SINGLE REVIEW: Melanie Greggain – ‘Ready To Run’

5-time BCMA winner Melanie Greggain recently released her debut solo single ‘Ready To Run’, following a number of festival appearances this year including slots at Country2Country and Buckle & Boots. What a debut it was too, with the track shooting straight to the top of the iTunes country singles chart within the first 24 hours of release.

‘Lovely. Just lovely!’ – Gaby Roslin, BBC Radio London

“Proving that UK Country music can sound both fresh and contemporary whilst retaining a rewardingly traditional feel at its heart” – New Country UK

Followers of the UK country music scene won’t need telling about Mel’s song writing prowess; we saw it in abundance with Luke & Mel material and her solo material looks like it’ll continue that trend. ‘Ready To Run’ tells the story of a girl desperately trying to break away from the turmoil of a past relationship, backed by very subtle, almost haunting instrumentation that emphasises the pain behind the song.

“There’ll never be enough make-up to hide the situation, never be enough truth to ease the suffocation…she’s ready to run”

Production-wise, it’s very slick and Mel’s voice, carrying a lot of emotion, is given a platform to shine. The electric guitar is used to perfection in moderation and adds another layer to an already classy melody. For a debut release, Mel could have been forgiven for coming out with an explosive introductory track, but this is right up my street. Intricately crafted, easy-listening country music with a hearty, soulful feel.

Dan Wharton