Monday, 20 February 2017

New music from Kate Ellis - 'Ones You Love The Most'

London-based, American-born singer/songwriter Kate Ellis released her debut single ‘Ones You Love The Most’ on February 10th 2017.

You can listen to the track on Soundcloud or here:

Release Date: 10 Feb 2017

Label: River Rose Records
Time: 3:55
Genre: Americana

Available for purchase: Amazon UK - UK iTunes - Spotify

The song has received airplay on Chris Country Radio (11 Feb: Baylen Leonard’s The Front Porch show) and Lee Williams (CEO and owner of CMR Nashville, and President of the British Country Music Awards) played it on his Friday Feb 17th show broadcast on CMR Nashville "Europe's #1 Country Music Radio Station".

In her own words: “It tells stories (Short Cuts-style) of a cast of characters, from different backgrounds and circumstances, all living out this same heart-breaking reality in their lives, in different ways and with different consequences. The choruses were inspired by someone I knew who left her children, believing it was the best thing for everyone. In the first chorus, I had an image in my mind of the children being left behind by a mother who believes wholeheartedly that she is doing the right thing, but can’t see the awful reality of the pain she’s leaving behind for others to endure.” Referencing the sound of the song, she said: “The recording has that train rolling down the tracks feel of some Johnny Cash songs, and echoes of a New Orleans-style marching band.”


Kate Ellis is an Americana singer-songwriter, who was born in Louisiana, grew up in New York and is now based in London, England. Having performed in festivals and concerts across the USA, London and Paris, the timeless sound of her music reflects her love of classic singer-songwriters from Gram Parsons and Gillian Welch, to Mary Chapin Carpenter, Leonard Cohen and Nanci Griffith.

Kate’s southern country-folk roots come from her father, an important early musical influence who once played guitar with Hank Williams on the famous Louisiana Hayride, where Elvis and Johnny Cash started out.
The story of her upbringing provides an interesting background to her musical journey - as well as being a musician, her father worked as a high-profile ‘Mad Men’-era Madison Avenue advertising executive, and her mother was a New York socialite during the sixties and seventies. Although Kate had a natural talent for classical piano and art in her early years, she found herself following a different path before pursuing music, attending law school and eventually becoming a lawyer.

Kate’s emotional and seductive vocals take you into a world of private beauty, reflection and feelings. The music is always intimate and evocative – you listen and want to be there.
A journalist for the Observer commented: "Kate Ellis writes hauntingly beautiful songs and has an amazing voice, I'm a fan!" While said: "Kate’s contemporary country-folk classic sound, and a voice best described as a cross between Emmylou Harris and Suzanne Vega, make her debut album eagerly anticipated."

Her debut single ‘Ones You Love The Most’ released on 10th February 2017, and Kate will be playing live throughout the year.
What can you expect from her live shows?
The ‘acoustic’ line-up is myself on acoustic guitar, my husband on a second acoustic playing more lead lines with backing vocals, plus some slide guitar and harmonica, and a fiddle player who also picks up a melodica every now and then.  Sometimes for bigger venues, we have upright bass and drums as well. Regardless I try to create intimacy that allows the audience to really connect with the music because that’s what I like when I go to a show…Read more in this Interview BLOG feature

Dates so far announced:
SUN February 26, 2017 - Mondegreen Folk Club, Ryan's N16, London (181 Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, N16 0UL)
Tues March 7, 2017 - The Lucky Pig Cocktail Bar, London (4 Clipstone Street, W1W 6BB) Stephanie Jane Oliver, Bill Kacir, Kate Ellis + Support FREE Event
Sun June 4, 2017 - "Softly Softly" @ Kiss The Sky Bar, Park Road, London (18-20 Park Rd, Crouch End N8 8TD)

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UK Trio DAHLIA announce new band member and tour dates

The Voice UK’s loss is Dahlia’s gain as 
Abi Phillips joins the HOT country trio.
UK dates announced

Dahlia: Facebook Photo #wearedahlia

(20 Feb 2017)
DAHLIA are a Country-Pop all female trio based in the Midlands.
They now comprise Paris Georgia, Jess Roberts & new member Abi Phillips

Sneek Peek
new Dahlia member
On February 16, 2017, they were excited to introduce their newest member, Singer/songwriter/actress Abi Phillips. From BBC Children in Need (2011 Image) to T4 on the Beach, Abi has performed all over the country. 

