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Female Country Music Artists Sticking to Their Values

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Country music is a genre of music that has traditionally been dominated by men. When you think of the most popular artists of the past and today, most of the big names that pop up are those of men. However, a group of young female country music artists from the great state of Texas have popped up as of recent and have risen in popularity over the past few years or so. These women have been inspirational not in creating success for themselves, but by also sticking to their principles and standing by their roots. Here are three young female country music artists who have found success without compromising their values.

Kacey Musgraves

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Kacey was discovered in Austin, Texas in 2008. She got the first big break of her career touring with Lady Antebellum in 2012, and released her first album the next year. On her album “Same Trailer, Different Park,” Kacey made hits with her songs “Blowin’ Smoke” “Merry go Round” and the popular “Follow Your Arrow”, which eventually reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart.  Critics applauded Follow Your Arrow for its strong message about non-conformity and living one’s life to the fullest. On her second album released just a week ago, Musgraves has already found success with her hit song “Biscuits” which uses traditional southern customs as metaphors to explain her views on how to live life and treat others. Musgraves career is continuing to blossom, and her ability to stick to her roots has made her a fan favorite within Texas.

RaeLynn

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RaeLynn, another Texas born girl, exploded onto the music scene with her impressive performances on Season 2 of the popular singing show “The Voice.” Although she was eliminated in the quarterfinals, RaeLynn signed with Republic Nashville and is currently working on a studio album. She has since collaborated with her coach on “The Voice” Blake Shelton, doing backups on his popular redneck ballad “Boys Round Here.” RaeLynn release her first single “Boyfriend” in 2012, and followed up with the immensely popular “God Made Girls” in 2014. This song helped to catapult her onto the main stage as it reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart.  RaeLynn’s most recent success has come with the release of her new song “For a Boy.” Although RaeLynn has been criticized for her song “God Made Girls” which many feminists deemed as sexist and overly traditional, RaeLynn has stuck by her principles and Christian values and continues to do so in her music.  Having only just turned 21, RaeLynn has much room to grow as an artist and it should prove interesting to follow her career trajectory.

Danielle Bradbery

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Bradbery followed RaeLynn as a voice contestant, competing on the show “The Voice” in 2013.  Danielle ended up winning the show under the tutelage of Blake Shelton. Bradbery, born in Houston blew judges away with her rendition of Taylor Swift’s “Mean” and with her powerful performances of other mainstream country songs. She was so impressive on “The Voice” that she had five studio performances on the show reach the top ten on iTunes! Danielle released her first single “The Heart of Dixie,” in July of 2013 and released her self-titled first album later that year. The “Heart of Dixie” reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot Country Song Chart. Danielle is currently working on her second album and hopes to release it in 2015. Although she has not had quite as much mainstream success outside of the Voice as some of her fellow artists, Danielle has a strong future ahead of her as she only recently turned 18! Danielle Bradbery continues to stick to her southern and Christian roots and has already made a name for herself. It will be just a matter of time till she finds the one song to really put her among the giants in the country music business.

It is increasingly hard to make it in the music business without compromising values, but these ladies have done a great job of sticking to their roots while climbing up the ranks. I expect more like them to follow despite the increasing trend of young stars compromising what they used to believe in.

 

Summer 2014 Pump Up Playlist

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The 2014 spring semester has officially come to an end! Let’s just take a moment and let that sink in. if you’re reading this: Congratulations, you have officially survived finals week! *Takes deep breath, exhales stress* It’s safe to say the next couple of days we’re all going to be anxiously waiting for semester grades to be posted.

To the 2014 College Graduates: The day that you have been strenuously working towards has finally arrived; you have achieved a very important milestone in your life and this will be no doubt one of the most unforgettable moments of your life. All your hard work and dedication have paid off, and resulted in a college degree. All of us here would like to wish you best of luck as you embark on a new adventure and transition into the professional life. Congratulations grad, you’ve earned it.

Okay, okay, I’m done with all the sappy stuff. Let’s get back to the fun.

Who’s pumped up for summer? I know I am! Because I know many of you are heading back home or kicking off summer with a road trip to the beach, I decided to share with you the current playlist that my friends and I have been blasting through our open car windows. This fun summer playlist is full of quirky electric ballads that will have you tapping your toes and dancing in your seat

Music Festival Dos and Don’ts

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My Tumblr feed has recently been plagued with colorful flower crowns..it can only mean one thing, the music festival season has arrived. Obviously, each music festival is different from the other; the location, genre, price, and size change from event to event. However, one thing is for certain: the energy is always electric. I have had both good and not so great experiences attending several festivals these past few years, and I decided to share my top Music Festival Dos and Don’ts. Ready? Let’s begin.

