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Roman Alexander and Ashley Cooke Duet on “Between You & Me”

Roman Alexander joined forces with Ashley Cooke on a reimagined duet version of “Between You & Me” available now, April 23rd, on all streaming platforms. Take a look below as we dig a little deeper into the new music.

Roman Alexander, this week’s Swag Spotlight Artist, is keeping busy with a slew of new music releases. Just this past November 2020, Alexander released his debut EP, Between You and Me. The 5-track project includes his “Cocktail Conversations” and the original version of “Between You and Me”. He also released an acoustic version of both songs last month, along with another song from the EP, “Bad for Me”. Right around the same time, he joined Alana Springsteen on her single “Trying Not To”.

Now, Alexander has just released a new version of “Between You and Me”, this time adding an incredible duet with talented singer-songwriter, Ashley Cooke. Cooke, is a rising new artist who has risen to fame over the last few months in part thanks to TikTok and has also recently released new music, her first two singles: “Jealous of the Sky” and “Sunday Morning Kinda Saturday Night”

The two up-and-coming artists are a perfect pair in their version of “Between You and Me”. Alexander said that the decision to drop a new version of the song with Cooke was an easy one. When his manager suggested a female artist joining him on the song to “throw some fuel on the fire and keep things going”, Alexander said “what about Ashley Cooke? It was a no brain,” he tells us in our spotlight interview. After hearing the two collaborate on this version, we couldn’t agree more. 

“Between You & Me” is a song about two people who just want to get as close to each other as possible, emotionally and physically. Adding Cooke as the female vocal and making the song a duet takes the story from a thought and a one-sided conversation to a mutual feeling. Rather than just a hope for him, it makes it something that you know they both want to happen. 

Roman Alexander & Ashley Cooke's, "Between You & Me" is available now, April 23rd

Roman Alexander & Ashley Cooke’s, “Between You & Me” is available now, April 23rd

“Between you and me // All I can think about // Is leaving here early to get you alone // Pulling you into me, not even music on // Nothing but you, my tee, white sheets // Between you and me”

Alexander and Cooke are both rising singer-songwriters and are each incredible vocalists. We’re not just excited about what’s ahead for them both, but we’re so happy they had the chance to collaborate together so early on in their careers, as they’re both promising faces for the future of country music.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming Roman Alexander/Ashley Cooke announcements and releases.

To keep up with Roman Alexander, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
To keep up with Ashley Cooke, follow her on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

“Between You & Me” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Our Favorite Viral Country Songs from TikTok

TikTok is full of talented budding artists with millions of followers. Lately, we have noticed that many country songs have gone viral just before their release. Check out a few of our favorites below and let us know how your list matches up with ours.

“Villain”- Lily Rose

“You can be the hero, I can take the fall / If that’s how your story goes, say it’s all my fault / Whatever helps you sleep at night / Yeah, you can make me the bad guy”

Named one of our 2021 Artists to Watch, Lily Rose rose to stardom on TikTok, building a community of loyal fans almost instantly. Staying true to herself and her personal story, “Villain” is the perfect introduction to Rose’s budding talent. The new soulful tune is the perfect track for anyone that is feeling like the “bad guy” after a break-up.

To keep up with Lily Rose, follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

 

“Jealous Of The Sky”- Ashley Cooke

“You can shine all the time like it’s just another day / Let the rain out when you feel like you wanna cry / Now you get to say hello while I gotta say goodbye / I’m jealous of the sky”

Ashley Cooke rose to fame on TikTok over quarantine, and there’s clearly no stopping her. She just released her new heartfelt song, Sunday Morning Kinda Saturday Night,” but it was “Jealous Of The Sky” that captured our hearts first. Written in remembrance for her best friend that passed away from his battle with cancer, the touching tune is a song that really puts Cooke on the map for her vocals and her songwriting.

To keep up with Ashley Cooke, follow her on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

 

“Better Than You’re Used To”- Tyler Rich

“He don’t take you dancing, he don’t understand / What he’s got, but baby I do / You need someone to love, love, love you / Better than you’re used to”

Although already an established country artist, Tyler Rich utilized social media, especially TikTok to his benefit. After writing the demo of “Better Than You’re Used To,” he shared it with his followers, and his fans instantly took to it. With no real plans to release it, Rich quickly changed his mind and released the song at the perfect time just before Valentine’s Day. We hope it becomes a hit for the singer-songwriter!

To keep up with Tyler Rich, follow him on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

 

“Just About Over You”- Priscilla Block

“Guess I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time / You must’ve heard I was moving on / Then right out of the blue / A quarter past two, I’m all about you / When I was just about, just about over you”

Priscilla Block is undoubtedly one of our new favorite songstresses’ in county music. With a sassy attitude, killer songwriting, and honesty for days, how could you not fall in love with her?! Although she has many songs that have gone viral on TikTok, “Just About Over You” is a clear standout.

To keep up with Priscilla Block, follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

 

“She Broke My Heart”- Noah Schnacky

“Cause I wouldn’t have been riding solo / Friday night at the house of blues / And I wind’ the ben there to accidentally spill my drink on you / You wouldn’t have laughed at how I dance”

TikTok has a ton of artists that are both newcomers and established artists in the field. Noah Schnacky is a rising artist, who has gained a lot of success with his TikTok page. He continues to utilize it to share new releases and demos with his fans. Most recently, he has been sharing “She Broke My Heart,” and it is both a viral hit and an absolute smash!

To keep up with Noah Schnacky, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

 

How does our list of favorite viral TikTok country songs match up to yours? Let us know in the comments.

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Ashley Cooke Releases “Sunday Morning Kinda Saturday Night”

Ashley Cooke’s new song “Sunday Morning Kinda Saturday Night” is available now, March 2nd, everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a look below as we dig a little deeper into the track.

Back in October 2020, Ashley Cooke burst on to the country music scene with a heartbreaking song called “Jealous Of The Sky,” written in remembrance of her late best friend. Continuing to pour her heart out in her music and making her fans proud, the songstress is following up her release today with “Sunday Morning Kinda Saturday Night.”

Using her TikTok notoriety to connect with her fans, Cooke finally released this track, one that her followers have been asking for. The new song was written by Craig Wiseman and Matt Roy, but feels like it’s coming straight from the pages of her diary. The mid-tempo song is all about needing a change after a break-up. Cooke admits to needing to take a break from wild Saturday nights out in favor of a Sunday morning of faith and slowing down.

Ashley Cooke's new song "Sunday Morning Kinda Saturday Night" is available everywhere now, March 2nd

Ashley Cooke’s new song “Sunday Morning Kinda Saturday Night” is available everywhere now, March 2nd

“Let the FM hymns blow the bench seat speakers / Let the fireflies and the starlight be my preacher / Shine a little deeper than the neon lights / I need a Sunday morning kinda Saturday night”

Relatable as ever, the song reminds everyone that you cannot get over hurt and heartbreak by partying someone away. Unfortunately, we cannot heal our hearts by partying. Cooke is one of those artists that have found so much success from TikTok, and we think she has a lot of promise in the industry if she keeps releasing songs like this that are catchy, relatable, and lyrically-driven.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Ashley Cooke releases.

To keep up with Ashley Cooke, follow her on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

“Sunday Morning Kinda Saturday Night” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Woman of the Month: Rakiyah Marshall

We’re bringing you stories from women who are chasing their dreams and building a life that they love with New York Country Swag’s, “Woman of the Month”.

Each month, we highlight a different female pursuing her passions. Introducing you to women who are taking risks, working relentlessly, and turning their dreams into reality. These are empowering women who serve as role models and should be celebrated.

Rakiyah Marshall

“I love music, I love songwriters, and I love that music makes the world go round”

 

Our first Woman of the Month for 2021 hails from the same hometown as our Managing Editor, Christina, on Long Island New York. Rakiyah Marshall now resides in Nashville but her inspiring story of finding her passion for music, moving to Nashville to pursue that passion, and taking a leap of faith to start her own business all started in New York.

Thinking back to her childhood, music was always playing in her home. Whether her mother was cleaning on a Sunday morning listening to gospel music, getting ready for a party and listening to reggae, or even listening to the country female powerhouses taking over the airwaves in the ’90s, the energy music brought to her household influenced her life. She attended Seton Hall in New Jersey for college and knew that she wanted to be involved in the entertainment world. She landed an internship at Republic Records at a crucial time for the label, when it was just beginning to expand and take off. She recalls watching major artists like Ariana Grande and Nelly walk through the office and seeing artists who weren’t huge yet, get their start with Republic. “I remember going back to my dorm and thinking to myself, ‘What world did I just walk in to and how do I stay in it’,” she recalls.

Marshall speaks so highly of her internship and what she learned there, explaining that after she graduated she asked if she can stay on, that she would help with whatever they needed at the time, and eventually that turned into a full-time job. She tells us that one summer a friend asked her to go to see Rascal Flatts at PNC Bank Arts Center in New Jersey and it was her very first time at a country concert. “I had never gone to a tailgate like that, so many people just in a parking lot out in a field, it felt like everyone was friends and family already, I never enjoyed a concert like I did that day.” She tells us after that show she really started digging into the newer country acts, learning to love the true storytelling aspect of the genre.

