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Albums | Colin Stough - Promisland (EP)

Colin Stough brengt zijn debuut EP Promiseland uit. Slechts 19 jaar oud en al een dijk van een EP, ik begrijp waarom dit album Promisland heet. Van iemand die de derde plaats haalde in American Idol in 2022 mogen we wel iets degelijks verwachten. En we krijgen wat we verwachten, degelijke Southern Rock met een snuifje Nickelback.

Colin beschrijft de song Promiseland als een ode aan zijn hometown, over zichzelf en zijn roots. Met Lonely Hour krijgen we een prachtige ballade te horen waar de gitaarsolo je hart doet breken. Ook wanneer je Til The Day One Does beluisterd vraag je je opnieuw af of dit echt wel de stem is van een 19 jarige. Deze melodieuze song lijkt eerder gezongen door iemand die al jaren ouder is. In de met viool doordrenkte If Not For Me lijkt het wel alsof Colin schuurpapier ingeslikt heeft, deze magische song blijft dan ook aan de ribben kleven.

Shoulda Called Her en Sleep Tonight blijven van dezelfde klasse als de andere songs op deze EP. Wat mij betreft mag de eerste LP er snel aankomen want het zal zeker een mooie aanvulling worden in de platenkast.

Een sterk visitekaartje van een jong toptalent die ongetwijfeld veel nieuwe fans zal opleveren.

Releasedatum: 20 oktober 2023



Country newcomer and 19 Recordings/BMG artist Colin Stough reaches a milestone that was once just a pipe dream, releasing his debut EP, Promiseland.

A heady collision of grungy Southern Rock and pure-Country style featuring six fresh tracks – with all but one co-written by Stough and produced by the likes of Alex Maxwell, Sean Rogers, and Austin Shawn – helps introduce a Mississippi-born vocal flamethrower and guitar slinger with a true underdog story.

Just 19 years old and coming off a standout third-place finish on Season 21 of American Idol in 2022, Stough was still in high school until last year and had been working full-time as an HVAC technician after graduation. But once his mother convinced him to audition for Idol, that life became history.

Now based in Nashville, and mixing a freight train of full-bodied vocal rasp with a down-home blend of Hard Rock and twang, his debut EP marks the culmination of a whirlwind journey – and the start of an exciting new chapter.

“This EP represents who I am and where I’m from,” Stough says. “It speaks to my life these past few years and has become a source of comfort for me. Maybe that’s why I called it Promiseland. I hope it can be that for you, too.”

Along with preparing for the release of Promiseland, Stough has spent 2023 headlining shows across the nation, while also supporting fellow rising star Kidd G and Country-Soul troubadour Drake White. A series of previous singles have so far racked up more than 9.4 MILLION global on-demand streams, with “‘Til the Day One Does” on deck.

A brooding ballad of romantic longing wrapped in dark Western sonics and Stough’s blowtorch vocal, the low-down anthem co-written by Stough alongside Geoff Warburton, Gavin Lucas, and Austin Shawn is all about an on-the-run loner who may be hard to love – but nevertheless, holds his head high. Crunchy guitars, banjo, and whispering steel set the stage for what’s to come.

"This song is badass, man. It just feels cool, like something you’re supposed to drive around and listen to,” Stough explains. “It touches on the fast lifestyle that I’ve been forced to become adjusted to – but also, it hints at an ability to change. Something that I think we all have to do and can relate to.”


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