Nashville, Tenn., August 25 – Black River's Pryor Baird turns up the heat and the heartbreak in his newest offering, "Chasin' Shadows." Available on streaming platforms now, "Chasin' Shadows" gives listeners another taste of what's to come from the "soulfully fueled" skilled guitarist, songwriter, and artist as his summer stint alongside David Nail comes to a close.
Written by Baird alongside Jason Gantt and Scott Stepakoff, "Chasin' Shadows" was produced by Doug Johnson and Bobby Terry. Baird's signature raspy vocals, paired with a haunting, irresistible melody, pull listeners in as Baird lays out a love gone wrong. Watch the accompanying lyric video for "Chasin' Shadows" HERE.
"There's a lot of new music pouring out of the country genre right now, but,…seems to be a space reserved only for Pryor Baird. His blending of sonic styles into one soulful fusion of relatable lyrics, addictive melodies, and an amazingly smooth vocals, makes him one that you absolutely need to keep watch on if "You Are To Me" and "Chasin' Shadows" are only the first indications of what's still to come." - Jeffrey Kurtis
Baird closes out a record month this Sunday (8/27) on Heartland Backstage with host Stacy Newman on The Heartland Network. The episode, filmed during an eventful CMA Fest 2023, sees the vocal powerhouse reveal what's next on the heels of his debut single release. Visit watchheartlandtv.com for local listings or view the episode on Heartland's live stream on Sunday at 10 pm ET on itsrealgoodtv.com and the Heartland website.
Baird's first piece of new music as a solo artist on Black River was the soulful confession of true love and admiration in his ballad "You Are To Me." Produced by Doug Johnson and Jonathan Smith, it has garnered almost 150,000 streams since its June 2 release. The debut song came just in time for the California native's debut performance at CMA Fest, on their "CMA Spotlight Stage," and his exclusive interview with Heartland Backstage.
Both tracks have received strong DSP support, earning spots on top playlists, including Spotify's New Music Friday Country, CMT: The Roundup, and Next From Nashville; Apple Music's New in Country, CMT: The Roundup and Breakthrough Country (Canada); Pandora's New Country Now and TIDAL's Country Pop, solidifying Baird as a country riser to watch.
Baird recently wrapped up his time on the road as support for David Nail. The 12-city tour kicked off on Aug. 4 in Crescent City, Calif., and has taken the former NBC's The Voice contestant across the West Coast, bringing Baird back to his home state for several exciting shows supporting his new music.
For additional information and tour dates, please visit pryorbaird.com and follow him on socials to stay updated on the budding star..
Pryor Baird pictured with Heartland Backstage host Stacy Newman during an interview at CMA Fest 2023. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Heartland Backstage | Media Download
ABOUT PRYOR BAIRD:
Pryor Baird has done it all. He learned to play the guitar as a toddler, fronted a band in high school, moved to Music City to start a solo career in country music, evolved from a bluesy country solo contestant on NBC's The Voice into a soulful country-rock duo, all the while perfecting his authority as a guitar-wielding country-rock artist. Pryor Baird — an Orcutt, California, native — was captivated by guitar when he saw his uncle strumming in the kitchen. He was barely a toddler, and more than 30 years later, he remembers the man was sitting in the old green chair. Pryor hurried past the hutch and sat down in front of his uncle to stare at the strings. "I was completely enamored," Pryor says. "It was the coolest thing I'd ever seen." Pryor was three years old when he asked for a guitar and started lessons six months later. His parents got him a Fender amplifier that clipped to his belt loop, and he walked around playing in the wide-open space surrounding his home. While in college, Baird spent summers in San Diego playing with a couple of different groups before starting a band of his own. The newly formed band, Pryor Baird and the Deacons, played five nights a week for almost a decade, and he supplemented his income tending bar. The job ended, and unsure and nervous, he went to talk to his dad and told him he was moving to Nashville. Two weeks later, Baird sold everything except ten guitars, an amplifier, a suitcase, and his bed, which he strapped on top of his Ford F-150 truck. The bluesy singer and guitarist didn't know anyone in Music City but made the cross-country drive to give it a shot. At the time, he got a job waiting tables before shifting to construction work. When he started questioning himself, a friend recommended him for The Voice. Two weeks later, he was in Los Angeles to play a blind audition. He got a four-chair turn, joined Team Blake, and ultimately made it to Season 14's Top Six. Following his return to Nashville, a never-ending passion combined with his tireless work ethic paid off, and God stepped in. Baird signed a recording and publishing deal with Black River Entertainment in 2020. He delivered his debut single, "You Are To Me," in June 2023 and his second offering, "Chasin' Shadows," as a solo artist on Black River in August of the same year. The heartfelt "You Are To Me" continues to set the tone for the "soulfully fueled" skilled guitarist, songwriter, and artist's career, with almost 150,000 streams since its June 2 release. Both tracks have received strong DSP support, earning spots on top playlists, including Spotify's New Music Friday Country, CMT: The Roundup, and Next From Nashville; Apple Music's New in Country, CMT: The Roundup and Breakthrough Country (Canada); Pandora's New Country Now and TIDAL's Country Pop, solidifying Pryor Baird as a country riser to watch.