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Artist of the Week Archives for 2017-07

Cole Swindell

COLE SWINDELL 

Bronwood, Georgia's Cole Swindell is a country singer and songwriter who often adds touches of rock, pop, and hip-hop to his songs. Swindell was a member of the same Sigma Chi fraternity at Georgia Southern University as fellow Georgian Luke Bryan; the two often played shows together, and after Bryan made his move to Nashville, Swindell followed. Six of the songs on Bryan's Spring Break... Here to Party album were written by Swindell; he also contributed songs to albums by Scotty McCreery, Chris Young, and Florida Georgia Line. Swindell's success as a songwriter opened up an opportunity to pursue a career as a performer. Swindell released the single "Chillin' It" independently in 2013, and it generated enough attention to get the singer signed to Warner Nashville by the end of the year. Warner Nashville re-released the single and it hit number one on the Billboard Country chart on its way to an eventual gold certification.
Swindell released his self-titled debut on February 18, 2014. It debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 and produced two more Top Ten Country singles, "Hope You Get Lonely Tonight" and "Ain't Worth the Whiskey." By the end of 2014, Swindell had dropped an EP for Warner Bros., The Down Home Sessions, which was released in conjunction with his first headlining tour. In 2015, Swindell was touring with Jason Aldean and preparing a new release, but Swindell's debut album hadn't stopped spawning hits, and another track from the full-length, "Let Me See Ya, Girl," broke out and rose to number two on the Country Airplay chart. As "Let Me See Ya, Girl" was continuing to dominate country radio, Swindell released another EP, The Down Home Sessions II, in November 2015. "You Should Be Here," the first single from his second album, reached number one on Billboard's Hot Country chart prior to the release of the full-length You Should Be Here in May of 2016. ~ Steve Leggett & Mark Deming, Rovi

 

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Dan + Shay

Delivering a bright, polished sound that owes as much to contemporary pop as anything in the classic country handbook, Dan + Shay is the country singing and songwriting duo of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney. Both began playing music as teenagers, with Smyers (born and raised in Wexford, Pennsylvania) discovering songwriting at the age of 14, then learning the guitar at the age of 16, and Mooney (born and raised in Natural Dam, Arkansas) writing and playing music from the age of 12. The pair met in Nashville in December of 2012 and immediately began writing songs and performing together. Developing a bright and contemporary country-pop sound, the duo was signed to Warner Bros. Nashville, which released an infectious debut single, "19 You + Me," a song the duo wrote with Danny Orton, in the summer of 2013. "19 You + Me" peaked at seven on Billboard's Country chart. In the spring of 2014, Dan + Shay dropped their debut album, Where It All Began, which included "19 You + Me." "Show You Off" went to 29 in 2014 and, after the seasonal single "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," it was followed by "Nothin' Like You," a single that peaked at 5 on the Country chart. It set the stage for Dan + Shay's next album, Obsessed. Released in June of 2016, it was preceded by the single "From the Ground Up," which reached nine on the Billboard Country charts earlier that year. 

~ Steve Leggett, Rovi

 

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