GARY QUINN – ‘NOBODY SOMEBODY’
It’s our first new release list of the New Year, and we thought we’d start with a song from one of our top UK talents, Gary Quinn, hopefully the first of many from him this year.
‘Nobody Somebody’ was written at a song writing session in Nashville with Kyle Schlienger and John Gurney. Schlienger’s pedigree includes penning Brett Young’s ‘In Case You Didn’t Know’, and Gurney is a former Songwriter of the Year.
The result is a song that has already been embraced by UK country fans. It hit number one on the UK country sales charts on Friday, and is being featured on the UK country radio playlists. One of Gary’s very best releases to date.
CHARLEY CROCKETT – ‘I CAN HELP’
In the 70’s, US country stars achieved significant success in our national pop charts with songs that became standards. Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and Ray Stevens became household names in this era.
In December 1974, Billy Swan’s ‘I Can Help’ reached #6 in the national chart and was featured on Top Of The Pops. It’s hard to see this level of exposure occurring now.
Fast forward to 2021, and Texan country star Charley Crockett has put his own stamp on the tune with a very bluesy guitar and organ that give it a sense of originality.
HAILEY WHITTERS FT. LITTLE BIG TOWN – ‘FILLIN’ MY CUP’
Hailey Whitters has previously penned songs for Little Big Town, and they provide backing vocals on a song that has all the ingredients to secure a breakthrough hit for rising star Hailey Whitters.
The song was written with Hillary Lindsey and Nicolle Galyon, who are both hit-makers in the Nashville writing circle, and it has a glass-half-full sentiment which is just what we need at the start of 2021.
BROWN & GRAY – ‘YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO’
We were impressed with this duo’s last release, ‘Make You Mine’, and US/UK duo Brown and Gray are starting the new year with another track that shares the same high levels of craft and production. It’s a tip of the hat to the workers at the NHS, who continue to battle the ongoing pandemic.
Kaci Brown hails from Texas and Sam Gray from Hull here in the UK. They were matched by Sam’s UK record label, and have since produced a bunch of singles and an EP, ‘Salt in the Coffee’, that was released in 2018.
MITCHELL TENPENNY – ‘BUCKET LIST’
A song that was released on New Years Day but will be hitting radio in the States about now is the latest from Mitchell Tenpenny, who was due to perform in the UK last year. Another artist who we were denied from appreciating by the pandemic.
It’s his first single since last July’s ‘Broken Up’, and it was written with Chris DeStefano and Laura Veltz.
The song emphasises the importance of not putting off the things that you have included in your bucket list. The message is to pursue your goals without reservation, and living every day as if it’s your last.
PARKER MCCOLLUM – ‘TO BE LOVED BY YOU’
Parker’s single ‘Pretty Heart’ was a massive hit, reaching #1 on the Billboard Country charts at the back end of last year. He’s also secured a major label deal, and was due to support Miranda Lambert on her Wildcard tour that had to be rescheduled.
‘To Be Loved By You’ will be included on his new album, currently untitled but promised later this year.
JOSH KERR – ‘BACKSEATS AND BURNT CDS’
A track that was penned by Kerr and recorded by Ryan Griffin as part of his 2017 album ‘Sake Of Summer’, it has now been recorded by Kerr and will be his new single.
He’s a prolific and successful songwriter and has a credit on Morgan Wallen’s new album, but has also had hits with Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood.
WALKER COUNTY – ‘BITS AND PIECES’
Another up-beat happy-go-lucky track from new Warner Music Nashville duo Walker County, who we featured in December when they were promoting another track, ‘Someone’s Someone’.
Ivy Dean and Sophie Dawn are Walker County, and the message on their Facebook page is that ‘It’s time to party y’all’, a message that we can all relate to right now!
STEPHANIE QUAYLE – ‘BY HEART’
A country love song with an extremely catchy vibe. Stephanie Quayle recorded this track virtually due to Covid-19 restrictions.
It’s a song that narrates her desire to get to know her love interest by heart, and was written by Anna Vaus, Cassidy Lynn Alexander and Ian Michael Christian.
She released an EP, ‘The Montana Sessions’, last year and before that, a studio-based EP, ‘If I Was A Cowboy’, in 2019.
ALEX HALL FT. BRAD PAISLEY – ‘LAST ONE TO LEAVE’
The third pre-release from Alex Hall’s new EP ‘Six Strings’, which features collaborations with A-List country stars. Previously we have highlighted tracks with Vince Gill and John Osborne, and we now include this duet with Brad Paisley who provides harmonies and his signature guitar skills.
The album will be released on Monument Records, and also features Old Dominion’s Brad Tursi, Tenille Townes and Kassi Ashton.
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