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[Interview] Seaforth Soars To New Heights with New Music & Upcoming Tour

As Seaforth’s Tom Jordan and Mitch Thompson hit the road on tour with Jordan Davis this fall, we caught up with the duo to learn about their new music and what to expect next in our exclusive interview below.

Quarantine was not easy for anybody last year – especially for musicians who are always entertaining. For Seaforth, the Australian duo took that time to create their best work yet. We chatted with the singer-songwriters about everything from producing bedroom pop-country to touring the country.

Seaforth’s latest singles, “Breakups” and “Close Enough” were both produced by Tom Jordan of Seaforth. Most country acts work with outside producers when making music, but to see the band do this themselves helps create a completely new take on their sound.

“We’ve worked with a lot of amazing producers since moving to Nashville, and through that, you learn how production works. Last year, through quarantine, it became more difficult to work with other people, because no one could go anywhere. So we decided to do it ourselves,” Jordan shared.

It’s incredible to see the duo grow into their new sound. Since they’re producing the music themselves, it truly has mixes of all of their own influences and the songs they have on repeat like Keith Urban (Thompson’s pick) and John Mayer (Jordan’s pick). There are hints of country, indie, and 80s pop throughout their tracks.

“We’re going to do it all ourselves now. It’s really fun to do it like that, because you have full creative control over what you do and how it sounds. It feels really authentic when you’re putting it out.”

When it comes to collaborating with other artists, (like their smash hit with Mitchell Tenpenny, “Anything She Says”), Thompson shared, “we have songs that we think would be perfect for other people, so we are trying to figure out what makes the most sense. Nothing is locked in yet, but we have a song that we want to get a woman in country on that we think would be amazing. Stay tuned.”

Seaforth joins Jordan Davis on his Buy Dirt Tour, which kicked off earlier this month and runs through December. To find out if they’re playing a show near you, click here. The duo has put in a lot of work to get to where they are, and it’s paying off.

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Seaforth Drops Brand New Heartwrenching Song “Breakups”

Australian pop-country duo, Seaforth released another new track titled “Breakups” today, January 15th, available on all streaming platforms. Written by the band members Mitch Thompson and Tom Jordan, along with Liz Rose and Cameron Bedell, this somber song can heavily relate to those who ended a relationship with someone they not only loved but considered their best friend.

The song’s plot is set around a man who is a few drinks in at a bar late at night. He cannot stop thinking about the one who got away and is close to shooting her a message, even though the end result is always negative.

The duo’s harmonies throughout the track deliver the message so beautifully and make it hard not to feel sad for this fictional person. Breakups are tough on both parties but are always more difficult for the one who was broken up with, especially when you felt they were more of a friend than a lover. The man even winds up getting another girl’s number, but cannot leave with her because his heart is still in too much pain from the last relationship.

Thompson and Jordan sing the first half of the song over nothing but a light piano and acoustic guitar, but the production gradually increases in the second and third choruses, building the drama and emotion even more.

Seaforth Breakups

Seaforth’s new song “Breakups” is available now

I said I wouldn’t call / We said we wouldn’t talk at all, it always ends bad / But I’m looking at my phone / And if you’re not alone I don’t think I can take that

With plenty of new releases over the past seven months, Seaforth gives fans reason to believe that they must be nearing their debut album. Along with “Breakups,” the duo has put out catchy tracks like “Close Enough,” and “Everything Falls For You.” They also have four songs from their Love That EP, which came out in April of 2019. While we eagerly await a full project, in the meantime, fans can enjoy the covers they sing and the comical videos they post on their Instagram page.

To keep up with Seaforth, follow them on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

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

“Breakups” 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.

Seaforth Drops A Catchy New Tune Called “Close Enough”

Seaforth’s New Song “Close Enough” is available now, November 6th. Listen to the catchy tune from the duo here plus learn more as we dig a little deeper into the track.

If you haven’t heard of Seaforth yet, you may start to hear a lot more of them real soon. Last December when we first sat down with the duo, their charming personalities, hilarious banter, and incredible artistry made us love them, and now the country-pop pair, made up of Mitchell Thompson and Tom Jordan, just released their latest single “Close Enough”. This release follows their recent singles “Talk About”, released in September, and “Everything Falls for You”, released this past May. 

