Madeleine O'Connell

Madeleine O’Connell

Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.

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WATCH: Luke Combs Hides ‘Easter Eggs’ In ‘Cold As You’ Music Video

Posted on August 29, 2021

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Madeleine O’Connell

A few years ago, fans saw actors Nick McNeil and his on-screen ex, Katie Cronin, play the leads in Luke…

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Bair Bailey, Tim McGraw; Photo via TikTok

WATCH: James “Bear” Bailey Shares Duet with Tim McGraw on TikTok

Posted on August 24, 2021

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Madeleine O’Connell

Making it big in the music industry is difficult, but just getting started on that journey can be even more…

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Brandon Lay; Photo by David Bradley

Country Next: Brandon Lay

Posted on August 24, 2021

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Madeleine O’Connell

We take pride in introducing fans to country music’s brightest new stars through our Country Next series. Here, we chat with Brandon Lay.

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Jimmie Allen and Wife Alexis Reveal Secret 2020 Wedding: ‘We’ve Actually Been Married for a Year’

Posted on August 20, 2021

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Madeleine O’Connell

Last May, fans saw stunning photos shared by country artist Jimmie Allen and his beautiful bride, Alexis Gale, from what…

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Caleb Kennedy, Laine Hardy; Photos Courtesy ABC

Caleb Kennedy Reveals How Laine Hardy Inadvertently Helped Him Through His ‘American Idol’ Journey

Posted on August 5, 2021

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Madeleine O’Connell

Before leaving season 19 of American Idol, contestant Caleb Kennedy found comfort in Idol alum, Laine Hardy’s song “Ground I…

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Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler; Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT

Sam Hunt and His Wife Hannah Are ‘Seriously’ Talking About Starting a Family

Posted on August 4, 2021

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Madeleine O’Connell

Chris Lane, Mickey Guyton, and Gabby Barrett are a few of the country music stars that have welcomed a new…

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Photo Courtesy Parmalee

Fueled By Chart-Topping Success of ‘Just The Way,’ Parmalee Releases New Album, ‘For You’

Posted on July 30, 2021

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Madeleine O’Connell

After a year of songwriting and a bit of time away from each other, Parmalee is back to performing together….

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Parker McCollum Claims Miranda Lambert is the ‘Dolly Parton of My Generation’

Posted on July 29, 2021

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Madeleine O’Connell

The “Gold Chain Cowboy” Parker McCollum, gives high praise to country music superstar, Miranda Lambert, calling her “the Dolly [Parton]…

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Kevin Costner; Photo Courtesy Yellowstone

Kevin Costner is Taking His ‘Yellowstone’ Inspired Album on the Road

Posted on July 27, 2021

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Madeleine O’Connell

Singer, songwriter and actor Kevin Costner is bringing his Yellowstone-inspired music to the stage with his band, Modern West. Since…

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MacKenzie Porter; Photo by Bree Marie Fish

Five Things You Need To Know About MacKenzie Porter

Posted on July 27, 2021

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Madeleine O’Connell

Canadian-born country singer  MacKenzie Porter has been taking the industry by storm. She joined Dustin Lynch on the infectious “Thinking…

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