Faren Rachels, Lainey Wilson, Meghan Patrick & Kasey Tyndall

Faren Rachels isn’t afraid. This fact permeates throughout everything she does in life and her career. She earned her toughness growing up in the small town of Sparta, GA, where her community was so tight-knit that her graduating high school class consisted of just twelve students. It was during these formative years that she gained an appreciation for the great 90’s female artists of country music. She credits Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Faith Hill, and Lee Ann Womack among her biggest influences - mix that with a healthy dose of southern rock education & you hear a sound that is purely her own, equal parts feisty and straightforward.

Her path traced from singing in church and mimicking the acceptance speeches of the annual country music awards shows (a yearly tradition she enjoyed watching with her grandparents) to performing cover gigs with a band she put together while attending The University of Georgia in Athens. Upon graduation, she spent a couple of years in Atlanta working a regular 9 to 5 job, which made her realize she would be miserable if she didn’t pursue her true passion. In 2012, Faren moved to Nashville & never looked back. She signed her first publishing deal a few years later & eventually got to work on her debut EP, which was co-produced by Aaron Goodvin and Sammy Mitchell.

In November of 2017 she released her self titled EP, “Faren Rachels” & joined Luke Combs on his fall tour. During this time, Rolling Stone named her one of 2018’s new country “artists to watch”. As Faren reflects back on her musical journey she ultimately believes there have been “a thousand dots that just connected” which led her to who & where she is today. She leans on this as validation and confirmation that she is exactly where she needs to be as she forges her way into the future.

Lainey Wilson’s music is by equal measures richly textured and forthright – much like her honeyed Louisiana drawl, which is as likely to offer you a warm word of encouragement as it is to call you on your bullshit. Signed to BBR Music Group’s flagship imprint, Broken Bow Records, Wilson has spent years honing her song craft and developing her own “bell bottom country” sound, which is unapologetic, gritty, free-spirited, and exemplary of both her personality and her preferred fashion aesthetic.

Her songs and live performances are anchored in straightforward, raw emotion that doesn’t beat around the bush about who Lainey Wilson is - either as a person or an artist. NPR’s Jewly Hight calls Wilson “unabashedly down-home and unflappably worldly,” noting that “with a pronounced drawl and sweetened sting, [she sings] of willful recklessness, wielding the power of damaging secrets and feeling empowered by allowing herself outbursts of irreverence.” It’s these sensibilities that continue to draw listeners to Wilson’s music and led CMT to proclaim her one of their “Next Women of Country” for 2019. She’s a blue-collar daughter filled with ambition, humility, and perseverance; the value of an honest day’s work having been ingrained in her from the moment she could walk.

Hailing from the rural farming community of Baskin, Louisiana (pop. 300), where her family has tilled the land for five generations, Wilson cultivated her tenacious work ethic just as her family cultivated corn, wheat, soybeans, oats, and more. She learned that daily chores on the farm were a family affair, and every member had to do their part.

Music was also a family affair. Wilson’s father played guitar, her mother loved to dance, and her grandparents often took her to bluegrass festivals. She wrote her first song at age nine, and her dad taught her how to play guitar at age 11. Wilson’s love for writing and performing continued to grow as she booked herself gigs throughout high school, even working for a stint as a Hannah Montana impersonator performing at children’s birthday parties and events – with Lainey Wilson the artist opening for Montana, of course.

It wasn’t long until Wilson moved to Nashville to pursue her dream of making music, with little more to her name than that dream and a Flagstaff bumper-pull travel trailer. She lived in that camper outside of a longtime family friend’s recording studio for three years. It was during this time that Wilson began to make inroads with Nashville’s tight-knit songwriting community, forging invaluable creative relationships with other up-and-coming songwriters in town and steadily developing her own voice as both a writer and an artist.

“My songs are a part of who I am. As my artistry has grown, it’s just kind of taught me not to be ashamed of who I am. To love everything about my life – even the harder parts - because all those things make me who I am. And that’s true for everybody,” she says. “We never want to go through the hard times, but I’m thankful for the ones I’ve had. I’ve gotten the songs I have from those experiences, and I’ve found that the more vulnerable I am and the more truthful I am, whether it is funny or sad or whatever -- the more I am myself, the more people will honestly connect with me and my music.”

