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!”



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.




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!



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.







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See What Inspired Eloah Jones’ First Original Single “Soldier.”

Jones told Variety Beat:

Right now, it’s one of my lines in “Soldier”… “I thought you’d be my forever, but it turned into a war.”  “Soldier” was built around that lyric.  What I was saying there is to remember that everything happens for a reason and some things that may seem perfect are not. But, when going through tough times, it’s easy to give in, but you can’t let those situations define you or defeat you. Because what defines you is not how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get back up. You have to be strong and fight…. like a “Soldier.”
The lyrics of “Soldier” have a power to them that will others feel that same confidence and push to keep going.
Soldier / Rise like a fighter / Heart like a warrior / Nothing’s going to take me down.


Jones’ single SOLDIER is now available on Apple Music, iTunes, and Spotify.

See Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood and More Rehearsing for the ACM Awards!



The 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards
Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, hosts for the second consecutive year of THE 52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. The ACM Awards® will be broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 2 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved


WHAT:                 The 52nd ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. It is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

WHO:                   PERFORMERS INCLUDE: Jason AldeanBackstreet BoysKelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Lauren Daigle, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Faith Hill, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.


PRESENTERS INCLUDE: Lauren Alaina, Ty Bentli, Bobby Bones, Kane Brown, Derek Carr, Savannah Chrisley, Todd Chrisley, David Copperfield, Ronnie Dunn, Julian Edelman, Kacey Musgraves, Nancy O’Dell, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker, Elliott Sadler, Miss America Savvy ShieldsRob Stone,  Bubba Wallace and Storme Warren.


ADDITIONAL ATTENDEES INCLUDE: Cast of ABSINTHE, American Young, Kayla Adams, Trace Adkins, DJ Bad Ash, Drew Baldridge, Frankie Ballard, Tucker Beathard, Big & Rich, Lee Brice, Bailey Bryan, Cam, Chase Bryant, Brandy Clark, Luke Combs, Ross Copperman, Easton Corbin, Adam Craig, Billy Currington, Luke Dick, Russell Dickerson, Dean Dillon, DJ Du, Clare Dunn, Eli Young Band, Lindsay Ell, Seth Ennis, Charles Esten, Ryan Follese, Kenny Foster, AJ Gibson, Cory Gierman, Ashley Gorley, Robby Hayes, Walker Hayes, HISH, Lucas Hoge, Ryan Hurd, Tony Jackson, Jessie James Decker, Chris Janson, Matt Jenkins, Ryan Kinder, Luke Laird, Chris Lane, Olivia Lane, Tracy Lawrence, Jackie Lee, Hillary Lindsey, LOCASH, Love and Theft, Dustin Lynch, Maddie & Tae, Shane McAnally, Scotty McCreery, Lori McKenna, Alyssa Micaela, William Michael Morgan, Jackson Michelson, Midland, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Erica Nicole, Jerrod Niemann, Josh Osborne, Shawn Parr, Eric Paslay, Trick Pony, Cassadee Pope, Stephanie Quayle, RaeLynn, Michael Ray, Runaway June, Dylan Scott, Aubrie Sellers, Dee Jay Silver, Granger Smith, The Swon Brothers, A Thousand Horses, Josh Turner, Michael Tyler, Clay Walker, Morgan Wallen, Aaron Watson, Hailey Whitters, Brett Young, Chris Young and more.  




WHEN:                 Sunday, April 2, 2017

                                8:00 PM – 11:00 PM ET/Delayed PT – 52nd ACM Awards® Live Telecast on CBS


WHERE:               T-Mobile Arena, 3780 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89119

MORE:                  The official red carpet pre-show for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards will live stream exclusively on Twitter on April 2, starting at 3pm PT/6pm ET. The pre-show will be available to logged-in and logged-out audiences on Twitter and connected devices, and can be found at, in Twitter Moments or via @ACMawards

Sponsors and partners for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards include T-Mobile and Xfinity from Comcast.


