Earlier this year, we had the opportunity to interview country newcomer, Tiffany Houghton, and we’ve been anxiously awaiting new music ever since. On Tuesday, she released both her debut single, “High” to iTunes and her first official music video to VEVO.
The track was written and performed by Houghton, along with Nashville songwriters Lance Kotara and Matt Dragstem. It was produced by Ethan Mentzer of Atlantic Records’ pop group The Click Five. The video was shot on location in Miami and was directed and produced by Oscar and Martin Ubilluz of MU2 Productions . (Jake Miller, e one)
“This song was born from of a couple snaps of my fingers and an honest hook. I have never had so much fun writing, recording and performing a song before,” says Houghton. “I went into this video wanting to put a smile on people’s faces. I hope my fans have as much fun watching it as I had shooting it!”
Get ready to hear a whole lot more Jake Owen on your radio! The country crooner released his new single, “Days of Gold” to country radio today. The song is the #1 most added at country radio, receiving 71 adds and marking Jake’s biggest first week to date.
The track was co-written by Jaren Johnston and Neil Mason and is a perfect anthem for a good time. “Days of Gold” speaks of the days we spend with family, friends, living life to the fullest. The song is the lead single from Jake’s album of the same name, Days of Gold, to be released on December 3, via RCA Nashville.
In advance of Dierks Bentley‘s forthcoming album, Riser, the award-winning singer/songwriter released his new single “I Hold On” to country radio. The track was written by Bentley and Brett James, pinning spiritual questions to material symbols with a personal touch.
“If you asked me to sum myself up in three minutes, I’d play ‘I Hold On’ for you. At first listen, you might think it’s about my truck or my guitar, but it’s really about why I do some of the things I do and the kind of guy I am,” explains Bentley. “The chorus is really universal…it’s about faith, love and freedom…I don’t think there’s a country fan out there who doesn’t live with those as big priorities. I hope through this song I’m able to let the fans into my heart and my mind a little more, and that they can also relate it back to themselves and their own lives.”
USA Today is offering fans a behind the scenes look at the making of “I Hold On.” To watch, click here.
Riding high on the #1 success of “Highway Don’t Care,” Tim McGraw just released his new single “Southern Girl” to radio as the fourth single from his Big Machine Records debut, Two Lanes of Freedom. The single was chosen in large due to incredible fan reaction it receives as part of Tim’s Two Lanes of Freedom 2013 Tour.
“At the beginning of the tour, we threw a lot of new songs into the set list, and that’s always a risky thing when an album is so brand new,” said McGraw. ”It didn’t take a whole weekend out there before the girls were shouting at us to play ‘Southern Girl.’ The song has a really cool groove to it that just gets everyone moving and sets the right tone for a perfect summer night.”
The Two Lanes of Freedom 2013 Tour continues on this weekend with stops in Hartford, CT (6/28); Boston, MA (6/29) and Holmdel, NJ (6/30).
Riding on the success and acclaim of “Don’t Rush,” country music’s favorite adopted pop star, Kelly Clarkson, took to Twitter today to reveal the title and cover art for her new single, “Tie It Up.” Although not much is known about the track (yet), Clarkson will be premiering it at LP Field tonight during her set at CMA Fest.
The cover features Clarkson in a wedding dress and veil, her hand tied to someone else’s. Just a hunch, but we’re thinking this tune has a little something to do with her rumored October wedding to fiance Brandon Blackstock. Stay tuned for more!
Fresh off the #1 success of “Two Black Cadillacs,” Carrie Underwood took to Twitter this afternoon to reveal some big news. The next single off her Grammy-winning, mega-hit album Blown Away will be “See You Again.”
He may not be a household name just yet, but Josh Charles is aiming to change that with the release of his new single, “Wasted On Love,” which comes out February 26th. The song will be released via Downhome Records/ THC: Music/Ingrooves/Fontana, and is Charles’s first single since 2011′s critically-acclaimed “Life Ain’t Fair.” The single was written by Charles and legendary songwriter Milton L. Brown, (“Every Which Way But Loose”) and recorded in Nashville’s Moose Lodge Studio.
“I can give up Whiskey, and still feel the buzz. Yeah, girl, I’m still wasted, but I’m wasted on love.” Charles sings in the songs undeniably catchy hook. He describes the track as “a feel-good song describing a man’s descent into Hell and back, with things made right by finding love.” Don’t mistake the song as one for mature audiences only. “It must have universal appeal,” smiles Josh. “Because, at concerts, I’ve seen five and six year olds singing along.”
Single news aside, Josh is bound for Nashville this month to continue recording his hotly anticipated new music. Not to name drop or anything, but Josh will be joined in the studio by super producer and Grammy Award winner, Toby Wright (Alice in Chains, Metallica, The Wallflowers, etc). If that’s not exciting news enough, he’ll also be backed by Rob Byus, Tracy Broussard, Kevin Post and Beau Tackett, also known as Blake Shelton‘s touring band.
We’ll have more exciting Josh Charles news coming up in the next few weeks, so stay tuned to Keepin’ It Country for the latest. In the meantime, you can follow Josh on Twitter, Facebook and visit his official website at www.joshcharlesmusic.com.
While you wait for “Wasted on Love,” take a listen to “Life Ain’t Fair.”
Although we’d never wish the weekend away, we’re anxiously looking forward to Monday! It was just announced that George Strait will release his brand new single on Monday, October 29, at 2PM CST. MCA Nashville will release “Give It All We Got Tonight” to country radio on Play MPE.
The single was written by Tim James, Phil O’Donnell and MarkBright and is the first from Strait’s forthcoming album. Strait once again collaborated with longtime producer, TonyBrown, on the music.