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Interview: Macy Krew Brings Sparkle and Sass to Country Music

Macy Krew learned how to sing before she could talk. It’s this early aptitude that clued her into her life’s calling as a musician. Over the years, Krew has continued to foster her passion for performing, singing on stages since the age of 13, performing originals and covers for her YouTube fanbase, and chasing her goal of becoming a country singer with her own music on the radio.

Tomorrow, the now 21-year old Krew debuts her first single, “Wherever You Are.” Before the big release on August 17th, we chatted with the up-and-coming country artist about her new song, her inspirations, and her hopes and dreams for her music career.

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Montana Modderman

Interview: Montana Modderman Takes The Wheel With Her Country Music Debut

Montana Modderman is ready to turn her dreams into reality. The young and independent singer-songwriter is a self-starter in every sense of the way with the determination to carve a space for herself in country music.

On July 27, Montana releases her debut single, “Didn’t Mean To.” We caught up with her on the eve of her big day to talk about her inspirations, her goals, and how she intends to make her mark in the music industry.

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Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour

Kacey Musgraves Glows on ‘Golden Hour’

Kacey Musgraves, country music’s golden girl from Golden, Texas, has entered into her golden hour.

The ‘golden hour’ refers to that brief period of time after sunrise or before sunset during which the daylight is at the height of its vividness and warmth. It’s a phenomenon that provides the perfect metaphor for the transformative personal experiences and deepened state of mind that influenced the making of Musgraves’ latest album, Golden Hour.

In the follow-up to her game-changing albums Same Trailer, Different Park and Pageant Material, the Nashville-based singer-songwriter, who both co-produced Golden Hour and co-wrote all 13 songs on the record, reveals new sides to her artistry that are equal parts familiar and fresh. Musgraves, who made a name for herself with her bitingly frank and progressively-minded commentary, critiquing the country music industry, small town life, and the conventional lifestyle, expands on her ‘cosmic country hippie’ brand with this dreamy and introspective offering. Golden Hour explores those moments in one’s timeline when things feel like they’re finally coming into fruition, including the finding love and happiness, living life in the present, and learning to witness and appreciate the beauty of the universe around you.

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Janelle Arthur’s Grand Ole Opry Debut

American Idol‘s Janelle Arthur made her Grand Ole Opry debut on June 19th. Season 12’s southern belle, who covered many country artists on the show (such as Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, and Idol  judge, Keith Urban), opened her center stage moment with a stunning rendition of Hank Williams’, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry“. During her set, she also sang a original song, “Young and Reckless”, and a hymn, “Our God, He Is Alive”. On Idol, Janelle won hearts over with her sweet charisma and classic country voice, and there’s no doubt that she will continue to do so in the world of country music. Git it, girl!

See Janelle and the American Idol Top 11 on their summer tour! View the list of dates on AmericanIdol.com

Kree Harrison’s Grand Ole Opry Debut

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Ask any Country musician what their ultimate goal is, and they’ll say that the grandest achievement out there is to perform at the Grand Ole Opry.

On June 4th, American Idol Season 12 runner-up Kree Harrison saw her lifelong dream come true when she made her debut on the show that made Country music famous. Keith Urban, who championed Kree on Idol this past season as a judge, introduced her by bestowing tremendous praise for her pure voice and warm spirit. Overwhelmingly speechless and incredibly gracious for the opportunity, Kree treated the Opry audience and listeners to three performances – her first single, “All Cried Out”, a hymn (in honour of her late father), “In The Garden”, and Kris Kristofferson’s “Help Me Make It Through The Night” (accompanied on guitar by Keith Urban).

It was a true full circle for the rising Country artist, who had been envisioning this moment since she was a 10-year old singing prodigy on The Rosie O’Donnell Show. Also worthy of mention, on that same week, Kree joined one of her biggest inspirations, Wynonna, on stage at 3rd & Lindsley, for performances of “Love is Alive” and “Grandpa“.

Life’s sweet, ain’t it, Kreedom?

Catch Kree and the American Idol Top 11 on their summer tour this July and August! See the list of dates on AmericanIdol.com