South Carolina’s Heather Smith began hitting the ground running in the Country Music realm in 2018 with her debut album “A Brand New Start”, a spiritual Gospel/Country record that introduces her captivatingly catchy and distinctive signature sound which garnered her an insatiable buzz upon release. That same year, she followed up with her sophomore album “The Gift Of Love”, a second anthemic record that further manifested her style and artistic merit altogether, amassing a wider fan base and a multitude of new listeners that would immediately draw into her catchy catalogue of wholesome and spiritual Country songs with the same Gospel factor that made her debut release just as effective; proving that her talent and hard work perfectly parallels her passion to make memorable and impressionable music that any fan of the Country genre could enjoy.
Now in 2021, with several successful releases under her belt, Heather Smith has put together “Took My Breath Away”, a catchy new single that encompasses her musical aura and presence in the world of Country that showcases her graceful vocal delivery, diligent songwriting ability and her distinctive recipe for vocal melody choices that truly capture her versatility. This single has top-of-the-line production value that parallels Heather’s performance on this release, brilliantly blending a classic country approach with today’s more modern sensibility. It’s a track that could easily be heard on today’s more prominent Country radio stations and could easily draw comparisons to today’s biggest Country stars.
One major factor of Heather’s new single however is the staying power – the ability to stay with you even long after it’s over. It’s a track that will easily get passed around among today’s biggest fans of the Country genre, and you could definitely see a rising artist like her on tour with some of the genre’s more successful artists in the Country music circuit. With the success of her releases and top-notch production value that accompanies them, she’s on her way to doing just that – and so much more. Heather Smith has really raised the bar with “Took My Breath Away” not just for herself, but for the genre altogether. She’s definitely not an artist to sleep on by any means, she’s making major headway with her career and now would be a good time to get to know her before she makes it to the world stage. The single is currently available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms.
Affectionately known as the First Lady of Country Music, California’s Petrella emerged onto the scene in 1988 with her distinctive Country/Soul signature sound and since then has garnered an unwavering fan base and musical presence. Having worked and performed alongside a multitude of prominent artists and producers over the years, Petrella has put out a solid number of releases since the inception of her career and has manifested into a style that makes her a standout of her calibre; and she makes this especially apparent with the recent release of her newest album “Songs Of Many Colors”.
Comprised of 11 anthemic tracks, Petrella delves deep into her authentic Country/Soul stylization with an amazing range of powerful vocal projections and catchy blues-driven melodies. Her charismatic old school flavors diligently parallel with today’s more modern Country sensibility, delivering a fresh sound that is authentically visceral and wholesomely innovative all while serving up those classic Country & Soul elements that put the genre on the map in a way we know and love today. Opening track “Bring It Here Baby” is an excellent example of this, showcasing Petrella’s addictive charisma and vocal presence with her signature rasp and flavorful melody choices. Another notable song on the album is the western inspired “Waltz For Love”, showcasing another crucial angle of Petrella’s vocal approach that really brings out her artistic merit and musicianship factors. This song, along with others on the album, piece together the many parts of Petrella’s songwriting talents right along with her strong performance value, giving every listener a front row seat to her many years of musical ability throughout each track’s duration.
If you are just discovering Petrella now, then “Songs Of Many Colors” will make you an instant fan. Meanwhile her current fans and fans over the years will absolutely love this record, reminding them that her innovative and catchy sound continues to evolve, manifest and draw in new listeners with every release. The album is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms.
Emerging from the Minneapolis music scene in Minnesota, Alt-Folk recording artist Craig Ball began hitting the ground running in the music world over 20 years ago when he began writing songs and playing local shows. Known for his distinctively catchy signature sound, Craig garnered an insatiable buzz and critical acclaim with his debut single “Kind Things” last year. This year in 2021, he has followed up that single with his debut EP ‘Content In Bed’, a 6-track record of anthemic folk tunes with the wittiness, charm and catchiness that makes Craig Ball the uniquely versatile artist that he is today.
This is an excellent debut EP that really shines a light on several crucial musicianship factors. Craig Ball displays a passionate craft on each song and really plays his heart out in a way where the listener can resonate with the messages he conveys through the power of his music. Opening title track “Content In Bed” and follow up track “I Can’t Quit” brilliantly open this record with anthemic goodness that showcases Craig’s gifted songwriting structures and story-telling lyrics. Both songs have smooth acoustic guitar progressions that parallel beautifully with Craig’s mid-range vocal melodies, delivering a uniquely crisp Alt-Folk flavor in his very own multifaceted style. He has a signature sound that is completely in his own realm, but also diligently balances originality and familiarity in a way that is fresh yet still identifiable. He performs with that classic Folk aura but still manages to implement a modern sensibility that can captivate a younger crowd as well.
Another highlight on this EP is the song “Good On You”. A more upbeat anthem that has a Bad Moon Rising vibe with additional flavors and textures reminiscent of other industry heavyweights like Ireland’s Flogging Molly. This upbeat number is one of the most catchy of the EP and will easily become a favorite from this record. “Everything looks good on you” will definitely stick in your head! One more crucial highlight on this EP is the atmospheric and ambient “All The Way To Mars”. A more innovative track on the record with beautiful piano flutters and a spacey keyboard lead that really sets a modern tone on this song. It’s another additional angle to Craig’s signature sound that showcases his talent in an effective way, just like the other songs on this record. Overall, ‘Content In Bed’ is an EP of classic folk songs that will inspire the ear, soothe the soul and entice you to dive deeper into Craig Ball’s career and subsequent releases. His brilliantly crafted sound has staying power that will satisfy any fan of the folk genre and will easily become one of your favorites in 2021. The EP is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad you gave this record a spin.