CMT’s “Next Women of Country” celebration announced nine newcomers to its elite roster on Tuesday, adding both signed and unsigned female artists Kalie Shorr, Abby Anderson, Ashley McBryde, Bailey Bryan, Erin Enderlin, Hannah Ellis, Jo Smith, Kassi Ashton and The Sisterhood Band. Nashville Mayor Megan Barry was on-hand to announce CMT’s Next Women Class of 2018.
The team at CMT has been a constant support and safe place for me since I first moved to Nashville four years ago. This was the fourth CMT’s Next Women of Country event I’ve attended, so getting to be in the Class of 2018 was such an honor and a cool perspective moment for me,” said Kalie Shorr. “I am surrounded by many talented women who I’ve admired and looked up to for a long time. I am very thankful for the people of Nashville who champion women relentlessly, and CMT is at the forefront of that.”
Kalie Shorr, Kelleigh Bannen and Lindsay Ell kicked off the event with a surprise cover of Taylor Swift’s pop hit “Look What You Made Me Do,” which was filmed for an exclusive music video that will air on CMT later this month.
CMT launched its “Next Women of Country” campaign in 2013 as a way to give more attention and airplay to emerging female country artists across all screens.
Kalie Shorr burst onto the Nashville music scene in 2016 with her self-penned hit “Fight Like A Girl”. The Portland, Maine singer-songwriter became a Sirius XM Highway Find and was praised by Spotify, CMT, Radio Disney Country, Taste of Country, and even Billboard magazine.
In 2017, Kalie released her Slingshot EP to rave reviews and was named a “New Artist You Need To Know” by Rolling Stone, “The New Nashville” by Teen Vogue, and one of “2017’s Hottest Artists Under 25” by Taste of Country. Her new single “Two Hands” just premiered on Radio Disney Country and will be followed by a new EP in late 2017. Playing over 100 shows a year, Kalie’s message of female-empowerment has led to her being called the “next ‘Women of Country’ generation” [CMChat].
Continued streaming support has played a huge part in Shorr’s success and continuing to grow her fan base exponentially. Currently #1 on Breaking Country and added on Cool Country playlists on Apple Music. You can also find her music on Spotify, and download on Amazon Music.