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Exclusive: Chelsea Bain Releases Lyric Video for “Medicate” – Watch!

Arizona Native, Chelsea Bain is making her way as a newcomer on the Country Music scene, but she is no newcomer to performing in front of big crowds and winning over listeners who have never heard her before.

Bain recently released an EP titled Drinkin’ Alone that showcases incredible vocal strength and a sound mature beyond her years that we’re left wondering how many lifetimes she’s actually lived.

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In the Country Music scene, where there’s so much talent making their way, Bain offers her stories, that resonate with listeners and a sound that’s not forced. She isn’t trying to be something she’s not or sell a song that doesn’t ring true to herself.

“Medicate” is just one of the many songs on the Drinkin’ Alone EP that listeners will be able to relate to, not having a cure for getting over a heartache.

I’ve tried like hell to find / Someone with a fix for heartache / I’d die for a dose or five / Write me a prescription / I’ll take it / You’re the only problem / That’s got me in pain / That I can’t medicate.

Variety Beat has the exclusive premiere of the “Medicate” lyric video! Bain told us about the song, saying:

“This is one of my favorite songs I’ve written, I’ve never laughed so hard in a writing session. Heartbreak is always hard, but in “Medicate” it was fun to get to bring some humor to it and speak to the fact that we’d all love a quick fix for a broken heart!”

EXCLUSIVE: WATCH THE “MEDICATE” LYRIC VIDEO

 

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When you hear Chelsea Bain belt out a song – be it a beautiful ballad or rousing rocker – you know it comes straight from her heart.

A distinctive vocalist and instinctive songwriter, every word she writes and every note she sings proves her strength, her passion, is born from experience.

Chelsea harbored two great passions as she was growing up on an Arizona farm. When not listening to Shania Twain or the Dixie Chicks, Chelsea picked up a love for horses from that cowboy culture in which she was raised. As young as 4 years old, she was trying her luck at barrel racing. Later she graduated to doing breed shows. Sometimes her two interests intersected — on one occasion, with embarrassing results.

“One of the classes I was competing in was right after the break where I’d been asked to sing the national anthem,” she remembers. “After I sang, I hurried back toward the stall, holding my chaps up. My horse was ready to go. They’re throwing my jacket on me and saying, ‘You’re next! Are you ready?’”

She laughs, and then observes, “I guess I get it in my head sometimes that I can take on the world. I can do everything at once. And it’ll all be fine.”

It’s easy to see why. In addition to winning more than 10 world and national titles in the American Paint Horse Association, this determined young woman won notice around Phoenix by singing at rodeos, giving vocal recitals and performing in grade-school productions of Chicago, Les Miserables and other Broadway shows. “I was extremely competitive about it,” she recalls. “There were some interesting moments between some girls and me, battling it out for solos.”

Still, Chelsea didn’t have many opportunities to perform her first love, country music, in her hometown. And so, like so many other hopefuls, at just 19 years old she made the move to Music City.

Much of her learning process came from performing nearly 30 weekends per year at NASCAR and NHRA racing events. “NASCAR taught me everything about getting up onstage and being in front of a crowd,” Chelsea says. “The people aren’t there for a concert. They’re there to see Dale Junior. To play to thousands of people in those circumstances is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do. Every single weekend, I had to win them over and share my music with brand new people. Luckily, and I’m thanking God for this, they loved it and I built an entire fan base from it.”

Always a songwriter, Chelsea’s creativity, heart and outright boldness were ramped up to an entirely new level when she befriended singer/songwriter Rachel Farley. The two began collaborating, and Farley helped pull out emotions and attitudes Chelsea wasn’t even aware she possessed. The two co-wrote all five songs on Chelsea’s upcoming EP, and songwriter/producer/instrumentalist Jordan Sapp joined them on four of tracks.

Having learned, matured, reexamined her roots without letting go of the high-energy throttle, Chelsea is very candid about her next project. “This new music really showcases who I am as a writer and an artist,” Chelsea explains. “I’ve gone through so much in life since I was a kid,” she muses. “It’s taken a long time to figure out how I wanted to put all that I’ve experienced together and incorporate it into my music. But now I feel that the next album is exactly what I want it to be — Chelsea Bain, through and through.”

