11:49 Thursday 21 February 2013

Meteoric rise of Nashville talent

Written byBY JAMES BRINDLE

AMERICAN singer-songwriter Jenn Bostic is beginning to make a name for herself on these shores and her growing army of fans can catch her live in Nottingham next week.

Her sound may be honed in the country music home of Nashville but the Philadelphia-born singer is winning plenty of admirers in the UK with her emotionally-charged debut single Jealous Of The Angels.

The song has slowly worked its way up the iTunes chart since its release before Christmas after being well championed by the likes of Smooth Radio and Radio 2.

The video has also received more than 1.2 million Youtube views and Bostic also made a memorable performance of the song on BBC Breakfast.

In November last year she made her UK live music debut when she opened for Christian Kane and she is now looking forward to returning for her own tour.

She said: “It’s been a dream of mine to perform in Europe since I started singing and the tour with Christian was absolutely incredible.

“The reaction from the audience was overwhelming and now I’m really looking forward to coming back and playing my own shows.

“I’ve been playing acoustic tours across the US for the past three years and I love sharing my stories and songs and meeting new people.”

Part of Nashville’s burgeoning DIY scene, Bostic’s music career began when she was 10-years-old, in the back seat of her father’s car with her older brother on the way to school.

A horrific crash that killed her dad, a musician who taught her folk songs like Sunny Side of the Street, and turned her on to Emmylou Harris and Bonnie Raitt, changed her life forever.

Bostic said: “The first time I sat down at the piano after the accident, I shut my eyes and honestly felt my dad’s presence next to me.

“I poured my heart into those first few songs. The only way I could connect with him was when I played music. I still feel that way.”

Jealous of the Angels was produced by Barrett Yeretsian (the writer/producer of the global hit Jar of Hearts for Christina Perri) and discovered by British DJ Simon Bates, who played it on his Smooth Radio show, where the song immediately jumped into the station’s Top 10 most played for the week.

BBC Radio 2 added the song to its playlist at the end of 2012 after Bostic had performed on BBC Breakfast, as fan Fearne Cotton tipped off the show’s producers about the power in Jealous Of The Angels.

Last year Bostic won five Independent Country Music Association Awards, including Overall Winner, Best Female Country Artist, Best Musician, Best Songwriter and Country Music Song of the Year for Jealous Of The Angels.

She kicked off a nine-date UK tour in London earlier this week and arrives in Nottingham for a show at The Maze on Tuesday. See the venue for ticket details.

Bostic’s debut album Jealous receives a full UK release on March 25.

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