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

The thing about Variety Beat is, we don’t review every single that gets released. (Praise be to the powerhouse outlets that have that capability.) Instead, we bring you the music that touches us most, the artists we connect with because we believe they can make a difference in your life, like they’ve made a difference in ours. Kelleigh Bannen is not just another amazing artist/singer/songwriter. She’s an amazing human being and that is why we champion her music. She’s the type of person you wish you had in your life, a person you would be proud to know. A person who isn’t afraid to be vulnerable and honest, a person who takes risks even if it’s not the safe route, because she believes in the power of music and it’s healing capabilities.

Several years ago, Bannen came across a song called “Church Clothes” written by GRAMMY award-winning songwriter Liz Rose and Nicolle Galyon. It’s a song filled with so much vulnerability and something that makes people uncomfortable to talk about in the “church scene.” The song follows the storyline of a couple struggling to stay together, a couple that no longer communicates, that fights all the time, but they show up to church on Sundays, just like they’re supposed to and put on their Sunday best.


The lyrics have so much power in them because they come from such a broken place. They ask the questions, what would people think if they knew what was really happening? That’s a real fear when people are going through a hard time, possibly heading towards a divorce. What is everyone going to think? On the outside, people can look so happy, have it all put together, and yet on the inside they are crying out for help, for love, for someone who understands what they are going through.

That’s what this song does. It offers an understanding for others who don’t have it all together, who don’t have the perfect marriage, who have been through or are going through things that others would look down upon. It takes courage and bravery to open up about what’s really happening and this song gives people that courage. To say “I’m not alone, other people are also going through this.” It’s something so difficult and painful, but it can hurt a little less if you can be honest about what’s going on.

Bannen brings that vulnerability out when she sings the words as if she’s lived them. There are pauses in each line that allow us to feel the pain she’s singing about. It’s difficult to say the words, because it’s difficult to live them.

A pressed shirt, you tuck it in / You tie your tie, tie it again / I put a little curl in my hair / Pink on my cheeks, barely there / A proper skirt, hits at the knee / A good sweater in wintergreen / You shake the keys, downstairs / I hit the lights, not a minute to spare / Slip a five in the bible for the offering plate / What a beautiful picture we both make

You drive, I look out the window / It’s not right but nobody says so / We walk in and head to the same pew / And hold hands, just like we’re supposed to / But last night you slept on the sofa / And these days I don’t even know ya / We fight like hell but nobody knows / When we’re wearing our church clothes

We stand up we sing a hymn / We say a prayer for other friends / We’re turning to the book of John / And I’m thinking how I can’t go on / But we smile and we give it our Sunday best / If we’re lost couldn’t tell by the way we’re dressed

You drive, I look out the window / It’s not right but nobody says so / We walk in, I head to the bedroom / But you don’t, you do what you want to / Like last week when you packed a suitcase / And came close to getting your own place / Oh that’s the stuff that nobody knows / When we’re wearing our church clothes

Oh we don’t speak / Don’t touch as if nobody’s watching us / Lord knows we’ve got it down / What would they say if we gave up

You drive, I look out the window / It’s not right but nobody says so / We walk in like we’ve never been so close / Miles apart but careful that it don’t show / When we’re wearing our church clothes


This song has the power to change lives and bring healing to so many. We hope it touches you as much as it has touched us over the years. It doesn’t have to be about your own life, it could be about parents, a couple you know… your neighbor. It doesn’t even have to be about a relationship, but about that brokenness of feeling so judged and feeling like you must have it all together, you have to make others think your life is perfect.

There’s not a lot of music out there that truly brings that kind of healing and the opportunity to face what’s really happening in life. This song does that in more. Don’t be afraid to tell someone you know is hurting about “Church Clothes.” Let the healing begin.

Download “Church Clothes” on iTunes,

The music video for “Church Clothes” will premiere on Saturday, March 11 on CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown!