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Rachel Wammack’s Prayer In Music Form, “When I Say Amen”

Rachel Wammack When I Say Amen

 

One of the strongest female vocalists in the country genre right now, Rachel Wammack just released a beautiful prayer in music form titled “When I Say Amen”. During this pandemic, one thing that has helped so many is turning to the quiet moments where they can reflect on the good in their lives or the good that can be seen happening around the world.

“At the end of a prayer, running out on the edge, on fire like a sunset / I lift my hands to first love, shooting stars, burning candles in the dark /  every step, every breath that’s when I say ‘Amen'”

Wammack takes you on a motivating yet peaceful journey during her new song written with Matt Maher and Sam Ellis. She took to Instagram live yesterday to talk about the need to release this song at this time. She spoke about the tornadoes that ripped through Nashville in March and how she found herself waiting for the storm to pass and praying. “I feel like, as I was listening to “When I Say Amen” in the car, I went back to that moment in the tornado and then to quarantine, which sometimes feels like that moment all over again, really scary and I feel like every day I have leaned on prayer, more than anything”.

Wammack’s powerful vocals over a shimmering production allow the listener to zero in on something so important during a time of crisis, faith that everything will get better. For more from the songstress check out our Swag Session from late 2019 below.

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“When I Say Amen” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more 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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NYCS Swag Session: Rachel Wammack

Sony Music Nashville recording artist and songwriter Rachel Wammack stopped by New York Country Swag this past week to perform and chat. This special Swag Session took place at Winnie’s Jazz Bar located in the Refinery Rooftop in New York City, Wammack performed on the piano her two singles “Damage” and “Something People Say”.

Our interview took place just hours before Wammack performed an opening set for the iconic Trisha Yearwood at Town Hall. Watch our full interview and her beautiful performance below.

For more music from artists we’ve featured during our LIVE Swag Sessions, check out our Sessions Playlist below and give it a follow for updates.

 

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[Listen] Rachel Wammack’s New Single “Enough”

Rachel Wammack Enough

 

Rachel Wammack’s latest single “Enough,” was released on March 15, 2019. Co-written with Laura Veltz and Sam Ellis, “Enough” is a descriptive track that conveys that simplicity is the key to life. Despite having goals and dreams, appreciating the good things that you have, love and family are what really matters.

It provides two messages that everyone needs to be reminded of, which are to not take for granted those that love you and to not get caught up in lofty desires or material items.  “If none of my dreams come true/If it’s down to just me and you/In this custom, hand-picked, signature brand of love/Well, baby it’s enough, enough.”  The lyrics are clearly influenced by traditional country love songs while having a slightly more pop-influenced melody, creating a unique fusion of sounds. “It’s something, isn’t it?/But it’s nothing without you in it”.

We caught the rising artist open for Brett Young last year on the CMT On Tour, read our recap of the great night of music here. Having had notable success from her self titled EP, which was released last year, Wammack is in a place to grow and further solidify her presence as an up and coming woman in country music. She is one of many new female artists pushing that the status quo is changed so that more women are recognized not only through radio airplay but within the genre as a whole.  Additionally, Wammack was named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country 2019, among other illustrious honors and recognition.

 

 

Be sure to catch her at one of her upcoming shows including Tortuga Music Festival, Stagecoach Music Festival, and Country LakeShake.

“Enough” 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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WME & Sony Music Nashville Present: A Celebration of Women’s History Month

She Is The Music Women

Seaforth and Rachel Wammack

On Monday night, Sony Music Nashville and booking agency WME teamed up to present “A Celebration of Women’s History Month,” a night benefitting She Is The Music, a non-profit organization that focuses on increasing the number of women in music and gender equality in the industry. The night’s spotlight artists were Carlton Anderson, Rachel Wammack, Seaforth, Robert Counts, and Hannah Dasher; some of Sony’s newest artists on the roster. And hosting the night were beloved media personalities and journalists, Hunter Kelly and Ashley Eicher, the duo behind the All Our Favorite People Podcast.

WME booking agent, Carrie Murphy, was invited to start off the night by introducing the crowd to what She Is The Music was, and how the organization creates a platform for women to hone their craft and be supported on their journey in the music industry. “Girls can’t be what they can’t see,” shared Murphy.

