By Emily Fitzmaurice
Nashville is long overdue for a fresh songwriter like Logan Brill. Since Brill’s freshman release, Walking Wires debuted in late last year, this 22-year-old Knoxville native didn’t lose any momentum in the Country and Americana music scene, scoring tons of accolades from industry and press alike. For example, Brill’s Walking Wires was included in Ken Morton, Jr.’s blog, That Nashville Sound as one of the Top 10 albums of 2013. Brill postponed her education at Belmont University to pursue her dream of writing and performing, signing a publishing deal with Carnival Music midway through her first year there.
“[The album] was a long time coming,” comments Brill. “We’ve been picking really good song content for the last year and a half, songs that I either wrote in a time when they were really relevant to me or a song that I felt really connected to. We tried out a ton of different stuff. We thought each of the songs had something really special about it.”
With a writing style that has proven to be authentic and musically mature, this up and coming artist has made her mark in Nashville and shows no signs of slowing down. The 10-track album seamlessly blends country, blues and rootsy melodies that immediately grab the listener’s attention. As Morton says, “[Brill’s] sound is fresh and the lyrics are poignant. At only 22, her storytelling belies her age. The depth of the emotions conveyed through the performances relate well to her soulful voice, particularly when singing of loss and heartache.”
A perfect example of this is found in album’s opening song, “No Such Thing as Ghosts,” admittedly one of the favorites from the tracks. The song instantly places you in Brill’s inner world; reflecting on the haunting truth that love has a way of lingering. Then out of nowhere, Brill releases her rebellious side on the albums blues infused track, “Month of Bad Habits.” But ultimately,
Brill’s album ends with the beautifully honest song, “Fall off the Face of the Earth.” She begins and ends the song with the following lyrics:
“I think I’ll fall off the face of the earth and hope that I land on my feet. And pray that the distance will bring me redemption, even if it’s not what I deserve.”
These powerful words paired with an acoustically stripped down track allows Brill’s unbelievable talent to shine through the cracks, making this album nothing short of captivating.
Brill and her attorney, Barry Neil Shrum, have recently completed negotiating an Exclusive Recording Agreement with Carnival Records, the recording arm of the publishing unit, Carnival is owned and operated by renowned Nashville producer Frank Liddell, who is responsible for generating eleven number ones in the past decade. Carnival also boasts talented artists and songwriters such as David Nail, Gretchen Peters, Stoney LaRue and Mando Saenz.
Brill’s Carnival Records label mate and co-writing partner Saenz says, “Logan is not just a pretty voice. She has a very honest voice that touches people when they hear it.” I second that motion.
You will be able to hear songs off Brill’s debut album live this summer, as she is set to tour the country promoting ‘Walking Wires.’ I think it is safe we agree with The Chicago Sun-Times, when they stated, “Brill looks and sounds like she is up for the challenge of becoming one of country music’s brightest new stars.”
Emily Fitzmaurice is an associate and guest writer to Shrum & Associate’s. Fitzmaurice is also a talented singer/songwriter who is a fan of Logan Brill.