About Bailey Bryan
A pop singer/songwriter whose music is informed by R&B, hip-hop, and country, Bailey Bryan stands out with her intricate wordplay and throaty voice. Her early work, such as 2017's single "Own It," had an acoustic lilt to it. However, later releases like 2019's Perspective EP and the following year's "play w/me" and "Roster" were polished, state-of-the-art pop that fit in with the likes of Post Malone, Kehlani, and Ella Mai.
Born in Sequim, Washington, in 1998, Bryan developed an early interest in music. She started performing in church when she was seven, and began writing her own songs at age 12. Bryan was spotted by Becki Devries, who worked in music publishing and eventually became her mentor. When Bryan was 15, she took part in a songwriting workshop held by Devries, who was impressed with the teen's skills as a writer and as a vocalist. Before long, Bryan posted videos online of herself performing original material and covers of pop and country favorites.
By the time she was 18, Bryan moved to Nashville, where she landed a publishing contract with Warner Music Nashville. She signed a recording deal with 300 Entertainment and released her debut single, "Own It," in September 2016; the song debuted at number 60 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart. A few months later, Lady A's Hillary Scott nominated her as a Grammys Artist of Tomorrow. Bryan's debut EP So Far, which featured "Own It," appeared in April 2017. That October, she issued an acoustic cover of Drake's "Too Good." Over the next couple of years, she continued to release a steady stream of music. This included November 2018's "Songbird;" a May 2019 cover of Drake's "One Dance" with Kyla, the artist he sampled on his version of the track; and October 2019's Perspective EP, which boasted some of her most pop-oriented music to date.
In 2020, Bryan's music moved further in the direction of pop and R&B. That June's single, "play w/ me," was produced by the production team Monsters & Strangerz and drew inspiration from Destiny's Child and TLC. She returned that September with the similarly sleek "Roster." ~ Heather Phares & Mark Deming