Kalie Shorr’s new song, “My Voice” is available now, October 23rd, on all streaming platforms. Written by Shorr with Fred Willhelm, Simon Reid, and Skip Black, take a look at the article below to learn more about Shorr, her story, and her new track.
To be successful as a woman in country music, artists have to work twice as hard to make a name for themselves. While radio airplay is still a major factor for some singers, there are plenty of talented artists pushing the envelope and breaking boundaries so they can make their mark.
Kalie Shorr is one of them, and her unapologetic 2019 debut, Open Book defied every Nashville radio prerequisite. The album made the top 10 of the New York Times best albums of 2019, and it earned Shorr a record deal with New York-based label TMWRK. On December 4th, the label and Shorr will release Open Book: Unabridged, and the first track, “My Voice” was released today, October 23rd.
Equal parts The Chicks twangy, Lucinda rootsy, and Alanis grungey is where Shorr’s voice lays. The song is autobiographical in a different way than her usual catalog: it’s about her relationship with music city and the suits of Nashville telling her how she’d become famous. “Spoon fed, candy coated/Take the F-bombs out of what you wrote,” she sings honestly on the first verse. “And if you want the radio to play you/Make it sweet like a cherry lifesaver/But they’ll probably never play me/’Cause I’m not a boy.”
Complying to the strict rules is difficult enough as a woman in country music, but if your music doesn’t fit inside that box, it makes it even harder. She’s come a long way since her first tour with Martina McBride, but the heart of her music has remained the same. “Guess what, I can’t change/It’s not my voice/So get used to the sound of my voice”, she belts heartfeltly on the chorus.
Production-wise, the banjo is slick and the guitar is gritty. It’s a song that is so catchy that by the second time you listen, you’ll already know the chorus. Although the song is about not making music that country radio deems “hit worthy”, it’s so well-crafted it truly could be a hit.
Shorr is proof that sometimes, stepping outside of the Nashville bubble opens more doors than you ever thought possible. Dreaming bigger means taking a leap of faith. Not everything can be done and accomplished the traditional way. To find her voice, Shorr found herself and found her way.
As we anticipate more music from Shorr, take a look at our swag session with the singer-songwriter from late last year where she sang some songs and spoke with us about the process of creating her debut record, Open Book, and what was like touring with Leann Rimes.
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“My Voice” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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