NELL BRYDEN -has what is takes- or so the summer release of her fabulous new album is proving!
Album and single release –“WHAT DOES IT TAKE”– out NOW
Distributed by RMG. Released by 157 Records NYC.
NELL BRYDEN was recently added to Irelands biggest radio playlist RTE Radio 1, within a week following, she was became- THE ONLY INDEPENDENT ARTIST TO BE ADDED TO THE BBC2 PLAYLIST– alongside The Script, Paolo Nutini, Fleet Foxes, a-ha, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles & Bat For Lashes. Bryden causing quite a stir in the press last year when she funded her career with a Milton Avery painting she found in her attic- which she brought to Sotheby’s to auction off for thousands of dollars! Instead of depositing her good fortune in the unruly stock market, she poured it into her music career-Circling the globe, building a passionate following for her Americana-Country-Soul hybrid sound. Four major International tours in the last 12 months (totaling almost 500 in just over 2 years, including a tour with KT Tunstall, The Counting Crows and impromptu sets with well known Irish acts-Damien Dempsey, Cathy Davey, MUNDY, Mick Flannery, DUKE SPECIAL & Declan O’Rourke), and Bryden is already tipped as being one to watch. Nell was also named Best Unsigned Artist of 2008 on Hits Daily Double. Her single “Second Time Around” earned her a Top 40 in the Official Irish Charts and received weekly radio plays across Ireland & The UK. (Including Terry Wogan’s Radio 2 show in the UK & RTE Radio1). It was “Song of The Week” on Today FM. And was then featured in one of Ireland’s most well known compilations CEOL (09) CD, featuring along side Glen Hansard, Duke Special, Mick Flannery and other well known Top Irish Acts.
Nell was also interviewed on BBC Breakfast TV show (with other special guests such as Enrique Iglesias, GOK WAN and Daniel Craig) upon her return from IRAQ, where she entertained the troops and boosted morale. Nell was then invited onto Ireland’s biggest TV SHOW “The Late Late Show” with Pat Kenny alongside ENYA & Pete Doherty. She has had features in lifestyle and music magazines such as CHOICE magazine, Social & Personal Magazine, UNCUT, Q & WORD along with TV slots on BBC, RTE, TV3, Channel 6, Buzz TV & URMUZIC. Nell also recently went back to IRAQ for her 2nd tour, where the Award winning documentary maker SUSAN COHN ROCKEFELLER (of the Rockefeller dynasty in the USA) commissioned a team of filmmakers to go with Nell and make a documentary on the Tour. This is currently being edited with a view to be released in the fall.
Her album WHAT DOES IT TAKE is produced by Grammy-winning producer- David Kershenbaum (Tracy Chapman, Tori Amos, Joe Jackson). David was so excited to be working with Nell and claimed “He hadn’t been this excited about an act since Tracy Chapman!” The Counting Crows guitarist Dave “IMMY” Immergluck- also plays on the album. With a bevy of industry tastemakers and major Irish, British and American labels at each show she plays, Nell is simply the most talked about and sought after new artist of 2009. Nell has built this buzz the old-fashioned way: word-of-mouth endorsements of her live show. She has been deemed as one of the British Isles and indeed Ireland’s next breaking act. What does it take- well lets just say, she has what it takes!
Quotes & praise:
“Nell Bryden is practically Irish now- She releases her album -What Does It Take- and what an album- ‘WOW’- Not only do I love listening to Nells music but I love watching Nell perform- her album is brilliant and Nell’s shows are NOT TO BE MISSED!” –Pat Kenny RTE Radio 1 (Currently Playlisted on RTE1)
“The album, with its rich layers of blues, country, modern-Dixie and jazz is guaranteed to leave a lasting memory on anyone who hears it. It is already, for my mind, the Must Have album of the year” –Patrick Horan
“In her circa 1950s cocktail frock and killer heels Nell takes bluegrass, jazz and country, mashes it up and belts it out. She can play, has a voice to die for, writes great songs and I am starting to think I hate her. Too much talent should not be allowed.” –Janice Long BBC Radio 2
‘Nell’s extraordinary voice will draw you in and make you an instant fan’ –Chris Hawkins BBC6
‘An album of jazz torch singer style, and Patsy Cline heartache. Her vocal versatility is supported by consummate songwriting skills… Think of a female Nick Lowe with a better voice. ‘ – Nigel Williamson UNCUT
‘An eclectic collection, it takes in country blues, Dixieland Jazz and her warm, rich voice even shows a touch of the Roberta Flacks’ –Q Magazine
‘The Country Blues of Up-and-Coming Brooklyn born Nell Bryden was worth the trip alone and I think Nell is one to be watched’ – The Hitsheet
“Nell Bryden is just wow!” The Ian Dempsey Show Today FM
Nell’s Gigs in Ireland:
26 Jun 2009 20:00 The Pavilion, Cork
30 Jun 2009 20:00 Whelan’s, Dublin
18 Jul 2009 20:00 The Stables, Mullingar
31st July Le Cheile Festival with MUNDY
1 Aug 2009 17:00 Cork X Southwest Festival, Skibereen
2 Aug 2009 17:00 Castlepalooza
29th Aug Festival of World Culture
And Mick Flannery Support in May, June & July around the country.