Draped in a stunning black-lace dress, Meghan Linsey (most known for her work as one half of Steel Magnolia) strutted down the red carpet at the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards Mon. (Dec. 15).
Meghan Linsey isn't afraid to speak her mind. She might be small in stature, but she's huge in voice. So, it isn't surprising that the singer's debut solo single is a sharp-shooting female empowerment anthem, which takes direct aim at every bro-country song currently thumping through the speakers of mainstream terrestrial radio. "Try Hard Than That," the lead-in to her new EP (through a Pledge Music campaign), makes a bold statement about what it means to be a woman and how they should be treated. "It was meant to be a sassy song. I don’t want to say ‘take jabs’ but it’s more about pushing a boy you like on the playground," she shares of the song to NashvilleGab, exclusively, on the set of the song's music video.
Formerly of Steel Magnolia, Linsey has high hopes as she launches her solo career. Admittedly, she says she never had any qualms about releasing such a risky song. "I haven’t really thought about it, to be honest. In fact, when we wrote it, I was like, ‘dang, I feel like this is a single.’ I think you have to be bold anymore to stand out and make a statement, especially for women. You’re not hearing [many] women on country radio. Coming out with something different and shaking stuff up, that’s the goal."
It was clear when Joshua Scott Jones was one-half of Steel Magnolia (with Meghan Linsey) that he possessed a groovy, soulful voice that could enrapture thousands of fans. Even though the duo is no longer forging ahead together, he still holds onto his rock roots, as evidenced on his debut solo single "Honk (If You're Tonky)," the lead-in to his forthcoming set The Healing.
Despite both singers embarking on their own, there is a small possibility of a reunion in the future. "I think we’re really good together. We’re like peanut butter and jelly when we sing together," Jones tells NashvilleGab, exclusively.