Country Version of Cyndi Lauper’s ‘80s Anthem In Time For
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NASHVILLE, TN (September 1, 2023) – Mackenzie Carpenter is channeling her inner Cyndi Lauper with the release of “Country Girls (Just Wanna Have Fun)” available now via The Valory Music Co. Almost 40 years to the day since its release (September 6th in 1983), Carpenter has reimagined the lyrics and added a fresh Country spin to the iconic ‘80s anthem. True to the young songwriter’s style, the new version aims to sprinkle just enough cleverality and amusement to create a fun tune that can be cranked up and danced to.
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“I showed up to a write one day saying I wanted to write the country version of ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ and next thing you know we started ad-libbing and ended up re-writing the ‘80s classic…but with a whole lot of country flair,” shared Carpenter. “It all came together in a really fun, colorful way and I hope people feel like they can crank it up and have some fun—the boys too!”
Paying homage to the harmless rebellion in the original tune, “Country Girls (Just Wanna Have Fun)” brings everything a fun night out honky tonking could need, neon lights, whiskey, a cowboy, and of course, the girls. “Want a cowboy to take my hand and boot scoot and two-step me to a cover band,” sings Carpenter. “I’ll whiskey wink, he’ll think that he stands a chance, and kiss him just because country girls just wanna have fun.”
Despite the ability to write a vulnerable heartbreaker like “Jesus I’m Jealous,” Carpenter’s knack for cheeky lyrics accompanied by a healthy dose of sass shines bright across her self-titled debut EP in tracks like the TikTok-viral, “Huntin’ Season,” and her advisory “Don’t Mess With Exes.” This next release is no exception and is meant to be a soundtrack to going out and having a blast with friends.
Fueled by an upbringing consisting of a rowdy support system, back porch hootenannies and juicy drama that feeds any plot, the affable and kind Carpenter continues to embrace the crazy and “tacky” aspects that make life a little more fun. Since signing her record deal with The Valory Music Co. last year, Mackenzie is recognized in Country music as an artist to watch, being included in several spotlight programs including the CMT Next Women of Country class of 2023 and Nashville Briefing’s Artists To Watch 2023. Mackenzie is gearing up to join “I’m Not Pretty” co-writer and friend Megan Moroney on the road for select dates, having already opened for Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Parker McCollum, Craig Campbell, and Ryan Hurd. This summer, she took the stage at major events like CMA Fest, Country Thunder, Tortuga Music Festival, Stagecoach and also made her Grand Ole Opry debut June 20th.
Vulnerable Track Reveals the Pain of Deciding to Let Go – LISTEN NOW
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(NASHVILLE, TN) September 1, 2023 – Powerhouse vocalist Danielle Bradbery shares the struggle of cutting ties with someone you love in a heartbreaking new song “The Day That I’m Over You,” available now via Big Machine Records. Penned by Sean Spencer Small, Sam Sumser and Emily Weisband, the vulnerable track confesses the emotions revealed when deciding to let go and reveals that sometimes the most daunting part about knowing the end is near, is wondering who you’ll be on the other side. Conveying a universal pain, Bradbery ponders during the chorus: ‘Cause what will I talk about / What will I drink about / Who will I look for when I walk into a room / Who will I fantasize about in bed at night / What will my heart beat for / Don’t know what I’ll do / The day that I’m over you/.
“We’ve been playing ‘The Day That I’m Over You’ at shows for the past few months and I’ve been counting down the days until its release,” shares Bradbery. “When I first heard this song, it jumped out at me immediately because it offers a unique perspective on a universal experience. One of the hardest parts of a breakup is when you must force yourself to stop fantasizing about what could’ve been and accept what is. Oftentimes we lose ourselves in another person and don’t know how to move forward when it’s over. This song touches on that process and gives a front row seat to the internal dialog within yourself when you know it’s time to move on.”
“The Day That I’m Over You” follows Bradbery’s self-penned track detailing her personal struggles with anxiety “Monster,” free-spirited love-story “Runaways” and her latest single “A Special Place.” Earlier this year, Bradbery embarked on her first-ever headline A SPECIAL PLACE TOUR where she “proved she’s part of country music’s next wave” (Substream Magazine), plus established herself as“an artist that deserves a place in the music industry” (Country Now). Following her recent collaboration with Jordan Davis on “Midnight Crisis,” Bradbery joins him on the road once again for his DAMN GOOD TIME TOUR beginning September 7 in Columbus, OH.