Back on Jan 24th 2017 it was with regret that Dahlia announced that the lovely Lisa Wright had decided to part ways with the trio and would no longer be a member moving forward.

Paris & Jess shared on Facebook "Lisa has been with us right from the start and gave all that she could but has chosen to focus on other parts of her career. That being said, we are so excited for the things we have planned for 2017 - and to introduce you to our new member! We wish Lisa the best in everything she has planned and thank her for being part of our journey. We are so proud of the music we created with her but also extremely excited for the new music we can bring to you guys very soon".

British trio Dahlia released their debut single Only Human back in September 2016. The song was written by The Shires very own Ben Earle and released with Decca Records.

Release Date: 9 Sept 2016
Title: Only Human
Label: Decca (UMO)
Available to purchase:
Amazon UK - UK iTunes

On its release in debuted at #20 on UK iTunes Country Singles Chart (#1267 all genres), then climbed to #12 (#880 overall UK iTunes singles), #6 (#438 overall UK iTunes singles), with a #3 peak (#212 all genres). It fell to #5 (#514 all genres) on Sept 10 then to #96 Sept 13 before departing the Top 200 UK iTunes Country Singles Chart on Sept 14.

About Abi Phillips
Abi recent auditioned on series 6 of The Voice UK (Blind Auditions 7) covering the award winning Little Big Town smash hit "Girl Crush" (writers Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose) but didn't get through.
Published on Feb 18, 2017 (Broadcast on: 18/02/17) 113K views

FORMER Hollyoaks star Abi Phillips had her singing dreams dashed on The Voice UK after none of the coaches turned around for her.
She was left near to tears after none of the coaches pressed their buzzers
Viewers of the hit ITV show were furious when she failed to get through on Saturday night.
Some voiced their anger on Twitter, with one writing: “The judges were silly for not turning!”
Another tweeted: “She was great, I can’t believe they didn’t turn.”
After her performance, Jennifer Hudson hinted she wished she’d pressed her buzzer to get the actress through to the next stage.
Her co-star Gavin Rossdale wasn’t so sure however, telling Tom Jones: “I loved the song but we need the next level.”

The Voice UK has seen previous mixed fortunes for country music acts:
Sam Hollyman, the talented up and coming British singer/songwriter who had a 3-week
 #1 on the Hotdisc British & Irish chart failed to win over the judges on The Voice in April 2013 when the then 17-year old “Stafford singing sensation” fell at the first hurdle in the TV talent show when judges Jessie J,, Sir Tom Jones and Danny O’Donoghue didn’t warm to his rendition of Elton John’s >> ‘Your Song’.
Emma Jade (Garbutt) when aged 19 year performing a cover of Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child o' Mine" on Episode 2 broadcast on 6 April 2013. Emma Jade left the competition at the third battle round stages episode aired on 25 May,2013 pitched against Mike Ward (cousin of British The X Factor series 2 winner Shayne Ward) performing Stevie Nicks' song "Landslide". Ward a streetwise Salford singer (born 14th Dec 1990) was part of Tom Jones' team singing mostly country and western music and progressed as a finalist in the last Final 4.
On The Voice UK 2013 when aged 22 Laura Oakes performed Florence and the Machines' >> 'Spectrum (Say My Name)' (1.3 million views) on the Blind Auditions 4 and was successful when coach Danny O'Donoghue turned but then she eventually lost out to fellow contestant Abi Sampa in the battle rounds 3 singing Emeli Sandé's >> "Heaven". Laura has since become the British Country Music Awards Female Vocalist in 2015 & 2016. It was a Country versus Folk battle ground when TEAM TOM’s Talia Smith and Folk veteran Sally Barker went head to head in March 2014 Talia Smith – “The Voice” Battle Round with Sally winning through.

