Will Day, Ella & Sienna & More: This Week's Best New Music

30 June 2023 | 2:04 pm | Mallory Arbour

Each week we track down the best new music and curate it into our ‘Hot Country Hits’ playlist for all our readers to enjoy. Today, we've selected our top picks of the week to celebrate the songs that stood out in the crowd.

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Will Day – Set Your Sights 

Will Day’s Set Your Sights was co-written with Nick and Tom Wolfe from The Wolfe Brothers and produced by Jared Adlam at Machine Lab Recording. The soaring country rock track is full of power, fire and inspiration. Sometimes through the turmoil and tribulations in life, we just need a reminder that you need to keep your eye on the prize, the bigger picture – and this song is just that.  

Day said, “Being an independent artist and ‘chasing the dream’ since I was 14, this song means a lot to me as no matter what you do on your journey, there’s always a reason to look past all the disappointment and turmoil and focus on your major goals, whatever they may be.”

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Ella & Sienna – It’s Not Me, It’s You

Empowering and unapologetic, Ella & Sienna's latest release It’s Not Me, It’s You embraces the sister's newfound country-pop sound. The upbeat, dynamic song was co-written in early January with legendary Nashville songwriter Phil Barton. Brought to life in studio by renowned Australian music producer Rod McCormack, the anthemic track embodies vocal harmonies that soar over rich layers of overdriven rock influenced guitars and energetic drums intertwined with banjo and slide.

Sienna said, "Recording with Rod McCormack was an incredible experience. We had a very clear idea of what we wanted the track to sound like, and Rod really brought this vision to life even better than we'd imagined,” adding, “Thank you for bringing our country Avril Lavigne visions to life."

Brooke McClymont & Adam Eckersley – What Are You Waiting For

Their latest single, What Are You Waiting For was written when Brooke McClymont and Adam Eckersley went to Sydney for a co-write and couldn’t find a park and wondered who could live in the middle of Sydney. It was all they could think about when they went into the writing room; and this song could be the new anthem for a regional tourism campaign.

The new single features on their newly released album, Up Down & Sideways. Eckersley said, "We are both super excited to share this album with you all, most of these songs were written while we rode an emotional roller coaster the last couple of years and it is a total celebration to have it out and to be back on the road doing what we love, we hope everyone can find something in these songs to connect with."

Michael Ray & Meghan Patrick – Spirits and Demons 

Off his latest EP, Dive Bars & Broken Hearts, Michael Ray has teamed up with Meghan Patrick on the duet, Spirits and Demons. The track is described as something that melted down the tangle of how heartache makes you drink booze, makes you hurt and forgetting is the hardest thing to do.

“Sometimes you hear a song, and it hits you: that’s just how it is. You play enough bars beyond the city limits; you see it all go down. Really good people who get in their feelings, the way a good time or a way out becomes a bottomless pit. The more I listened, the more I thought it needed something else,” Ray said of the Michael Knox produced track. “We went through so many thoughts and names; they were all great, but nobody felt quite right. And it’s funny because the answer was right under my nose. I’ve been friends with Meghan for years, in the way you’ve got your ‘Hey, I’m off the road. Wanna grab a beer?’ friends when you’re home for two or three days.”

Tyler Joe Miller – Shoulda Known Better

Produced by Danick Dupelle, Tyler Joe Miller’s latest single, Shoulda Known Better is out now. Having teased the track and gained audience’s attention across multiple stages over the past year, the song showcases a side of the multi-award-winning country artist that doesn’t take himself too seriously when it comes to life’s many lessons, packing a punch to the very last beat.

Miller says, “Shoulda Known Better is a fun and cheeky song about a girl that you meet at the bar that you know is no good for you, but you can’t help but fall for her. The song tells the story from the perspective of the “sucker” of a guy who fell in love and got burnt again by this girl and goes on to say that this type of person should come with warning signs, but they never do.”

Caleb Seth – West Tennessee 

As a singer-songwriter, Caleb Seth combines honest lyricism of country greats, with a captivating and timeless, soulful voice. Throughout Seth's songs, you can hear R&B influences of Boyz 2 Men and Michael Jackson which tie the country feel of songs of Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts

In March 2022, Seth begin doing live streams on TikTok, which grew his account at a rapid speed. Signing with Grey Area Music, the up-and-comer has now released his debut country single, West Tennessee. It not only serves not only as a love letter to his hometown but the girl he found there.

Seth said, "I had never heard anyone write a song about West Tennessee. I wanted to show appreciation for my home West Tennessee and wrote my debut song into country music.”

You can listen to the Hot Country Hits Australia playlist featuring all the above songs and more on Spotify here.