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Spotlight On…..Karli June



A rising star in Canadian country music, Karli June, who has been nominated for many CMA Ontario Awards has released her vibrant new single, “Feel Like Home,” featuring Ryan Langdon.

“Feel Like Home” is an energetic country-pop love song written by Gavin Slate and Karli, and produced by Gavin Slate (Tim Hicks, James Barker Band). It conveys the sentimental story of growing up in a small town, where every street and landmark carries special memories. It all comes down to finding that unique someone who brings back those comforting memories of being in an environment where you feel most like yourself.

“Being a girl from a small town, that location holds a very important place in my heart. This song perfectly expresses the charm of discovering someone who makes you want to return to those well-traveled paths in a small town. It’s a lengthy song that I did. Ryan Langdon’s voice was ideal for the song, and working with him to make it even better was an incredible experience. – June Karli

Ryan Langdon, a former MLB prospect known for his powerful oak-barrel baritone, joins Karli on the summer love ballad. Ryan’s breakthrough EP “Lit in the Sticks” from 2020 included his chart-topping single “Country Like You,” which has remained firmly in the Top 40 on Canadian Country Radio. The EP was an amazing compilation of six thrilling country tracks. Fans of country music continue to appreciate Ryan’s music, which has amassed around 8 million streams.

“As soon as I heard the song “Feel Like Home,” I knew I wanted to participate in this duet. Not only do I think our vocals go incredibly well together, but I also found the songs’ meaning to be really meaningful. My native roots are one of my greatest priorities, so I’ve always looked for people who feel the same way. I am so happy that the world will hear this song because it truly encapsulates what I believe to be the essence of true love. — Langdon Ryan.

Karli June, a Hamilton, Ontario resident, is appreciating the momentum her career is continuing to get. She has been nominated for several Country Music Association of Ontario Awards, including Rising Star and Songwriter of the Year for her song “Makes You Pretty.” “Where You Come From,” Karli June’s debut EP, won Producer of the Year for producer Karen Kosowski and was nominated for Album of the Year.

The nominations come after a year of professional development in support of Karli’s breakthrough release, which has received over 1.6 million streams worldwide. Karli was also chosen as a participant in the esteemed TD Incubator for Creative Entrepreneurship, which is supported by the SOCAN Foundation. In addition, she was chosen as the Canadian “Break Out Artist” for “Makes You Pretty” by Arcadia Broadcasting. The song, which peaked at #46 on the National Australian Country Radio Charts and was just put on repeat on CMT Australia, marked Karli’s debut entry into the Australian music scene.

Furthermore, out of over 15,000 submissions, Karli’s song “The List” was selected as one of the 1% Honourable Mentions in the International Songwriting Competition 2022.

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Country HQ premieres “Pure As The Flame”, the new single from Harvey Russell



On March 1st 2024, Harvey Russell will release his second solo album via Heartland Music Australia. Today he releases the slow-burning title track ‘Pure as the Flame’, and Country HQ is proud to be the first to share it.

Harvey Russell rounds out 2023 with the fourth single from his forthcoming new album, due on March 1st. The title track ‘Pure As The Flame’ finds the Sydney alt-country songwriter exploring a more atmospheric, swaying and intimate sound, enhanced by a lilting violin and the evocative strains of Aaron Langman’s pedal steel.

Russell sings, ‘It rises like a wave and breaks with relief / The right to your silence and the thrill of a thief’ as he places himself inside the mind of a kleptomaniac and the feeling of relief and euphoria they feel when they give in to an impulse or addiction.

I’m often interested in what motivates people to act and how they attempt to find meaning in the world. ‘Pure as the Flame’ depicts the short, fast burn of chasing an illusion that satisfies momentarily and then quickly fades away to devastating effect. It’s a clear tale of how inner conflict can lead to self-deception,” says Russell, reflecting on the song and why it also provided the title for his new album. 

I wanted to elevate this track in particular because I think we’re seeing quite a bit of this quick-hit, quick-fix attitude in the culture today, and I’m not convinced it’s all for the best.”  

The new single is another fascinating side of a songwriter constantly seeking out new ways to document and convey the struggle and joy of the human experience.

To get a copy in advance of Harvey Russell’s new single “Pure As The FLame”, click here and you will be enjoying the amazing troubadours single in no time.

