Rachel Bradshaw Upends Expectations on New EP

In her self-titled EP released earlier in January, Rachel Bradshaw took a unique approach that most young singer-songwriters wouldn’t think of. She laughs, “I was like, ‘I want to write anything that doesn’t go on the radio.'” I know that sounds silly. I just wanted great music. I love Lana Del Rey, I love Coldplay, I love Patti Griffin. I just want things that look good. I wanted it to resonate and liven up, just a cool track where if you have people you can have it in the background. It was not intended for any popularity.”

Bradshaw achieved the vibe she wanted, but popularity came anyway, as the EP instantly made its way onto the charts. She may have entered into the project known as the daughter of football legend Terry Bradshaw and one of the stars of E! reality show Bradshaw Bunch. But the six songs in this version suggest a talent who doesn’t need any famous connections to make a huge impact as a musician.

The delicate and atmospheric atmosphere of the original songs Rachel Bradshaw She doesn’t quite get along with her association with country music, which is fine with it. “We’re Texans and it’s all Southern, horses and everything,” she says of fans’ preconceptions about her music. “But I think when people actually clicked on it and bought it because of the TV show, or you totally like me or follow me on social media or whatever, I think they were like ‘What the hell is that? “I think people were very surprised, I can actually sing and I’m actually writing music. I’m just doing this because I really enjoy it. That’s my ambition. I was very surprised to see the algorithm of people who were buying it. They are real music fans, which is really cool.”

Bradshaw attributes the music’s introspective feel to the fact that she avoided any joint writing, and instead wrote these songs while isolated during the early stages of the pandemic. “I write at night because it’s dark and I feel like the world has kind of stopped, so I can be really creative. When it gets dark, you get into all your emotions. I was taking my mind to very different places when I was in that quiet place. Some nights were really frustrating. And really sad. I was writing during the pandemic. It was a sad time when you are really single and lonely, it can get really deep.”

After moody, slow-burning originals like “Wild Horse” and “Dear,” the closing track, a cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “If I Needed You,” sung in a duet with Jamey Johnson, feels right at home. “This song literally rode with me my whole life and I’ve always wanted to record it,” Bradshaw says of the song selection. “When I was doing this I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to cut that out and I’m going to have one of my dearest friends sing along with me. “In my opinion, Jamie is a legend. A very funny person. He is very talented. His voice was so amazing. I told my producer Leland (Grant) that I wanted it to be painful and outrageous and resonant, and I wanted to cry when I listened to it. I think we had two instruments.” On that. It’s super lively. I love this song.”

Now that you’ve got a taste of this project’s independence, don’t expect Bradshaw to deviate from it in future releases. “I’ve released music before and I’ve been in record labels and stuff and I never had any confidence,” she explains, “You’d think you’re doing it because you got to this place, but you don’t even know what you are. You’re told what you look like, what you look like, what She posts on social media. And she’s like F’ all of it. It (the pandemic) has given me that time to think and think about who I am and what I want to say to the world. Even if someone hears it, what does it mean for them and myself? I was writing last night on my own and I opened this The space in my soul that I didn’t know I had, it’s confident and weird and beautiful. I don’t think I would have done that before.”

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