“Close Enough” is about that one relationship that everyone can relate to. The one where you keep saying you’re going to stop seeing the other person but never seem to be able to. No matter how hard you try to resist, you keep finding yourselves going back to each other. The two may know that they’re not each other’s perfect match, but they’re okay with being “close enough”. They both know that it isn’t a ‘forever thing’, it’s just exactly what they want right now. 

“We don’t know what it is / but if this ain’t it / it’s close enough / close enough/ if this ain’t love, it’s close enough”

Thompson and Jordan are life-long friends from Sydney, Australia who moved to Nashville in 2017 to follow their dreams of playing country music together. After being in Music City for a little over a year, they released their first two songs: “Talk to Me” and “Love That”. “Love That” eventually became the title track of their first EP, released in April of 2019, which added two additional songs: “Good and Gone” and “Take Your Picture”.

In 2019, Seaforth were also featured on Mitchell Tenpenny’s hit song “Anything She Says”, which just went Gold last month. This collaboration came from the duo spending much of 2018 and 2019 opening shows and touring with Tenpenny. They’ve also opened shows for Kane Brown, Brett Young, Morgan Wallen, and even two shows for Keith Urban, back home in Sydney in December of 2019. Additionally, Seaforth also made their Opry debut in September of 2019.

Thompson and Jordan describe fellow-Aussie Urban as their idol and the one who sparked their desire to get involved in country music and experience it in Nashville. Urban’s influence helps to explain Seaforths unique sound and their inability to fall into one single genre. Not only do they love the different musical backgrounds that find their way into country music, but they are obsessed with the genre’s story-telling nature. 

Just past their three year anniversary of moving to Nashville, Seaforth’s success thus far has not disappointed. Three years of playing shows, opening on tour, writing songs, and even getting a few on the radio has led them to this very exciting time that they are currently in. Country music lovers can expect to hear a lot more from Seaforth going forward. 

Seaforth New Song Close Enough

Seaforth’s new song “Close Enough” is available now, November 6th

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

To keep up with Seaforth, follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Close Enough” 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.

 

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Seaforth Release Brand New Track “Talk About”

Seaforth, have released their latest brand new track, “Talk About” available on all streaming platforms now.

The Australian pop-country duo of Mitch Thompson and Tom Jordan, better known as Seaforth just released a new song titled “Talk About.” This is the follow up to their romantic ballad “Everything Falls for You,” released on May 29th. While that track focused on the feelings towards a particular girl, “Talk About” is, ironically, all about the physical side of the relationship.

The track starts off slow, describing the tension between these two individuals, and picks up when the chorus comes around. The singer explains everything he wants to do with this woman, and none of it involves talking and the line “I wanna speak your body language” is a clever play on words.

A banjo backs the very poppy and upbeat tempo of this track, making it fun to sing along to for fans of all genres. With songs such as this one, Thompson and Jordan are molding their sound into one that fans of Dan + Shay, Chris Lane, and Brett Young would love.

Talk About Seaforth

“I kinda want your hands up on me / We got a lot to talk about / We both know what we’re playing with / if we put our lips together / I wanna speak your body language / We got a lot to talk about”

Seaforth did the actual talking in their track “Talk to Me,” on their debut EP, Love That released back in April of 2019. All this talking inspired the duo to create their own talk show. You can find their hilarious interview with their good friend, Mitchell Tenpenny on their Instagram page.

Thompson and Jordan grew up together in Seaforth, Australia. They were classmates, played on the same soccer team, and shared a love for music. Before moving to Nashville and signing with Sony Records, the two played weddings for cash. Learn more about them in our NYCS Swag Spotlight and in our video interview below.

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

To keep up with Seaforth, follow them on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

“Talk About” 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.

 

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[Listen] Seaforth Drop New Single “Everything Falls For You”

Seaforth Everything Falls For You

 

The Australian country duo and one of NYCountry Swag’s Artists to Watch in 2019, Mitch Thompson and Tom Jordan, better known as Seaforth released a new song at midnight (May 29) titled “Everything Falls For You.”

