Ashley McBryde released Never Will via Warner Music Nashville in April of this year to critical acclaim, earning a title early on as one of the best albums of the year to-date by Rolling Stone, SPIN, Variety, Billboard, Paste, Esquire, Stereogum and American Songwriter – even prior to announcing its title, the record made its way onto NPR and Rolling Stone’s most-anticipated albums of 2020.
Now, the 2019 ACM New Female Artist and CMA New Artist of the Year is a four-time GRAMMY nominee with today’s announcement of Never Will earning her second nomination for Best Country Album, following Girl Going Nowhere, which was the only debut album to receive a nod in 2019. This year’s nomination follows her 2020 nominations for her breakout smash “Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” cowritten with Jeremy Bussey, for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance.
“To have the Recording Academy – made up of our peers and fellow creators – recognize so many powerhouse women in this category is a testament to the incredible music coming out of Music City,” shares McBryde. “I am honored that Never Will is included among some of my favorite albums in this category. A huge congratulations to all my fellow nominees!”
Variety shares of Never Will, “her rowdy and emotionally stirring second album represents the pinnacle of what contemporary mainstream country can be,” while The Wall Street Journal proclaimed of the Arkansas-native, “she’s moved to the forefront of today’s country, and this consistent, exciting and always smart album shows why.”
In August, lead single “One Night Standards” marked her first Top 10 hit while going RIAA-Certified Gold in both the United States and Canada after landing on NPR’s “25 Best Songs of 2019,” Rolling Stone’s “25 Best Country and Americana Songs of 2019” and Paste’s “The Best Country Songs of 2020 (So Far).”
Earlier this month, McBryde was up for Album of the Year for Never Will at the 2020 CMA Awards, along with a nomination for Female Vocalist and Music Event of the Year as a guest on Miranda Lambert’s “Fooled Around and Fell In Love.” McBryde “delivered an immaculate version of the no-strings-needed ballad,” Billboard praised of her special performance of “One Night Standards.”
Never Will is available everywhere now.
Never Will Track Listing:
- Hang In There Girl (Ashley McBryde, Jeremy Bussey)
- One Night Standards (Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally)
- Shut Up Sheila (Nicolette Hayford, Charles Chisholm)
- First Thing I Reach For (Ashley McBryde, Randall Clay, Mick Holland)
- Voodoo Doll (Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Brandy Clark, Connie Harrington, Jake Mitchell, Aaron Raitiere)
- Sparrow (Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Brandy Clark, Connie Harrington, Jake Mitchell, Aaron Raitiere)
- Martha Divine (Ashley McBryde, Jeremy Spillman)
- Velvet Red (Ashley McBryde, Patrick Savage, Daniel Smalley)
- Stone (Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford)
- Never Will (Ashley McBryde, Chris Harris, Blue Foley, Matt Helmkamp, Christian Sancho, Victor Quinn Hill)
- Styrofoam (Randall Clay)
About Ashley McBryde
Ashley McBryde learned how to sing sad songs in a biker bar off a rural Arkansas highway–– and it shows. Her 2018 major label debut Girl Going Nowhere (Warner Music Nashville) charmed the New York Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, Paste, The Washington Post, and more, all en route to landing a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album. McBryde closed out 2019 with ACM New Female Artist, CMT Breakout Artist of the Year, a New Artist of the Year win at the 53rd Annual CMA Awards and two nominations for the 2020 GRAMMYs for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance for “Girl Goin’ Nowhere.” Her follow-up Never Will, released April 3, was tagged by Rolling Stone as one of the most anticipated of the year alongside NPR, who also ranked her lead Top 10 RIAA Gold-Certified single “One Night Standards” as one of the best songs of 2019. Produced once again by Jay Joyce, Never Will reveals the witty, confessional, detail-driven songwriting addressing a wide spectrum of blue-collar Southern women’s experience introduced on Girl Going Nowhere is still here, but perhaps even sharper, earning McBryde a 2020 CMA nomination for Album of the Year. The music itself is stadium-ready rock-and-roll with a bluegrass wink or two and country music’s storytelling heart––and McBryde, no longer new, is the music’s ordained and highly capable standard bearer. At the 2020 ACM Awards, McBryde gained a winning nod for Musical Event of the Year as a guest on Miranda Lambert’s “Fooled Around and Fell In Love.” For more information, visit AshleyMcBryde.com or follow her at Facebook.com/AshleyMcBryde, Instagram @AshleyMcBryde and Twitter at @AshleyMcBryde.