The moment Brandy Clark sang “Hold My Hand” with Dwight Yoakam at the 2015 Grammy awards, the country world immediately stood and saluted Clark as one of the industry’s most talented — and under-appreciated — artists. That year she was nominated for best country album (for 12 Stories), and she’s nominated this year for “Hold My Hand”.
Yet despite the critical acclaim and the chart success of songs she’s co-written (like “Mama’s Broken Heart” and “Better Dig Two”), Clark hasn’t seemed to muster up much support at radio. Enter new single: “Girl Next Door.”
Clark just released the song, and it’s already racking up the love. Co-writer Shane McAnally puts it simply:
If you don't buy this right now, you're stupid. https://t.co/vXUPggnolN
— Shane McAnally (@shanemcanally) January 22, 2016
It’s all the attitude and honesty you’d expect from a Clark-penned song, but this time the production and energy matches the expectations of most radio stations. She’s been playing the rocking song live and for radio, and according to a statement she released, it’s been well-received:
“I am thrilled to start this year by releasing new music! The response to ‘Girl Next Door’ from both my concert audiences and the country radio stations I have visited has been so positive and strong. I can’t wait to share it with everyone.”
The song is her first tune off the upcoming album Big Day In A Small Town. It was written with Jessie Jo Dillon and the aforementioned McAnally. Clark is on tour with Jennifer Nettles and Lindsay Ell.