Ashley McBryde strikes gold with ‘One Night Standards’

Debut single from GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter’s sophomore album

Debut single “One Night Standards” from Ashley McBryde’s critically acclaimed Never Will achieves RIAA-certified gold status in both the United States and Canada as the hit song tops the Canadian Country Airplay Chart, marking a new career milestone for the 2019 ACM New Female Artist, CMA New Artist of the Year and 3x GRAMMY nominee.

“It’s really special to have this song reach an audience this size,” says McBryde, whose singles prior to the lead from Never Will had peaked Top 25 at country radio. “I grew up listening to albums in addition to flipping through the country radio dial, so some of the biggest songs that influenced my career weren’t the ones you heard on the radio,” McBryde pauses. “But that discovery – when the DJ said ‘and that was Mary Chapin Carpenter,’ or ‘that was Terri Clark,’ man, it would send me down a rabbit hole. If you can walk that line, introduce millions of new fans to your music and at the same time give them something to go deeper with on your records, then I think you’re right where you need to be. And right now, I’m very thankful to be here.”

Released last year, “One Night Standards,” currently Top 12 and climbing in the U.S., made its way into NPR’s Best Songs of 2019 and Rolling Stone’s 25 Best Country and Americana Songs of 2019, with The New York Times praising, “McBryde sings and writes with a high degree of emotional acuity, and this song … is cleareyed, unsentimental and a cold jolt of tragical realism,” and Wall Street Journal noting, “With songs like ‘One Night Standards,’ she’s surely bound to stick around — rocking as often as she pleases.”

Never Will, released April 3rd via Warner Music Nashville as the follow-up to her GRAMMY-nominated debut, has continued to garner critical acclaim, earning a title early on in 2020 as one of the best albums of the year to-date by Rolling Stone, SPIN, Variety, Billboard, Paste, Stereogum and American Songwriter.

On Monday, August 31st, McBryde will appear on GRAMMY Museum’s Programs at Home Series speaking with moderator Scott Goldman, followed by a performance, available at at 2 pm ET.

July also saw McBryde add to her growing list of accolades, named the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) Nashville’s Artist-Writer of the Year, along with “One Night Standards” as AIMP Nashville’s Publisher’s Pick.

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