She smiles, having spoken as she sings, with the power of truth, assurance and total confidence.

 

LISTEN TO THE DRINKIN’ ALONE EP!

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Exclusive: Go Behind The Scenes of Kelleigh Bannen’s Whirlwind Week at SXSW!

There comes a time when big things cross our paths, life changing things. That happened here at Variety Beat the moment we met Kelleigh Bannen back in 2012, who has since become not only our favorite artist, but favorite person. Bannen was instantly able to connect with fans, and to this day, stays after shows to take pictures, sign autographs and most importantly, connect with others. It’s that desire to connect and stay connected that sets her apart from others.

 

 

Bannen has made it her craft to connect with her audience and view them not just as fans, but as those she can learn from and experience real life with. She’s come to realize that you can’t be authentic if you’re hiding parts of your life and bares all on her podcast This Nashville Life and her new single “Church Clothes.”

‘The Strength of The Bannenite’ – Why You Should Invest In Country Artist Kelleigh Bannen

 

Bannen recently spent some time in Austin, TX for SXSW (SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries). We have an exclusive look at Bannen’s week at SXSW and have included photos she’s shared on social media that provide even more pizazz to what looked like an incredible time!

EXCLUSIVE: WATCH KELLEIGH BANNEN’S WHIRLWIND WEEK AT SXSW

 

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Shaking my way through @sxsw with @pandora. 💅🏻

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Bannen told Variety Beat about her week at SXSW, saying:

“I had a blast in Texas for my first official SXSW.  The shows were high energy; the fans were genuinely there to discover new music. Austin was weird, wonderful, and hopelessly without national rideshare options. It was a crazy couple of days and I loved it.”

 

While there, Bannen recorded a live podcast, played various shows promoting her new single “Church Clothes” and even held a Facebook live!

Thanks @facebook 👍🏼❤️😲

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Bannen’s single “Church Clothes” was best described by Grady Smith, who reacts to Music Video’s in real-time. He asked what the purpose of the song was since it wasn’t a breakup song or an “I love you” song and said the purpose of “Church Clothes” is for the audience; a confession from the artist and for the good of the people listening. He said it’s a real song and Country Music can always use more real (can we get an amen?)

Kelleigh Bannen Releases The Most Powerful and Honest Single of the Year “Church Clothes” – Listen

 

Here’s what other artists are saying about “Church Clothes” which was written by Liz Rose and Nicolle Gaylon.

 

 

 

 

WATCH THE “CHURCH CLOTHES MUSIC VIDEO”

 

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Exclusive Premiere: Kelsey Lamb Takes on Chris Young’s “Sober Saturday Night” – Watch!

Kelsey Lamb is paving her way as a Country singer/songwriter and finding her fit in Nashville, TN. Originally from Arkansas, Lamb is excited about the opportunities she will have in her new hometown.

“It’s already been such a great adventure and I look forward to where it will take me and what I will learn.”

Finally exploring this town. #ibelieveinnashville

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Lamb is gaining media attention and a social following with her cover videos such as The Wreckers “Leave The Pieces” and Sam Hunt‘s “Make You Miss Me.” Her latest cover is debuting right here on Variety Beat, Chris Young‘s “Sober Saturday Night.” Lamb teased a preview photo of the video on her socials!

 

WATCH THE EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE OF KELSEY LAMB’S COVER OF “SOBER SATURDAY NIGHT”

Lamb told us about her making the video and who portrays the “ex” is in her video!

“Sober Saturday Night was a really intense video to make because I wanted to make sure that I really captured the meaning of the song and didn’t sway from the emotion that Chris Young portrayed throughout it.

It’s really funny because during the shoot I was asked if I had any photos with a guy to use in the video as my “ex” and the only one I had was a picture with my best friend’s little brother.. so he got a little cameo on the fridge!”

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Stay connected with Kelsey Lamb on her socials.

