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.

Sam Hunt; Photo by Steven Alan Worster

Sam Hunt Talks ‘Locked Up’ EP, Reveals The Valuable Advice He Received From Alabama’s Randy Owen

Posted on April 5, 2024

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Madeleine O’Connell

This four-song project includes Hunt’s first-ever outside cut.

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Bryce Leatherwood; Photo by Eric Ryan Anderson

Bryce Leatherwood Releases Heartfelt Ballad, ‘The One My Daddy Found,’ Inspired by His Parents’ Love Story

Posted on April 5, 2024

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Madeleine O’Connell

“Thanks, Mom and Dad,” said Leatherwood.

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Luke Bryan; Photo by Jim Wright

Luke Bryan Explains His Instant Connection To New Single, ‘Love You, Miss You, Mean It’

Posted on April 5, 2024

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Madeleine O’Connell

Bryan’s new single tells a story that many can relate to, including the country star himself.

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Bunnie Xo and Jelly Roll attend the 2023 CMT Music Awards; Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for CMT

Jelly Roll And Wife Bunnie XO Involved In ‘Scary’ Emergency Plane Landing

Posted on April 5, 2024

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Madeleine O’Connell

The couple was enroute to the CMT Music Awards when the incident occurred.

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Chayce Beckham; Photo by Matthew Simmons

Chayce Beckham Discusses The Making Of His Long-Awaited Debut Album, ‘Bad For Me’

Posted on April 5, 2024

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Madeleine O’Connell

“It’s a very real record that I put my everything into,” Beckham shares.

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Jason Aldean, John Morgan; Photo by Justin Mrusek

John Morgan Takes ‘Friends Like That’ To The ‘Next Level’ With Longtime Collaborator And Mentor, Jason Aldean

Posted on April 5, 2024

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Madeleine O’Connell

“He hit me up, he’s like, ‘dude, let’s take this to the next level.’ He didn’t have to twist my arm too hard,” Morgan recalled of Aldean’s call to transform the song into a duet.

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Carrie Underwood; Photo by Jeff Johnson

Carrie Underwood Shares Her Thoughts On The Current State of Country Music 

Posted on April 4, 2024

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Madeleine O’Connell

“There really is something for everybody now,” the superstar acknowledges.

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Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by John Shearer for CMT, Dasha; Photo by Acacia Evans

Kelsea Ballerini Wants Dasha To Teach Her The Viral ‘Austin’ Dance

Posted on April 4, 2024

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Madeleine O’Connell

Ballerini is hoping to rake in some “TikTok cred” by learning this viral dance trend.

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Keith Urban; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, Kelly Clarkson; Photo by Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal

Keith Urban Reacts To Kelly Clarkson Covering His Fan-Favorite No. 1, ‘Somebody Like You’

Posted on April 4, 2024

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Madeleine O’Connell

“I love you singing anything,” Urban shared.

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Bailey Zimmerman; Photo Provided

Bailey Zimmerman Reflects On His Rapid Rise To Fame: ‘This Is Not Supposed To Be Real’

Posted on April 4, 2024

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Madeleine O’Connell

Zimmerman admits to feeling like he’s “awake in a dream” as his career continues to flourish.

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