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Country Release Round-Up: Twinnie, Michaela Anne, Jake Owen & More

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TWINNIE – ‘ONE HEART’

A highlight of this year’s C2C, Twinnie has released the follow-up to ‘Welcome To the Club’ which has become a UK pop-country anthem.

‘One Heart’ was produced by Ben Johnson and Johhny Reno, and is the second of four tracks that she intends to release over the next few months and build into a standalone film.

She is also expanding the profile of UK country music into the heart of Nashville. There was a Twinnie billboard on display in Music City last week.

CORB LUND – ‘PASA-GET-DOWN-DENA’

Every so often a song comes along that gets your feet tapping and your shoulders swaying. Originally recorded by John Evans ‘Pasa-Get-Down-Dena’ is a potential country/rockabilly classic.

It’s also a track from Lund’s new ‘Songs My Friends Wrote’ album which will be released on April 29th and we are promised tracks on a regular basis leading up to the release of the new record.

CHAYCE BECKHAM – ‘TELL ME TWICE’

He’s from California and was the winner of season 19 of American Idol. He’s also moved to Nashville and is building his country music career by honing his songwriting with fellow artists.

He’s already recorded a single with Lindsay Ell, ‘Can’t Do Without Me,’ which is beginning its rise up the country charts, and he has also released ‘Tell Me Twice,’ written with Isley Juber and Ross Copperman.

He was mentored by Luke Bryan on the show, who has maintained support in Chayce’s fledgling career.

MICHAELA ANNE – ‘I’M ONLY HUMAN’

It’s been three years since the release of Michaela’s last album ‘Desert Dove’ and the intervening period has not been kind to her family. She has had to come to terms with her mother’s devastating and debilitating haemorrhagic stroke which occurred mid-way through Michaela’s pregnancy.

She was midway through the making of her soon to be released ‘Oh To Be That Free’ album when these life changing events occurred, and the production of new music became secondary.

‘I’m Only Human’ is the album’s opener and the full project will finally be released on June 10th.

DREW PARKER – ‘RAISED UP RIGHT’

As an up-and-coming singer-songwriter in Nashville, a credit on the latest single of country music’s hottest property is not too shabby. Drew Parker co-wrote Luke Combs’ latest hit, ‘Doin This.’

To add to this latest success, he also wrote ‘1, 2 Many’ and ‘This One’s For You’ for Luke and also Jake Owen’s ‘Homemade,’ so the writing career is off to a fine start.

His career as a performer is yet to match his prowess as a writer, but ‘Raised Up Right’ might just rectify that. Definitely one to watch out for.

JAKE OWEN – ‘UP THERE DOWN HERE’

Jake Owen is gearing up for the release of his seventh album and his first since 2019’s ‘Greeting From Jake.’

‘Up There Down Here’ was written by Zach Dyer, Summer Overstreet and Travis Wood, and produced by long-time collaborator Joey Moi.

JOSHUA HEDLEY – ‘RIVER IN THE RAIN’

It’s the third release from the new album ‘Neon Blue’.

‘River In The Rain’ is a Roger Miller cover and is a reminder that Hedley began his career covering country classics in bar rooms and honky-tonks. His nickname has always been Mr Jukebox.

He always includes one of his favourite classic songs on every album, and a song that showcases the serious side of Johnny Miller fitted the bill.

WILL HOGE – ‘WHOSE GOD IS THIS’

An all-time favourite of YLIAS, Will Hoge is back with a song that shows the quality of one of country’s master storytellers.

In typical Hoge style, he is now out on the road promoting his latest record ‘Tiny Little Moves’ that was released in 2020 when the pandemic was at its peak, and the world was effectively shut down. 

These were a bunch of new songs that he never got to perform live, and he intends to treat them as a brand new record.

RALEIGH KEEGAN – ‘COLD DAY IN TUCSON’

It’s a track from his forthcoming 7-track mini-album ‘Tale of 7 Cities,’ which relates to cities that he has played and felt inspired to commit his impressions to a song.

He has an interesting and somewhat unique backstory. He was born in Columbus State Penitentiary where his mother was serving a sentence, subsequently adopted into a large family in Cincinnati, and balanced his upbringing between music and sport until he became hooked on Zac Brown Band’s ‘Uncaged’ album, which tipped him towards country music.

He made the move to Nashville in 2018 after selling his house to make his first record.

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