This is a slow love song in which the protagonist shows their vulnerability for a particular woman. He confesses his love for her by admitting everything, including rain, rose petals, and of course, he, falls for her. Thompson sings the first verse and chorus, and Jordan takes the second verse.

Baby, what’s it like to watch the sky throw stars down / for you and nobody else? / Baby, it’s dominoes everywhere you go / and right now, I guess gravity got me too / ‘Cause everything falls for you

This is their first new release since their debut EP, “Love That” back in April of 2019. However, the two have been sharing a lot of new music on their Instagram page, so we hope this is just the first of many new songs to come from the pop-country duo.

Thompson and Jordan grew up together in Seaforth, Australia. They were classmates, played on the same soccer team, and shared a love for music. Before moving to Nashville and signing with Sony Records, the two played weddings for cash. Learn more about them in our NYCS Swag Spotlight. We caught them opening for Mitchell Tenpenny at Webster Hall back in December and they are always a delight to see perform and interview because of their fun and humbling personalities.

“Everything Falls For You” 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.

 

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Mitchell Tenpenny & Seaforth Close out 2019 with Sold Out NYC Show

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Mitchell Tenpenny & Team at Webster Hall, NYC

 

Last night, New Yorkers filled up the room at Webster Hall in New York City for the final show on the rising artist, Mitchell Tenpenny’s ‘Anything She Says Tour’ featuring exciting new duo, Seaforth. The sold-out show was the perfect way to cap off an awesome season of country music concerts, as we head into the new year.


Check out our interview with Seaforth just before the show in the video above

 

One of our 2019 Artists to Watch, Seaforth were tasked with warming up the crowd. They exploded on to the stage, singing songs off their debut EP, including “Talk to Me,” “Good and Gone,” and “Taken Your Picture.” They even included an incredible cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” which showed off their vocal range, as well as, some unreleased tunes like “Colorblind.” In between songs, the duo entertained the audience with their humor, wit, and infectious personalities.

“We love Mitchell man. This is the first-ever U.S. tour that we’ve ever been on. We’ve become friends with Mitchell. Thank you guys for being here early,” the duo shared, just before joking, “Can you make some noise if you have no idea who we are?! We’re called Seaforth!” Of course, they went on to end their thirty-minute set with a crowd-pleasing sing-along to their debut single “Love That,” making sure to convert each and every person in that room a fan if they weren’t already!


Just before performing for his sold-out audience, Mitchell Tenpenny joined
NYCountry Swag for a special performance + interview. Check it out and the video above.

 

After a brief intermission, headliner, Mitchell Tenpenny took the stage, accompanied by his band, which includes his younger brother, Rafe. The show was definitely a departure from our 2017 Swag Session, where Times Square was the backdrop to his performance! Kicking things off right away, the singer immediately performed two catchy songs off his debut record, “Somebody Ain’t You” and “Goner.”

“This is so fucking awesome. Thank you for being here with us. This means the world. It’s our last night of the tour of this year. Thank you for selling this place out. This is so cool man, for real, this is really my dream, thanks to you guys. I’m so, so grateful for that,” Tenpenny expressed just before singing his old-school song, the clever “Mixed Drinks” followed by “Truck I Drove In High School.” Fans showed their appreciation for his talent by singing the lyrics back to him.

Tenpenny continued to keep fans on their toes, performing a mix of more songs off Telling All My Secrets like “I Get the Picture” and “Somebody’s Got Me” and unreleased songs that are slated to come out in 2020. He performed both “Can’t Go to Church Anymore” and a song he wrote with one of our favorites, HARDY called “To Us It Did.” According to the entertainer, the former is about “Growing up in a small town, where everyone goes to the same church. If you break up with someone, what’s the first thing you want to do?! You want to avoid seeing them at all costs. You go to the same church, well guys, where are you going to see them?!” Clearly, the song resonated with fans, who cheered when it ended.

