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Hit Nashville songwriter Heather Morgan is stepping into the spotlight with her debut album, “Borrowed Heart.” After penning songs for Brett Eldredge, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Maren Morris and more, Heather has just released this collection of songs born out of a trip she took to Joshua Tree to face down a heartache. She tells us about pouring that pain into these songs and finding a partner to help flesh out her creative vision in producer and songwriter Paul Moak. She also demonstrates some of her favorite Lee Ann Womack vocal licks live on the podcast. You’ll fall in love with Heather and her music!
Katie Cook/Adam Shoenfeld of SunKat
CMT’s Katie Cook and in-demand Nashville guitarist/songwriter Adam Shoenfeld make up the husband-wife duo SunKat. Shortly after losing her sister Joanne earlier this year, Katie was inspired to write a new song, “Hey JoJo,” after her sister came to her in a dream to let her know she was alright. Katie and Adam then wrote the song and recorded it with Katie’s parents and brother on hand to add their talents. Joanne had a developmental disability, which gave her a unique view of the world captured in the hopeful feel of “Hey JoJo.” Proceeds from the single benefit The Arc, a charity organization helping people with IDD, intellectual and developmental disabilities. Don’t miss this joyful, heartfelt conversation!
Elaina Smith is the host of the new podcast “Women Want to Hear Women” addressing the lack of women on country radio playlists. So far, she’s welcomed Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves and more to talk about the issue. A longtime host of the syndicated country radio show “Nash Nights Live,” Elaina’s voice rings loud in this conversation since she is both working in country radio and asking the tough questions about equality on playlists. Ashley and Elaina also address the power of talking about their experiences in the work place. A fascinating conversation.
Country singer/songwriter Levi Hummon is here telling us about his just-released EP, “Patient.” He even performs the EP’s final song, “Songs We Sang,” with us at the end of the episode! Levi is the son of hit songwriter Marcus Hummon, and he has been working to forge his own path over the past few years touring with everyone from Sam Hunt and Kelsea Ballerini to Kip Moore and his duet partner on “Love Heals,” Alison Krauss. That last song was inspired by the work his mother, Becca Stevens, does with her organization Thistle Farms to help women get off the streets and get on their feet making amazing bath and home products. Levi tells us how his parents’ legacy is living on in his own life and music
Bonus Video — “Songs We Sang” Snippet
Hear Levi’s full performance of “Songs We Sang” on the podcast!
Platinum-selling country star Josh Turner tells us about his long-awaited gospel album, “I Serve a Savior.” The project features brand-new songs, including the title track, as well as Josh’s unique take on spiritual classics “I Saw the Light” and “How Great Thou Art.” His four sons appear on the album’s song, “River of Happiness,” too. We also dig into Josh’s very active home life, which he describes as “a reality show that’s not on TV.”
Other highlights include Alan Jackson’s influence on Josh’s new gospel project AND when fans can expect a Christmas album from Josh!
Maddie & Tae
Maddie & Tae are telling us EVERYTHING about their brand-new hit, “Friends Don’t,” which has led them to start dishing out some “Dear Abby”-style love advice to their fans. Their harmony-drenched new song, “Die From a Broken Heart,” also features some insight into their strong friendship as they’ve faced professional challenges together. Maddie gives us some scoop on her upcoming wedding plans, and we talk all things Carrie Underwood leading up to next year’s tour!
“We watched Carrie Underwood on American Idol. I still sometimes go back and watch her audition tape. It’s amazing! It’s just so inspiring. She’s a fellow Okie, so I feel a special connection there. But I don’t think Carrie Underwood wrote in the beginning of her career, which I think is so fantastic that you can tell she’s so curious and she’s always wanting to learn and be a sponge and be better. And now she’s a writing machine…I think that’s so inspiring that she, herself, Carrie Underwood, is still wanting to be a better artist.” — Taylor Dye, Maddie & Tae on Carrie Underwood’s artistic growth and evolution throughout her career.
“I’m so focused on marrying my best friend.” — Maddie Marlow on her upcoming wedding to fiancé, Jonah.
“I celebrate the small things now. Any kind of good, I try to hang on to it and celebrate it.” — Taylor Dye on what she’s learned in the past few years.
Check out some of our favorite songs featured on this week’s show with Katie Cook & Adam Shoenfeld!