Country singer Rhea Francani releases new single ‘Shotgun Baby’

The singer-songwriter of country music known as Rhea Francani has released her newest official single, “Shotgun Baby.” Like the rest of Francani’s music catalog, “Shotgun Baby” has been proudly published on the Limestone Records independent music label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Upbeat, jubilant, all-American and entirely fun, “Shotgun Baby” is further proof that Rhea Francani is a name to watch for country music fans everywhere.

Rhea Francani cites as main artistic influences Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Michael Jackson. Her new single has most in common with the first two names on this roster, but Francani’s own sound is decidedly her own.

Fans of Rhea Francani can expect the same goodness in “Shotgun Baby” which has defined her rise to prominence so far. It’s rooted in the country tradition with some pop and rock elements (though not enough to call the song ‘rock’). It’s energetic and buoyant, narrative and relatable. Listeners will find themselves in a better mood after having heard “Shotgun Baby” for the first time.

Speaking of the themes of her new song, Francani writes, “’Shotgun Baby,’ is about riding shotgun next to someone you love – not just for a moment in time, but through life, side-by-side.”

Her “Shotgun Baby” single is expected to be the final official release from Francani leading up to her forthcoming album, “Now or Never,” which has a drop date of summer 2016. “Shotgun Baby” rides on the coattails of her February 2015 debut EP, “I Want You to Know,” which contained her flagship single, “Dizzy,” recorded in Nashville, TN. “Dizzy” is also notable for being Francani’s first official video release. The video and single appeared in January 2015.

In addition to the considerable talents of Rhea Francani, herself, “Shotgun Baby” includes the skills of top Nashville session musicians directed by Wanda Vick, Michael Walter at OmniSound Studios (producer, engineer), Grammy Award Winner Richard Dodd (mastering), and Jeff Johnson (cover photography, Carrie Underwood, Billy Currington et al).

Rhea Francani grew up outside Buffalo, NY and was inspired to sing at a very young age. Her passion for music led her to New York City to pursue music at the college level, but she has since relocated to the capital city of country music, Nashville.

“After receiving my masters degree in music and music education from Columbia University in May of 2015,” writes Francani, “I decided to make the move to Nashville! I am so happy to be a part of Music City!”

“Shotgun Baby” by Rhea Francani is available online worldwide from over 700 digital music retailers now. Get in early, country music fans. It’s a matter of time before you hear about Rhea Francani from someone else.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Country singer Rhea Francani releases debut single ‘Dizzy’

The performer of country music known as Rhea Francani has released her anxiously awaited debut single, “Dizzy.” The track is the first glimpse of her upcoming freshman EP release, “I Want You to Know,” which becomes available online everywhere 10 February 2015. Both have been proudly published on the Limestone Records, LLC independent music label. Relentlessly catchy, colorfully upbeat and undeniably fun, “Dizzy” is a track that country fans of every generation can get behind.

Rhea Francani originally hails from Buffalo, NY and comes from a broad musical experience.

“I have a great appreciation for a lot of genres of music and artists,” she says in her current official bio. “I’ve performed jazz and theater, and grew up listening to Motown soul.”

She mentions being drawn to the energy of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, an energy her new single has in spades. It was popular country music that finally snared her, though, with its narrative lyrics and storylines.

“I gravitated toward country music because the stories the songs conveyed stole my heart,” says Francani.

As main influences to her own sound, Francani cites pop-country stars like Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum.

“Lady Antebellum is a really big inspiration that got me into country pop. All these artists reached me in different ways, and still motivate and encourage me every day. I want my music to relate to people. If one person is moved, I’ll feel accomplished.”

Rhea Francani’s “Dizzy” has also been concurrently released with an official music video, available for viewing online everywhere. Shot on-location in Nashville, it serves as a fine introduction to this surprise new country talent from Western New York. As it is in the single, itself, Francani’s exuberance is infectious, her joie de vivre palpable.

“I was utterly amazed the first night going into OmniSound Studios and meeting the musicians. I was very moved and excited at the same time, to be around so many talented people who shared the same love for music. They were doing the Nashville number charts as we were getting ready for scratch vocals and right before I sang the first note I started getting teary-eyed. The music I had in my head was coming to life – they helped my music come alive. They added their talents to my songs … It was an experience I’ll never forget.”

Rhea Francani is an honors graduate in Musical Theatre Performance from Wagner College, NYC and impending alumna of Teachers College, Columbia University, NYC with a Master’s Degree in Music and Music Education.

“I am so excited to share my music, my dreams, and my heart with you!” she writes. “Thank you so much for your support. Stay tuned!”

The “Dizzy” single and official music video by Rhea Francani are available online worldwide. Country fans should get in early. Be sure to watch also for her debut EP release in February, “I Want You to Know.”

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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