As every Friday passes, there are numerous songs that come out from independent country artists whose songs are well-written, beautiful, or simply fun. We’ve compiled a list of songs that were released last week by independent acts that deserve much love and attention. Who knows, you might find your next favorite song.

1. “Gentleman” by Kristen Foreman feat. Ryan Nelson

Rising country singer-songwriter Kristen Foreman released her latest single “Gentleman” which serves as her fifth single of 2021 following releases like “Crown and Coke” and “I Don’t Cry in My Cowboy Hat.” The lyrics of “Gentleman” are picturesque and strikingly detailed as she sings about a flawed but good-hearted man in her life. On the last chorus of the song, Foreman exclaims, “He doesn’t always listen, but I know that he tries / He loves to do the cooking, and he kisses me goodnight / And he cried on my shoulder when his daddy died / He’s a gentleman, yeah, he’s a gentleman.” Foreman also looped in fellow musician Ryan Nelson for husky, deep backing vocals that add depth to the song.

2. “After 31” by Alex Hughes

Canadian country singer documents different stages of her life in her latest drop, “After 31.” Hughes opens herself and questions society’s standards as she wonders “What comes after 31?” Her voice sounds soft and delicate as she mentioned fighting with her mom at 16, trying to be the center of attention at party’s when you’re 20, and at 26, looking at houses you can’t afford to live in. The worry found at the start of the song turns to wisdom in the bridge as she sings, “The ring, the house, they mean nothing without all of the years of you / Feeling like you lived a whole life before you hit it / Yeah, it’s just a number / Trust me when I say / Don’t let the pressure to have it all together make you worry / Bout’ what comes after 31.”

3. “I Miss You” by Lianne Kaye

In her latest release, singer-songwriter Lianne Kaye gets open and vulnerable in the piano ballad, “I Miss You.” When discussing the subject matter of the song she shared, “I wrote this song about losing a friend. The heartbreak that goes alongside parting withs with someone you care for so much. I hope you can find your own meaning in this song.” Because of the rawness found in the lyrics written by Kaye alone, the track is easy to relate to. Her vocal performance is also a highlight as she signals desperation and heartbreak that adds a moving touch.

4. “Wontcha Come Back Home” by Drew Baldridge

After going viral on TikTok with “She’s Somebody’s Daughter (The Wedding Version)” as well as gaining over 900 thousand followers and over five million likes on the platform, Baldridge has released another single, “Wontcha Come Back Home.” Despite putting out love songs earlier in the year, Baldridge shows another side of himself because “Wontcha Come Back Home” is a classic breakup song about admitting you messed up and wishing you could change things to make it better again. He sings in the chorus, “/ I’ve been up all night, you’ve been up in my head / I’ve been outta my mind since you’ve been outta my bed / If I said I was wrong / Wontcha come back home.”

5. “Courtney Drive” by Sarah Morey

On social media, singer-songwriter Sarah Morey introduced her brand new single “Courtney Drive” by stating, “This is a song I wrote about the first house I ever lived in.” The songwriting in this track steals the show as Morey captures her younger years with exquisite details that add a feeling of nostalgia to the track. In the first verse, she sings, “There’s a little brick house sitting behind the river / It’s where I learned to ride my bike in the front yard with my sister / We used to run barefoot down the street, we knew all our neighbors / That little girl I used to be thought nothing would ever change her.” Despite the song’s more upbeat nature, there’s a hint of sadness as she discusses how the house has changed over time paralleled to how she’s changed as a person.

6. “Make Me Wanna Love” by Bella Mackenzie

Australian country singer Bella Mackenzie sings about the blissful feeling of falling in love in her latest single “Make Me Wanna Love.” The verses of the track show off Mackenzie’s lower register as she sings over the upbeat, happy-sounding instrumental that features blazing electric guitars. In the first lines, the sweet lyrics captivate what it means to have butterflies in your stomach as she sings, “I only met you last night when you caught my eye / You’re the one that said, ‘Hi’ and now I know you’re mine / It’s kind of hard to explain, I’ve never felt this way / I didn’t want to stay, but I’m glad I did / They say love at first sight is a myth / But I’m wondering what do you think of this.”

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