Kalie Shorr

Kalie Shorr Caps a Monumental 2019 With Nashville New Year’s Eve Performance and Numerous Accolades

Kalie Shorr
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Nashville wasn’t the only one to ring in the New Year with a high note, Kalie Shorr ended 2019 on numerous critics’ end of year album and song lists as well as playing Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnightalongside Keith Urban, Stevie Nicks, Jason Isbell and Ashley McBryde. It’s estimated that over 200,000 people turned out for the festivities in Downtown Nashville and the evening was featured on local television networks and national pop-ins on CNN and NBC. Watch highlights here.

Most notably, Shorr’s debut album, Open Book, was the only country album that made The New York Times’ Jon Caramanica’s list of Best Albums of 2019. The album garnered similar attention from other notable outlets as well including VarietyThe Guardian (UK), NPRPeopleThe BootRolling StoneSaving Country MusicSlateNo DepressionWhiskey RiffTaste of Country and more. 

“Kalie Shorr turned in 2019’s best freshman country effort.” – Variety

“…anyone beguiled by Kacey Musgraves and Sturgill Simpson’s musical expansiveness should be impressed by the raw emotional space that 25-year-old Kalie Shorr forced open with her debut album, sowing switchblades amid tough, pop-influenced country.” – The Guardian

“[Shorr] understands the dynamics of hooks, how to connect with a fanbase, and pure saccharine fun just as good as the best… Country music needs this kind of fire.” – Stereogum

“A word to a gaslit girl from one who’s wisened up, this rocker is as gleefully mean as Avril Lavigne’s finest and as sisterly as something by the Dixie Chicks. Hot stuff from one of Nashville’s most promising.” – NPR Music

“Listen to the music and it becomes clear that Shorr hasn’t sensationalized her heartbreak and grief. Instead, she’s expertly navigated it and turned it into something artful.” – People

“She has rare grit and the kind of courage they don’t manufacture on Music Row.” – Taste of Country

“[Open Book] capture[s] raw emotions in bold strokes that resonate deeply with an audience and connect us with our shared humanity” – Saving Country Music

“Shorr’s powerful vocals and insightful lyrics recall Miranda Lambert’s early work, and with this album Shorr certainly joins the ranks of Lambert, Carrie Underwood, and Maren Morris.” – No Depression

“One of country music’s most promising new artists… [Shorr] manages to conjure Shania Twain, Red-era Taylor Swift, Dashboard Confessional and Alanis Morissette all at once” – Rolling Stone

“‘FU Forever,’ [is] the teen kiss-off song that the ‘American Pie’ soundtrack so desperately needed — and the best pop-country radio song of 2019 that never had a prayer of reaching pop-country radio.” – Bitter Southerner

According to The New York Times, Kalie Shorr’s debut album – Open Book – was the #7 Best Album of 2019 alongside Taylor Swift, Lana Del Ray and Ariana Grande. Along with a long list of other accolades, Variety called Open Book “2019’s best freshman country effort,” and Stereogum said “country music needs this kind of fire.” Shorr burst onto the Nashville music scene in 2016 with her self-penned hit “Fight Like A Girl” and shortly after, the Portland, Maine singer-songwriter became a Sirius XM “Highway Find” and was spotlighted by Apple Music, Spotify, CMT, Radio Disney Country, Pandora, Taste of Country, The Boot and even Billboard magazine.  She was named a “CMT Next Women of Country”, “The New Nashville” by Teen Vogue and a “Top 10 Country Artists To Watch In 2018” by the Huffington Post. She made her Grand Ole Opry debut in 2018 and has gone on to play that heralded stage 17 times so far. Shorr has toured with Sara Evans, RaeLynn, Jimmie Allen and spent the past December supporting LeAnn Rimes’ “You And Me And Christmas” Tour. From her work with the all-female, singer-songwriter collective Song Suffragettes, Shorr has been featured on PBS NewsHour, NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “On Point” as well as in ELLE Magazine. She rang in 2020 performing for over 200,000 people at Nashville’s largest-ever New Year’s Eve show with Keith Urban, Jason Isbell, The Struts and more. With wide praise for her current album Open Book coming from diverse outlets like NPR, Slate, People, No Depression, Rolling Stone and more, Shorr’s new year is already lighting up with The Guardian (UK) and The Tennessean calling her an artist to watch in 2020.

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