Monday, March 1, 2021 - 4:15pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After winning over the hearts of America and taking home the proverbial crown on Season 15 of NBC’s “The Voice,” 18-year-old, powerhouse vocalist Chevel Shepherd stepped away, back to her roots to make the music she wanted to hear. Raised on country music and the outdoors, the Farmington, New Mexico native grew up feeding animals on the farm, barrel racing in the rodeo, fixing up cars with her dad and singing almost before she could walk, certainly well before walking onto “The Voice” stage and onto team Kelly. With the release of her debut EP, Everybody’s Got A Story, available March 26, 2021, she continues to pave her own path leaning into traditional country sounds committed to honoring the format’s legacy of storytelling.
“I grew up loving artists like Loretta Lynn, Reba, Tanya Tucker and The Chicks. I love the stories a great country song can tell,” shares Shepherd. “It’s real – and you can tell it’s real. My time on ‘The Voice’ really helped me get a sense of what fans are craving, and I hope with this EP I’ve delivered on the promise to bring them that classic country sound but uniquely me. Each song on my EP is different and represents who I am as a person and as a country artist.”
Following the release of forlorn “Just Like the Circus” with its 
accompanying music video that “vividly shows us what heartbreak might look like under the big top” making her “one of country music’s most creative newcomers” according to, Shepherd released a 12-track holiday album noted by Billboard for her “powerful, emotional voice and the often twangy, country-fied arrangements.”
Last year when attending her first CRS, Shepherd shared with 
Rolling Stone, “I’m proud to be a female country singer and am proud of the music the women in this format continue to create…Country is who I am.” She went on to show fans just how country her sound would be with the release of “Everybody’s Got A Story,” penned by Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark, and “Mama Got the Chair,” the clever call-and-response to George Strait’s 1985 hit “The Chair.” Those tracks join previously released “Just Like the Circus,” “Southern Boy” and “The Letter” alongside never-before-heard songs, the tender “Good Boy” and snarling “Snakes” on the upcoming EP, produced by Todd Tidwell.
During her run on “The Voice,” 
Cowboys & Indians declared that Shepherd “stands poised to become Generation Z’s newest country music star.” But the young dynamo wasn’t interested in overnight success. So, the wise-beyond-her-years vocalist walked away from the recording contract that comes with winning “The Voice” in order to maintain creative control of her sound. While fans patiently awaited new music, Shepherd traveled between her home in New Mexico and Nashville during the latter half of 2019 to carefully select songs by acclaimed songwriters and score studio time with the help of “The Voice” coach-turned-mentor, Kelly Clarkson.
When it comes to the songs and her debut EP, Shepherd recognizes how invaluable Clarkson’s support was to her creative process sharing with 
The Washington Post, “Kelly just being a part of it, it’s been a blessing.”
Everybody’s Got A Story EP track listing:

1. Everybody’s Got A Story
Written by Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark

2. Southern Boy
Written by Cassidy Lynn Alexander and Kellys Collins

3. Mama Got the Chair
Written by Nora Collins, Nick Donley and Dave Fenley

4. Good Boy
Written by Kellys Collins and Bill Luther

5. Just Like the Circus
Written by Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally and Ashley Arrison

6. The Letter
Written by Julie Wood and Kellys Collins

7. Snakes
Written by Kellys Collins, Simon Reid and Baylor Wilson

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About Chevel Shepherd
Chevel Shepherd is helping us all remember the power of pedal steel and good stories. With bold sincerity and a sparrow’s natural instincts, Chevel sings modern country music that toes tradition’s best lines. The 18-year-old New Mexico native first charmed America as the champion of season 15 of “The Voice,” nurtured by coach Kelly Clarkson. Chevel spent the next year checking off a long list of red-letter firsts, including opening shows for Clarkson, Little Big Town, Brothers Osborne, Lee Brice and more, along with singing “God Bless America” before the Indianapolis 500. Last spring, Chevel released two highly-anticipated new songs: the moving “Everybody’s Got A Story” and “Mama Got the Chair,” a clever call-and-response to George Strait’s iconic “The Chair” penned by Nora Collins, Nick Donley, and “The Voice” alum Dave Fenley. With “Southern Boy,” “The Letter” and “Just Like the Circus” as her most recent offerings, her debut EP Everybody’s Got A Story arrives March 26, 2021.