NASHVILLE, TN (November 15, 2011) – Way Out West Records’ artist Shawna Russell has released a new single “Waitin’ On Sunrise.” It is available on Play MPE and impacts U.S. radio on Nov. 28.
“Waitin’ On Sunrise” is the second U.S. release from her critically-acclaimed self-titled sophomore album and was written by Russell, father Keith Russell and uncle Tim Russell. Produced in Nashville by Julian King, Clif Doyal and Tim Russell, the song shows off Russell’s sultry vocals in a Country mid-tempo Southern-styled track that is sprinkled with blue-eyed soulful guitar licks, B-3 organ and delicate mandolin, prompting Country Chart.com to call it “a retro-cool Country melody that is performed with rare musical flair.”
In addition to her last Top-40 Music Row single and video, “Get Right Or Get Left,” Russell has released two singles in Europe in 2011, including “Sounds Like A Party” which landed at #3 on the Hotdisc chart and “Everybody’s Got A Story” which held down the #1 spot for two weeks in a row on the New Christian Music Charts in September.
Russell, a high-profile independent artist has built a reputation as a tireless and uncompromising artist who performs over 100 dates a year with her band traveling in a vintage Silver Eagle once owned by Willie Nelson. Backed by Way Out West, a label that she co-owns, Russell has successfully promoted 6 singles from two albums charting nationally on the Music Row, Billboard “New and Active,” and Texas Music charts, and internationally on Hotdisc and the New Christian Music charts. Russell’s videos have received widespread airplay at TCN, Yallwire, GACTV.com and CMT.com, among others.
In between tour dates, Russell recently logged a 42-stop radio tour of the Midwest to promote her music and was in Nashville during “CMA Awards Week” to host two episodes of the “Breaking Out” show for The Country Network. With recent reviews and features in the CMA Close Up, Tulsa World, Maverick and Oklahoma Today, Russell not only maintains a high profile for her own busy career, but she has also branched out to work with other artists, including new Country band, LiveWire, who was just signed by Way Out West.
To the casual observer, it might seem like Russell is working way too hard, but for the talented singer/songwriter known as the “Okie Songbird” it is all in a day’s work. Russell observes, “People don’t realize how much work it takes to be an artist these days. I never get overwhelmed because it never really feels like a job. I am just happy to have the opportunity to live my dream – so I don’t mind going above and beyond to achieve success.”
*Photo credit: Melinda Norris
About Shawna Russell:
Shawna Russell released her self-titled sophomore album on Way Out West Records in June 2011. Co-produced by Julian King (Grammy-winning engineer for Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith), along with Clif Doyal & Tim Russell, the album has won critical praise from Roughstock, Maverick, Music News Nashville, Today’s Country and the Oklahoma Gazette. Russell wrote – or co-wrote – the 10 songs on the project. She is currently promoting the second single “Waitin’ On Sunrise.” In addition to the album’s first single and video “Get Right Or Get Left,” Russell has released two singles in Europe in 2011, including “Sounds Like A Party” which climbed to #3 on the Hotdisc chart and “Everybody’s Got A Story” which held down the #1 spot for two weeks in a row on the New Christian Music Charts in September.
Russell first came on to the national and international music scene with the release of her debut album, GODDESS in 2008. Critical acclaim followed: the CMA named her “Who New to Watch,” and top music critics weighed in with praise for her debut. Chris Neal of COUNTRY WEEKLY gave GODDESS a 3 ½ star review, MUSIC ROW’s Robert K. Oermann bestowed a “DISCovery Award,” his highest compliment to a new artist, and rave reviews followed from CMA CLOSE UP, MAVERICK (UK), NASHVILLE MUSIC GUIDE, DREAMWEST (France), THE OKLAHOMAN, MUSIC NEWS NASHVILLE, COUNTRY STARS ONLINE and others. Three radio singles from the album including “Goddess,” “Should’ve Been Born With Wheels” and “Fire In The Desert” cemented her status as a contender, with action on the Billboard “New and Active,’ Music Row and Texas Music Charts. Russell’s debut video “Should’ve Been Born With Wheels” reached the #1 position on the “Ya’llturnative” chart at Ya’ll Wire.com and stayed there for over a month and also attracted fans at CMT.com, AFN, GAC.com (debuted at #3 as a “Top Pick”) and on Pulse Network Television (“Top 20 Country Chart” for 3 months).
For more information about Shawna Russell, go to: www.ShawnaRussell.com