New Music Friday July 19th, 2019.
An epic day in music: counting in heirwaves’ top 12 most dynamic releases this week. From a legendary new female country music group, to pop music’s most sought after songwriters, and brand new artists to watch – this Friday is one for the books.
- Sam Smith – “How Do You Sleep”
- JC Stewart – “Bones”
- The Highwomen – “Redesigning Women”
- Emily Weisband – “Naked”
- Charlotte Lawrence – “Why Do You Love Me”
- Ashe – “Cold in California”
- Sleeping With Sirens – “Break Me Down”
- Hey Violet – “Queen of the Night”
- Sasha Sloan – “at least i look cool”
- Aaron Carpenter – “Chase”
- Quinn Lewis – “Hurt Me Now”
- Cloe Wilder – “i don’t wanna”
1) Sam Smith – “How Do You Sleep”
Get ready to dance. Sam Smith has released his new single “How Do You Sleep” written with songwriters/producers Max Martin, Savan Kotecha and ILYA. The spirited, dreamlike track is infused with a dance-fueled chorus and paired with an upbeat music video directed by Grant Singer and choreographed by Parris Goebel. “This year, both personally and musically, I feel so free. More than ever I have had so much fun making this record and this video. Time to dance darlings x,” Sam says.
2) JC Stewart – “Bones”
Northern Ireland native JC Stewart has released his phenomenal new single, “Bones.” Co-written with Sam Merrifield and Dirty Hit artist Benjamin Francis Leftwich, and produced by Nathaniel ‘Detonate’ Ledwidge and Sam Merrifield, the song is released on JC Stewart’s music and merch sub-brand Sunshine Boy. Following his June single “Have You Had Enough Wine?” Stewart continues to showcase his stunning, powerhouse vocals and unparalleled ability to write a beautifully raw and deeply relatable song.
3) The Highwomen – “Redesigning Women”
When you combine the unrivaled country music talent of Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby, you get a musical force powerful enough to change the country music game. Following the 1980’s male country music supergroup, The Highwaymen (Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson), the women of country are now standing shoulder-to-shoulder to breakdown barriers and make a space for themselves on country radio. The group’s debut single “Redesigning Women” is an anthem for the modern woman off of their upcoming self-titled record dropping on September 6th.
4) Emily Weisband – “Naked”
Emily Weisband gives us a look into the raw insecurity of watching an ex in a new relationship in her second single, “Naked.” The track follows her debut single, “Identity Crisis” which was Weisband’s introduction to the world as an artist – having previously penned songs for country artists Dan + Shay, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, and Cassadee Pope, and hits like “Consequences” by Camila Cabello, “Boy With Luv” by BTS feat. Halsey, and even took home a Grammy Award for “Thy Will” by Hillary Scott & The Scott Family. “It’s truthful songs filled with Nashville writing, and heart, and craftsmanship,” Weisband says in her introduction video, “They’re simple, they’re very direct.”
5) Charlotte Lawrence – “Why Do You Love Me”
Charlotte Lawrence has released her lively and brutally honest new track “Why Do You Love Me,” written and produced with the all-star team of Ali Tamposi, Louis Bell, Charlie Puth, Andrew Watt, and Ryan Tedder. Paired with a sultry music video directed by Alasdair McLellan, the pop singer/songwriter pairs her dynamic vocals with bold lyrics that radiate the intensity of a whirlwind of a relationship.
6) Ashe – “Cold in California”
With her fifth single of 2019, alternative singer/songwriter Ashe has released her magnetic new track, “Cold in California.” Written and produced with Finneas, Noah Conrad, and Casey Smith, the delicate and idyllic track showcases Ashe’s stunning vocals laced between beautifully effervescent melodies and lyrics that subjectively capture both the darker sides of a relationship that is not what it appears on the surface, or the colder sides of the romanticized California dream.
7) Sleeping With Sirens – “Break Me Down”
Sleeping With Sirens have dropped their brilliantly bold new single “Break Me Down.” The track follows “Leave It All Behind” as the band’s second single from their upcoming record How It Feels to Be Lost set for release on September 6th on Sumerian Records.
8) Hey Violet – “Queen of the Night”
Hey Violet has been on an absolute roll, dropping captivating, catchy, and strikingly relatable new songs, continued with the release of their latest single “Queen of the Night.” The track is the 3rd this year from the Los Angeles based pop-rock band comprised of Rena Lovelis, Nia Lovelis, and Casey Moreta following “Better By Myself” & “Close My Eyes,” with a fourth track is set for release by the end of the summer.
9) Sasha Sloan – “at least i look cool”
Sasha Sloan’s latest single “at least i look cool” dives into the ultra-relatable desire to appear “cool” in an instagram ‘like’ driven society. “this song is dedicated to social anxiety and being broke af,” Sloan says. From wearing a shirt from Target, to waiting for an Uber Pool, the song is the best described as brilliantly capturing “fake it till you make it” – or at least till you snap the perfect photo.
10) Aaron Carpenter – “Chase”
Aaron Carpenter has followed up his debut single “Attitude” with the release of his captivating and sultry new pop gem, “Chase.” Produced by Pop Wansel and Happy Perez who also co-wrote the track with Sean Douglas, Daniel Klein and Matt Campfield, the mesmerizing new song instantly captivates by emphasizing the thrill of the chase. The 20-year-old who was signed to Capitol Records in 2018 is currently working on his debut album.
11) Quinn Lewis – “Hurt Me Now”
Singer/songwriter Quinn Lewis has released his absolutely compelling new single, “Hurt Me Now.” Written with Todd Clark and produced with Jason Wu (Rabitt), the track stunningly captures the fear of heartbreak and the desperate longing to end a relationship before falling further.
12) Cloe Wilder – “i don’t wanna”
13-year-old singer/songwriter Cloe Wilder has released her second single “i don’t wanna” – produced by Grammy-winner Jayme David Silverstein. The song follows Wilder’s debut single “Overthinking,” and carries her continued melancholic vibe with dark-pop influences, filled with themes of accepting mental health issues and embracing imperfection. Wilder will be opening for Hayden Summerall & Anna Cathcart later this summer in Baltimore, MD.