NASHVILLE, TN (March 19, 2019) — With a rich, distinctive voice and a knack for writing powerful songs with catchy melodies, singer/songwriter Austin Merrill is proving to be one of country music’s brightest rising stars. His unique sound is both traditional and modern, a seamless blend with mass appeal that feels just as much at home on stage as it does on the farm. With Grammy-award winning producer Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, BlackHawk) at the helm, listeners can expect his debut EP, Whiskey & Water, to be available at all digital retailers and streaming services on April 26th. Together, they have crafted an impressive 5-track project that embraces Austin’s 90’s country upbringing while showcasing his contemporary songwriting and Bright’s musical vision that will effortlessly transition to the ears of today’s Country listener. Impressively, every track on the project was penned solely by Austin himself. Austin has assembled an all-star team that includes Producer Mark Bright, Manager Cole Johnstone, C2 Media Relations and Platinum Circle Media.
Music played an essential role from an early age for the Oregon native, helping forge a strong sense of individuality and creativity. Country music was family music for Austin, and the influences of his favorite childhood artists, such as Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, and Shenandoah, can still be heard in the music he writes and sings today. While the dream of a fruitful Country music career is on the horizon, Austin first came to town as an award-winning upright bassist and accomplished sax player. After graduating from Vanderbilt University, Austin answered another lifelong calling that he could no longer ignore: he joined the U.S. Army and is currently commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Tennessee Army National Guard. Being an officer in the Army has taught him countless life lessons and given Austin the chance to serve the common good while pursuing a burgeoning music career. Whiskey & Water Track Listing:
You'll Come Knocking
Like A Woman
Whiskey & Water
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