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.

Larry Fleet; Photo by Matthew Paskert

Larry Fleet Pours His Heart and Soul Into His Full-Length Album Debut, ‘Stack of Records’

Posted on September 24, 2021

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Madeleine O’Connell

Larry Fleet released his first record, Workin’ Hard, in 2019 with only eight tracks, but since then, a lot has…

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Photo Courtesy Claire Wright

Claire Wright’s Debut EP, ‘Miss California,’ is a Heartfelt Ode To Her Home State

Posted on September 24, 2021

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Madeleine O’Connell

“Each song is just true to a moment or a story I’ve had, so I suppose the overall vision would just be authenticity, because it’s my life stories,” Wright says of her new EP.

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William Beckmann; Photo by Tyler Conrad

Country Next: William Beckmann

Posted on September 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 William Beckmann.

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Jake Hoot; Night Left Music Video

EXCLUSIVE: Go Behind The Scenes Of Jake Hoot’s ‘Night Left’ Music Video

Posted on September 23, 2021

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Madeleine O’Connell

Season 17 Winner of The Voice, Jake Hoot recently released the music video for his summer anthem, “Night Left.” Hoot joined Country…

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Jameson Rodgers; Photo by Matthew Berinato

Jameson Rodgers Releases Debut Album: ‘Bet You’re From A Small Town:’ ‘It’s a Dream Come True’

Posted on September 17, 2021

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Madeleine O’Connell

“It’s a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to put out a whole album,” Rodgers says.

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Scotty McCreery, George Strait

LISTEN: Scotty McCreery Gives Nod to George Strait in ‘Damn Strait’ Single

Posted on September 16, 2021

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Madeleine O’Connell

Only a few days ahead of his fifth album release, Same Truck, Scotty McCreery dropped his single, “Damn Strait,” which…

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Miranda Lambert, brother Luke; Photos via Instagram

Miranda Lambert Shares Sweet Throwback Photo in Honor of Brother, Luke’s, Birthday

Posted on September 9, 2021

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Madeleine O’Connell

“Happy Birthday baby bro,” Lambert captioned the photo.

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Darius Rucker; Photo by John Russell, CMA

Darius Rucker Recalls His Early Days In Country Music and Being Told the Audience May Not Accept Him

Posted on September 7, 2021

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Madeleine O’Connell

“I wanted to come in and be on the bottom of the rung and work my way up,” Rucker recalls.

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Luke CLuke Combs; Photo Courtesy CMA, Cameron Bouie; Photo via Twitterombs, Cameron Bouie

Luke Combs Shows Appreciation for U.S. Air Force Member with Kind Gesture

Posted on September 1, 2021

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Madeleine O’Connell

Country superstar Luke Combs is known not only for his musical talents, but also for being incredibly generous towards his…

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Luke Combs; Getty Images for CMT

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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