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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

 

More About Chelsea Bain: 

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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Take A Trip Back to the “Wild West” with Runway June

Country music trio, Runaway June, have just recently released their latest song “Wild West.” Naomi CookeHannah Mulholland and Jennifer Wayne formed the trio after a write together that was formed out of chance and now are a part of Wheelhouse Records.

 

 

Runaway June’s debut single “Lipstick” had a successful run on country radio (making the top 25) and they are looking forward to release their debut album in the upcoming future.

Wow what a night Wichita!!!! We are in such a high!!!!!!!! #LoveMeLikeTheWildWest

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“Wild West” Song Review

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“Wild West” is a love song that pays homage to the late John Wayne, who just happens to be Wayne’s grandfather. Wayne has always wanted to write a song that included her grandfather and the rest is history. “Wild West” is an organic love song that draws connections to western times when lovers would ride off into the sunset on horseback. The western imagery is prevalent throughout the song with the lyrics describing older times:

Love me like the wild, wild, wild west / Ride me off in the sunset / Outlaws making a run for it / Well come on boy, be my cowboy / Keep me by your side all night / Hold me tight / Like a pearl-handle .45 / And just let me be the whiskey on your breath / Love me like the wild, wild, wild, west

 

With Cooke at the forefront, her vocals are a blast from the past etching the setting of the song with Mulholland and Wayne providing the echoing harmonies that leaves listeners in a trance. The backing track includes the traditional steel guitar with a fiddle, that perfectly sets the mood of the song and paints the picture that Runaway June sets to create with their lyrics with every stroke of the brush. What is then formed is a masterful piece of art that will have listeners playing the song over and over again. The imagery of the wild west is continued throughout the song:

I wanna feel like we jumped a train to Santa Fe / Like we’re desperadoes, making our getaway / Wanna hideaway on some prairie / Underneath the blanket of stars / And just get lost in your arms

“Wild West” concludes with, “Baby you could steal my heart like Jesse James or go out guns blazing just like old John Wayne.” Overall, “Wild West” is a song that listeners all around will be able to connect with and will be able to feel the emotion throughout. “Wild West” offers a little something for every type of listener, old and young. There is something undeniably special about Runaway June, with vocals that have not been heard in many years, offering a fresh voice to the modern country music scene. Runaway June is forging their sound and presence that will propel them to the top of the charts in the near future. Runway June is a force to be reckoned with and will continue on creating a lot of noise, only intensifying in sound as time goes on.

Watch Runaway June Perform “Wild West”

Interview With Mallary Hope and Her Journey To Let Go and Let God

When life doesn’t go the way we plan, it becomes hard to stay positive and see the bigger picture. Mallary Hope has experienced a lot of closed doors and phrases like “You’re too this or that” over and over again. She didn’t know where she belonged, or if music was something she should keep pursing.

Hope released her debut single to Country radio 8 years ago, and today her debut Christian single “Now” is going to radio. In that time she has cried, rejoiced and prayed a lot. She’s let go of everything she can’t control and has gained an incredible support system, amazing husband and two incredible daughters. She’s also gotten a record deal with Curb records and is finally able to get her music heard. She’s already charted in the top 40 thanks to early stations adding her single!

Mallary Hope Shares How She Overcame Hardship in Debut Christian Single “Now”

 

 

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR MALLARY HOPE’S SINGLE “NOW”

Variety Beat had the chance to ask Hope questions about her journey and how much this new single means to her and how much we hope it will mean to you.

Variety Beat:  Congratulations on the release of your new single “Now,” can you describe your emotions, getting to release a single for the first time in seven years and what that journey has been like?

Mallary Hope: The journey has been heartbreaking at times, but I wouldn’t have it any another way. God had to break my heart so that I would learn how to depend on him. Sometimes He brings us to our knees because He needs us to look up. Faith can be so hard because it is FULLY trusting in His plan.. He doesn’t expect us to be perfect at it, but He does want us to try to just lean on him. I will say that I haven’t been this “giddy” in a long time. I’m just so proud of this music. We wrote “NOW” when I was pregnant with my first baby. So this song is almost 3 years old. It’s amazing to look back and see how God was working on me, and orchestrating this journey from the start. It just took me a minute to open my eyes and let him do the driving.
Variety Beat: You were previously releasing music on country radio, what helped inspire you to move to Christian radio?

Mallary Hope: I think the transition is very natural for me. I’m a child of God first, and I just love making music. My music has always reflected my life. Where I am in some relationship, or where I was in my career.. I honestly thought that (and forgive me for going third person here) but Mallary Hope the singer was all I was.. it was my entire identity. I’ve been making music since I was 9 years old and when I wasn’t being successful at it, I started to question why God made me..  I love country music and I thought that was where God wanted me to be. I used to think that if I wasn’t successful at music, then there would be no reason for me to live. (Let me be clear, I was NEVER suicidal I just remember thinking, God If you’re not gonna make this happen, then why am I here?) ME ME ME..  How crazy immature that sounds now..  I think that is the mindset of someone who believes their entire identity is defined by what they do.. God wants us to see that He made us for so much more and that He has plans for us. Plans to prosper, but we have to give up the control.