Although the set was filled with highlights, there were two standout moments that were starkly different from one another. The first came when Tenpenny brought Seaforth back to the stage to sing their brand new single to country radio and tour namesake, “Anything She Says”. The performance was not only entertaining but hysterical, as the men through blow-up Judy dolls into the audience as they sang. “Anything She Says” is clearly a hit in the making!


NYCountry Swag’s Stephanie Wagner & Christina Bosch with Mitchell Tenpenny

The other standout was one of the most heartfelt moments of the night. The singer vulnerably shared his own life experiences with the audience. “We lost our daddy to cancer. That’s why I wrote this song. Cause our daddy never turned us away from any of the dreams we ever had. He let us pursue this crazy thing called music and y’all have given it a reality,” he explained, “I know my daddy’s watching down on us thanks to you guys, so thank you so much. I just want to dedicate this to anyone who’s lost anybody; I don’t care if it’s a family member, a friend, or someone you barely know. It affects everyone differently. Don’t let anyone tell you how to grieve.” Tenpenny went on to sing the poignant “Walk Like Him” with just his brother sharing the stage with him.


Mitchell Tenpenny’s “Bitches” with a little help from NYC

The singer-songwriter wrapped up his show with the infectious, “Alcohol You Later”, his debut number one single “Drunk Me”, and the crowd-favorite “Bitches”, leaving fans in Manhattan in awe of the incredible night of music that they were just a part of. As fans of Tenpenny for such a long time, it was outstanding to see the sold-out New York City fanbase not only singing along to his major hits, but to every lyric of every album cut, including songs that were released prior to his album. We look forward to watching big things continue to happen for one of our day one artists.

 

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Mitchell Tenpenny Announces Headlining Tour with Special Guests Seaforth

 

It’s Christmas in July! One of our 2019 Artists to Watch and Swag Session alumni, Mitchell Tenpenny announced this morning that he is heading out on his very first headlining tour and bringing duo from Australia, Seaforth as his supporting act. Along with this huge announcement, Tenpenny released “Anything She Says” which features Seaforth.

The tour kicks off October 10th in Nashville and ends right here in New York City at the newly renovated Webster Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 2nd at 10 AM and you can grab them at mitchell10penny.com.

We first featured Tenpenny back in December 0f 2017 when he performed for one of our very first Swag Sessions in Times Square, months before signing his record deal with Sony Nashville and releasing his debut album, “Telling All My Secrets”.  Watch the performance and interview below.

More recently, Tenpenny sold-out Mercury Lounge and had the packed room singing along to his hits including, “Drunk Me” and “Alcohol You Later”.

His opening act, Seaforth talked with NYCountry Swag recently about growing up in Australia, their wedding singer days and their EP ‘Love That’. Read our full interview with the hilarious Tom and Mitch here.

Before you head to the show, check out our Mitchell Tenpenny Lyrics To Use As Instagram Captions and we’ll see ya there!

To keep up with Mitchell Tenpenny follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and to keep up with Seaforth, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

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Mitchell Tenpenny & Seaforth Team Up on “Anything She Says”

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Almost two years ago we introduced you to a rising talent that we believed in. Mitchell Tenpenny played for us in the middle of NYC’s Time Square as an undiscovered artist in one of our Swag Sessions. Flash forward a year later, he released his debut album, Telling All My Secrets, which garnered his first number one hit, “Drunk Me,” as well as, landed himself coveted opening gigs on tour with the likes of Old Dominion and Rascal Flatts. Today, Tenpenny continues his incredible momentum by releasing a brand new song featuring one of our Swag Spotlights, Seaforth called “Anything She Says.”

Laced with clever wordplay and a catchy chorus, “Anything She Says” is clearly an M10 song. It would fit in perfectly in the catalog of songs off the singer-songwriters debut album, while still having a more mature and elevated sound. It begins with an enticing guitar rift, much like his smash hit “Drunk Me,” which is sure to add to the recognizability of the tune. The love song is Tenpenny’s take on being smitten by a girl and wanting to give her his all, most likely inspired by his beautiful girlfriend.