About Abi Phillips
Former Hollyoaks star Abi, 23 (born Sutton Coldfield Jan 14, 1994), played Liberty Savage on the Channel 4 soap for more two years up until 2013 – but always had ambitions to make it in music.
Abi Phillips Photo Montage

Speaking ahead of her February Voice UK performance, Abi said: “I really enjoyed Hollyoaks and really did appreciate it but I didn’t love it as much as my music. “And I kind of felt like it was time to try and do the thing I really love doing.
“I’ve been working so hard to do my music for such a long time. “I’d really love to prove to myself that I was right to follow my heart and do something I love and leave acting behind. “I just really hope that that was the right choice.”
Abi originally won her Hollyoaks role by writing a song called "Missing You" – which was played when Carley Stenson’s character Steph Cunningham died in a house fire.
Speaking about the soap, she added: “One day I was doing my GCSEs and the next I’m on Hollyoaks – I just wasn’t expecting it at all.”

In 2011 Abi released her debut single "Summer Sunshine" (UK iTunes) featuring popular rapper Fugative. The song's music video was uploaded onto >> YouTube and to date has received 426,600 views.
Phillips performed her debut single 'Summer Sunshine' on the sessions stage at the T4 annual event T4 on the Beach 2011.
In March 2011, The Daily Mail named Phillips one of "five talented young actresses destined to become tomorrow's superstars"

Published on Feb 15, 2017 watch the gorgeous Abi perform a cover of David Guetta and Sia's #1 UK Hit single "Titanium"

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Dahlia Tour Dates:
Sunday February 26, 2017 - EARLY SHOW 15:00 Old Cinema Launderette, Durham (38 Marshall Terrace, Gilesgate Moor, Durham DH1 2HX) supporting Courtney Marie Andrews Event £8.80 6 tickets left
Monday February 27, 2017 - Gaslight Club, Oporto, Leeds (33 Call Lane, LS1 7BT)
Thurs March 2, 2017 - EllaGura, London (The Oliver Conquest Pub, 70 Leman Street, E1 8EU)
Fri March 3, 2017 -  Old Cinema Launderette, Durham (38 Marshall Terrace, Sunderland Road, Gilesgate Moor, DH1 2HX) supporting Marty O'Reilly Event
Tues March 7, 2017 - The Troubadour, London (65 Old Brompton Road) supporting Joe Dolman
Mon March 27, 2017 - Never Fade Sessions, The Social, London (The Social, 5 Little Portland St, W1W 7JD)
Tues March 28, 2017 - The Borderline, London (Orange Yd, Manette St, London, W1B 4JD) supporting Frankie Davis
Weds March 29, 2017 - Magnet, Liverpool (45 Hardman Street, L1 9AS Liverpool) supporting Frankie Davis
March 31, 2017 - Sound Control, Manchester (1 New Wakefield Street, M1 5NP) supporting Frankie Davis
Fri April 7, 2017 - Big Comfy Bookshop, Coventry (Fargo Village, Far Gosford Street, Coventry, CV1 5ED)
Sat April 8, 2017 - Little Rabbit Barn, Essex (Swallows, Bromley Road, Ardleigh, Colchester, C07 7SN) supporting Balsamo Deighton
Sun April 9, 2017 - The Castle, Manchester (The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, M4 1LE) supporting Dexeter
Thurs April 27, 2017 - Gullivers, Manchester (109 Oldham Street, M4 1LW) supporting Rusty Shackle
Fri July 28 -30, 2017 - BCMAwards Horizon Stage at FSA FEST 2017
Fri 25th, 26th & Sun 27th of August 2017 - Little Mountain Country Music Festival (Hosted by The Tyn Y Capel, Minera, Wrexham LL11 3DA)

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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Carolynne to release new EP 'Coming Back to Me' in April

CAROLYNNE to release new EP 'COMING BACK TO ME' on 7th April 2017

Yorkshire-based country singer-songwriter Carolynne has confirmed the release of her debut solo EP 'Coming Back To Me', out on 7th April 2017. Having performed at festivals and venues across the UK, enjoyed extensive radio play and national press coverage, and been the first country artist to take to the X Factor stage, this release of brand new songs follows her previous singles 'Take the Keys' and 'I Love You But Shut Up'.

