R&B has multiplatinum recording star Brandy and country music has it's singer songwriter, Brandy Clark. A brunette haired powerhouse in Nashville.
She's almost forty, and she's ready to launch her own solo career, hoping that the country music scene is more friendly to female singers, then it was when she released her debut album 12 Stories in 2013. It achieved critical acclaim, but not commercial success. Selling under 50,000 copies with not a hit to mark the tracklist.
She will be releasing her follow up to 2013's 12 Stories with Big Day In A Small Town on June 10tt. An equally charming ode to small town life. It's meant to be a cohesive concept album with interwoven dialogue to give the album a narrative story.
The album is hoping to achieve a sizable hit with lead single “Girl Next Door”. A song that plays with the Americana tropes that country music relies on, except Brandy Clark isn't the girl next door. The song has a pounding chorus. She's not a “virgin Mary” or a “Barbie doll” and if her suitor wants a girl next door she can go “next door and go right now.”
Brandy Clark is a winner of a Country Music Award winner and she was robbed of a Grammy when she was nominated with Kacey Musgraves and Shane McAnally for “Follow Your Arrow”. An uplifting country anthem about doing what makes you happy. Whether that's kissing lots of boys or girls or choosing not to roll up a joint.
It's a difficult time at country radio for female artists, and despite positive expectations for “Girl Next Door” from producer Jay Joyce, music director of WUSN in Chicago, Marci Braun, iHeart Media programmer Gator Harrison, among others, nothing's a sure hit until it happens.