Throughout the song, Tenpenny and the men of Seaforth trade verses. Tenpenny sings the first verse and chorus lamenting the sweet sentiments, “I would wreck all of my plans / Drive until we hit the sand / Catch a sunburn, while she tans / I would do, I would do / I’d do whatever she likes / Give her Christmas in July / She ain’t gotta tell me twice / I would do, I would do, anything / She says.”  Seaforth goes on to add, “She got all my attention / She knows I’m always listening, hanging off her lips / Yeah she got me like” about their own muse.

After just one listen, this song is sure to be stuck in your head and a staple in your music library!

We caught Tenpenny back in May at Hulu Theatre in Madison Square Garden, when he opened up for Old Dominion and Jordan Davis for a sold-out NYC crowd of fans. It was definitely an epic night of music! For more tour information and a chance to see Tenpenny live, head to mitchell10penny.com.

To keep up with Tenpenny, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Anything She Says” 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.

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NYCS Swag Spotlight: Seaforth

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Photo Credit Matthew Berinato

Our Swag Spotlight this week shines on one of our 2019 Artists to Watch, Seaforth.  Tom Jordan and Mitch Thompson were born in a town in Sydney called Seaforth in Australia. They went to the same preschool, played on the soccer team there and have been friends their entire lives. “We have been making music together for what seems like forever, we are super excited and happy to be musical pals and best mates,” they tell us.

Thompson explains that growing up, their influences were all types of music including ACDC and Led Zeppelin but that his mom was a huge Keith Urban fan. “Discovering Keith was an absolute lightbulb moment for both of us,” he tells us. They were making music independently at first but once they wrote their first song together, they quickly realized that one of them could do what the other couldn’t, creating the perfect equation for a duo.

Jordan tells us how they were organically writing country music and knew that one day the end goal was to make it to Nashville, Tennesee and immerse themselves in the music industry and culture. They made the trek over the ocean to Music City five years ago, falling in love with the town immediately. “We would play wedding gigs in Sydney, save up money, fly to Nashville, spend everything, come back broke, start doing gigs again until we managed to get our record deal with Sony.” They racked up the frequent flyer miles traveling back and forth and they joked that they just really loved that long flight. “We played our last wedding gig the week before we moved and I think we cried more than the bride and the groom,” Jordan laughed.

The duo co-wrote all four songs on their debut EP, including “Love That”, the debut single that will head to radio later this month. Written by the duo with Daniel Ross and Michael Whitworth, they tell us how it is all four of their first singles heading to the country radio airwaves. “Love That” is one of the songs they wrote on one of their very first trips to Nashville so they are so proud to see it on their EP and to have it be the song that is their introduction to the market.

Being songwriters in Nashville, Seaforth is so happy to be able to learn from some of the best writers in the country. “I feel like to improve at anything it’s best to surround yourself with people that are better than you and Nashville is the home of people that are better than you,” Thompson says.  “Everyone here is so talented, it is such a huge influence and inspiration to us to write better songs.”

We asked the duo for a fun fact that our followers would love to know about them, Jordan tells us that he is ‘globophobic’ which means he is afraid of balloons. “When I was young I was blowing one up and it popped and it was really loud a since then I have been terrified of them,” he tells us. Thompson laughs and tells us that his fun fact is he can actually floss a spaghetti noodle through his nose and out his mouth.

Seaforth has a jam-packed summer with festivals and gigs promoting their new music and their single “Love That”. They will be playing CMAfest in just a few short weeks and then they will be playing at Lake Shake in Chicago in July, on the exact same day as Keith Urban, one of the main reasons they are in this industry. The excitement for that festival is apparent in their voices as they tell us all about it. It was also just announced today that Seaforth is nominated for Discovery Artist of the Year at the 2019 MusicRow Awards. To catch Seaforth on the road this summer head to https://www.weareseaforth.com/.

To keep up with Seaforth follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Love That” 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.

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WME & Sony Music Nashville Present: A Celebration of Women’s History Month

She Is The Music Women

Seaforth and Rachel Wammack

On Monday night, Sony Music Nashville and booking agency WME teamed up to present “A Celebration of Women’s History Month,” a night benefitting She Is The Music, a non-profit organization that focuses on increasing the number of women in music and gender equality in the industry. The night’s spotlight artists were Carlton Anderson, Rachel Wammack, Seaforth, Robert Counts, and Hannah Dasher; some of Sony’s newest artists on the roster. And hosting the night were beloved media personalities and journalists, Hunter Kelly and Ashley Eicher, the duo behind the All Our Favorite People Podcast.