Wilson’s determined openness and salt-of-the-earth upbringing has prepared her well for the year ahead. She is starting 2019 with a supporting slot on chart-topping artist Morgan Wallen’sIf I Know Me Tour before going in-studio to record her first project for Broken Bow Records. The year ahead may be full of early mornings, late nights, and many more firsts for the charismatic singer/songwriter, but Wilson remains undaunted – energized, even - by the long days ahead of her.

“Where I come from, there are years when you get a plentiful crop. Then there are years when you get too much rain, or not enough. Either way, you still have to get up every morning at the crack of dawn to take care of your crops. It’s the same with music,” she says. “We get up every single day and we work toward that good crop, no matter how hard. And we do what it takes, because it’s in our blood, and we don’t know any other way.”

“There’s always a high and lonesome song that keeps on pushing me along.” This line from the title track and lead single of Meghan Patrick’s latest album Country Made Me Do It is classic country and serves notice that she is determined to revive and carry the traditional torch. Meghan lives hard and loves hard, and her songs reflect this passion. She loves trucks, fishing and hunting, riding horses and a good stiff glass of whiskey, and all of these elements fuel her countrified lyrics. Think the free spirit of Emmylou Harris from those magical days when she performed with Gram Parsons, combined with the spark and sensuality of Tanya Tucker, the only female to crack the Outlaw genre, and you begin to have some idea of what Meghan Patrick is all about.

It’s been a banner year-and-a-half for the Bowmanville native in terms of radio play, live shows and awards ceremonies. Her debut album Grace and Grit, sprouted four Top 20 singles including her stirring duet with Joe Nichols on the Top 10 hit Still Loving You. In concert, she’s performed with superstars like Lady Antebellum, Dwight Yoakam, Kip Moore and Martina McBride, peaking with a show-stopping duet with Keith Urban at the Timmins Stars & Thunder Festival. She topped things off by winning Female Artist of the Year and Sirius XM Rising Star awards at the 2017 Canadian Country Music Awards.

“I did not expect those awards and I was certainly overwhelmed at the time. Now I just feel really appreciative and grateful that my fans and peers felt that I deserved those honours. In one sense you can say that my career has been kind of short in terms of being in the mainstream and having a record deal, but within the last year the trajectory has been huge.”

Kasey Tyndall’s journey to Nashville was accelerated in 2014 when she won a radio station contest to sing “We Were Us” with Keith Urban. The then college student at East Carolina University was greener than new money when she moved to the Music City. Leaving her studies to be a nurse at the university – along with her childhood home and her roots – she started on her journey.

Her Eastern North Carolina accent and penchant for aching love songs gives her away as a grounded country thoroughbred. Tyndall’s debut single, “Everything is Texas,” was released in early 2017 and garnered a lot of attention on the Wild Country Spotify playlist and the video hit Top 10 on CMT’s 12 Pack Countdown.

Tyndall’s second release is "Bar That’s Open,” a song she co-wrote with Ashley McBryde and Lainey Wilson. The video for the track – which Tyndall calls her first “real” music video – will be released in 2018.

“For as long as people have been breaking hearts or getting their hearts broken, there’s a bar, that bar’s regulars, and its staff to help,” says Tyndall of the inspiration behind her brutally honest, yet poetic, lyrics on this particular track. “We all have that bar in our life – no matter what we’re going through, we’re somehow family when we come together there.”

Some of her co-writing partners include Neil Mason from The Cadillac Three, Driver Williams from Eric Church’s band, the aforementioned Ashley McBryde, Taylor Phillips who just penned a #1 with Luke Combs, and of course Tommy Cecil, producer of Tyndall’s album (who has written and produced for Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Parmalee). Those are just a few of the seasoned writers she’s worked with to create her soulful sound and scripture. Following a publishing deal with Sony STV, Cecil came on as producer of her first, full studio album, and she is booked by Jay Williams, the powerhouse agent behind Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, and many more.

Tyndall conquered over 100 tour dates in 2017, with the likes of Kane Brown, Granger Smith, Parmalee, Casey Donahew, Wheeler Walker Jr. and The Cadillac Three... and there appears to be no slowing down.

“Music has an amazing ability to bring us all together, no matter what our unique backgrounds may be. I particularly love that about Country Music – it’s a genre big enough for all of us. And as a female I can only aspire to be me, to be true to myself and to the style of music I’m making, all while trying to make the world a better place through songs.” - Kasey Tyndall

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