Apple Music has launched a new country music playlist aimed at supporting country performers from across the globe. Apple Music’s new hub, “Country Wide,” as well as a playlist of the same name, will celebrate local country artists from places including Ireland, South Africa, Canada, Australia, and more, with a heavy focus on the developing artist community. The playlist is curated by Apple Music editors from around the world, to raise awareness of the global progression of country music.
Currently being featured on the Country Wide playlist is Ireland’s Catherine McGrath, who fell for Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” at age 12 and cites Rascal Flatts as a major influence, as is evident on her debut album Talk Of This Town. Likewise, South Africa’s Roan Ash, Canada’s Tenille Townes, and Australia’s Missy Lancaster are all featured. The playlist also incorporates Nashville artists, such as Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Kacey Musgraves, Luke Combs, The Wild Feathers, and Lindsay Ell.
“What an incredible honor it is, to be chosen as an artist for Apple Music’s Country Wide campaign,” says Roan Ash. “It’s not every day that a South African artist gets the opportunity to be featured on this amazing platform. I am forever grateful.”
“So excited to be sharing my debut album Talk Of This Town and for it to be featured on Apple Music’s Country Wide,” said McGrath. “It’s so exciting to see a spotlight being put on country music and to get to be a part of the country community at a time when it’s growing so much as a genre.”
The “Country Wide” playlist will be updated regularly with new artists and music for fans to discover.
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