WME booking agent, Carrie Murphy, was invited to start off the night by introducing the crowd to what She Is The Music was, and how the organization creates a platform for women to hone their craft and be supported on their journey in the music industry. “Girls can’t be what they can’t see,” shared Murphy.

The night took us on a chronological musical journey through country music’s finest women’s hits through the decades, from the 1960s all the way to 2010. Kelly and Eicher not only hosted the night but provided valuable summarized facts on social issues and the songs’ commercial success in each focused era.

She Is the Music Women

Robert Counts

Kicking the night off was Robert Counts, who covered Loretta Lynn’s hit song, “You Ain’t Woman Enough To Take My Man,” that was originally recorded in 1965. “This might get weird…I feel weird,” joked Counts before he sang. “[Loretta] taught me a lot about songwriting. She has done a lot for my career [and] is a huge influence.”

Up next they focused on the 1970s, a time period where the feminist movement took place. In fact, because of the inundation of this movement, TIME awarded its “Man of the Year” award to “American Women” in 1975. Covering Dolly Parton’s second single and one of Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” was Rachel Wammack and Seaforth. The soaring harmonies from both acts almost gave “Jolene” a hauntingly different version that’s been never heard before.

She is The Music Women

Hannah Dasher

The 1980s was a time when women were not getting fair wages, and part of the movement against inequality was Parton’s “9 to 5,” which was featured on the movie of the same title. The movie aptly depicted the social circumstances women were in the and workforce of that era. Hannah Dasher lent her voice to a rocking, feet-tapping cover of it.

Still keeping it in the 80s, Carlton Anderson came up on stage to pay tribute to Barbara Mandrell and her song that became a hit at the height of the urban cowboy craze, or as Kelly jokingly called it, “the early version of bro-country.” Anderson, the most traditional country-leaning act of the night, undeniably shined in his element as he sang Mandrell’s 1981 hit song, “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool.”

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Carlton Anderson

The next half of the night transitioned to the beloved 1990s onwards, and it was that era that saw a promising record number of women elected into congress. Dasher returned on stage to cover Reba’s “You Lie,” with Big Machine Record’s Dan Smalley, who she introduced as “the closest thing to Vince Gill.” Following their performance was Anderson, who came back with his rendition of Patty Loveless’ “You Don’t Know Who I Am.” “I grew up listening to this song. […] When you figure out what it’s really about, it kinda hits you in the chest, and I think that’s the beauty of this genre.”

Perhaps two of the biggest highlights of the night were both from Wammack. The Muscle Shoals, Alabama native shared how several people told her when she first moved to Nashville that she “sounded like Deana Carter when [she] spoke.” Wammack played the keys and sang two of country’s timeless ballads of the 90s: Carter’s “Strawberry Wine” and LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live Without You.” Introducing the latter song, Kelly shared the history of its release, and how two of country’s women, Rimes and Trisha Yearwood, both had released the single at the same time. Unsurprisingly, the 23-year-old really captivated the crowd as soon as she started playing.

She Is the Music Women

Seaforth

One of our 2019 Artists to Watch, Seaforth’s Mitch Thompson and Tom Jordan were back, and gave a refreshing cover of Shania Twain’s 1997 hit, “You’re Still The One.” Again, the duo’s harmonies packed a punch and proved why they’re Nashville’s next biggest Australia transplants in country music.

Closing the nostalgia-filled night was Counts, whose unique and raspy delivery invigorated the wistfulness of Miranda Lambert’s first number one song and her fastest-rising single to date, “The House That Built Me.”

What a night that took everyone a trip down memory lane, visiting decades of iconic hit songs from trail-blazing women in country music! If there’s one thing we’re hoping for after the show, it’s that somehow, these young acts record each of their spins on the songs they covered and share it with the world. One thing’s for certain: Sony’s newest exceptionally-talented class of acts are here to stay.

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