New Radio Disney Segment ‘Let The Girls Play’

Let the Girls Play

Savannah Keyes and Kalie Shorr

The lack of female presence on the radio has gotten more attention this year than ever. CMT celebrated the women of country music with the first ever all-female “Artists of the Year” special, Bobby Bones has his weekly “Women of iHeart Country” playlist and Radio Disney is adding a new segment called “Let The Girls Play.” This new daily segment highlights the latest news and songs from country music’s top ladies and rising stars, who aren’t otherwise supported heavily on a radio format. Radio Disney Country is known to be one of the biggest supporters of women in country music making this segment right up their alley.

Two of the most prominent artists that have been labeled “ones to watch” on the country music scene today are stepping up to the challenge of hosting the new segment. Kalie Shorr and Savannah Keyes have been killing it this past year and are the perfect upcoming artists to host. Shorr just wrapped headlining the 2018 “Road To The CMA Awards” Tour, that took her to Walmart stores across the U.S. to promote the 52nd annual CMA Awards. Keyes was a contestant on the first season of USA Network’s new series “Real Country,” where she competed on Jake Owen’s team. Shorr and Keyes also have performed together during Nashville’s only all-female singer-songwriter round, Song Suffragettes.  Between the two, they are taking over the rising country music scene.

In a recent press release Phil Guerini, vice president, Music Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide and general manager of Radio Disney Network stated, “We are excited to launch “Let The Girls Play”… Female voices are integral to Radio Disney Country, and we are thrilled to be working with two of our favorites.” The women appreciate the attention and recognition that all women of country music deserve. Shorr says, “From the very beginning, Radio Disney Country has been a massive champion of women in country music. When programming, they never factor in gender – only the integrity of the songs and artists themselves. This show is another example of their unwavering support.” Keyes also stated, “Empowering women, highlighting up-and-coming artists that I’m lucky enough to have played with at Song Suffragettes, and covering all things country music is something I am so passionate about, and the fact that I get to do it with my best friend makes the experience even sweeter. I still can’t believe that this is happening!”

If you want in on this great new segment there are many ways you can take part. Tune into Radio Disney Country on the Radio Disney App, iHeartRadio App, KRDC FM/AM – Los Angeles, TuneIn, the Radio Disney Country ‘Spotlight’ on Radio Disney and SiriusXM, Apple Music and Spotify playlists to get your hook on the newest female country artists.


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Next Women of Country Kicks off in NYC with Sara Evans, RaeLynn & Kalie Shorr

CMT Next Women of Country Sara Evans

Sara Evans joined by RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr took the stage at B.B Kings in Times Square for the kick off night of CMT’s Next Women of Country Tour. The venue was packed, with standing room only crowd members at the bar.

CMT Next Women of Country Sara Evans

First to take the stage was Kalie Shorr, this being her first tour and her first time performing in New York City, the young punk-country artist opened her set with “Fight Like A Girl”, an anthem which she powerfully performed.  She also sang her latest single “Two Hands” and “Damn Sky” which are both featured on her EP Awake. Covering a kick-butt version of Shania Twain’s “Man I Feel Like A Woman” the girl power night started off with a bang.

CMT Next Women of Country Raelynn Sara Evans

Next to take the stage was RaeLynn, the “Wildhorse” singer sang songs off of her debut album including “God Made Girls” and “Young”.  “It’s a dream to be playing in New York tonight at B.B King’s opening for Queen Bee, Sara Evans, I’m just so excited to be on tour with her,” she told the audience. Referencing her time on the reality talent show The Voice and her coach Blake Shelton, the young singer explained that after writing for a few years she loved being able to put honest music out into the world.  She closed her set with a song that she explained “changed her life,” “Love Triangle”.

CMT Next Women of Country Sara Evans

Finally, Sara Evans took the stage as the headlining act of the night.  Evans was joined by her band which included her brother, Matt, sister, Leslie and oldest son Avery.  The powerhouse vocalist sang songs from her 20-year career including, “Suds in the Bucket”, “Born to Fly” and of course “A Little Bit Stronger”.

She also performed songs from her latest album Words, including “Night Light”, “Long Way Down” and “Marquee Sign”.  The songstress had the entire audience singing along to her hits, entertaining them with her wit and humor in between songs and empowering all of the women in the room.  “We need a lot more women in country music, that’s for sure,” she exclaimed.  “I can’t tell you how honored I am that you are all here on a Monday night.”

Evans didn’t just sing originals but included some incredible cover songs, stylistically changing them to suit her signature sound including Gavin DeGraw’s “Not Over You”, Chicago’s “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” and closed out the night bringing her two opening acts back on stage for “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”.


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