Amazon Music has launched a range of special programs in its Country Music Month, highlighting the broad church of country music with its 2022 theme of we are country.
A month-long succession of Amazon Original songs begins with a personalized version of country hero Thomas Rhet“Half of Me” Revisited in acoustic version for the series and starring Riley Green. Next in line will be Zach Bryan’s “Burn, Burn, Burn – Demo Version (Amazon Original)” on October 14, Walker Hayes’ “AA – Demo Version (Amazon Original)” on October 21, Lily Rose’s cover of Bruce SpringsteenPost Malone’s “Dancing in the Dark” (October 21) and Corey Kent’s reworking of Post Malone’s “Better Now” on October 28.
Throughout October, Amazon Music listeners can listen to the weekly conversation live Country Class – Group Thread, which brings together a panel of artists, creators, industry notables and entrepreneurs to discuss the meaning of We Are Country and talk about their own accomplishments. The first episode featured Frank Ray, Drew Green and Conner Smith, and future shows will feature Reyna Roberts, Willie Jones, Lily Rose, Morgan Wade and Priscilla Block. The series airs every Monday in October at 6pm PDT / 9pm EDT through Twitch.
“Country music is not a monolith”
Michelle Tigard Kammerer, Country Music Manager at Amazon Music, says, “Country music is not a monolith. We Are Country celebrates the fact that country artists and country fans cannot be solely defined as a single person, demographic group or segment of the population. We’re excited to share our diverse lineup across all of Amazon Music’s national verticals throughout October and beyond.
Adds Emily Cohen Belote, Senior Music Curator, Amazon Music: “Artists like Breland increased their global monthly streams by more than 480% month-over-month after being selected for Amazon Music’s Breakthrough program. , with hit singles such as “Praise the Lord”. ‘ (with Thomas Rhett) added to the Country Heat playlist and station. We’re excited to see the continued growth of streaming on Amazon Music.
Country Heat Playlist, Amazon’s flagship national playlist, continues to reach millions of listeners worldwide. New episodes of the Country Heat Weekly podcast, with hosts Amber Anderson and Kelly Sutton, will arrive throughout October, featuring in-depth conversations with Ashley McBryde (already available), mickey guyton (October 13), Sam Williams (20) and Elle King (27).