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“Let The Girls Play”

Written By: Kristina Martin
Photography: Squeeksontour

In December of 2018, Savannah Keyes and Kalie Shorr started a new segment on Radio Disney Country, “Let The Girls Play” which originated from a hashtag created during the all-female singer-songwriter round Song Suffragettes. This segment highlights the latest news and songs from country music’s top ladies and rising stars who aren’t otherwise supported on a radio format. Kalie and Savannah produce and write the script themselves and if you have not had a chance to listen you definitely should!

This year during CRS’s 50th anniversary “Let The Girls Play” moved from a hallway in the music city center to a show at The Bell Tower in Nashville. It was hosted by Kalie Shorr, Savannah Keyes and Betsy Spina (Host of Radio Disney Country). The show highlighted some of the top rising female artists in country music supported by two rising male artists who also support the fight for the equality of women in music.

The show started with Seaforth, a boy band from a small town in Seaforth, Australia. Their accents caught my attention right away and let’s face it who can resist an Australia accent? The last of the three songs they played was their current single “Love That”, and they knew exactly how to engage the crowd getting us all to sing “ahh yeah yeah yeah” from the chorus. The song was catchy and before it was even over I was singing along.

Tenille Arts, most recently seen performing on “The Bachelor” tv show during Colton’s one on one date, started off her show with a love song “Mad Crazy Love”, which was perfect for Valentine’s day. Her second song “Called You Names” was written for her mother and was a total tear-jerker. Lastly, she performed her current single and bachelor hit “I Hate This”. Tenille wrote this song about a friend who was going through a bad breakup. While writing it, her relationship of many years ended and she felt as though this was the perfect song to express exactly how she was feeling. You can listen to “I Hate This” on the Female Music Nation Spotify Playlist.

Savannah Keyes blew my socks off. Not only is this girl hilarious to listen to while hosting but her voice is amazing! This was the first time I had ever seen her perform and by the end of her set, I was hoping she would get back up and play more. She shared her 2 latest singles “Good Day” and “Hypocrite”. “Good Day” was mashed up with Train’s “Drop of Jupitar” getting everyone in the crowd singing along. Hypocrite was the first song that she had ever released and has been on the Female Music Nation playlist since the first time we have heard it! We are all #Blessed.

Levi Hummon was the second male supporting act, after a tad bit of technical difficulty shared a spiced up acoustic version of his recent single “Patient”.

Jaden Michaels followed by sharing with her fans a live performance of her recent single “Behave”, which can be found on all music streaming platforms as well as the FMN Spotify playlist. Her music video was recently featured as one of our weekly spotlight music videos released every Monday.

Gabby Barrett demanded attention. This American Idol star paid tribute to a female powerhouse- Maren Morris by singing her cover of “My Church”. She had the crowd belting out the lyrics with her. She closed out by performing her most recent single “I Hope”, and this 18-year-old killed it. The song was written about when a guy and girl end a relationship, the girl wishes him well, but this song is a true testament as to how we all really feel.

Kalie Shorr performed her first ever single “Fight Like A Girl”. It was the theme song of the night, “We are all fighting to get the girls played!” Kalie was the first artist to release a song on both Radio Disney Country and Radio Disney. Her current single “Awake” off her new EP has both a country and pop version. At the show tonight, Kalie performed the single for the first time as a country single directly followed by a pop duet with Johnny Brenns and it was unbelievable. At the end fans screamed leaving Kalie speechless while leaving the stage.

Jessie James Decker and her husband Eric Decker spent their valentines day at the show. Jessie wowed the crowed with a cover of “Love On The Brain” originally by Rihanna.

Runaway June performed their two most popular singles “Lipstick” and their most recent Disney top 30 single “Buy My Own Drinks

Leaving her boyfriend on the side of the road with a flat tire, Cassadee Pope made it to the show, just in time. She recently released her sophomore album “Stages”. She performed for us her most recent single “If My Heart Had A Heart”.

To close out the night Raelynn shared with us one of her not yet released songs as well as a few songs that have special meaning to her, Queens, Love Triangle, and her most recent #1 on Radio Disney “Rowdy”. The last song was a treat for the crowd when Kalie made her way on stage with Raelynn to perform “I Can Love You Better” by The Dixie Chicks, a song that Kalie and Rae performed every night while they were on the Next Women of Country tour last year.

This night was a perfect way to continue to push the fight for women in music. Female Music Nation was honored to be able to watch these amazing women perform. Check back for a few familiar faces as featured FMN artists. 

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