#wmyc - The Highway Women

 

Following the release of their soundtrack anthem The Highway, the ladies of The Highway Women took some time to tell us about what made them country.

 

Country Music is the one genre where you can tell your story and your truth without being judged. We love the authenticity of country music but as we grow and are working on our set for our upcoming tour (go away Covid!) we have incorporated a lot of our influences including Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Elton John, Amy Winehouse and more.

 

KRISTEN KAE

My first real introduction to country music was Miranda Lambert’s song “Kerosene”. That song will always have a special place in my heart because of it. I heard a friend of mine sing her songs in a local band and fell in love with her music. I honestly just loved how sassy, honest and badass she was in that song. I love someone that’s not afraid to tell it like it is, and I think that’s true of country music. It’s always so honest and real, which is a big reason I fell in love with it. Miranda’s always inspired me to be authentic.

 

My first country gig was Jennifer Nettles’ tour with The Next Women of Country. My mom’s a huge fan of hers so she had me come with her. That woman has a seriously amazing voice that just totally blew me away! If you haven’t seen her live, I highly recommend you do so sometime. No recording does that voice justice.

 

Honestly (I’m excited to play) any venue. At this point, I just miss live shows and even playing the smallest venues would mean a lot. I don’t think all us musicians truly realized how much we love performing live till it was taken away from us. What I’m looking forward to most is touring with my Highway Women sisters. Our tour this past year got cancelled and I’m just so ready to hit the road, travel and meet our fans from all over!

 

The artist that inspires me most is Reba. Y’all have to know by now I am her biggest fan! This answer may surprise you, but if I could only listen to one album for the next ten years, Ashley McBryde’s newest album “Never Will” would definitely be my choice.

 

 

JESS PAIGE

The first country song I heard was Watch Me by Lorrie Morgan on CMT countdown. I’ve loved her ever since and cover all her songs. Not only was her outfit fabulous but so was the message of the video and her overall presence. It’s all about female empowerment and leaving when not appreciated. Even from a young age of 9, I realized that she was a bad mama and I loved how she acted in that video. My first country gig was Garth Brooks in Birmingham, AL when I was 9 years old.

 

My most exciting performance was singing the national anthem at a NASCAR race for a military salute event in front of 3,000 people.

 

The artist that inspires me the most is not an artist but a group. Alabama has always had a special place in my heart not only because they’re from basically where I’m from and they went on to become one of the greatest country bands of all time.

 

If I could only listen to one country album for the next ten years I’d choose any Shenandoah album!

 

 

BAILEY JAMES

Crazy by Patsy Cline was the first country song that made me feel something. It was like a cold chill. The first country gig I saw was Chris Stapleton with The Brothers Osbourne opening. Pretty damn sweet.

 

The most exciting venue I’ve performed in was The Bluebird Cafe when I was 11. A magical feeling. It’s when they still had cattle calls. I performed a song my uncle wrote.  I can’t wait to get back out there. Go away Covid!

 

The artist who inspires me most is Amy Winehouse. A legendary woman.

 

If I had to choose just one album to listen to for the next ten years, it would be Patsy Cline’s Greatest Hits.

 

 

DREW HALEY

I have seen so many (gigs) I don’t remember what my first country gig was. My first concert was a rock concert. As for the most exciting venue I’ve ever played, I’m with Bailey. I loved playing the Bluebird.

 

The artist that inspires me most is Dolly. I just love her. She has always been someone I look up to as a woman in the music industry.

 

If I had to choose just one album to listen to for the next ten years, it would be Ashley Monroe. Indie but amazing, I love her music and songs!

 

Four of the songs that have inspired us the most are…

 

(Track 1 – Jess. Track 2 – Bailey. Track 3 – Drew. Track 4 – Kristen.)

This might be a weird choice, as it is one of our songs, but it’s honestly one of my all time favorite songs. I feel so honored to have gotten to be a part of the recording of this track with my Highway Women sisters because I think the impact it’s made on our fans and so many people has been so amazing to watch. It’s one of the few songs I’ll never get tired of singing because I truly believe in and feel every word of the song.

 

This song is all about the importance of taking a leap of faith to take you to the next chapter in your life, even when it’s scary sometimes. The song holds a special place in my heart because every leap of faith I’ve taken in my life has led me to where I am today, so I wholeheartedly believe in this message. If there’s one thing I hope to do as an artist, it’s inspire other people with my music and this song has definitely done that.

 

 

The Highway acts as the theme song for the Be A Highway Woman program. You can listen to The Highway here. Follow The Highway Women on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.