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HAYLEY MARSTEN READY TO SHARE GIRLHOOD

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HAYLEY MARTSTEN REVEALS 'GIRLHOOD'

ACCOMPANYING ALBUM TOUR DATES KICK OFF JUNE 15, ACROSS NSW AND QLD

Singer songwriter Hayley Marsten is thrilled to announce her highly anticipated new album GIRLHOOD, set for release on June 16 through new label, Cheatin’ Hearts Records. View here.

Hayley explains, “I worked on the recording of Girlhood for over a year, which is completely different to how I’ve made records before. I worked with a production team who also played all the instruments you hear on the album and happen to be people who I have known for a very long time and who have seen me and my career move from the very early days. My co-executive producer, Cody McWaters had a few ARIA wins for his engineering work last year but I met him on the first day of pre-school back in our hometown. Our co-producers Michael Moko played on my first ever EP, Kieran Stevenson who plays keys in my band and is my most prolific co-writer and Dan Sugars who is the drummer in my band, a great producer and also my partner. Working with this team was such an easy and relaxed process, I think you can hear that in the record because I have never taken so many risks vocally or musically on any of my past records. And I think it’s because these are some of the people who know me best so they knew how to get the best out of me and I knew that if I fell flat on my face with an idea, the failure would only lead to something even better.  

“For me, Girlhood is the album I wanted and needed to hear when I was younger. Everything from the songs down to the way the album looks was really inspired by who I so badly wanted to be when I was a teenager and I’m really proud of what I made for that younger self.”

Current single from the album is I Am a Rich Man, with its compelling girl power video – view here. Written with Imogen Clark, the single is a guitar-drenched anthemic tribute to Cher’s iconic quote, “I don’t need to marry a rich man, Mom, I am a rich man” and celebrates women’s right to choose whatever path they want in life regardless of what convention states. The album also features previous singles Drowning MyselfI’m Fine, Thanks and Bittersweet at Best.

Hayley’s sharp pen and open heart garnered widespread praise on her stellar debut, Spectacular Heartbreak in 2019. The album collected multiple award nominations, including Alt-Country Album of the Year at the Golden Guitars and Country Work of the Year at the Queensland Music Awards in 2020. The record also racked up over half a million streams and was crowdfunded for over $17k.

Four years on from her debut, Hayley has signed with Cheatin Hearts Records for the release of Girlhood – which is already award-nominated via Drowning Myself (Country Work at The Queensland Music Awards 2022) and was crowdfunded with over $20k.

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Jayne Denham Shares Her “Moonshine”

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In the latest episode of the Country HQ Spotlight On podcast, we are over the moon to be welcoming special guest Jayne Denham, wherein listeners can expect an engaging conversation about her journey in the music industry. Known for her powerful vocals and heartfelt lyrics, Jayne Denham has made waves in the country music landscape, and are a feature of her latest album MOONSHINE.

Hosted by Adam Simon, the podcast delves into Jayne’s artistic vision, influences, and experiences that have shaped her career.

Whether you’re a die-hard country music enthusiast or simply curious about the stories behind the songs, this podcast provides an intimate look into the lives of artists like Jayne Denham.

So grab your headphones, tune in, and immerse yourself in the world of country music with Jayne Denham as your guide!

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Caitlyn Shadbolt Returns With All Star Single

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Caitlyn Shadbolt’s “Country Music Never Made More Sense” is her latest single release after a short break. Melanie Dyer, Sammy White, and Sarah Buckley form a formidable trio to join Caitlyn on the single, which is a playful tribute to country music. All of them, plus Camille Trail, contributed to the composition of the song during a girls’ songwriting weekend.

“’I got together with the girls for a writing weekend. We planned to be all professional and split into groups and write in the studio, but we ended up having a couple of wines and writing this song around the fire! I feel like this song is extra relevant right now as country music is cranking and it’s never made more sense!”

Caitlyn Shadbolt is a top songwriter and performer in Australia’s modern country music scene. With the help of ABC MUSIC, Caitlyn was able to release her first album, “Songs On My Sleeve” (May 2017), after reaching the finals of Season 6 of The ‘X Factor’ Australia (2014). The album debuted at number one on the ARIA Country Albums chart upon its release. For eight weeks running, the lead single “My Break Up Anthem” was the most played song on Country Radio, and it also topped the CountryTown National Airplay Chart, while the CMC Award for Best New Artist and a nomination for Female Artist of the Year were both given to Caitlyn in recognition of her accomplishments.

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“A Bird That Won’t Sing” Comes Straight From The ‘Hart’

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“In The Midnight Sky Alone” is the most recent album by soulful alt-country troubadour Rick Hart of Melbourne, Australia and the single “A Bird That Won’t Sing” is the new single from the album.

Rick Hart’s signature style is a melodically flowing, harmony-laden environment overlaid with the profound grief of his words and visuals. All of Hart’s tracks have the signature Americana and country sounds that make him unique. There is a noticeable amount of Wilco and The Jayhawks influence.

An emotionally charged story on the harsh truth of heartbreak. Everything that was once is gone, and with it comes an unwavering sense of regret and the knowledge that change is inevitable.

“Rick Hart writes and delivers beautiful country songs – they are thoughtful, poignant, heartbreaking and smart,” remarked legendary Australian musician and songwriter Lachlan Bryan of Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes and The Pleasures, who co-produced Hart’s third long play . “I wanted to work on this record because I already believed every word he sings, and after spending weeks in the studio with Rick and his guitar, I now KNOW them all to be true”

Early reviews of the album indicate it’s amazing reach and potential to appear on several year end top ten lists, even though we are not even at the halfway point yet.

Based on Michael George Smith’s review of the album ‘In The Midnight Sky Alone’ in Rhythms Magazine, “the songwriter that the record portrays is a storyteller of the heart.”

“You really should listen to this album in its entirety because, first, if you skip around, you’ll miss out on some of the characters and stories told throughout, and second, if you just listen to a couple of songs, you won’t get nearly the whole experience that this album offers. I get that we live in a singles-based culture, and I’ll admit that there are a number of tracks that would grab my attention if I only listened to the singles, but listening to the entire album has been incredibly rewarding.”
‘In The Midnight Sky Alone’ album review in RAGMAG

“Hart is a refreshing counterpart to the plethora of male singers who have gone awry of country tradition. Hart is a perfect antidote to whatever bro-hangover still looms over us and has the same refreshing appeal that Sam Outlaw’s debut album had”. For The Country Record

“This is impressive songwriting! The melodic aspects perfectly capture the emotional tone of the songs. The classic alt country/R&B musical aspects are brilliant. It’s a genuine pleasure to review this exceptionally high level of songwriting.“ The Great American Songwriting Contest

“With his deeply soulful voice, Rick Hart journeys to the heart of modern Americana-alt-country, where frankness, sadness and songs collide.” Greg Arnold (Things of Stone and Wood)

“I’ve worked with Rick Hart, and he’s a superb songwriter! Rick’s music is a unique combination of roots and country.” – Bill Chambers (Australian Country Music Icon) –

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