Brandi Carlile Says a New Highwomen Album is ‘Now Finished,’ With First Single Coming Soon
New material from all-female supergroup the Highwomen is on its way, according to singer and bandmate Brandi Carlile, who gave an update on the project backstage at Nissan Stadium before joining Maren Morris for a surprise 2019 CMA Fest performance.
The all-star group, comprised of Carlile, Morris, Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby as well as a rotating cast of other female artists, began generating buzz after it formed in early 2019. Most recently, the four artists performed as a group at Loretta Lynn's birthday tribute concert in April.
Now, Carlile says fans won't have to wait too much longer to see the band play again, or to get their hands on a studio project. "Tour is being talked about. Music is done. [The] single's coming out in July," Carlile reveals. "And our first show is going to be at the Newport Folk Festival. We've got a couple of really cool surprise things planned that I think you're going to be really excited about."
While it was initially unclear if Hemby would be a permanent fixture in the Highwomen, Carlile explains that the four women actually became staples of the band relatively early on. "Natalie was quite an early addition. She just wasn't sure, and we weren't sure, what 'permanent' even meant. All we knew is that we wanted to open the door of that studio and say, 'All of you come on in with your songs. Let's sing. Let's start a project,'" she continues. "And it just wound up that the four of us solidified and became the Highwomen."
From its outset, inclusion of a diverse group of female members and part-time members has been a central tenet of the project. The upcoming album will feature all four mainstays, as well as other well-known contributing artists.
The new supergroup was inspired in part by a desire to foster connection between female artists and help continue the strong tradition of women in country music that the collective's members enjoyed growing up. "Almost all of us are mothers of young girls. And we all grew up listening to country music," Carlile points out. "We recognize that we're in a time right now where our daughters don't have the same country music heroes that we had.
"Our goal is simply to elevate all women and completely abandon the concept of competing with one another," she goes on to say. "So that we can let as many women through the door as possible, and give our girls those country music heroes that we all had."
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