Who’s New: Post Monroe

Who’s New: Post Monroe

Members: Whitney Duncan, Ashlee Hewitt, Shelby McLeod

Current Single: “Red Hot American Summer”

Current EP: Post Monroe

Inside Scoop: Describing their sound as “organic” and “rootsy,” these three ladies, with diverse backgrounds and beautiful harmonies, make up the new trio Post Monroe. Their self-titled EP is available now on iTunes along with their debut single, “Red Hot American Summer,” co-written by Whitney, Ashlee, Shelby and Blair Daly.

WHAT’S IN A NAME
Post_Monroe_EP_CoverASHLEE: “I actually had [the name Post Monroe] for a long time, probably six or seven years before I really knew that I would use it someday, but I had a dream to use it. I always wanted to start a girl band. I actually heard somebody describe a fashion style as post-Marilyn. They’re like ‘oh, that is very post-Marilyn.’ And so Post Monroe came about. I went and blocked all the socials and we started using it.”

MUSICAL PATHS
ASHLEE: “I knew really young that I wanted to do music. Around 3 or 4 I started singing. I got a band together when I was about 13. I started playing guitar and just toured throughout high school. I home schooled so I could be on the road and I moved to Nashville when I was 18.”
WHITNEY: “Similar. I started singing when I was 3 or 4. I was obsessed with Elvis, I just wanted to be Elvis. I started performing everywhere I could, from church to fairs and festivals, anywhere I could convince my parents to take me. Then I started coming to Nashville when I was 15. I got my first publishing deal when I was 17 with Big Picture and here I am.”
SHELBY: “My story is a little different than them. I grew up singing in church and singing with my dad, he’s super musical. I just started out in church and got involved in musical theater. Then I went to UGA [University of Georgia] and got my degree. Then I moved here and somehow made a blind call to Starstruck [Reba McEntire’s music company] and started working for Reba. Just the typical Nashville story—right place, right time. I worked for her for a few years and I was writing on the side. I met Whitney at Starstruck and we hit it off.”


THE WRITE STUFF
SHELBY:
“We are all on the same page about the best song wins, always. Whether someone’s a writer on it or not—if it’s speaking to us then it makes it.”
WHITNEY: “We write together a lot. Pretty much all the time now. I had written “Hell on Me” before we were together. I had played that song for [Shelby and Ashlee] and we kind of worked it up and it just fit so well. I think the song’s just got to speak to us all no matter who wrote it.”

FINDING INSPIRATION
SHELBY: “We have a little therapy session every morning. Somebody’s always got something.”
WHITNEY: “Shelby’s single, so she’s normally got some kind of guy drama. Ashlee and I are both married. I do think that’s why we speak to a lot of different ages and women. We’re all kind of in different places. Ashlee’s got a little boy. I’m married and have a dog [Duke] that I love deeply. And Shelby’s single, so she brings in the good dating stories.”

FUN FACTS:
WHITNEY, a Tennessee native, was on the reality show Survivor: South Pacific, where she met her husband, Keith Tollefson. The two also appeared on The Amazing Race together.
SHELBY, a Georgia native, graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in communications and worked at Reba McEntire’s Starstruck company when she moved to Nashville.
ASHLEE, a Minnesota native, is one of 10 biological children. She is married to Jessie Keith Whitley, the son of Lorrie Morgan and Keith Whitley, and they have a 3-year-old son, Tuff.

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CMA Awards

CMA Awards

Hosted by Carried Underwood with special guests Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire, the CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 13 on ABC (photo by Tammie Arroyo).