New Release Round-Up: January 19th

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SEAFORTH – ‘BREAKUPS’

We have been following the career development of Seaforth since we were blown away by their ‘Love That’ EP in April 2019.  They are signed to Sony Nashville and it appears that the push is now on to progress into the country mainstream.

Tom Jordan and Mitch Thompson are natives of Sydney, Australia, but moved to the USA in 2017. They have great voices and big personalities. They were on the Bobby Bones Show last week, and ‘Breakups’ is their new single.

HAILEY WHITTERS – ‘THE RIDE’ FT. JORDAN DAVIS

Hailey released a high quality album, ‘The Dream’, last year and has now announced an extended version, ‘Living The Dream’, which has 5 new songs.

Those songs feature vocals from Brent Cobb, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Trisha Yearwood. The fifth artist is Jordan Davis, who lends his vocals to ‘The Ride’.

Jordan took Hailey out on the road as support for his first headlining tour and she said his involvement on this project was a ‘no brainer’.

JP SAXE & MAREN MORRIS  – ‘LINE BY LINE’

Canadian JP Saxe has teamed up with Maren Morris on the country-pop collaboration, ‘Line By Line’.

He’s best known for his 2019 hit ‘If The World Was Ending’, which featured Julia Michaels and garnered over a billion streams. It was also nominated for Song of the Year at the 63rd Grammy Awards.

Maren’s been forced to cancel her RSVP Tour again due to the current uncertainty, but is currently working on her third album.

BROOKE LYNN – ‘LITTLE ONE’

TikTok has embraced new country artist Brooke Lynn, whose last single ‘Depends On The Friend’ went viral in 2020.

She has followed it up with her new single ‘Little One’, which was written with Autumn Buysse and Brandon Whitley in the midst of the pandemic.

She was determined to put forward a message of hope to counter the fear and uncertainty surrounding the pandemic.

BLAKE SHELTON – ‘MINIMUM WAGE’

The pre-release controversy surrounding this song was unprecedented with critics, calling it “tone deaf” during a time of record unemployment and economic struggles in the US.

He performed it for the first time on New Years Eve and the Twitter feeds were particularly scathing. Blake has responded by saying that “it’s a classic country love song that says you don’t need a lot of money or possessions to have love”.

Whatever your take on it, it’s a certainty for another big hit for the Nashville mega-star. A huge production and such an infectious tune.

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER – ‘SANCTUARY’

It’s their first release since their 2019 ‘Terms Of Surrender’ album, and is described by frontman MC Taylor as “one small piece of my own personal reckoning with what it feels like to search for some kind of shelter in the storm”.

No word yet as to whether this is a taste of a new album project from the North Carolina country rockers.

The video features Taylor kneeling in front of an upside-down American Flag with 52 stars, “one for DC and one for Puerto Rico”.

LEWIS BRICE FT. JOHN HAMPSON & NINE DAYS – ‘ABSOLUTELY (STORY OF A GIRL)’

This was a #1 hit for Nine Days in 2000 and Lewis Brice has teamed up with lead singer John Hampson for a country version.

The cover was mooted to Brice who put his spin on the song. The chance to sing it with the original writer was too good pass up, and it’s a follow-up to Brice’s ‘It’s You’ which amassed more than 14 million streams.

KIP MOORE – ‘HOW HIGH’

A new song from fan favourite Kip Moore is always a big deal. ‘How High’ is one of the tracks that will be featured on Moore’s upcoming ‘Wild World Deluxe’ project, which will be released on 17th February and bumps the track list from 13 tracks to 17.

Kip has announced a live stream on release day from the Ryman Auditorium.

HUNTER HAYES – ‘THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY’

It’s a week where our new release list is heavy with the established Nashville artists, and we couldn’t overlook this one from Hunter Hayes who has been fairly quiet lately.

It’s the lead single from his upcoming ‘Red Sky (Part II)’ project, and it’s his celebration of his liberation from “the toxic situations in life”. The album will be his fifth, and follows the 2019 ‘Wild Blue (Part I)’ release.

The video was filmed in Los Angeles.

HOUSTON BERNARD – ‘PEOPLE WE ARE’

We finish this week with an upcoming artist who operates outside the Nashville bubble. Houston Bernard hails from Oklahoma, but is now based in Boston, New England. 

His new single was written by Kim Penz and Cole Taylor, whose previous songs have been recorded by Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean and Cole Swindell.

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