Bailey Bryan releases her first album “So Far” on April 14. It includes five songs and is available for download and streaming at major music websites. Submitted photos

Sequim native Bailey Bryan releases new album ‘So Far’ April 14

Nineteen-year-old Bailey Bryan, a Sequim native and rising musician, is set to release her first album “So Far” on Friday, April 14.

The digital-only, five-song album features her first single “Own It” plus new songs “Hard Drive Home,” “Scars,” “Life Goes On” and “Used To.”

It’ll be available for download on music sites like iTunes and for streaming on Spotify.

“All five of the songs represent something I’ve learned and something that has impacted and made me who I am thus far,” Bryan said in a promotional video for the album.

Bryan is gaining recognition after being named a finalist in the Grammy Awards’ Artist of Tomorrow competition to perform on the TV show. Musician Drake White won the competition but Bryan continues to tour nationwide and “So Far” will be released by 300 Entertainment/Warner Music Nashville.

Owning her career

Her song “Own It” was featured on Spotify’s “Wild Country” playlist and it was one of two country music tracks on its “New Music Friday” playlist on its release.

For her album, she worked with producer Dennis Matkosky to co-write each song which she says covers her life story now and where she wants to go.

She says her song “Scars” was inspired by coming to terms with a large scar on her back from surgery. Bryan says it’s her greatest hardship but also one of the most beautiful things about her.

“This idea, which obviously I believe so strongly in, that the hardships in life, the things that are the hardest to come through are what kind of form the most beautiful things about us,” Bryan says.

Other tracks on the album, like “Used To” is a soulful song while “Hard Drive Home” is a breakup song that tries to remain optimistic, she said.

Along with her new album, Bryan continues to tour in support of Kane Brown. She returns to the Watershed Country Music Festival at The Gorge Amphitheater on July 28 and has more tour dates and announcements at her website www.baileybryan.com.

Back home

Bryan began performing a few years ago in Sequim playing her guitar in front of Jose’s Famous Salsa following the encouragement of her father Jay. She also starred in the Sequim High operetta “Footloose” and performed in different school choirs while living here.

Bryan and her dad, mom Heidi and brother Cooper left Sequim in October 2015 for Nashville, Tenn., to pursue her music career. She finished school online but said in a previous Sequim Gazette interview that since moving, she really appreciates Sequim and the Olympic Peninsula.

“I think Sequim is the most beautiful place on Earth,” she said.

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