For country singer-songwriter Carolynne, music has always been a priority. Though she's now had over 6.5m views on Youtube to date and has been featured extensively on national radio, print and television across the UK, her story starts at the age of just fourteen, when her family of “country music fanatics” inspired her to hit the road joining five-piece Country band 'Sundown'. After several years of touring the UK, at eighteen she left her family home in Yorkshire, heading for London to pursue her career in music, before long signing a contract with BMG and starting to work as a published songwriter. The next couple of years took her abroad to Sweden, where she spent time writing for other pop artists while developing her own songwriting style & sound, a blend of country, rock and pop. As well as collaborating with some great songwriters she continued to work as a touring performer across the U.K.

This allowed Carolynne to hone and develop her unique style of performance, which would eventually catch the eyes and ears of X Factor judge Gary Barlow when she later appeared on the show as a finalist. Gary described Carolynne as “supremely talented” with a voice that “just oozes Country”. With the X Factor propelling her into the public eye in front of millions of viewers & being the first UK contestant to bring Country music to the X Factor stage, Carolynne’s next move was unexpected for someone in her position; knowing she wanted to fulfil her dream as a songwriter, she headed to the heart of country music and the home of many of her influences - Nashville, Tennessee.

During her five months spent travelling across the USA, from Nashville to Arizona and L.A., she performed at every opportunity, and had the chance to work with, among others, Grammy award-winning songwriter Jeff Silbar (Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson), who as well as penning songs for the country elite in Music City also wrote the award-winning hit ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ .

Carolynne's debut single 'I Love You But Shut Up' was released in 2015, attracting strong support from the mainstream and country media - including a slot on the BBC Radio 2 playlist and a live acoustic session on Terry Wogan’s Sunday show; national TV 
appearances including Channel 5's The Wright Stuff - and publicity across high-profile press and magazines such as Maverick, Country Music Magazine and The Independent, Since then, Carolynne has taken time away from the spotlight to work on new material, an EP written and produced with long-time collaborators The Elements and mixed by Ash Howes (One Direction, Ellie Goulding, The Corrs).

She’s continued to perform live in between writing and recording, including, to much acclaim, an appearance at London’s Country to Country (C2C) 2016 festival at the O2 arena for the third consecutive year, and a two-night residency at London’s Live at Zedel, prompting Jennifer Selway at the Daily Express to describe her songs about heartbreak and desire as having “true country style”.

Thanks to the attention she draws at her energetic live shows and extensive media coverage, Carolynne's music has been heard by country fans all over the UK and beyond, building up a combined social media following of over 133k followers in the process, so it’s safe to say fans are eagerly awaiting her next move. As she told Country Music Magazine, who highlighted her as a ‘Shooting Star’ artist early in 2017, the title of her brand new debut EP ‘Coming Back To Me’ is “about coming back to music, because I’ve lost my way with music at points in my life, I’ve fallen in and out of love with it but it always finds its way back to me…”

Carolynne's ‘Coming Back To Me’ EP is released worldwide on 7th April 2017, and will be available to pre-order on March 3rd.

