Upon moving to Nashville in 2015, after a four year stint in Los Angeles, singer-songwriter Bre Kennedy, who spent several years co-writing for some other fantastic artists before forging a solo career of her own, took the change of scenery as opportunity to hone her own artistic identity, assimilating into Music City’s flourishing indie pop and singer-songwriter scene, and building a network of talented friends and collaborators along the way.
While we’ve been keeping an eye on the buzzworthy singer for a few years now, it was the release of her stunning pop tune “Slippin,” the first single from her debut EP, back in the spring, that really caught our attention and positioned Kennedy as one of the city’s most promising new pop artists. Boasting a powerful voice and sweeping, contemporary yet timeless indie pop style, Bre’s stunning debut, Jealous of Birds, is one of the year’s best records, and feels poised to help her break out in a major way very soon.
Already drawing acclaim throughout the blogosphere, lauded for her engaging, earnest, and story-driven style, a captivating midpoint between more organic and stripped-down singer-songwriter tunes and lush indie pop, and boasting a live show honed though appearances with big acts like Birdtalker, Gary Clark Jr. and Sheryl Crow (we most recently caught her fantastic and intimate appearance at Pilgrimage Festival), Bre has no plans to slow down, already eyeing 2020 for the release of a new record.
Ahead of her highly-anticipated next work, we’re beyond thrilled to share an exclusive premiere of Bre’s latest single and aptly self-proclaimed fall anthem “Broken Record,” a stunning indication of some amazing new work to come. Hear it right now below!
“Broken Record is the last single I am releasing of the year as the first song of what’s to come for the Bre Kennedy Record 2020,” Bre tells us. “‘Broken Record’ is my ‘fall anthem.’ I wrote it my last trip out to California with Brian Brundage and Marlon Rabenreither. It’s a surrender to realizing… I need to learn how to argue and get to the point of how I’m really feeling instead of dancing around it. It’s that vulnerable feeling right after a big fight with someone you love where you accept you’re going in circles in the bigger picture. This song is my ‘white flag.'”
Co-written with the aforementioned Brundage and Rabenreither; produced and mixed by Kyle Dreaden; arranged by Kennedy, Dreaden, Collin Pastore, Jake Finch, and Matt Koziol at The Smoakstack in Nashville; engineered by Brendan St. Gelais, mastered by Brian Lucey, and featuring photography and artwork from Jason Lee Denton and Aliegh Shields, “Broken Record” is not only a perfect tune for your fall playlists, but also the latest example of Kennedy’s nuanced, confident, and immensely well-honed style as a writer and identity as an artist, every bit as hook-laden and contemporary as the rest of Nashville’s vibrant pop scene, but with a bit more grit and organic, singer-songwriter foundation than some of her more of-the-moment peers, making her not just a refreshing gem of the local scene, but an artist destined for huge things.
Before the tune officially hits your streaming service of choice tomorrow, hear “Broken Record” right now in full below, then catch Bre Kennedy live Jan. 24 for her first headlining show at Exit/In (keep an eye out for more details soon)!