sale to the general public Friday, May 7 at 10 a.m. local time at EricChurch.com. Church Choir members may access tickets early via pre-sale on Tuesday, May 4 at 10 a.m. local time. On sale information for the Canadian dates will be announced soon.

The exciting news comes just before Church drops the first of his triple album project, Heart & Soul.

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Check out the dates below for the full list of shows…

The Gather Again Tour
Sept. 17, 2021                   Rupp Arena                                          Lexington, Ky.
Sept. 18, 2021                   Nationwide Arena                                Columbus, Ohio
Sept. 24, 2021                   Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse               Cleveland, Ohio
Sept. 25, 2021                   KeyBank Center                                   Buffalo, N.Y.
Oct. 1, 2021                      Alerus Center                                        Grand Forks, N.D.
Oct. 2, 2021                      Bell MTS Place                                    Winnipeg, Manitoba
Oct. 8, 2021                      PPG Paints Arena                                 Pittsburgh, Pa.
Oct. 9, 2021                      Wells Fargo Center                               Philadelphia, Pa.
Oct. 15, 2021                    Ball Arena                                            Denver, Colo.
Oct. 22, 2021                    Scotiabank Saddledome                       Calgary, Alberta
Oct. 23, 2021                    SaskTel Centre                                     Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Oct. 29, 2021                    Rogers Arena                                       Vancouver, British Columbia
Oct. 30, 2021                    Climate Pledge Arena                          Seattle, Wash.
Nov. 12, 2021                   Thompson-Boling Arena                     Knoxville, Tenn.
Nov. 13, 2021                   Ford Center                                          Evansville, Ind.
Dec. 3, 2021                     SNHU Arena                                        Manchester, N.H.
Dec. 4, 2021                     UBS Arena                                           Belmont Park, N.Y.
Dec. 10, 2021                   The Anthem                                         Washington, D.C.
Dec. 11, 2021                   The Anthem                                         Washington, D.C.
Dec. 17, 2021                   Bon Secours Wellness Arena               Greenville, S.C.
Dec. 18, 2021                   Greensboro Coliseum                          Greensboro, N.C.
Jan. 7, 2022                      Pinnacle Bank Arena                            Lincoln, Neb.
Jan. 8, 2022                      Denny Sanford PREMIER Center       Sioux Falls, S.D.
Jan. 14, 2022                    Scotiabank Arena                                 Toronto, Ontario
Jan. 15, 2022                    Canadian Tire Centre                           Ottawa, Ontario
Jan. 21, 2022                    Van Andel Arena                                  Grand Rapids, Mich.
Jan. 22, 2022                    Little Caesars Arena                             Detroit, Mich.
Feb. 4, 2022                     KFC Yum! Center                                 Louisville, Ky.
Feb. 5, 2022                     Bankers Life Fieldhouse                       Indianapolis, Ind.
Feb. 11, 2022                   CHI Health Center Omaha                    Omaha, Neb.
Feb. 12, 2022                   Wells Fargo Arena                                 Des Moines, Iowa
Feb. 18, 2022                    T-Mobile Center                                   Kansas City, Mo.
Feb 19, 2022                    BOK Center                                          Tulsa, Okla.
Feb. 25, 2022                   Hampton Coliseum                               Hampton, Va.
Feb. 26, 2022                   Spectrum Center                                   Charlotte, N.C.
March 4, 2022                  Amway Center                                     Orlando, Fla.
March 5, 2022                  Amalie Arena                                       Tampa, Fla.
March 11, 2022                United Center                                       Chicago, Ill.
March 12, 2022                Enterprise Center                                 St. Louis, Mo.
March 18, 2022                Resch Center                                        Green Bay, Wis.
March 19, 2022                Resch Center                                        Green Bay, Wis.
March 25, 2022                Legacy Arena at the BJCC                   Birmingham, Ala.
March 26, 2022                Simmons Bank Arena                           Little Rock, Ark.
April 1, 2022                    Dickies Arena                                       Fort Worth, Texas
April 2, 2022                    AT&T Center                                        San Antonio, Texas
April 8, 2022                    Toyota Center                                       Houston, Texas
April 9, 2022                    Smoothie King Center                          New Orleans, La.
April 15, 2022                  Moda Center                                         Portland, Ore.
April 16, 2022                  Spokane Arena                                      Spokane, Wash.
April 29, 2022                  ExtraMile Arena                                   Boise, Idaho
April 30, 2022                  Vivint Arena                                         Salt Lake City, Utah
May 6, 2022                     Pechanga Arena                                    San Diego, Calif.
May 7, 2022                     STAPLES Center                                  Los Angeles, Calif.
May 11, 2022                   Golden 1 Center                                    Sacramento, Calif.
May 13, 2022                   T-Mobile Arena                                     Las Vegas, Nev.
May 14, 2022                   Gila River Arena                                   Glendale, Ariz.
May 20, 2022                   Madison Square Garden                       New York, N.Y.

