Since the day Country At Heart were founded we have came across some great upcoming talent so today we will look at the women who could very well shape country music’s future and become the next star highlighting artists coming through that may not have been noticed as much as others. Who out of this group of talents will hit there full potential?

Mikaila Cooper

Mikaila got noticed with her previous single “Roadside Jesus” at the end of December 2016. Mikaila is an independent artist and has deservedly made herself noticed since the start of her career. When Country at Heart asked Mikaila How much of a surprise her success she has been she said “Very, I would say I was more surprised after the release of my debut single Missin’ last June that it went top 80 for my first release. Roadside Jesus was an incredible follow up charting in the top 50 and opening a ton of doors! I have radio to thank for all of the out of the gates support and for taking a chance on an indie artist! Its always surprising hearing yourself on the radio no matter what! Im not sure if it will ever get old”. The current single “Boys got a girlfriend” was released in May and is set to be follow up success from her previous singles. “I think every artist always says their new song is their favorite. And its the same for me this is my favorite single yet. The way this turned out could not have been any more on point. Its honest in how it talks about how we often take people for granted. Or we don’t know what we had until its gone. Its not a topic often talked about from a female perspective which gives it an edge and the way Johnny took my emotion from it and put it into the production blows my mind ! gives me goosebumps at the end every time”

Mikaila finished by adding “I’m actually a top 12 project wild finalist so my winter is based around that and showcases at Canadian Country Music week in Saskatoon. I’m also going to at Manitoulin Country fest this weekend in Ontario and Country Thunder Alberta the following weekend!”

Mikaila is currently working on 2 songs including a track with established artist Gord Bamford and are hoping the EP will be ready for release by the end of 2017.

Carly Pearce

Carly worked with Josh Abbot Band on “Wasn’t That Drunk” last Year which contributed towards being signed by major record label Big Machine Records early this year later releasing her debut single “Every Little Thing” which peaked at 18 on the US country chart. Carly is country Born and has always know the path she wanted to take early in life and has since had numerous offers for the Grand Ole Opry and has been named as the artist to watch in 2017 with major country outlets.

Carly is currently working on her debut album due for release later this year titled “If My Name Was Whiskey,” the title track to the new record has been released as a single this week giving the fans a glimpse of what to expect. Carly was also given a career boost this week Lindsay Ell cut one of her songs for her new album called “Always Kiss The Girl”.

Ashliegh Lisset

Ashleigh Lisset was born in the city but raised on country music listening to artists such as Jonny Cash, Crystal Gayle, Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers. She has a self confessed endless passion for music and knew the path she wanted to take early in life. Ashliegh lost her father when she was 11 serving in Iraq and found solace in music. “I found so much comfort in music. It definitely helped me heal during the darkest moments of my life and continues to help me heal, present day. When I’m feeling down, I can write about it and get all the emotions out.” The journey Ashleigh has been on since has certainly been life changing, her debut single kill the headlights was co-written by her idol Carrie Underwood and the current single Goodbye was co-written by Kelsea Ballerini. Ashliegh is currently working on her debut EP hoping to have it released by the end of 2017. The album will include a couple songs which was co-wrote with Zac Maloy from The Nixons and a track named The Call which was co-wrote by actress and singer Lucy Hale. Working with Carrie and Kelsea so early in her career certainly makes Ashliegh Lisset one to watch.

Maggie Baugh

If you don’t know Maggie Baugh already you will do. Maggie has spent the last couple years regularly uploading new videos to her YouTube account including numerous original tracks written by herself. She can play the fiddle as well as the guitar and has

Performed on stage for acts which include Neal McCoy, Charlie Daniels Band, Ashley Monroe, Craig Morgan, Cole Swindell, Taylor Hicks, Chase Bryant, Drake White and Montgomery Gentry to name a few. At just 17 Maggie has a publishing and development deal with Placer Creek Music Publishing, Cold River Records and WME.

The current single “Catch Me” is also the title track to the album released in January. If this is the standard Maggie is producing while she was barely 16 as she grows and matures as a person and artist, the sky is the limit.

Temecula Road

Named after the town they grew up in Temecula Road are clearly on of the best young country talents around and writes all their own material. Temecula Road is made up of Sisters 16 year old Maddie Salute and 18 year old Emma Salute along with best friend 18 year old Dawson Anderson. The band made the Huffington Post artist to watch in 2016 and had supported big names such as Martina McBride, Josh Turner, Joe Nichols, Sara Evans, Eli Young Band, Love And Theft, Jessie James Decker and Kenny Rogers on his farewell tour. The band are with Buena Vista Records and has recently released the Video for current single Hoping.

Temecula Road was not available to comment and is not clear if the band is currently working on a new album.

Macy Martin

Macy’s first memory of her performing was when she was just 6 years old performing for the Miss America Organization’s Miss Texas pageant during their preliminary intermissions. and went on to sing the national anthem for school events when she was 13 which didn’t take long for professionals to recognise her talent. Macy went on to book and perform at local venues and events connecting with members of the Texas music industry. Macy got discovered by producer Kent Wells who has worked with the legendary Dolly Parton, Under Kent she released her debut EP and first single at the age of just 14. Macy now has a deal with an independent label owned by Dolly Parton’s producer, Kent Wells, who’s taken a special interest in Macy and helping develop her career.

Macy’s current single was written by Matt Alderman, Sam Brooker, Brooke Eden, and Liz Sharpe (who is second cousin to Loretta Lynn and Patty Loveless). Macy immediately connected with the song and knew she wanted to cut it. She always says that she knew that nearly anyone could relate to it and considering her Dad’s truck always left them ‘Broke Down’ that was just the extra push for wanting to cut this song as her single.

Macy is currently working hard on a new album which currently has no end timetable for release.

Lily Nelson

Lily was born in California later moving to Tennessee when she was 6 years old. Her mom is a singer/songwriter and living in Tennessee she grew up around that lifestyle.

Lily has been active with in country music since 2015, Lily plays guitar and the drums and has already opened for Chris Janson and Blake Shelton after winning the NSAI Pick to Play Songwriter Contest in 2015, 2016 and has gone one to perform at some of country music’s biggest venues like Bridgestone Arena, Hard Rock Café. When Lily isn’t Writing she uses her time to build her social media profile and raise awareness for issues close to her heart such as Kawasaki Disease. Lily is a Kawasaki Disease survivor the leading cause of acquired heart disease in children. When untreated can cause permanent damage which lead to Lily losing her uncle when was just 40.

Lily released the official video for her single “I Love That Truck” earlier this week  later announcing her new single “Sober”.

Unfortunately Lily was not available to comment on current projects. It is also unclear if Lily is signed to a label but does have an affiliation with BMI according to her social media.

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