12 talented global artists competed under guidance from trailblazing scouts Jimmie Allen, Mickey Guyton, and Orville Peck in this critically acclaimed music competition that searches the globe for artists who don’t fit the traditional country mold.
Today Apple TV+ unveils Micaela Kleinsmith as the winner of “My Kind of Country,” the new music competition series from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, and executive producer and multi-Grammy Award-winning star, Kacey Musgraves. As the winner, Kleinsmith will receive a life-changing experience from Apple, including global exposure across the Apple TV+ and Apple Music platforms.
Kleinsmith, originally championed by Orville Peck, won over the scouts’ hearts with her incredible vocals and visible growth as an artist throughout the journey on “My Kind of Country.” In the final episodes premiering today on Apple TV+, Kleinsmith sings an original song “Stupid Love” and a unique cover of The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young.”
Kleinsmith’s EP “Butterfly” will be released through Platoon on Apple Music today, which includes her three original songs, “Butterfly,” “Eternity” and “Raise A Cup,” which she had the opportunity to record with renowned music producer Tommy Sims. She is also releasing the addition to her cover of The Band Perry’s “If I Die, Young,” which are all streaming now.
“This competition has been such a blessing and I’m just so grateful to have been able to learn from so many other talented artists on a global platform like Apple TV+.”Series winner, Micaela Kleinsmith
“I was so honored and excited to have been selected as the winner of ‘My Kind of Country,’ said series winner, Micaela Kleinsmith. “This competition has been such a blessing and I’m just so grateful to have been able to learn from so many other talented artists on a global platform like Apple TV+. ‘My Kind of Country’ gave me an opportunity that wouldn’t normally have been available to me in the industry, and highlights the need for country music to open its doors to new talent and new ideas. Thank you to Jimmie Allen, Mickey Guyton, Orville Peck, Reese Witherspoon, and Kacey Musgraves for giving me this chance. I can’t wait for fans to check out my new EP ‘Butterfly’ on Apple Music.”
A fresh take on a music competition series, “My Kind of Country” breaks down barriers in country music by providing an extraordinary opportunity for diverse artists from around the world to be given a platform to be heard. Scouts Jimmie Allen, Mickey Guyton, and Orville Peck each handpicked a roster of talented and diverse artists and invited them to the home of country music in Nashville, Tennessee, to showcase their unique sound.
“We were all moved by Micaela’s final performances and to be able to witness her growth throughout the competition has made me so proud of my fellow South African!” said scout, Orville Peck. “Jimmie Allen, Mickey Guyton, and I all believe she is ready to be our next country music star. We are thrilled to announce her as the winner of ‘My Kind of Country’ and have the world listen to her new EP ‘Butterfly’ on Apple Music.”
“We are so thrilled to announce her as the winner of ‘My Kind of Country’ and have the world listen to her new EP ‘Butterfly’ on Apple Music.”Scout, Orville Peck
Witherspoon and Musgraves’s executive produce alongside Hello Sunshine’s Sara Rea and Lauren Neustadter; Sandbox Entertainment’s Jason Owen; the illustrious Emmy-nominated showrunner Izzie Pick Ibarra (“The Masked Singer,” “Savage x Fenty Vol 3,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Ladies of London”); and Done + Dusted’s Katy Mullan (“Beauty & The Beast: A 30th Celebration,” “The Voice UK,” “Dancing With The Stars,” London Olympics Opening Ceremony). Emmy Award-winning Adam Blackstone serves as music director (musical director to Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Faith Hill, and Rihanna and for Super Bowl Halftime Show, the Academy Awards, the Grammy Awards, “The Masked Singer”).