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Cillea Houghton

Madeline Finn Faces Her Fears with New Single ‘When It’s Dark’

Madeline Finn has a way of stirring one’s soul with her music, exemplified by her new song, “When It’s Dark.” The grunge-leaning track balances Finn’s stark resiliency with her refined voice, reminiscent of Evanescence’s Amy Lee. In the song,...

Tenille Townes Builds a Sanctuary With ‘The Lemonade Stand’

Tenille Townes’ The Lemonade Stand is more than a major label debut album – it’s a safe space. On it, Townes asks big questions and expresses even bigger emotions, her compassionate worldview on full display as her childhood dream...

Larkin Poe Tell Empowered Stories on New Album ‘Self Made Man’

Contemporary blues duo Larkin Poe channel stories of self-empowerment and community into their fierce new album, Self Made Man. Describing themselves as “first generation music makers” of their family, the sister duo of Rebecca and Megan Lovell were originally...

Country Artists Use Music as Healing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Nashville is known for being a giving community, a gift that’s often expressed through music. As the world grapples with the jarring reality of COVID-19, many artists continue to share music as a source of healing, including many of...

Nashville Songwriter Gatlin Charts Personal Evolution Through Music

Gatlin Thornton is on a spiritual journey, one you can follow along with through her music. The Nashville based artist, who goes by the stage name Gatlin, describes herself as a “toned down Maggie Rogers,” layering modern pop production...

Caitlyn Smith is a Force of Nature on ‘Supernova’

When Caitlyn Smith learned that a dying star emits its fullest, brightest light before ceasing to exist, she took that idea and ran with it, creating a dozen tracks that challenged her to be fiercely open-hearted. Calling it Supernova,...

Katie Pruitt Finds Her True Identity With ‘Expectations’

Katie Pruitt’s Expectations is a declaration of self-acceptance. “I’ve never really been a subtle writer,” Pruitt admits in a phone interview with Audiofemme. “I’m pretty damn straightforward.” Pruitt proves this statement across her 10-track debut album that takes the...

CMT Helps Women Achieve Their Dream Careers With Equal Airplay Initiative

On January 21, CMT announced that it would devote half of its primetime video hours to female artists, effective immediately. For years, the conversation surrounding the dismal statistics that prove women are played significantly less than men have dominated...

Punk Angst and Country Soul Collide on Kalie Shorr’s Headlining Tour

On Friday, January 31, punk-rock-meets-country goddess Kalie Shorr made her debut at Nashville’s famed rock club, Exit/In, for the opening night of her first headlining trek, the Too Much to Say Tour. Throughout her 90-minute set and two-song encore,...

PLAYING NASHVILLE: Liz Longley Premieres “3 Crow”

Filled with vulnerability and raw emotion, Liz Longley reclaims her personal boundaries in her new song, “3 Crow.” Through a song that blends Christina Perri-esque vocals with a calming effect akin to Lana Del Rey, Longley paints a melodic...

Brandi Carlile Builds on Lasting Legacy With Headlining Ryman Run

Brandi Carlile’s multi-night headlining debut at the Ryman Auditorium on Tuesday (Jan. 14) was as much a display of empathy and forgiveness as it was about Carlile’s storied catalog. The beloved star set this tone by opening with a...

PLAYING NASHVILLE: Kyshona Armstrong Premieres ‘Listen’

“Why won’t you listen?” It’s a simple question packed with dense meaning, and is the core message of Kyshona Armstrong’s new song “Listen,” premiering exclusively with Audiofemme. It’s the title track from her forthcoming LP, set for release on February...

Tanya Tucker’s Revival on Full Display at Sold-Out Ryman Show

“Nobody logical in life ever gave me a shot. They were always a little left of center.” This wasn’t just a proclamation made by Tanya Tucker during her headlining show at the Ryman Auditorium on Sunday (Jan. 12), but...

Aubrie Sellers is Close to Her Identity on ‘Far From Home’

When Aubrie Sellers’ new album, Far From Home, is released, you’ll notice a distinct message etched into the vinyl: “We are traveling through this wild, wild land.” It’s a line from the title track that sets the pace for...

5 Feminist Country Songs of 2019

Let’s face it: country music isn’t known for being the most welcoming genre to women. Since its inception circa 1920, women have long been embroiled in a battle of equal airplay and representation, a battle that still rages on...