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Country Music trio Temecula Road premiere music video for first single “What If I Kissed You”

Country Music Trio Temecula Road Premiere Music Video For
First Single “What If I Kissed You”

Song dropped February 17 at

(February 17, 2017)  Nashville, TN – Country music trio Temecula Road  — sisters Emma (vocals/mandolin) and Maddie (vocals) Salute together with longtime friend Dawson Anderson (vocals/guitar) — has partnered with Vevo and YouTube to world premiere the music video for first single “What If I Kissed You.”
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The clip, shot in the picturesque Antelope Valley in their home state of California and directed by Evan Kaufmann, features the trio alongside newly engaged YouTube and sensations, Cole LaBrant and Savannah Soutas on a flirty fun-filled date exploring new love in the western Mojave Desert. 

The poetic track, written by Jimmy Robbins, Sara Haze and Mike Daly and produced by Daly, is set to release digitally today, February 17 at
Named after the town they grew up in, the threesome, known for their original music and impeccable harmonies, were just revealed as Radio Disney’s multi-genre NEXT BIG THING – one of only two breakout country artists since the program’s inception.

Temecula Road have electrified audiences opening for standout country acts Martina McBride, Josh Turner, Joe Nichols, Sara Evans, Eli Young Band and Love And Theft and will be performing March 11-12 as part of this year’s C2C Country Music Festival at the O2 Arena in London. For a complete listing of tour dates visit

With talent far beyond their teenage years and an infectious, youthful energy, Temecula Road has already amassed a sizeable and loyal following online with their series of song covers.  A recent 
mashup video of the trio singing portions of 2016’s top 20 country songs in a mere 3 minutes garnered them over 7 million views online and 84,000 shares on Facebook alone.

About Temecula Road:
Called out by The Huffington Post as one of the top country artists to watch in 2016, Temecula Road spent the year opening for Martina McBride, Josh Turner, Joe Nichols, Sara Evans, Eli Young Band and Love And Theft and joined Jessie James Decker on a nationwide, sold out tour. Their covers have earned praise from Carrie Underwood, Brett Eldredge, Dan + Shay, Cam, and RaeLynn. The group is featured weekly on Radio Disney Country's social media giving fans a behind the scenes look at their lives as musicians on #TemeculaRoadTuesdays.

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Angaleena Presley tackles social and political themes on No-Holds-Barred 'Wrangled' April 21

Angaleena Presley Tackles Social and Political 
Themes On No-Holds-Barred 'Wrangled' April 21

Album Features Songs Co-Written With Chris Stapleton,
Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, Wanda Jackson and Guy Clark

Angaleena Presley follows her critically acclaimed 2015 debut, American Middle Class, with the 12-track Wrangled, April 21 on Mining Light/Thirty Tigers. Angaleena’s “ambitious and riveting” songwriting (Wall Street Journal) punches through each of the co-written tracks. Once again she took a lead chair at the studio’s board, co-producing with Oran Thornton (Eric Church, David Nail) and recording close to home at famed “Ronnie’s Place” in Nashville.

"Wrangled is an explicitly forthright journey through my experience in the business of Country Music. I tried to tackle uncomfortable realities like the discrimination against female artists at the height of Bro-Country, the high school mentality of Music Row and the pain that's just beneath the surface of the road to stardom,” says Angaleena. 

“Covered in elbow grease and sacrifice, I set out to shed the skin of my ‘dream’ Nashville by painting a musical picture of loss, surrender, resurrection, redemption, and connection with real people who make and support honest music."

One of the album’s many highlights is “Cheer Up Little Darling" — which Angaleena co-wrote with her dear friend Guy Clark. This is the last song completed by Guy before his death and features Shawn Camp playing Guy's No. 10 guitar, which was used to write the song with Guy, and Guy's mandola, which he had been learning to play during the last year of his life.

Another spotlight track is “Dreams Don’t Come True,” written with Pistol Annie sisters, Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe. 

“Only Blood” was written with fellow East Kentuckian, Chris Stapleton and features Morgane Stapleton’s unmistakable vocals, while “Good Girl Down” yielded unforgettable moments with the legendary Wanda Jackson. 

This album echoes The New York Times' description of Angaleena: “Ms. Presley has her identity locked tight.”  And boldly reflects her signature “gutsy songwriting and potent narratives” (Associated Press) that make her artistry “remarkable” (NPR).