Caitlin Evanson Reflects on Performing For CMT’s Tribute to Shania Twain with Kelsea Ballerini, Meghan Trainor and Jill Scott

It was a great night for Country Music, as CMT Honored the Artists of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year and a special tribute to Shania Twain!

 

This was the 7th annual CMT Artists of the Year where Carrie UnderwoodLuke BryanFlorida Georgia LineThomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton were honored. Kelsea Ballerini was presented with the Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Twain the Artist of a Lifetime award!

Our favorite Fiddle player and vocalist, Caitlin Evanson also performed during the tribute which highlighted 3 of Twain’s hit songs; “You’re Still the One,” “Any Man of Mine” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman.” Twain also promised a new album that will be out soon!!!

 

Evanson told Variety Beat what it was like to honor such a legendary artist as she played fiddle, mandolin and sung background vocals for the tribute!

Most people aren’t an instant fan of the unfamiliar. Shania Twain had a whole new spin on country music that was so bold and unconventional. One of the things I’ve learned in my life is just how hard it is to stay true to your own voice when the world wants you to be…well, familiar. Shania had the guts to follow through on being Shania and inspire country music to take some risks and grow in incredible new ways.  I was 19 years old, in Vancouver BC, watching those fiddle players that made me want to move to Nashville and follow that kind of dream too.

I wanted the mile-long ponytail, the attitude, and the smarts to write songs like that…so…yeah. Playing her songs at CMT’s Artist Of The Year show….In front of HER, was a little intimidating! But it was an honor i will never forget!

Thanks @makeupbyaubreyjones for the best CMT beauty prep ever. Green is killin it!

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Evanson also performed a house concert Thursday night with Strings of Thought. You can watch the performance below!


 

Be sure to stay tuned for more exciting things to come from our favorite fiddle player and vocalist as she has exciting projects coming up with her new duo The Red Weddings.

It's coming up! More info pretty soon 🎤🏖

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Video of the tribute can be seen here.

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Exclusive: The Inspiration Behind Chase Rice’s New Single “Everybody We Know Does”

Chase Rice, who co-wrote Florida Georgia Line‘s hit song “Cruise,” returns with his new single “Everybody We Know Does.” Rice is passionate about this song and it’s easy to see why! It’s an anthem of being proud of who you are and how you grew up. img_2580

“Everybody We Know Does” was written by Jeremy Bussey and Travis Denning. Bussey told Variety Beat the inspiration behind the song:

“I was talking to a few people from Canada one night a couple of years ago; about growing up, shooting guns and life in the south in general. I didn’t realize they didn’t do any of that. One girl asked me, “So does everyone have guns where you come from?” I said, “Everybody I know does.” I thought it was funny, so it stuck with me. Travis Denning and I were writing one day and I threw that idea out there. Travis immediately came up with “Not everybody throws their empties in a truck bed…” Then we just wrote about the stuff we actually grew up doing and apparently other folks do that stuff too!

LISTEN TO CHASE RICE’S SINGLE “EVERYBODY WE KNOW DOES”

Rice spoke to everythingcountry.com about the single:

“These last few years have been a whirlwind, being out on the road building our live show and working on new music for the next record. I’ve lived a lot and had some incredible experiences and opportunities, but I’ve also been spending some time out at my farm, just unplugging for a bit and reflecting on what music means to me and what it means to all of the people who have shown up and supported me over the years, That’s why this song, ‘Everybody We Know Does,’ is really special to me. We went in and recorded it with some of Nashville’s top studio musicians, so it’s our sound and our lives reflected in this song. It’s who we are, and that’s ultimately what brings us all together.”

With lyrics such as “Not everybody likes a Friday night covered in dust/ But everybody we know does.” Rice starts off with a little grit in his voice and smooths out his sound as the chorus comes around.

That’s what we do, that’s what we love / That’s how we were raised, how we grew up / Runs deep in our veins, way down in our blood / Everybody we know does

“Everybody We Know Does” is the perfect mix that makes for a unique sound as the electric guitar riffs and drum beats take over! It will definitely make waves on radio and become a hit for Rice along with the writers!

Watch a recap of Chase Rice’s time at CMAfest and also hear him talk about the new single!