South Africa’s Micaela Kleinsmith Wins Apple TV+’s “My Kind Of Country”

Apple TV+ has announced Micaela Kleinsmith as the winner of the music competition series, “My Kind of Country,” produced by Kacey Musgraves and Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine. Kleinsmith, who was originally selected by Orville Peck, captivated the scouts with her extraordinary vocals and development as an artist throughout the show. As the winner, Kleinsmith will receive a life-changing experience from Apple, including global exposure across the Apple TV+ and Apple Music platforms.

The final episodes, which premiered on Apple TV+ recently, showcased Kleinsmith singing an original song titled “Stupid Love” and a unique cover of The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young.” Her EP “Butterfly,” produced by renowned music producer Tommy Sims, features three original songs, “Butterfly,” “Eternity,” and “Raise A Cup,” along with a rendition of her cover of The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young.” The EP was released through Platoon on Apple Music on the same day.

In an official statement, Kleinsmith expressed gratitude and said that the competition was a blessing for her. She further highlighted the need for country music to open its doors to new talent and ideas.

“My Kind of Country” offered a new perspective on the music competition series by providing a platform for diverse artists worldwide to showcase their talent. The scouts – Jimmie Allen, Mickey Guyton, and Orville Peck – handpicked talented and diverse artists and invited them to Nashville, Tennessee, to compete for the winning prize.

Mentor and award-winning music director/producer Adam Blackstone guided all of the artists, who worked under his guidance. Blackstone has worked as a musical director for renowned artists such as Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Faith Hill, Rihanna, and the Super Bowl Halftime Show, Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and The Masked Singer.

Orville Peck, one of the scouts, praised Kleinsmith for her final performances and said that she was ready to be the next country music star. He expressed his excitement about her EP, “Butterfly,” which is available on Apple Music.

The show has concluded, but Kleinsmith’s win is only the beginning of a promising future for her as a rising country music star.

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