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/multi-Grammy Award-winning star, Kacey Musgraves. As the winner, Micaela Kleinsmith will receive a life-changing experience from Apple, including global exposure across the Apple TV+ and AppleMusic platforms.
Micaela 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 both an original song “Stupid Love,” as well as a unique cover of The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young.”
Micaela’s EP “Butterfly” will be released through Platoon on Apple Music today, and includes her three original songs, “Butterfly,” “Eternity,” and “Raise A Cup,” that she had the opportunity to record with renowned music producer Tommy Sims. She is also releasing a rendition of her cover of The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young,” and all are streaming now on Apple Music.
“I was so honored and excited to have been selected as the winner of ‘My Kind of Country.’ 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,” said series winner, Micaela Kleinsmith. “Thank you to Orville Peck, Mickey Guyton, Jimmie Allen, 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 to diverse artists from around the world to be given a platform to be heard. Scouts Jimmie Allen, Mickey Guyton and Orville Peck each hand-picked a roster of talented and diverse artists and invited them to the home of country music in Nashville, Tennessee, to showcase their unique sound and compete for the winning prize.
“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! Jimmie Allen, Mickey Guyton and I all believe she is ready to be our next country music star,” said Scout, Orville Peck. “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.”
All of the artists worked under the guidance of Emmy Award-winning and Grammy-nominated Music Director Adam Blackstone. Blackstone is musical director to Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Faith Hill, Rihanna and most recently the Super Bowl Halftime Show, the Academy Awards, the Grammy Awards and The Masked Singer.
“I am so excited that Micaela is the winner of “My Kind of Country,” said mentor and award-winning music director/producer Adam Blackstone. “She really grew into her own artistry and found her voice throughout the competition. It was a dream to work with her and I can't wait to see what we will do next to take the country music world by Storm.”