The night took us on a chronological musical journey through country music’s finest women’s hits through the decades, from the 1960s all the way to 2010. Kelly and Eicher not only hosted the night but provided valuable summarized facts on social issues and the songs’ commercial success in each focused era.

She Is the Music Women

Robert Counts

Kicking the night off was Robert Counts, who covered Loretta Lynn’s hit song, “You Ain’t Woman Enough To Take My Man,” that was originally recorded in 1965. “This might get weird…I feel weird,” joked Counts before he sang. “[Loretta] taught me a lot about songwriting. She has done a lot for my career [and] is a huge influence.”

Up next they focused on the 1970s, a time period where the feminist movement took place. In fact, because of the inundation of this movement, TIME awarded its “Man of the Year” award to “American Women” in 1975. Covering Dolly Parton’s second single and one of Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” was Rachel Wammack and Seaforth. The soaring harmonies from both acts almost gave “Jolene” a hauntingly different version that’s been never heard before.

She is The Music Women

Hannah Dasher

The 1980s was a time when women were not getting fair wages, and part of the movement against inequality was Parton’s “9 to 5,” which was featured on the movie of the same title. The movie aptly depicted the social circumstances women were in the and workforce of that era. Hannah Dasher lent her voice to a rocking, feet-tapping cover of it.

Still keeping it in the 80s, Carlton Anderson came up on stage to pay tribute to Barbara Mandrell and her song that became a hit at the height of the urban cowboy craze, or as Kelly jokingly called it, “the early version of bro-country.” Anderson, the most traditional country-leaning act of the night, undeniably shined in his element as he sang Mandrell’s 1981 hit song, “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool.”

SHe Is the Music

Carlton Anderson

The next half of the night transitioned to the beloved 1990s onwards, and it was that era that saw a promising record number of women elected into congress. Dasher returned on stage to cover Reba’s “You Lie,” with Big Machine Record’s Dan Smalley, who she introduced as “the closest thing to Vince Gill.” Following their performance was Anderson, who came back with his rendition of Patty Loveless’ “You Don’t Know Who I Am.” “I grew up listening to this song. […] When you figure out what it’s really about, it kinda hits you in the chest, and I think that’s the beauty of this genre.”

Perhaps two of the biggest highlights of the night were both from Wammack. The Muscle Shoals, Alabama native shared how several people told her when she first moved to Nashville that she “sounded like Deana Carter when [she] spoke.” Wammack played the keys and sang two of country’s timeless ballads of the 90s: Carter’s “Strawberry Wine” and LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live Without You.” Introducing the latter song, Kelly shared the history of its release, and how two of country’s women, Rimes and Trisha Yearwood, both had released the single at the same time. Unsurprisingly, the 23-year-old really captivated the crowd as soon as she started playing.

She Is the Music Women

Seaforth

One of our 2019 Artists to Watch, Seaforth’s Mitch Thompson and Tom Jordan were back, and gave a refreshing cover of Shania Twain’s 1997 hit, “You’re Still The One.” Again, the duo’s harmonies packed a punch and proved why they’re Nashville’s next biggest Australia transplants in country music.

Closing the nostalgia-filled night was Counts, whose unique and raspy delivery invigorated the wistfulness of Miranda Lambert’s first number one song and her fastest-rising single to date, “The House That Built Me.”

What a night that took everyone a trip down memory lane, visiting decades of iconic hit songs from trail-blazing women in country music! If there’s one thing we’re hoping for after the show, it’s that somehow, these young acts record each of their spins on the songs they covered and share it with the world. One thing’s for certain: Sony’s newest exceptionally-talented class of acts are here to stay.

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Tyler Rich and Brett Young Warm Up a Cold Times Square Crowd

While most people were having the Sunday scaries last night, New York country music fans fled to the heart of Times Square to catch CMT On Tour featuring Rachel Wammack, Tyler Rich, and headliner Brett Young at PlayStation Theater. The line of freezing fans wrapped around the corner all waiting to get inside, check their coats at the door and dance and sing along to some great country music for the evening.

