Rachel HolderThere’s hardly a day goes by that I don’t receive an e-mail from the public relations firm of a new artist, asking me to listen to their music and write something about the artist. If it’s not in my e-mail, there will be something in my mailbox – usually a CD accompanied by a bio and some photos of the new artist. Most of the time, these are people I’ve never heard of, who are singing somewhere in the country that I’ve never been, and it’s always a song I’ve never heard before. I get hundreds every week.

It amazes me how many people are trying to make it in country music. Some are very good, some are not so good. But they are all putting their heart and soul into what they do. And that kind of dedication certainly means something.

While yesterday was another day of checking my e-mail and finding something by someone new, this time it was one that I felt worthy of sharing with all of you. The artist is 18 year old, Chattanooga, Tenn., native Rachel Holder.  Her debut single, which has been released to country radio, reminds me very  much of something you might hear from The Band Perry or Kellie Pickler. It’s catchy, bouncy, and generally a fun song – we need more of those, I think.

Rachel Holder 12Rachel has been recording material for the past several months with Chuck Howard, a veteran Music Row producer whose credits include projects with LeAnn Rimes, Trick Pony, Hank Williams, Jr., Bomshel and many others.  Holder’s debut album is due out later this year on Nashville-based independent label, All Entertainment.   The teen Country singer has an accomplished background in theater, having performed more than 800 Broadway-style musical shows in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. before pursuing her Country career full-time in Nashville.

Here is what the press release had to say:

All Entertainment recording artist Rachel Holder has officially released her debut single to Country radio, a lighthearted and distinctive new Pop-Country gem called “Chocolate.”

Rachel Holder 13Co-produced by Nashville industry heavyweights Chuck Howard and Wilbur Rimes, “Chocolate” is a tongue-in-cheek look from a female’s perspective at the benefits of candy as opposed to those of a boyfriend.  Bomshel’s Kristy Osmunson, producer Howard and songwriter Bob Regan wrote the song, and after hearing it, Holder jumped at the chance to record it. 

“The first time I heard ‘Chocolate,’ I immediately connected to it, and I’m sure there’s a lot of other girls out there that will, too,” says the 18-year-old Holder.  “It’s different, but that’s what I like about it.  It’s catchy and it’s fun, and after all – who doesn’t like chocolate?”

The Chattanooga, Tenn., native has been recording material for the past several months with Howard, a veteran Music Row producer whose credits include projects with LeAnn Rimes, Trick Pony, Hank Williams, Jr., Bomshel and many others.  Holder’s debut album is due out later this year on Nashville-based independent label, All Entertainment.

Rachel Holder 11The teen Country singer has an accomplished background in theater, having performed more than 800 Broadway-style musical shows in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. before pursuing her Country career full-time in Nashville. She released a special holiday song “Christmas Eve” to Country radio in December 2010.

In addition to her web site, you can also follow her on Twitter, and visit her facebook.

Even though Rachel is just 18 years old, she already has years of experience performing in many settings. It will be interesting to see how many of our country stations give her debut single some air time. You can help with that. Radio  has the song, and if you want a little “Chocolate,” call your favorite radio station and request it.

Time for me to head to the office. Tonight – it’s Alan Jackson in Rogersville, Tenn., with a benefit show for the Relay For Life. I will talk to you all tomorrow. Have a great Thursday!

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There’s hardly a day goes by that I don’t receive an e-mail from the public relations firm of a new artist, asking me to listen to their music and write something about the artist. If it’s not in my e-mail, there will be something in my mailbox – usually...