LONG-AWAITED DEBUT ALBUM FIRSTBORN
OUT JULY 22
Award-winning songwriter Nicolle Galyon
’s new song, “self care.
,” is debuting today. Watch/share the official music video, directed by Claire Schaper
Of the song, which was written with Sasha Slone and Caroline Baker, Galyon reflects, “This song is about buying in to who you already are instead of buying into a culture that says you have to continually become something better. And to me, I’d rather be someone to look TO than to look AT anyway.”
“self care.” is the third song unveiled from Galyon’s long-awaited debut album, firstborn
, which will be released July 22
on her own label, Songs & Daughters
, via CmdShft (pre-save/pre-order
). Ahead of the release, Galyon has shared two additional album tracks: “boy crazy.
” and “winner.
,” of which Music Row
praises, “a simply lovely outing pairing her intimate soprano with a spare, folkie production that wafts like a spring breeze. This is music to get lost in,” while CMT declares, “an introspective finely-crafted musical autobiography.”
A striking personal statement twenty years in the making, firstborn
is Galyon’s life story in song form. From her humble beginnings that lead her towards a life of overachieving, to grappling with knowing only half of her family tree, to the constant juggle between motherhood and career and everything in between. The project, which will also include a complete visual component, is a musical memoir and fully realized artistic declaration from one of Nashville’s most successful and beloved songwriters. Watch the album’s prologue HERE
Produced by King Henry and Jimmy Robbins, the eleven-track album features songwriting collaborations with Robbins, Sloan, Kelsea Ballerini, Hillary Lindsey, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Emily Weisband, Rodney Clawson and more.
In her own words, Galyon shares, “Everything and everyone is born of something born before them. At the height of my career, I started to take inventory on my life’s work, and in doing so I realized I was spending most of my creativity invested in the narrative of those that came after me. My children. Songs. The record label. The next generation of artists. My marriage. Friendships. All for the future. But as Shakespeare said, ‘the past is prologue’ and my life was a part of the prologue to all of these stories. If it all ended tomorrow, would my
Photo credit: Claire Schaper
children understand why I was the way I was? If it all ended tomorrow, would the songs I helped others write suffice as the playlist of my lifetime? How could I justify my calling as a storyteller without ever having told my own? So, on my twentieth year in Nashville, on my 38th birthday, this is my first try at a first record, in first person…because before I could truly live this one beautiful life, I had to be…firstborn.”
Born in Winner, SD, raised in Sterling, KS and now based in Nashville, TN, Galyon has written nine #1 singles including Miranda Lambert’s ACM Award-winning “Automatic” and Dan + Shay’s multi-platinum, ACM Award-winning “Tequila.” She’s also received a Grammy and CMA Awards nomination, earned a Triple Play Award and was honored by BMI as their 2019 Songwriter of the Year. In addition to her work as a songwriter and artist, Galyon founded the female-focused label and publishing house, Songs & Daughters, in 2019, which includes artists Hailey Whitters, Tiera Kennedy, Madison Kozak, Lauren Watkins and more. Galyon was named 2020 Kansan of the Year for her continued service and commitment to her home state, which includes partnering with SongFarm and Save The Music to install a recording studio in Sterling High School and others throughout the country.
FIRSTBORN TRACK LIST:
1. winner. (written by Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
2. sunflower. (written by Nicolle Galyon, Jimmy Robbins, Sasha Sloan)
3. boy crazy. (written by Nicolle Galyon, Kelsea Ballerini, Hillary Lindsey)
4. disneyworld. (written by Nicolle Galyon, Sasha Sloan)
5. consequences. (written by Nicolle Galyon, Emily Weisband, Amy Wadge, Camila Cabello)
6. self care. (written by Nicolle Galyon, Sasha Sloan, Caroline Baker)
7. boy. (writte by Nicolle Galyon, Jon Nite)
8. tendencies. (written by Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Cooper Galyon)
9. five year plan. (written by Nicolle Galyon, Rodney Clawson)
10. younger woman. (written by Nicolle Galyon, Hillary Lindsey)
11. death bed. (written by Nicolle Galyon, Sasha Sloan, Jimmy Robbins)
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