Florida Georgia Line Lands 18th Career #1 Song with “Long Live”

Florida Georgia Line lands the number one song in country radio this week with, “Long Live”. Marking the duo’s 18th career chart-topper, just after earning their 17th hit back in September with “I Love My Country”.

Platinum-selling country duo Florida Georgia Line have been a staple in the country music world for several years now. With hits like “Cruise,” “Meant to Be,” and “Dirt” under their belt, the hitmakers cannot seem to slow down. Despite the fact that the two men are embarking on their own solo projects, their most recent radio single, “Long Live” just went number one on the charts, marking their 18th chart-topper.

Written by FGL boys Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley with Corey Crowder, David Garcia, and Josh Miller, “Long Live” is a quintessential FGL song. Their smooth vibratos, catchy lyrics, and enticing voices are exactly what we have come to love from the duo. It is clear that fans agree that their music is what we need right now.

“Having our fans and Country radio support us all of these years has been nothing short of a blessing,” shares FGL’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley in a recent press release. “We couldn’t imagine a better song to mark our 18th! Here’s to all of the good times and to many more ‘Long Live’ nights!”

If you cannot get enough of Florida Georgia Line, make sure to stream their newest album Life Rolls On, and be on the lookout for Hubbard and Kelley’s solo projects. The latter will be out on Friday, April 14th.

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“Long Live” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music‘ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

Who Is Callista Clark? The Story Behind Her Journey to Country Music

Who is Callista Clark? The Big Machine Records singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, joined us to chat about her journey to country music. Get to know the rising star here…

Callista Clark, Photo Credit: Ford Fairchild

Callista Clark, Photo Credit: Ford Fairchild

Our Swag Spotlight shines this week on an incredible singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, who is wise and talented beyond her years. Callista Clark is a seventeen-year-old Big Machine Records recording artist with big dreams and even bigger talent. We talked to the budding songstress about her journey in Nashville, her debut EP and radio single, and of course, all about where she’s headed.

Growing up in a small town in Georgia, Clark’s primary language was music. As soon as she could talk, she found herself singing with her siblings in her grandad’s church and traveling, playing for other worshippers in her community. Being from a musical family, Clark fit right in. “The moment I could talk I was there singing with my siblings and we would harmonize together,” she tells us, adding, “I have been singing my whole life. It is what feels most natural to me. It is probably more natural to me than talking at this point.”

Throughout her upbringing, Clark got the unique opportunity to learn and listen to many different types of music. She shares feeling inspired by different genres including gospel, Motown, country music, and classic rock as some of her favorites. Crediting artists across genres, it is clear how important music was to the singer even at such an early age. Growing up she listened to everyone from The Judds and Travis Tritt, to Aretha Franklin, but now she finds herself emulating fellow songstresses in country music and beyond like Tori Kelly, Maren Morris, and Jennifer Nettles.

“All those girls that just sing incredibly, write music phenomenally and play instruments; That’s a big goal of mine to be all three.”

After music manager Scooter Braun discovered a cover video on YouTube of Clark singing Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” the songstress’s life was changed forever. She was offered a record deal at fifteen years old by Big Machine Label Group, and began songwriting with some of the most prominent songwriters in Nashville, and ultimately creating her debut EP.

Blending her love of many genres, Clark was able to create a timeless and invigorating debut EP called Real to Me featuring her first radio single “It’s ‘Cause I Am.” “I have been writing with amazing songwriters here in Nashville for the past three years for this collection,” she shared with us, “ And most of the ones that we just put out were some of my first co-writes ever in Nashville, when I was trying to figure out myself as a person, and myself as an artist, and what could I bring to the table to be new, and different, and fresh.”

