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Spotlight On…..Karli June

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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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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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