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Mae Estes Backstage Nashville discovery songwriter

In 1999, a seven year old Mae Estes walked into an Arkansas rodeo arena with a cordless microphone and sang the national anthem a cappella for the first time, claiming she could do it better than LeAnn Rimes. She went on to perform at every rodeo she competed in, and eventually other sporting events, ceremonies and opries. Unlike most middle schoolers, Mae performed every Tuesday night on an AM radio show, where she first discovered her love for traditional country music.


Eventually moving to Nashville in 2015, she's been paying her dues from the moment she stepped foot in Music City, working up to three jobs at a time to financially stay afloat and playing for anyone who'd listen.  Taking inspiration from artists like Lee Ann Womack and Keith Whitley, Mae merges the timelessness of traditional country music with modern melodies and production to form her exclusive artistry.


In 2019, Mae independently released her debut single, “Naked” and toured internationally with Armed Forces Entertainment, performing for U.S. Air Force Bases in Guam, Diego Garcia and Singapore. During quarantine, she released a nostalgic demo called "Recycled," followed by a confidence anthem titled "Best Side". In November of 2020, Mae signed her first publishing deal with Plaid Flag Music, joining a roster including her "Best Side" co-writer, Autumn McEntire.

Listen to Mae Estes:

  • "Don't You Wanna Stay" - Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson

  • "Over" - Blake Shelton

  • "If I Didn't Have You" - Thompson Square

  • "I Got You" - Thompson Square

  • "Love Who You Love" - Rascal Flatts

  • "Sunny and 75" - Joe Nichols

  • "Who I Am When I'm With You" - Chris Young

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