It is safe to say that is exactly what Clark did with her latest project. She shared with fans exactly who she is and the talent she brings. Her feisty anthemic single showcases one side of the fiery songstress and her experience being a young girl in Nashville. “I feel like “It’s ‘Cause I Am” is the perfect way to introduce myself because it shows the confident, bold, strong, more sassy, and sarcastic side of me” she says of the lead single on EP. Later sharing, “the other songs introduce different sides of me, and I feel like the whole collection does a great job of doing that.”

Clearly, Clark is an artist that is going to continue pouring her heart and soul into the music that she creates. Her sound inspires people everywhere to follow their dreams and even more so, encourages young women to stake their claim wherever they want. Wise beyond her years, Clark is showcasing her staying power in country music already! We look forward to her eventual debut full-length project.

Callista Clark's debut EP, 'Real To Me' is out now

Callista Clark’s debut EP, ‘Real To Me’ is out now

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Callista Clark releases.

To keep up with Callista Clark, follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Callista Clark’s music is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: The Latest in Country Music – 4/2/21

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY – 4/2/21

  • CANAAN SMITH – Canaan Smith trusted his gut, took the necessary time, and put out a genuine record that contains elements of modern and traditional country with moments of celebration, heartbreak, and honest stories. – Listen Here
  • CHRISSY METZ – From lyrics to vocals, Chrissy Metz delivers another beautiful song in her latest release “Girl Go”. – Listen Here
  • CAROLYN MILLER – A song that many brides and grooms can enjoy for years to come, Carolyn Miller just released “When I Say I Do Today’. – Listen Here
  • MITCH ROSSELL & TRISHA YEARWOOD –  The collaboration of a lifetime for Mitch Rossell, he and Trisha Yearwood created a masterpiece with a brand new song called “Ran into You”. – Listen Here
  • LUKE COMBS – Luke Combs just dropped another unreleased track, “We Still Drink Beer”. Learn all about the fan’s tweet that inspired the anthem here. – Listen Here

Take a listen to all of these tracks and more here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

Chrissy Metz Delivers Uplifting Message With New Song “Girl Go”

‘This Is Us’ star, Chrissy Metz delivers an uplifting message with healing vocals in her brand new song, “Girl Go”, available now, April 2nd. Take a look below as we dig a little deeper into the track.

Chrissy Metz, well-known for her acting role as Kate Pearson in the TV series This Is Us, has also been a growing name on the country music scene over the last few years. She performed on both the ACM and CMT stages in 2019. The ACM Awards marked her debut live television performance, where she joined several female artists on stage to perform “Standing With You” from the movie Breakthrough (in which she also starred in), including Mickey Guyton, Lauren Alaina, Carrie Underwood, and Maddie and Tae.

A few months later, Metz performed Luke Comb’s “Even Though I’m Leaving” at the CMT Awards in honor of his New Artist of the Year Award. With a growing fan base upon her entrance into Country Music, Metz released her debut single “Talking to God” in April 2020 and followed with “Actress” and “Feel Good” shortly thereafter. 

“Girl Go” is all about having the courage to not only chase your dreams but also the humility to not forget who you are or where you came from. From the start of the song, it gives a very Faith Hill vibe, and as it goes on, it even shares a very similar message to “Mississippi Girl”.

“Girl Go” is about a girl that once was struggling day to day doing the jobs she never thought she’d have to settle for and goes on to live her wildest dreams. Metz touches on the hate and judgment from others that are constantly surrounding people as they try to make it in this world, saying that you may never get used to it, but it’ll never stop, it’s just the way it goes. This song stands as a message to not worry about others and all the reasons not to, and acts as the push one needs to follow their own heart. 

“At the end of the day,  just needed someone to say // Girl go, dream on down that road // Roll down that window and let that freedom in // Let your hand that’s in the wind, girl go // You can always come back home // You might see your name in shining lights all around the world // But don’t you ever let that girl go”

Chrissy Metz new song "Girl Go" is available now, April 2nd

Chrissy Metz new song “Girl Go” is available now, April 2nd

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“Girl Go” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.