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Eric Paslay definitely knows how to craft a hit song. Jake Owen, Rascal
Flatts, Love and Theft and the Eli Young Band have all scored No. 1 singles
thanks to Paslay's songwriting prowess, but fans who have seen him on stage
will testify there is so much more to the tall, Texas redhead than his excellent songwriting
chops. Paslay is a charismatic performer and a potent vocalist who knows how to
connect with an audience. As his debut album's lead single "Friday Night"
reached the No. 1 spot, Paslay has arrived as an artist in his own right.
"Friday Night", Paslay's first No. 1 single as an artist, serves as an
inviting preview to his EMI Records Nashville debut album. The vibrant
collection of songs cover a wide expanse of emotional territory from the aching
ballad "She Don't Love You", Paslay's latest single, to his clever up tempo,
Top 10 hit "Song About A Girl" and the poignant, uplifting "Deep As It Is
Wide." Working with producers Marshall Altman, Daniel Hill and Billy Lynn,
Paslay has created a colorful sonic landscape. "Life isn't always the same
heartbeat so I don't want to have an album of songs at the same tempo," Paslay
says of the musical and lyrical diversity displayed on his eponymous debut.
"Every song has a shimmer of everyone's life in it from the memories of falling
in love to living with someone for the rest of your life and knowing that
there's something at the end of the tunnel to live for. Some of it is not too
deep and some of it is."
Therein lies Paslay's charm. He is a deep thinker and soulful philosopher
capable of shooting a lyric straight into your heart and making you catch your
breath, but he is also witty, playful and equally skilled at getting the party
started. He is the guy other men want to have a beer with and all the girls
want to take home for Sunday dinner. His engaging, enigmatic personality shines
through in all his songs from "Less Than Whole," a powerful treatise on
forgiveness and redemption that he penned with Big Kenny to the sultry, sexy
romp "Good With Wine," a great date song.
Paslay creates music that becomes part of the soundtrack of people's lives,
and in doing so he has helped shaped the sound of today's country radio. Owen's
"Barefoot Blue Jean Night," which Paslay wrote with Dylan Altman and Terry
Sawchuk, was named ASCAP's 2012 Country Song of the Year. The Eli Young Band's
"Even If It Breaks Your Heart," written by Paslay and Will Hoge, was nominated
for a 2013 GRAMMY for Best Country Song and CMA Song Of The Year in 2012. He
also co-wrote Love and Theft's No. 1 hit "Angel Eyes," as well as Rascal
Flatt's new single "Rewind." He has also penned tunes for many other artists
among them Amy Grant, Donny & Marie Osmond and Lady Antebellum. His
distinctive voice has also earned him some pretty substantial fans. Dionne
Warwick and Kenny Rogers have sought him out to record duets, and Amy Grant
recruited Paslay to join her and Sheryl Crow when she covered Paslay's "Deep As
It Is Wide" on her latest album.
It all started for Paslay when he began playing guitar and writing songs at
15. "I wrote a poem for a girl," he recalls with a grin. "I never gave it to
her and then I discovered that most songs are poems, so I just put a melody and
chords to the poem and there was my first song. By the time I was 16, I'd
already made a CD on my home computer of about 10 or 11 songs that I played out
Those records will come back and haunt me someday, but I know there are little
jewels in there. I'm glad that I wasn't too afraid to put it out there, just to
start creating music and sharing it with people."
Born in Abilene, Texas
and raised in Waco and Temple, Paslay has always loved music, but
his original intent was to become a pediatric endocrinologist. "I have diabetes
and I thought I could help kids with diabetes because I could relate to them
and talk to them," he says, but music has always been in his blood. "My
granddad was a musician. He and his brothers had a band called Arnold Schiller
and the Moonlight Serenaders. My grandfather was Arnold, and they played at dance halls. I was
two and a half when he died. The first time I played the Grand Ole Opry, I
closed my eyes and thought of him."
When Paslay moved to Nashville to pursue a
music career, his first stop was Middle
University where he
majored in music business. He became president of MTSU's student chapter of
Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). He recruited top Music
Row writers to speak at the university. He also volunteered for anything just
to get his foot further in the door and did everything from help out at a
charity golf tournament to change light bulbs in the NARAS office, a feat made
easier because of his 6'4" height. "I'd just go help anywhere I could because I
thought if you have a job to do and you do it well, then if they let you be
creative and make a record, at least they know you're going to do it well,"
Paslay says. "They'll know you are going to put all your mind, strength and
skill into doing whatever job they give you."
An internship at publishing company Cal IV Entertainment proved to be a
valuable step for the budding songwriter. He not only learned about the publishing
business, but the craft of songwriting, eventually landing his own deal with
the Cal IV in 2006. His songwriting and his impressive voice began garnering
attention from labels and he signed with EMI Records Nashville.
Though he is appreciative of his cuts by other artists, Paslay says the
reason he began writing songs is because he wanted to sing them for people. "I
turn it on when I get on stage. I love to entertain," says Paslay, who has
opened for Dierks Bentley, Clint Black, Eric Church, Blake Shelton and Little
Big Town, among others. "The songs on this record are the ones that really
connect when I play them live. When I write, I'd rather there be a little bit
of hope in every song, even in the sad songs. There is still hope in there.
With all the negativity everywhere these days, I'd like the positive to come
out. A song can give you a little boost in confidence or make you fall in love
deeper or dream higher. I'm not writing and singing this stuff to be cool. I
was never the cool kid. I was the kid standing in the back of the room
These days Eric Paslay has moved from the back of the
room to center stage. "It's like someone flipped a switch on and people know
what I do now," he says with a smile, "but the coolest thing is there's always
that moment that you dream of when you have a hit song and you can stop singing
and the audience keeps singing it. With 'Friday Night,' that's started to
happen. I'll sing 'I want to be your...' and I'll point to the crowd and they'll
go 'Friday Night!' That's one of those moments that every kid dreams about -
singing a song and the crowd knows it so well that they sing it back to you.
You get to sing it together. I'm glad I'm getting to experience that as a
performer. To have a hit that radio has played so much that people are singing
back to you, it's pretty cool."
It sure doesn't hurt having a name like Noe Palma. That's
why his debut is titled "Get My Name Right." It is very different, unique, and
memorable. That's exactly what fans have been saying about Noe's music for the
past 15 years!
Growing up the Kansas City Metro Area, Noe started singing when he first
heard Elvis Presley sing "All Shook Up." Raised in a very musically passionate
family, he was engulfed by different thythms and sounds. Both his parents were
talented singers and his father played guitar. Like many of his friends he was
a member of his high school choir, but quickly realized that type of music
didn't fit into his country soul.
At the beginning of his career Noe tested the waters with a few bands. He
founded a very successful band called The Broken Cowboys and served as their
lead singer. They toured Missouri
and all surrounding states and played every major venue in the region where
they developed a very healthy cult following. In fact in 2001 Broken Cowboys
took second place at the Colgate Country Music Showdown Midwest Finals. They
were quickly noticed by Tim McGraw's manager Scott Siman of RPM Management.
Noe has an unparalleled stage show. "I love it when I hear that my show was
just as good or better than the headliner! It puts a smile on my face from ear
Working with song writers such as Patrick Jason
Matthews (Billy Currington, Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, and James Otto), Drew
Womack (Sons of the Desert), and Bobby Pinson (Toby Keith, Sugarland, Josh
Gracin, and Brooks & Dunn), Noe has created a great mix of Country and
Southern Rock for his debut album. Guaranteed to leave you with your jaw
dropped, pick up "Get My Name Right." You won't be disappointed!