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1. Don’t wear open-toed shoes.

I can’t tell you how many girls I witnessed lose their flip flops/sandals due to dancing and occasional muddy weather. Do yourself a favor protect your feet and avoid shoe malfunction by wearing closed toe shoes.

2. Don’t bring an oversized purse.

Keep your bag size to a minimum; go for a slouched cross-body bag or a stylish fanny-pack that can fit all of your essentials.

3. Don’t style your hair.

Chances are those intricate hairdos that you spent hours on will come undone the moment your favorite performer steps on stage.  Go for a braided look or a messy bun look instead. These simple hairstyles will help you look effortlessly chic.

4. Don’t wear heavy makeup. 

You will sweat, I repeat, YOU WILL SWEAT. A LOT.  Music festivals are giant sweat fests that will leave you with raccoon eyes if you’re not careful. Keep your makeup light and simple: a long-lasting lip stain, bronzer, and a bit of mascara should do the trick!

5. Wear Sunscreen. You will be outside in the sun for hours which can only lead to one thing. Sunburn. Make sure you protect yourself by lathering on sunscreen every 2-3 hours. Your skin will thank you later.

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Music festivals are all about having fun! Enjoy the good vibes, dance with a stranger, and eat chocolate covered bacon on a stick! Make memories that will last you a lifetime.

Who is Ross David?

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Internet radio is good for many things: procrastinating from homework, ads that have no relevance to your life whatsoever, and discovering amazing musical talent. The latter is what introduced me to the soul man that is Ross David, but who is Ross David? I’m guessing you haven’t heard of him before so I’m here to enlighten you about his amazing music.

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If you’re not familiar with this name, it’s okay. Neither was I until I heard his original song “When I’m With You” on the radio. Have a listen here, I’ll wait.

AMAZING right?  With a vocal tone reminiscent of John Mayer paired with stellar song writing abilities, it’s difficult to understand how this artist has not yet broken into the mainstream. According to his official Facebook page, David caught the ear of well known producer Jay Ollero who would become his mentor and guide. This led to Matt Hennessy, well known producer, audio engineer, and president of the Grammy Chapter of Chicago, to discovering David’s abilities and joining the two in recording the original songs that would later become three EPs with a fourth being released in early 2014.

David’s pop sound has an undeniable soulful quality that distinguishes his music from the cookie-cutter top 40 hits you’ll hear on the radio. With influences like Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, and John Legend, this was bound to happen. If you browse his YouTube channel you’ll find dozens of covers and original songs that are just as fabulous as “When I’m With You” including his latest original song “Fire Burnin’”.

Now that you’re hooked, look for more Ross David original recordings on iTunes, Amazon, Pandora, and Spotify.

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Top 5 Must Have Songs of 2014

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With the snow melting away and the sun coming out, my playlist has begun to brighten up a bit as well. These songs tend to give you the urge to bust a move and break into song; don’t say I didn’t warn you.

1. Happy- Pharrell Williams

Yes, I know everyone loves this song and probably everyone has heard it. But it is nowhere near overrated. You just can’t help but be happy when you hear this song! It just puts an involuntary smile on your face! Click here now to listen.

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2. Counting Stars –One Republic

This song has such a subtle motivational aspect to it. The lyrics encourage you to think outside the box and follow your heart while the music is super danceable. Win! Click here now to listen.

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3. La la la- Naughty Boy feat. Sam Smith

“La la la” is a fun song for it’s rebellious nature. It’s basically telling you not to listen to and believe everything people say, and I have to agree wholeheartedly. Click here now to listen.

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4. Burn –Ellie Goulding

“Burn” is another song that has a subtle motivational feel. While it’s a dance song that could easily be a love story, it’s just as easily a message to make an impact on the world and leave your mark. Click here now to listen.

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5. Neon Lights –Demi Lovato

This is easily the most danceable song on the list. Listen to this song and try NOT to dance. Go ahead, try. Seriously, this is such a feel good song. The kind that you dance to in the car (at stoplights of course…) in such a way that the driver in the car next to you starts staring. Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything. Click here now to listen.

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Add these songs to brighten up your playlist! Any we missed?