Following the success of her singles ‘I Love You But Shut Up’ & ‘Standing on Top of the World’, and the buzz around her performance on the Brooklyn Bowl stage at C2C in London earlier this year, UK country singer-songwriter Carolynne has released her next single ‘Take the Keys’ and will be playing two London shows in September.
Co-written by Leah Turner, Cary Barlowe and Jesse Frasure (Rascal Flatts, Meghan Trainor, Florida Georgia Line), the upbeat song is an anthem for the summer, showcasing Carolynne’s vocal talents with more than a nod to her ties with Nashville. The lyrics take listeners on a journey through themes familiar to country fans; open roads, getaway cars, and letting the good years roll. ‘I’ll ride shotgun, baby take the lead’…
(Released on iTunes/Spotify: 19th August)
For fans of: Cam; Maren Morris; Miranda Lambert
With a family of country music fanatics it was almost inevitable that country music would be in her blood. At the age of just fourteen Carolynne joined and fronted Sundown, a five-piece Country band, going on to tour the country circuit in the UK. At eighteen she left her family home in Leeds, heading for London to pursue her career as a singer-songwriter. In 2000 she signed her first publishing contract with BMG and took the first step in her professional songwriting career.
During the next couple of years she spent time in Sweden, writing and perfecting her country rock/pop sound. As well as collaborating with some great songwriters she continued performing and touring with various artists such as Tony Christie and The Charlatans. This allowed Carolynne to develop her own style of performance, which would eventually catch the eyes and ears of Gary Barlow when she later appeared on X Factor live finals. Gary described Carolynne as “supremely talented” with a voice that “just oozes Country”.
After the X Factor, Carolynne knew she wanted to fulfil her dream as a songwriter and head to the heart and soul of country music; Nashville, Tennessee. During her five months spent in Arizona, Nashville and LA, she not only gigged her way around but had the opportunity to spend time in a Nashville studio with Grammy award-winning songwriter Jeff Silbar (Dolly Parton, Kenny Rodgers, Willie Nelson, Fleetwood Mac), who as well as penning songs for the country elite in Music City also wrote the award-winning hit ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ .
Carolynne’s debut single ‘I Love You But Shut Up’ was released in May 2015. The single attracted strong support from the mainstream and country media – with playlists and live sessions on BBC Radio 2, significant regional radio support, a TV appearance on C5’s The Wright Stuff – and publicity across national press and magazines, with the song peaking at #7 in the chart. Since then, Carolynne has been working on new material and playing live, including, to much acclaim, an appearance at London’s Country to Country (C2C) Festival at the O2 arena for the third consecutive year.
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