Angaleena will debut many of these new songs on the road, including during the Cayamo Cruise, Feb. 19-26, and will announce tour dates for the Spring and Summer in coming weeks.

The Wrangled track listing is below, with songwriters in parenthesis. 

1.    Dreams Don’t Come True (Angaleena Presley, Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe) 
2.    High School (Angaleena Presley, Ivy Walker, Sophie Walker)
3.    Only Blood (Featuring Morgane Stapleton) / (Angaleena Presley, Chris Stapleton)
4.    Country (Featuring Yelawolf) / (Angaleena Presley, Michael Wayne Atha)
5.    Wrangled (Angaleena Presley)
6.    Bless My Heart (Angaleena Presley)
7.    Outlaw (Angaleena Presley)
8.    Mama I Tried (Angaleena Presley, Oran Thornton)
9.    Cheer Up Little Darling (Angaleena Presley, Guy Clark)
10.    Groundswell (Angaleena Presley, Ian Fitchuk)
11.    Good Girl Down (Angaleena Presley, Wanda Jackson, Vanessa Olavarez)
12.    Motel Bible (Angaleena Presley, Oran Thornton, Trevor Thornton)
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Listen to the dreamy Folk Pop of Emma Charleston’s new single “Falling”

The song showcases Charleston’s striking vocals and songwriting 
accompanied by her evocative guitar playing.
A shimmering slice of acoustic folk pop
“Falling” is the first in a series of singles the talented singer songwriter
will be releasing through the Koral Young Group.

February 14, 2017 Los Angeles, CA: 
At a time when seemingly everyone is releasing music online and aspiring to full-time careers in the music industry, even today’s most talented artists consider distinguishing themselves a daunting task.
On her new single “Falling,” folk pop singer-songwriter Emma Charleston captures both the angst and the optimism of an extraordinarily gifted musician in an overly saturated market.
Based at the prestigious and intensely competitive Berklee College of Music, the multi-instrumentalist Charleston delivers a dreamy ballad of a tune that touches on themes of self-doubt, determination, and individuality.

 “Falling” released digitally on February 17 via UK iTunes, US iTunes, & Spotify and other online sites.

Popdose recently premiered “Falling”

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According to Charleston, “Falling” originated in the rough and tumble world of a challenging Berklee classroom: “I wrote this song after an exceptionally difficult day of classes. It was a day that pushed me as both an artist and a person. I went through the day feeling like I had to compare myself to other aspiring artists.” With feelings of self-doubt creeping in, Charleston allowed herself to express her feelings in a way that was both musically and emotionally healing.

However, as the songwriting process evolved, “Falling” turned into a hopeful ode to persistence and self-confidence: “In the end, “Falling” became a song about finding yourself in a world of people just like you. It’s an urgent reminder that you have to retain your individuality and find your own way.”

The most recent member of a musical family spanning multiple generations, Emma is influenced by her mother, the award-winning jazz singer, lyricist, and songwriter Rondi Charleston. Charleston’s grandmother, Elsa Charleston, was, in her day, a leading contemporary classical singer based in Chicago.

Emma grew up in a music-filled house, one that fostered creativity. Starting early at violin and piano in the Suzuki method, she made her musical debut at age five. At age eight, she made guest appearances at Lincoln Center, singing background vocals with her mother’s jazz quartet. Charleston has since created, performed, and interpreted different styles of music, resulting in her development as a classically trained singer who can also belt out pop, R&B, jazz, and rock anthems.

Emma has always combined her musicality with her theatrical talents. Her wide array of skills has allowed the multi-talented Charleston to star in, direct, and produce local and regional theatre productions of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Hair, Sweeney Todd, Avenue Q, and Urinetown. She is currently producing West Side Story at Berklee. Fueled by a seemingly endless passion for and commitment to her music, Charleston is also currently promoting her new EP on SoundCloud, posting cover songs on YouTube, and studying performance and songwriting.

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