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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”

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

 

Fringe matters.

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”

 

Get “Church Clothes” on iTunes, amazon, google play, spotify

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Perform “Speak To A Girl” on the ACM Awards!

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are Country Music Royalty and when it comes to marriage goals, it doesn’t get any better than performing with your spouse in front of all your friends! They sure made heart swoons and it was so great to have Hill back on stage again! She was so giddy with excitement she jumped up and down before her and McGraw embraced each other and started kissing on stage! Check out the adorable photos and the meaning behind the song!

LINDSAY ELL’S EP ‘WORTH THE WAIT’ TOPS THE iTUNES CHARTS!

LINDSAY ELL’S WORTH THE WAIT AVAILABLE NOW

New EP Ascends To #2 iTunes Country / Top 10 iTunes All Genres

Nashville, TN (March 24, 2017) – Rising star Lindsay Ell’s highly-anticipated debut EP WORTH THE WAIT is available today (3/24) via Stoney Creek Records. Produced by celebrated GRAMMY-winning musician Kristian Bush (of Sugarland), fans and critics alike are buzzing over the budding star’s debut project as it quickly ascended to #2 on iTunes Country. Worth The Wait also rose to #7 on iTunes All Genres (at press time).

 

Buy and stream Worth The Wait here: http://smarturl.it/worththewait

Ell celebrated the career milestone on the eve of her debut (3/23), with an at-capacity crowd of fans, industry and tastemakers at Nashville venue Back Corner. With a rollicking full-band in tow, she previewed all six tracks from the EP to a fervent applause.  

Happy Release Day!! #worththewait 😍 #celebrate

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Worth The Wait is stacked with vulnerability and is deliberate in its sequence, giving listeners a front row seat to a deeply personal narrative. Opening with the flirtatious “Waiting on You,” Ell breezily croons, “I’m a July sky / You’re a bottle rocket / I’m waiting on you…”  

“Criminal” then marks a cascading mood shift in an undefined relationship, capturing Ell’s tantalizing vocals over punchy guitar lines. “Space” and “Standing Here” are instantly relatable emotional stand-outs, featuring contributions from heavy-hitting songwriters including Caitlyn Smith and Ryan Hurd, respectively.  


The EP’s title track “Worth The Wait” begins to break down walls and sees a relationship come full-circle with its heartfelt lyrics and sweeping melody. Finally, Ell reimagines John Mayer’s “Stop This Train,” which not only concludes the project thematically, but also reconfirms the young talent’s capacity for guitar riffs knows no boundaries. 

Ell has even painted guitars to go along with each track! The first one has been revealed and you can even enter to win it!

 

Ell, who PerezHilton.com praised as having “all the makings to be a superstar” and The Calgary Herald lauded as “the complete package” thrives in a lane of her own as a multi-instrumentalist and lead guitar player, a rarity amongst females in the mainstream country music format. The Stoney Creek Records artist is currently performing nationally on superstar and fellow guitar shredder Brad Paisley’sLIFE AMPLIFIED WORLD TOUR. For a full list of tour dates, please visit: www.lindsayell.com/tour

WORTH THE WAIT TRACK LISTING:

1) “Waiting on You” (Lindsay Ell, Adam Hambrick, Andrew DeRoberts)
2) “Criminal” (Lindsay Ell, Chris Stevens, Fred Wilhelm)
3) “Space” (Caitlyn Smith, Heather Morgan, Maggie Chapman)
4) “Standing Here” (Melissa Peirce, Ryan Hurd, Chase McGill)
5) “Worth The Wait” (Lindsay Ell, Travis Meadows)
6) “Stop This Train” (John Mayer, Pino Palladino)

ABOUT LINDSAY ELL:

Named one of The Huffington Post’s “Top Country Artists to Watch,” Lindsay Ell is a triple threat:  accomplished musician, unique vocalist and songwriter. The young Calgary native learned to play guitar while traveling with her father to country-bluegrass camps as a young girl. Ell honed her craft as a musical stylist and songwriter after being discovered by BTO and The Guess Who’s Randy Bachman (“American Woman” / “Taking Care of Business”) who discovered her at the age of 13.  The multi-instrumentalist was soon touring alongside the likes of Luke Bryan, Buddy Guy, The Band Perry and Keith Urban as well as wowing audiences as Carrie Underwood’s guitar player live on the 50th Annual CMA Awards and holding her own alongside icon Melissa Etheridge on Skyville Live.

A 2016 CMT Music Award and Canadian Country Music Award nominee, Ell exhilarated audiences from coast-to-coast as part of the 2016 CMT Next Women of Country Tour and is featured on Brad Paisley’s 2017 LIFE AMPLIFIED WORLD TOUR. Ell’s highly anticipated debut EP, WORTH THE WAIT (produced by GRAMMY winner Kristian Bush of Sugarland), is available now. For more information visit: http://www.LindsayEll.com.  

LINDSAY ELL SOCIAL MEDIA:
https://www.facebook.com/officiallindsayell/
https://twitter.com/lindsayell
https://www.instagram.com/lindsayell/

Snapchat: @LindsayEll