Calling All Social Media Users…

It’s Saturday morning. It’s a rainy day here in Orlando.  It’s perfect weather for a relaxing morning.  After waking up early, I just laid in bed for a bit and caught up on social media. It didn’t take long before I was fired up and shot off a group message to the other Got Country girls. I told them a new post was coming, and it was way too early to be this fired up. The reason, you may ask? Social media users.

A fellow country music site posted a link to a video of Lauren Alaina performing Shania Twain’s “Still the One” on The Bobby Bones Show yesterday morning.  The theme of Bones’ show was “Shania Day” to celebrate Twain’s first album release in 15 years. Alaina’s rendition literally gave me chills. The girl is flawless! After watching, I did something I rarely do. I clicked on the Facebook post’s comments. And here we are… I stupidly thought that, given her fantastic performance, the comments would surely be positive. Well it didn’t take long to prove just how wrong I was!  These are actual comments from the post.

The point was to sing Shania’s song…


No one else is claiming to be Shania here…
What? How?


What does that have to do with anything?

You can look at practically any social media post and be bombarded with negative comments.  I just don’t get it.  You don’t like the music (or whatever the post may be about), just move on to something else.  As they say with football fans, stop being an armchair quarterback.  You have no idea what these artists go through to get where they are, just so you can trash them.  They’re clearly doing something right to be where they are!  Recently Kelsea Ballerini took a social media break due to a very similar problem.

I just hate seeing the negative comments tearing people apart.  Now that I have friends who are artists, I find it very hard to hold myself back from responding to these comments.  But, I do…  I’m not going to go to that level.  Are there songs & even artists that I don’t care for?  Absolutely.  Will you ever know what or who they are?  Never.  I have too much respect for this industry & see how hard these people work to ever comment negatively.  Next time you’re ready to comment on how awful you think Sam Hunt’s music is, or how FGL isn’t country, or how you don’t even know who so & so is, just stop.  The world is depressing enough, why add to it?  Music is here to lift our spirits, let’s allow it to do just that.

Take a few minutes to ENJOY Lauren Alaina’s performance of “Still the One.”

Stefanie Richardson

Stefanie Richardson

I was born & raised in Orlando, FL. I love living here, but my dream and goal is to be in Nashville sooner rather than later.. I grew up on country music and remember riding around in my dad’s truck singing along to Reba, The Judds, and of course King George. Pure Country was a movie that played often in our house. These days, I absolutely love following “up and coming” artists. Anyone who knows me knows that Cale Dodds is my favorite; and when he’s touring anywhere in the southeast, I’m at his show. I love everything about country music; the way artists appreciate their fan base, the loyalty the fans show their favorite performers, and how it brings people together. I can thank country music for allowing me to meet some awesome people, and some who have become dear friends.

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