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New Music Friday: Top picks for August 23

Fridays are always a great day for music lovers as not only does it mark the last workday for many in the week but it’s also the day where most artists release new music. Here is a look at some of the releases out the week of August 23:

Tanya Mother Tucker is back

After 17 years country music’s original bad ass is back with a new album. The album titled While I’m Livin’ was produced by Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings. Tucker who had the hit song “Delta Dawn” at 13-years-old (yes you read that right) is showcasing her iconic voice with her heart on her sleeve, especially with the latest single released on the album “Bring My Flowers Now.”

Tucker explains, “Delta Dawn has always been my favourite song that I have ever recorded and the pinnacle of my 50-year career. But I think now, Delta Dawn has to move over for Bring My Flowers Now. This song came from my heart; it’s about showing love for the ones we have now before they are gone.”

Missy Elliott Gives Fans The Ultimate Surprise

Five-time GRAMMY Award winner Missy Elliott almost broke the internet when she surprised fans with a new album on Friday morning titled ICONOLOGY. The album kicks off an exciting month for the rapper as she will make history once again next week when she becomes the first female rapper ever to receive the Video Vanguard Award at the upcoming 2019 MTV Video Music Awards.

On The Way Up

Indie-pop singer-songwriter Fintan releases a new single titled “Way Up” today, the first from his just-announced sophomore EP Better Broken out October 25.

Says Fintan, “My goal has always been to be as deeply honest as possible in my music — to take what I create from my most personal feelings, written in the loneliest hours, and make it available for anybody to listen to. It sounds scary, and I suppose it is, but when you really feel that what you’ve made is true to yourself, it’s comforting to know that whoever hears it will understand who you are. All I’ve ever wanted was for my songs to connect with as many people as possible, and hopefully be there for them in the moments when music is the only answer.”

Walk Off The Earth Will Be There

It’s been a rough year for the musical phenomenon Walk Off The Earth as they had to deal with the heartbreaking sudden loss of their band member Mike ‘Beard Guy’ Taylor. But as many say, music is the best medicine for a heartbreak. So they did what they know best and wrote about it.

“When we hit a low point, the thing that brings us back is our art, our music,” the band shares of the inspiration behind the new single. “2018 was an extremely tough year for Walk Off the Earth. We lost a band member and a dear friend and had to work through tough personal situations. ‘I’ll Be There’ is our way of rising above the hardship.”

Oh and if you live under a rock you probably already know that Taylor Swift also released her highly anticipated Lover today as well.

Bonus Track

They were listed as one of the bands you should listen to by Time Magazine and I couldn’t agree more. Welsh rockers Steroephonics are back with a new album, ‘Kind,’ and release, “Fly Like An Eagle” (and no it is not a cover of Seal’s hit song from the Space Jam soundtrack).

If you have a song you think we should feature or listen to, send an email to lindsay.dunn@citytv.rogers.com