Join Us For CMT’s Next Women of Country Sunday Brunch
Yountville Live will conclude on Sunday, March 17th with a very special CMT Next Women of Country Brunch that features an in-the-round performance by Kelleigh Bannen, Ingrid Andress, Natalie Stovall, and Lauren Duski.
A staunch advocate for country music’s female artists, CMT first launched its “Next Women of Country” campaign in 2013 in an effort to support and expose developing female talent, both signed and unsigned, in a male-dominated format. CMT has since expanded the initiative to include five CMT NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY Tours, anchored by superstar acts including Jennifer Nettles, Martina McBride and Sara Evans, a CMT.com digital series, NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY LIVE, and more. Notable alumnae of the franchise who have achieved both commercial and critical acclaim include Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Lauren Alaina, RaeLynn, and Lindsay Ell.
Originally hailing from Denver, Colorado, Ingrid Andress has been chipping away at expectations of herself, and her sound, since she was a young child. As good at sports as she was writing songs, Andress was born into a large family and homeschooled in her youth, growing up outside of the traditional definitions that apply to most kids – of what little girls are "supposed" to do, or how she was supposed to interact with the world around her.
Rolling Stone has applauded her “honest and heartbreaking” lyrics that she pairs with a vocal delivery described by The New York Times as “steady, calm, alive.” Having written with heavy hitters in the music community such as Sam Hunt and Alicia Keys, Andress has co-writer credits on hits like “Steady 1234” and Charli XCX’s “Boys.”
Last November, Andress performed at our sister festival, Live In The Vineyard. Check out this special behind the scenes video and learn a little more about her songwriting.
Raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Kelleigh Bannen has built her career on a sound steeped in the city’s past, present and future, mixing country twang, pop hooks and southern storytelling into the same pot.
Swaggering and soulful, Kelleigh’s new EP, ”Cheap Sunglasses,” celebrates hope, humor, honesty, and just a bit of heartache. It’s an EP about life, written by a woman who’s seen plenty of it. Her influence reaches far beyond the stage, too. This Nashville Life, a new podcast launched and hosted by Bannen, shines a light on the “business” side of the music business. Featuring guest interviews, stories, industry tips, and plenty of insight from promoters, radio execs and fellow songwriters, the podcast has received glowing reviews not only from Bannen’s fans, but from outlets like iTunes, where This Nashville Life was named a “new and noteworthy” release. Kelleigh is still chasing her own dream, but she’s sharing advice with others, too, equipping a generation of dreamers with the tools they need to create their own path.
“It’s not just about music,” she says of This Nashville Life. “It’s about what you do with a passion. It’s about what you do with perseverance. I’m not just looking inside the music biz. I’m looking inside any kind of creative struggle.”
For Kelleigh, the past is filled with milestones and memories. She’s looking ahead now, with a guitar in her hands, new songs in her head, and Cheap Sunglasses to ward off the glare.
Lauren Duski wants her fans to know there is strength in letting their most raw selves shine through. The Michigan native, who debuted her first single in July, has rallied fans from across the world who identify with the vulnerability she exudes as an artist.
Her first offer to the world, “Costume Party,” proved people were listening and that Duski had something to say. After charting in 13 countries, finding a place on Spotify’s US Viral 50, and debuting at #15 on iTunes country chart, she released a riveting music video with CMT that climbed to over a half million views in the first 24 hours and saw celebrity shout-outs along the way.
Duski is a bold representation of America’s heartland - a girl from the midwest fighting to figure herself out; who’s willing to let anyone in who will listen along the way. Duski was also on Season 12 of “The Voice” and was runner up to Chris Blue.
You may know her from “The Voice” where Natalie was chosen as the comeback artist for Blake Shelton. Since the show, Stovall has been a relentless road warrior, amassing over 200 dates each year across college campuses, clubs, festivals, and military bases around the world.
A native of Tennessee, Stovall is a powerhouse vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who has been playing professionally since she was ten. A fiddle phenom, Stovall made her Grand Old Opry debut at the age of 12, and has performed everywhere from the White House to The Oprah Winfrey Show.
She is currently writing and recording new music for her forthcoming studio project with Kristian Bush (Sugarland).
Don’t miss your chance to see these incredible performers at Yountville Live. Purchase your VIP tickets today to enjoy the intimate, acoustic show during our Sunday Brunch as well as three other days full of food, music and wine.
Not able to join us for the whole weekend? Get your single-day ticket to the Taste of Yountville where other incredible artists will be performing while you enjoy bites from some of Napa Valley’s best restaurants, chefs and wineries.