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Spotlight On…..Ella Powell



Ella Powell is ending a successful year with the release of her brand new single ‘Country Love.’

This lighthearted, toe-tapping song shows what Ella does best, her country-inspired storytelling and catchy pop melodies.

Produced by Matt Fell and Shane Nicholson, this highly anticipated release is here just in time to add to your summer playlists!

 At a very young age, Ella desired to be both a ‘cowgirl and pop princess.’ Growing up listening to a variety of artists, in her early teenage years, she began to blend Country, Pop and Folk genres together to create her own sound.

Fans of Taylor Swift, Kelsea Ballerini and Jewel will connect with Ella’s relatable lyrics and powerful vocals. Ella first became noticed within the music industry in 2019, where she won Peoples Choice Award at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, which was closely followed by her debut single release ‘Paper Town’ in 2020.

Since then, she has become a rapidly rising artist, with her releases being added onto major Spotify and Apple Music playlists, sitting on numerous music charts, being added onto ABC High Rotation as well as being named Triple J’s feature artist of the month.

With her streaming and radio plays going into the hundreds of thousands, particularly with the hits ‘Behind The Glass’ and ‘Along The Way,’ she is gaining fans from all around the globe.

Over the last few years, Ella has performed at numerous festivals, supported a variety of musicians, and headlined many sold-out shows.

Working with a long list of award-winning industry professionals, including Matt Fell, Shane Nicholson, Grammy-winning engineer William Bowden, and publicist Stuart Coupe, it is evident why she was named the National Junior Songwriter of the Year. Her future within the industry looks extremely promising, with her debut EP set to be released in 2024.

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Lucie Tiger’s Covers Tyler Childers For Latest Single ‘Shake The Frost’



Lucie Tiger’s latest single, Shake The Frost, marks a captivating departure from her recent releases. The title may ring a bell, as it was originally penned and performed by esteemed Kentucky-born singer-songwriter Tyler Childers. Lucie has held a special affinity for this song, making it a staple in her live performances for several years. It feels fitting that she unveils her rendition of it during her first Christmas season in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

For Lucie, “Shake The Frost” embodies a sense of nostalgia and a longing for change, an anthem of knowing that one can emerge from the darkness and ‘shake the frost,’ especially with the support of the right people. While the song may carry diverse meanings for different listeners, Lucie aspires to introduce it to a fresh audience. For those already acquainted with the tune, her added instrumentation amplifies the warmth and hope embedded in the lyrics.

Much like the songs that have influenced her, Lucie’s music is recorded organically, with all musicians collaborating in the studio, creating an authentic and vibrant sound. Performed by Lucie Tiger (acoustic guitar, vocals), Shake The Frost also features Bob Wray (bass), Brad Kuhn (keys), Will McFarlane (electric guitar), Justin Holder (percussion). Engineered by Colin Lott, produced by John Gifford III and mastered by Chris Bethea.

Lucie Tiger has some excellent runs on the board. Her self-penned song Gasoline won Country Blues Song of the Year 2021 and she’s the only independent Australian artist to have five singles on the MusicRow Country Breakout Chart plus four singles in the CountryTown Top 40 chart in Australia including Found My Home, Midnight Goodbye, Do Me Right, Right Next To You and Burn It Down.

Lucie’s April 2022 album Alabama Highway debuted at #14 on the ARIA Country Albums chart (Australia’s equivalent to the Billboard Country Albums chart) and #10 on the AIR (Australian Independent Record Label) Albums Chart. Lucie’s September 2022 acoustic album The Memphis Tapes recorded at the legendary Sun Studios, Memphis, debuted at #7 on the AIR Albums Chart.

Lucie Tiger has featured in Americana Rhythm Magazine (USA), Rhythms Magazine (Australia), CountryTown, Today’s Country Magazine, The Music, Country Music Capital News, Scenestr plus CMT Television and the television program Songwriters Across Australia. Her song Christmas In The South was listed as one of the 10 Best Australian Christmas Songs in 2022 and her songs are regularly in the Top 10 Australian Songwriter Awards 2022, where she’s been industry-nominated twice for the Rudy Brandsma Award for Songwriting Excellence by the ASA.

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