If you consider that The Shires in the summer 2015 the legendary Grand Old Opry in Nashville occurred that her debut album in Great Britain now is nearing the Gold Award and that your pieces (with titles like "Nashville Grey Skies"And"State Lines") In recent months, the relevant playlists of UK have dominated, it is not surprised if one or the other believes you have to do here with an American country-export from Tennessee, but it really is true: The Shires are British And although they have only really losgelegt this year, they are already the most successful in her native British country band -. ever.
The end Ben Earle (Vocals, guitar, piano) and Crissie Rhodes (Vocal) existing duo has enjoyed one of the most impressive success stories of 2015 in recent months: your published at Decca Nashville debut album "Brave"Emerged in March 2015 as the first country album of British acts that should ever end up in the UK top 10 clear case. The Shires has succeeded to the early support of their label and the radio station in a huge following transform, in a surprising chart success and even more so: in a brand new Country-understanding, a whole new perception of the genre in their homeland and beyond.
And by the said "Brave" debut so slowly but surely to the Gold Award in England moving towards - what this year to date should succeed only four debut albums in UK - look back can The Shires on an incredible year and at the same time on the upcoming Highlights pleased: After her upcoming appearance at this year's BBC Music Awards they are already with the beginning of 2016 Little Big Town go on tour and be on the biggest stages of the world.
In detail, saw the past year fOr two whiz follows: Ins year started with a new record deal, they got a lot of tailwind from the debut hit single "Nashville Grey Skies", followed by a stint in precisely those US country metropolis where they work on their "Brave" album ready prepared, which should appear in March 2015 and completely surprising conquer the UK charts. Four singles from that album went in the summer in succession at the transmitter BBC Radio 2 on rotation, they also brought a little later on TV: appearances at the side of Tom Jones For "Children In Need"Followed, they shared in the Graham Norton Show a bed with Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, and also at the renowned Sunday Brunch from Channel 4 came to them and gave one of several interviews.
So you could say it's gone for you from one moment to the next from naught to sixty. Had they asked a few months after the band's formation, whether because even concerts in London could demonstrate that they had back asking if Watford, St. Albans and Biggleswade because even counting would. Who but today comes to them with such questions, of course, from their appearance in Glastonbury, the in the London O2-arena and in Grand Old Opry out of Nashville, where they presented live until June their very own, utterly British definition of Country in the motherland of this musical style.
Recently like everything strike have gone on strike, but the story of the two starts much earlier, and they have worked hard to get to this point: "We do not want to be considered as a duo that just showed up out of nowhere is. behind the scenes, we have worked really hard for it, "says Crissie. "A lot of preparatory work we have done, and then it has easy after we have passed us over the road." "I hate that term actually," adds Ben, "but it was probably actually what is called a fluke."
Earle has no problem to share his first, unsuccessful attempts at walking as a solo singer / songwriter, and Rhodes told openly of the years in which she presented as a singer cover songs on any of these platforms, after her music training at Surrey was finished college and then returned to the rural idyll of their home. "I used so songs like '9 To 5' sung, and people should just dance to have fun," she says. "It came here really often that some people responded me about it and stuff like saying: '! The song you really sung great country music fits really well to your voice' I had not been clear until then how much I with Country Catching and I practically constantly such songs listening. "
"I finally came to the point where I was really burned to the last penny," admits Ben, "which is why I then eventually posted on Facebook: 'There must be somewhere give out a country singer.' Yes, and then a friend of a friend Crissie has brought into play the next day you came over, we took a few songs together, and since then everything is going really great -.. As if by magic "
The Journal has fOr The Shires turned in the shortest time for good, and after they returned earlier this year with several new songs Luggage from Nashville, they secured only times the next playlist on BBC Radio 2 with the song "State Lines"In order to"All Over Again"And"I Just Wanna Love You"To up the two additional heavy-rotation candidates early so they made it clear that by terms such as one-hit wonder just did not need to come to them. No wonder:. Ben and Crissie repeatedly emphasize how much respect they fOr great songwriting . have, how important is the art of country music songwriting and how much time they devote their the result, "Brave", emphasizes with every single song, how far they have brought already in this art - because their songs carry all clear their own stamp. They are rooted in the Country genre, but do not quote merely any US references. also in English speaking countries furore has her debut therefore already caused and the iTunes charts as well as in Australia and New Zealand stormed.
By Crissie not only presents gentle, melodic harmonies, but it rip sometimes really can and very different facets shows while Ben puts a lot of soul in his song, The Shires have literally staked their own terrain: a small country just for them, a piece "Country"North of London, between Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, the Shires, the rural counties, where their roots lie. As much as they are on American country music: your British roots they would never want to hide because they have too much fun to bring something new to the country map.
If it just before Christmas her next big appearance at the BBC Music Awards 2015 complete, the moment will come when Ben and Crissie sometimes down a gear and over the reflecting can, everything that happened in the last few months. The past successes were only the beginning, only the first steps for the largest British Country duo of all time - The Shires.
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