She made the move to Nashville and took a job working at BMG in publishing, helping to guide and work with songwriters like Lindsey Ell, Sean Stemaly, and Emily Landis. “The Music Row feeling, it’s one I don’t even know how to describe,” she tells us.  “It’s a street filled with labels, publishers, PROS, and they are all located on one street, it’s magical and something that just does not exist in New York or Los Angeles, where it’s very corporate-driven and all high rises.” She quickly started to cherish the songwriter and the powerful energy that they brought to music city.

Like most people who work in the music industry, the COVID-19 pandemic forced everyone to pivot their strategies, sit down and figure out how they could use the slowed-down moments to their benefit. Marshall, who has always taken her own route in life decided that it was time for her to bet on herself, her talents, and confidently take a leap of faith and start her own company. After spending time watching cat videos on TikTok, she laughs, she tells us that she quickly realized that this new app was filled with untapped, unsigned yet very talented artists. After coming across Ashley Cooke, she knew she wanted to work with her. “My boyfriend, Seth England said ‘Why don’t you do it yourself? If you really believe in her, and she believes in you, you can start it together.’ It was scary to quit my corporate job in the middle of a pandemic, I had a lot of anxiety but I thought, there is no better time, I had time to think and strategize.”

England who is the CEO and partner at Big Loud Records also suggested the perfect name for her new venture and Back Blocks Music was born. “The term Back Blocks is because my dad and my family members say it a lot, when we are in traffic or trying to get somewhere fast, my dad will always say, “Take the back blocks”, and it’s basically his version of the dirt road”. Seth said to me, ‘Why don’t you call your company Back Blocks music? I have always found that you are a person that does really well at your job, you do it right, but you do it in your own way, you realize you can break artists too, but just in a different fashion’.”

Marshall also came across Lily Rose, on TikTok and she was instantly captivated by her. “I’ve never heard a voice like this, I’ve never heard a song written that way, she doesn’t look like anybody else, I am so curious and so I met her and I knew she was special, I gave her some strategies for TikTok and couple of weeks later, Villain was posted,” she tells us. The song skyrocketed, going viral and landing her a joint venture record deal with Back Blocks Music, Big Loud Records, and Republic Records.

With an exciting future ahead of her and her new company, we close out our conversation discussing the advice she would give to young girls looking to find their path in the music industry. “Internships are key. It changed my life, but also, the time you put into what you want to learn in those positions will change the rest. It’s ok not to know what you want to do, but there is no way to find out if you don’t try or work hard at it,” she explained. “I was always willing to do everything and anything to move to that next level and I think it really shows everyone above you, that you are ready to work. So that when it comes time for you to start your own company or work for someone else, that you feel you can bet on yourself and do it correctly because you had those tools before.”

In closing, she says, “As a female, confidence is key. We can do whatever we want and how we want to do it and be great at it. There is nothing that can stop us, not a man, not a corporation, nothing we are powerful and we are amazing.”

 

To keep up with Rakiyah Marshall follow her on Instagram and be sure to follow Back Blocks Music as well.

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Ashley Cooke Debuts New Song “Jealous Of The Sky”

Ashley Cooke’s brand new song, “Jealous Of The Sky” is available now, October 13th on all streaming platforms. Take a look below as we dig a little deeper into the track.

Ashley Cooke "Jealous Of The Sky"

Ashley Cooke’s “Jealous Of The Sky” is available everywhere now

TikTok megastar and country singer-songwriter, Ashley Cooke debuted her new song earlier today, “Jealous Of The Sky”. Already making waves, the song is quickly climbing the charts on the iTunes, and fans are going absolutely crazy for the new tune.

“Jealous Of The Sky” is in remembrance of Cooke’s best friend, Adam who passed away from cancer. She shared a video of her friend on Instagram captioning the images with “This is for anyone who’s ever lost anyone. For me – this is for you, Adam.” A touching tearjerker, the song showcases the songstress’ voice in the best light.

“You get to be blue and grey / You don’t mind the season change / You can shine all the time / Like it’s just another day / Let the rain out when you feel like you wanna cry / Now you get to say hello, while I gotta say goodbye / I’m jealous of the sky”

Cooke sings her heart out about dealing with loss and grief, yet trying to hold it all together. Anyone who has ever lost someone they loved will relate to this song. It is clear why the singer has had so much success on social media, as she finds a way to connect with her fans in an authentic, refreshing, and genuine way.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about Ashley Cooke releases.

To keep up with Ashley Cooke, follow her on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

“Jealous Of The Sky” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recent releases on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

 

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