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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 21, 2020) – Yesterday CMT premiered rising country star Karissa Ella’s poignant music video for her single “More Like Her” off her EP Blossom on CMT.com. Throughout the video, shots switch between present-day Karissa and a younger version of herself as she sings about wanting to be that little girl she once was. Finding that feeling of innocence is one that we can all relate to. Watch the video here. “More Like Her” was written by Karissa with collaborator Caroline Marquard.
“I am so excited for everyone to see ‘More Like Her’ come to life! This is one of my favorite songs I wrote with Caroline Marquard because it is so relatable. Thank you to Quinton Cook and his team for producing this video! I hope you all love it and remember to never lose your inner child” said Karissa Ella.
CMT.com says that Ella’s video is “a reminder to not sweat the small stuff [...] in her beautiful new video.”
In 2019, Ella released Blossom, a collection of songs all written or co-written by the young songstress. Her first single, “Vacay” was featured on Radio Disney Country and Parade called it, “the perfect soundtrack for those days in the sun… upbeat, nostalgic and lighthearted.”
Keep up to date with Karissa at her website, Facebook, Instagram and Spotify.
About Karissa Ella
Karissa Ella’s youthful and soulful style is a breath of fresh air in today’s world of country music. Inspired by the likes of Shania Twain, Gretchen Wilson, Garth Brooks and Carrie Underwood, her music, writing and live performances attract people of all ages. Armed with a Music Entertainment Degree from Belmont University and having been singing for crowds from the young age of 10 years old, Karissa is one of country music’s rising stars! Karissa Ella currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee and performs at venues and private venues throughout the U.S, especially in Tenn., Wis. and Ohio. In June 2018, she completed her first EP, having co-wrote two of the three songs. “Had Enough,” “Get Drunk Drink” and “Yard Sale” are all songs that are representative of what’s happening on today’s country music scene. Her second EP, Blossom, came out Summer 2019 with songs like “VACAY” already featured by Parade.com and “Me and Luke” by Medium and Taste of Country. Plan on spending a lot of time cruising along with Karissa Ella and Blossom! For more information, visit karissaella.com.
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BLANE HOWARD – BIO
Blane Howard is a country music artist and songwriter who is making the grade across the board within the country music industry, at country radio and among its fans. His original song, “Promise To Love Her,” has generated more than 7 Million video views across multiple platforms, and more than 36 Million Streams. This Arkansas native, named the 2018 and 2019 Male Vocalist of the Year at the Arkansas CMAs, embraces the sound he was raised on by infusing the styles of country music greats like Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, and Randy Travis, with his own personal flair. His relatable lyrics, powerful vocals, and entertaining shows are winning him fans around the world.
At the age of 3, Blane stood in front of the TV with a blue and green plastic guitar and sang along with Alan Jackson's, "Chasin' That Neon Rainbow." A big fan of Johnny Cash as well, and sharing the same birth date, Howard tells a story about his grandmother singing Cash songs to him and his cousins. Living close to a railroad track, she would rush all the kids to the window when they would “hear the train a coming” and break into her rendition of “Folsom Prison Blues.” Howard often says that as a child he thought Cash had stolen the song from her! Today he is drawn toward the styles of artist like Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, and Brothers Osborne. All of these influences have made an impact on Blane's unique style of country, modern-traditional, mixing the authenticity of the 90s with the contemporary edge of today!
Since graduating from Belmont University in 2010, Howard has had the privilege of opening up shows for many country greats including Blake Shelton, Josh Turner, Joe Nichols, Lauren Alaina, Trace Adkins, Rodney Atkins, Hunter Hays, Granger Smith, Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels Band, and others. Blane has played multiple venues of all sizes as well as all types of fairs and festivals across the mid plains and mid-south including the Arkansas State Fair, State Fair of Texas, South Carolina Peach Festival, Western Kentucky State Fair, and multiple shows at CMA Fest.
‘Bout Time' is the title track to Blane's original EP which was released in January of 2013; he followed that up in 2014 with a two-song CD of "Arkansas, Y'all," which was a song penned for the Arkansas Department of Tourism’s Song of Arkansas contest. In 2015, he released his first full album, "Away We Go," which has many great singles including "Friday Feeling," and "Crazy," as well as the title track. Blane was married in the fall of 2016 and as a gift for his bride-to-be, he wrote "Promise To Love Her." After a short video clip from their wedding of the couple dancing to the song took off on social media, and requests for the song flooded his social media pages, he decided that he should record the song. In March of 2017 the single released to glowing reviews and hit national radio, making its way to #33 on the Music Row Breakout Chart, holding there for three weeks. The music video has picked up over 5.7 MILLION views on FB alone and also received television airplay on networks such as Great American Country, The Country Network, and The Heartland Network where it continues to air today. The Heartland Network also picked up Howard’s music video for his single “Crazy.”
In early 2018, the legendary John Berry invited Blane to film a segment with him for The Heartland TV Network’s second season of “Songs and Stories with John Berry.” The show was filmed at the Fontanel in Nashville and Howard’s episode aired in June of 2018.
When Blane is not on the road, he stays busy writing new songs with other artists and songwriters in Nashville.
Be sure to follow Blane Howard on social media for all of the latest career updates, show announcements, and new music releases.
The 50th Annual Country Music Awards will air November 2 on ABC. The first list of performers have been announced and include some of the hottest acts in country music, including Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Maren Morris, Keith Urban and more.
Happy Birthday to country music legend, Charlie Daniels! Artists like Dolly Parton, Keith Urban and Little Big Town wished the icon a happy 80th birthday.
The Grand Ole Opry is expanding into New York City. They will be opening their first “home away from home” with the Opry City Stage. The two story venue located in Times Square will serve native Nashville food and have live performances to bring the roots of country music into a new region of the country. The Opry City Stage is set to open in April of 2017.
CMT announced their Next Women of Country which includes artist like Maren Morris, Carly Pierce, Ashley Campbell, Aubrey Sellers and more! Congratulations to such wonderful musicians that we will be seeing more of throughout this upcoming year.
October 16 was an unforgettable night for country music during the star-studded, profoundly emotional Medallion Ceremony where Charlie Daniels, Fred Foster and Randy Travis were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Randy Travis also sang for the first time publicly since his stroke.
Shania Twain received the Artist of a Lifetime award at the 2016 CMT Artists of the Year Awards. CMT Artists of the Year recipients included Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Stapleton.
Eric Church and fellow songwriters celebrated their number one song, “Record Year.” Written by Church and Jeff Hyde, this song marks Eric Church’s seventh number one.
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