After Brandy Clark took center stage at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards with Dwight Yoakam at her side, social media erupted, sales for her song “Hold My Hand” jumped 5,000 percent on iTunes, albums sales for her GRAMMY-nominated 12 Stories shot up 275 percent and everywhere country music was being talked about Brandy’s name was there.
If this story sounds familiar, it’s because just 6 months after Brandy became an “overnight” sensation, Chris Stapleton’s CMA Awards performance happened.
The similarities don’t stop there. Just like Chris didn’t become a superstar overnight, Brandy didn’t end up at the GRAMMYs by happenchance.
Clark moved to Nashville in 1998, graduated from Belmont University and was writing songs for years before shopping her own album around Music Row. And before that debut album came around, you were listening to her music and you didn’t even know it. Clark is responsible (in some way) for two No. 1 hits– Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” and The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two.” She’s had cuts on albums from Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, David Nail, Darius Rucker, Craig Campbell, Gretchen Wilson, Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, and Toby Keith. Not to mention, she’s one of Kacey Musgraves’ go-to co-writers and was part of the songwriting trio who won CMA Song of the Year for “Follow Your Arrow.”
Where her story starts to differ from Chris’ story is that her sophomore album (Big Day in a Small Town ) is set launch this summer and the album’s first single, “Girl Next Door” is already causing a scene. For her sophomore album, Brandy wanted to do something completely different, telling Rolling Stone, that she sat down with in-demand Nashville producer Jay Joyce and said, “I don’t want to make a brother or a sister to 12 Stories. I really want to make a cousin. There’s no way we can beat that, I don’t feel, so let’s do something else.'”
The results were classic Brandy– mostly. The tune is witty and well-crafted with a bold protagonist at its core, but the sound is edgier and more radio-friendly. That was Joyce’s doing. The pulsating beat and thunderous guitars alone set this song apart from her others.
Helping Brandy’s “Girl Next Door” along is the somewhat twisted and snarky video shot as Brandy playing puppet master to a Stepford wife.
One Country is excited to premiere Brandy’s behind the scenes video for the making of the “Girl Next Door” video and its makes us like Brandy (and the video) even more. Mostly because she looks like a total badass in this fringe jacket singing, “I ain’t your Marcia Brady.”