I remember crying and praying that God would just take the love of music away from me, because it just kept breaking my heart. I was in this miserable place and then it hit me.. It’s a lot of “Me Me ME” What a selfish place to be in.. It was all about me.. But I needed God to show me that it wasn’t about me at all.. It was ALL about Him.. So he completely took away that desire of music that I’ve had since I was 9 Years old.

Then, when I was pregnant with my first child, while listening to Christian radio, I just had this overwhelming feeling to make/say something important.  What’s the most important thing a Christian can do? It is to be Christ like, love others, and tell people about God’s love. This life is temporary but as a believer we have eternal life and it is imperative that we help win others over for the kingdom.. So I figured, if God gave me this love of music in the first place.. It was about time I used my gifts for His glory.  For the first time in my life, I didn’t need someone to tell me “I love your voice” for me to feel validated.. I found my validation in Christ…  I just want to make music that can help people come to know what an amazing God He is. To experience His unconditional love and peace. For people to know that it is ok to surrender your ideas of what you think you were made for. God will show you exactly what He has in store for you.. You just have to allow Him to do so.

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Variety Beat: Tell us about your single “Now,” the inspiration behind it and what you hope listeners can take away from it.

Mallary Hope: My single Now is my journey all wrapped up in about 3 mins. Pretty much the same answer as #2.. Just a song about coming to a place of surrendering your desires for God’s plan for you. Sometimes what we want for ourselves isn’t what He wants for us, but what He has in mind is so much better. It’s just a reminder that He has been with us every step of the way. Even when we might have ignored Him, He was there.

Variety Beat: What’s been some of the biggest differences since working with Christian radio and so you feel it’s been more welcoming to new talent?

Mallary Hope: Well, there’s not really THAT much of a difference. Just people who love music and artists who love to sing. The topic is really the only difference. Instead of me singing about an ex boyfriend, I get to praise and worship God.

Variety Beat: “Now” that you’ve released a new single, what else is on the horizon? Is an album in the works and will you be getting to perform at some events?

Mallary Hope: We have an album coming out in the fall. (that’s the rumor anyway)  KLOVE fan awards are next month, and those are always fun. Will be doing some more radio tour.. and then some Touring in the fall.  We will be excited to get out and play this album for people.

 

Variety Beat: What’s been the most encouraging part of this next chapter in your life?

Mallary Hope: I think the most encouraging part is knowing that I’m doing exactly what I was put here to do.. And that there’s no pressure because for the first time in my life, I’m letting God be in control. So, if this music just reaches one heart then that’s enough for me. There’s this amazing peace because I know who I am now, and getting to make music is just icing on this already amazing life.

Variety Beat: Who have you written with lately that you’ve always wanted to work with?

Mallary Hope: I love all my cowriters on this album. This entire album was written with new people and I’m just thankful they allowed me to come in and share my story with them.

Variety Beat: What’s one of your favorite quotes or scripture that helps you through difficult times?

Mallary Hope: There are so many Great ones, but i really love this one from Isaiah 43:2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”
(Again it’s just a reminder that no matter what we go through, as a believer God is right there with us. Fighting our battles for us, and helping us get through times of trouble.)
Variety Beat: What do you want listeners to know about you?
Mallary Hope: I just want people to know that I love God, and feel so blessed to be able to use this platform to tell others about how awesome He is.

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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Mags Duval Shows Strength in Vulnerability in New Single “Cinnamon Gum.”

19-year-old Pop Singer/Songwriter, Mags Duval has been writings songs since she was 9-years-old. Now a resident of Nashville, her songwriting has lead to her working with incredible talented producers like GRAMMY winner Luke Laird (Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, Eric Church, Tim McGraw) and John Hill (Eminem, Shakira, Snoop Lion, Pink, Christina Aguilera, Wu-Tang Clan, Jay Z).

So sweet, so strong like…

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Listening to her new music, you wouldn’t guess Duval is a teenager, in fact she shows a lot of longevity as her music is hauntingly beautiful. Her latest single, “Cinnamon Gum” takes us through the emotions of missing someone you’ve long since broken up with, but can’t seem to stop forgetting about them.

Summer’s come and gone a couple times / And they don’t play that same song on the radio / There’s still a piece of you I keep wrapped up in my mind / It starts out subtle / Blowing bubbles / Baby, you’re in the air

Duval says of the single: “There is strength in vulnerability. I don’t think you have to act like everything’s okay to be strong.”

T O M O R R O W #CinnamonGum 🖤

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Duval writes songs to have an outlet for her feelings. “When I’m feeling something and don’t think there is a song I can jam out to, to get me over it, I think, ‘Okay. I guess I need to write one. Because if I’m feeling this way, chances are there’s someone out there who’s feeling this too.’”

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She hopes her songs will be able to help others connect to their feelings and feel understood. “I feel so fortunate to be able to have my songs as an outlet for my life, my feelings. To be able to give that to people––to provide an escape, help them feel understood and like they’re not alone. That’s what I want to do with my music.”

LISTEN TO MAGS DUVAL’S SINGLE “CINNAMON GUN”

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