I suppose by now, we all know that country music is not something we only have in America. If I ask you to name a few country artists from Australia, you will probably start with Keith Urban. From there your list will most likely include Jamie O’Neal, and it wouldn’t surprise me if you had The McClymonts in your list. Today, I learned a little about another Australian country singer. Her name is Dianna Corcoran, and her music is not just good – it is wonderful, and it has had me entertained all afternoon.
I received a press release, with a preview copy of her album. I think most of you will agree with me when I say we need more female artists on Top 40 country radio stations. This is one I would not hesitate putting on any play list on any Top 40 country station anywhere. Dianna sings, writes, produces, plays guitar, and has managed to put 12 songs on one CD that are all worthy of another tap on that replay button.
The songs are all original. Dianna produced every one of them, with the exception of “Hold On Lover,” which was produced by Kristian Bush. Now there is a name every country music fan is familiar with! But, when we start talking about ‘names we are familiar with’ – have a look at the co-writers on these songs. She has written with Trey Bruce, Kristian Bush, Gary Burr, Jeff Cohen, Rebecca Lynn Howard, and many others.
I waited until I listened to the entire album to start writing. It didn’t take me long to pick a favorite song (or two, or three, or four….). “When These Wheels Hit Tennessee” is probably my favorite. I don’t know if that’ is because I live in Tennessee, or because of what this song is, or what it says, or how it sounds. I just think it is one of the best original songs I’ve heard recently. If anyone asked me to vote, I would check off this box as my first choice for the next song that needs shipped out to radio as a single.
“A Better Me,” “Other Side of Letting Go,” “Not Ready to Lose,” and “Ghost in the Passenger Side” are all slow songs, that could read like books. They are telling stories. If you are not a lyric-listener, you need to be when you listen to Dianna Corcoran’s music. “God Did Good,” her debut single, is an up-tempo love song, that Dianna wrote, along with Kristian Bush and Jeff Cohen. The single shipped to country radio this week, via PlayMPE, and is currently available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon. A music video will follow the single release, and will be available in the coming weeks.
“Therapy” is a fun song. I listened, and thought to myself that she has managed to describe every small town in America and turn it into a love song. We’ve all got our problems, “Everybody in this town is in therapy, if they’re not they probably should be … Zanax, white win, moonshine…shrinks, sharing feelings, monkeys we can’t kick, three ring circus…somewhere out in the blue, while I’m on you.” Fun lyrics, all pulled together by a fun, upbeat melody. This is one you could very easily find yourself singing along with – if you can remember all those lyrics! “Sugar” is another up-tempo, fun song.
I do need to share a little of the press release with you: Dianna, who is one of Australia’s most distinguished vocal and songwriting talents, is bringing her critically acclaimed Australian voice to radio around the United States. Dianna’s look is fresh and country, but her attitude is hard working. Her ability to breakdown and rebuild a motor engine proves she isn’t afraid to roll up her sleeves and get her hands dirty.
As a young adult, Dianna’s first interest in country music came in yodeling. After finishing high school, she worked three jobs, which were in recruitment, a dog food factory and a car parts plant, where she saved enough money to make her first record.
Now, with over 400 awards, two multi-award winning albums and two Australian Country Music Golden Guitar Awards under her belt, Dianna is no stranger to success in the Country format in Australia. She has also worked with The Australian Defense Force and deployed three times to perform for troops serving in Afghanistan and Egypt.
Of the new music, Dianna comments, “I’m so proud of the stories that I’m telling on this album, and can’t wait to sing them to the American people who so famously share my love of Country Music.”
In addition to the forthcoming single and music video, Dianna will debut her first American album release on January 29, 2016. The album, In America, is now available for pre-sale and is released on New York label Krian Music Group, and distributed by Universal Music. Dianna was signed to Krian Music Group in April of 2015.
Here is the cover, and the track listing.
1. God Did Good (Dianna Corcoran, Jeff Cohen, Kristian Bush)
2. Thank You For Cheating On Me (Dianna Corcoran, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Rachel Thibodeau)
3. Blame Carolina (Dianna Corcoran, Jenn Schott)
4. Therapy (Dianna Corcoran, Trey Bruce)
5. When These Wheels Hit Tennessee (Dianna Corcoran, Jeff Cohen, Kristian Bush)
6. Not Ready To Lose (Dianna Corcoran, Gary Burr)
7. Hold On Lover (Dianna Corcoran, Jeff Cohen, Kristian Bush)
8. Feels Like Hollywood (Dianna Corcoran, Andrew Fromm, Brian White)
9. Other Side Of Letting Go (Dianna Corcoran, Blake Bollinger)
10. Ghost In The Passenger Side (Dianna Corcoran, Ben Stennis, Blake Bollinger)
11. Sugar (Dianna Corcoran, Jeff Cohen, James Slater)
12. A Better Me (Dianna Corcoran, Jeremy Spillman)
In addition to her web site, visit her Facebook page, and remember to “Like” it while you are there. You can listen to some of her music on her YouTube channel, too. You can follow her on Twitter @diannacorcoran. If you aren’t already following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, we would love to have you. You will find us @countryschatter.
We will be back with more real soon!