Brett Young Tyler Rich Rachel Wammack

Rachel Wammack, one of Sony Music Nashville’s newest artists kicked things off, proving her incredible vocal ability to a new set of fans in the Big Apple.  She sang songs from her self-titled debut EP including the powerful, heartwrenching ballads “Closure” and her current debut radio single “Damage”.  “This is my very first tour and NYC, Y’all are freakin’ sweet,” she said to the packed floor.  She also put her own spin on 5 Seconds of Summer’s “Youngblood” which had the crowd dancing along.

Brett Young Tyler Rich Rachel Wammack

Next up was Tyler Rich, the proud California native took “warming up the crowd” to a new level, playing a bunch of upbeat songs and infusing his own signature style of country music into the set. He sang all four songs from his self-titled EP including “Adrenaline” and “Take It Or Leave It”, as well as covering a country-rock version of The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” which had every single audience member jumping up and down in unison.  “We’ve been counting down the days until we got to play NYC and Y’all just sold this shit out and you didn’t just sell it out but you sold it out on a Sunday, that is quite the accomplishment,” Rich laughed. He took time out of his set to thank the first responders that were present in the crowd as well as send a shout out to all of those who helped fight the recent wildfires in his home state of California.  He explained that fellow California born artists, Brett Young, Jon Pardi, Devin Dawson, Gary Allen and himself teamed up to create a shirt where the funds would go directly to aiding in relief from those devastating fires. You can find your Cali Love shirt and donate here.   Rich closed out his set with his two radio singles “11:11” and the song that he says got it all started for him, “The Difference”.

Brett Young Tyler Rich Rachel Wammack

The Sunday night crowd was good and ready when Brett Young took the stage just after 9 PM.  Although most of his radio singles are mid-slow tempo ballads, Young captivated the crowd with his genuine nature and compelling storytelling.  He kicked off the night with the first single from his sophomore album, “Here Tonight” and continued throughout the evening to play songs from Ticket to L.A as well as some of the biggest hits from his debut self-titled album.  Closing out his album release week for Ticket to L.A.  He thanked CMT for sponsoring this tour as well as country radio for the success he has seen over the past few years.

“I thought forever, if I could just get a song on country radio, that’ll do it, I didn’t understand what that meant or how hard that was…” Young explained. “All that to say, country radio took a chance on me anyway and I’ll never be able to say thank you enough,” he said humbly before singing his second number one single “In Case You Didn’t Know”.

Brett Young Tyler Rich Rachel Wammack

Two highlights from the night included Young stopping to give credit to his band who also just happen to be incredible singers.  After revealing that his very first concert was BoyzIIMen and Mariah Carey, he allowed his band members to each sing a verse of their soulful hit “Water Runs Dry”. He also welcomed back to the stage Rachel Wammack and Tyler Rich to sit on either side of him to perform Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.

Young closed out the night by singing a cover of Gavin DeGraw’s “Not Over You”, as well as leading the audience in a sing-along to his very first number one hit “Sleep Without You”. Head to NYCountry Swag’s Instagram for exclusive videos from last night’s incredible line up.

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Rachel Wammack Releases Beautiful Christmas Covers

There’s nothing like country taking over Christmas music. RCA Records Nashville’s new artist Rachel Wammack recently dropped her classic-Christmas covers of “This Christmas” and “O Holy Night” as part of a Live from Thirteen Performance. These festive releases are following her debut chart-climbing single “Damage.” The holiday renditions are just a taste of what her vocal range is capable of.

“There have been so many wonderful highs from playing the Opry and the Ryman for the first time and putting out my EP as well as my debut single ‘Damage.’ It seemed fitting to end the year with two of my favorite Christmas songs as a ’thank you’ to all of the fans who have supported me. All in all, this year has been such a blessing and I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store,” Wammack says in a press release.

Wammack recently performed her holiday spins at WSMV’s Today in Nashville. She played “O Holy Night” on the piano and her rendition was incredibly soulful. Performing these holiday classics, these covers show her ability to conquer any song confidently.

Wammack’s continuing to showcase her talent on the road with Brett Young on his CMT ON TOUR: HERE TONIGHT which hits NYC this weekend, Sunday, December 9th. Grab your tickets here. Fans will be able to have an inside look at the run this weekend during CMT Hot 20 Countdown. Make sure to spin “This Christmas” and “O Holy Night” out everywhere at all digital retailers.

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