|Following hard on the heels of her award from the International Singer Songwriter Association, Angela Easley releases “Rise,” her fourth collaboration with Nashville music producer Walter Scott. This album, recorded in both Nashville and New Orleans, plays out like a sampler from her monthly shows at Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie bar on the world-famous Printers Alley in Nashville, with infectiously singable tunes rooted in the blues, rock, country, funk, and soul of the Deep South.
Legendary Nashville gospel music quartet, The McCrary Sisters, back up Easley on the emotional piano ballad “I Can Let Go,” opening the album in grand style. The party starts with the dance-floor filling funk number “Running Out Of Time,” complete with hot horn jabs and the slick drumming of Grammy winner Marcus Finnie (Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ “Tajmo”).
Colombia Records artist and fellow Mississippi native, Shelly Fairchild, sings with Easley on the powerful title track, “Rise,” that calls out for equality and unity as the way to come out of the darkness into the light. The gritty roots rocker “Don’t Let The Devil Down,” is a bold declaration of faith and determination to face the forces of evil head on. The pleading strains of her soul blues lament, “One More Last Time,” are echoed by the mournful saxophone of Mathew Gros, and soaring guitar from Randall Scott Peterson from her touring band.
The country-flavored “Crazy Rain,” is the result of a collaboration of Easley with music row songwriters, Dave Isaacs and John Miner, which highlights the production skills of Walter Scott, who guides the musical elements to evolve across the musical landscape building to a dramatic finale.
Angela Easley has spent her whole life putting her dreams in action performing publicly since the age of eight and recording her first album at fourteen. Her independent release of “Rise” should prove to be another major step on her journey as a contemporary voice of the bayou.
Rick J Bowen
In the tradition of all good southern stories, Angela’s begins on a Sunday morning singing in her church at the tender age of eight. At 13, Angela won a local talent competition that included the opportunity to perform on The Grand Ole Opry stage and a recording session in Nashville. Angela recorded her first two songs on a promotional EP that started her career as a professional singer/songwriter. Back home in Mississippi, a local songwriter heard her voice and brought her back to Nashville the following year to record “Country Angel,” an album of all original tunes. Her love affair with Music City was born.
At 15, Angela became the youngest member and front woman for the band Bayou Lagniappe playing many regional clubs and festivals. At one Angela was invited to sing background vocals with George Jones on his song “I Don’t Need Your Rocking Chair.” Their album, “Country Rockin’,” became a regional hit, and Bayou Lagniappe recorded a radio jingle for Mountain Dew.
In her late teens, Angela traveled to Nashville to record “Driver’s Seat,” collaborating with Nashville songwriters. Over the next few years, she and her band played some of the largest casinos in the southeast, and wrote and recorded another radio jingle, this time for Oreck Vacuums. Nashville continued to beckon Angela, and at the age of twenty-four, she relocated to Music City, where The Angela Easley Band was formed.
In 2009, Angela recorded a cover of ‘House Of The Rising Sun’, which has become one of her signature songs and highlights her sultry vocal style. Christmas of 2011, Angela recorded a holiday single, ‘Mary Did You Know’ in the St. John Missionary Baptist Church with the music arrangement of Walter Scott, who also co-produced her last release “Hold On” as well as “Rise.” Angela released the single ‘I’m Breathin’ (Ryan’s Song)” in 2014 with all proceeds benefiting “Donate Life America”; a song written in memory of her cousin who was an organ donor. And in 2015 Angela released another single, ‘Lay Down.’
Angela Easley Band is in their fourth year of residency at the legendary Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar located in the famous Printers Alley in Nashville, TN. She has shared the stage at 3rd and Lindsley with The Wooten Brothers, represented New Orleans alongside NFL Saints player Kyle Turley at Benchmark, and has been featured at other nightspots including The Full Moon Saloon, The Fiddle and Steel Guitar Bar, Paradise Park, and more. Angela made her debut July 2019 at The North Atlantic Blues Festival in Maine where she performed for over 10,000 blues fans. Angela also performed at other large festivals including Camping With The Blues Festival, Bradenton Blues Festival, and the largest songwriters’ festival in the world The Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival.
Angela Easley Band was a 2018 Wang Dang Doodle finalist, 2016 Nashville Blues Challenge finalist and performed at Hard Rock Cafe in Memphis for the Hart Fund Benefit during the 2017 International Blues Challenge week. Angela also hosts her own radio show “Angela Easley’s Rock & Blues Roots Review” every week on “Radio Free Nashville” 103.7 FM and 107.1 FM, where she features and interviews artists. Angela was recently awarded the 2021 Female Vocal Of The Year Bronze by the International Singer Songwriter Association as well as being fan nominated in six categories.