Kassi Ashton Offers First Listen of ‘Pretty Shiny Things’ at CRS 2019 [WATCH]
Audience members were in for a special surprise at the Universal Music Group Nashville lunch at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., on Day 2 (Feb. 14) of Country Radio Seminar. The afternoon featured a full lineup of artists, including Vince Gill, Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton, Dierks Bentley and Little Big Town, but UMG artist Kassi Ashton stepped onstage between sets from her labelmates to premiere a brand-new song for the crowd.
The song is called "Pretty Shiny Things." As seen in the fan-recorded video above, Ashton's delivery of the song was simple and stripped-down, backed by just one person on acoustic guitar.
The first two verses are sentimental with a bit of darkness hiding underneath. The lyrics discuss the expectations placed on women, particularly in the artist's experience of growing up in small-town Missouri. The song describes a mother that fixates on outward appearances being perfect, often at the expense of the emotions going on beneath the surface. In the first chorus, Ashton croons, "Put your makeup on, girl / Stand up straight / Your face will take you farther than your brain / You oughta know by now that beauty is pain."
In the final verse, she flips things to a more modern perspective on womanhood, singing, "I swear that there's more to us / Take your makeup off, girl / Hold your head high / Let your guard down / Don't be scared to cry."
Ashton, who appeared on Urban's 2018 record Graffiti U and was part of CMT's Next Women of Country in 2017 and Bobby Bones' Class of 2018, is releasing her debut album this year. It will include singles "California, Missouri," "Violins" and, hopefully, "Pretty Shiny Things."
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