If you’ve ever wondered what the sonic lovechild of Oasis and Dolly Parton would sound like, look no further than Savannah Conley.
Born in Nashville, Tennessee to a background singer mother and a session guitarist father, Savannah Conley was immersed in the music industry from a young age. Her childhood was soundtracked by a countless spin of records, spanning genres and decades, unwittingly laying the foundation for her own artistic development. Drawing inspiration from the Southern whiskey-tinged sounds of her hometown, her parents’ eclectic record collection, and the emerging local indie-rock scene, eleven-year-old Conley began her own foray into the world of songwriting. By 2016, at the ripe young age of nineteen, Savannah was awarded the BMI Foundation John Lennon award for her impressive songwriting ability.
Savannah Conley has quickly become one of the most promising talents to rise from the local Nashville scene. In 2018 she released her debut EP, Twenty Twenty, which was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, John Prine) and released via Low Country/Elektra Records. “She really reminds me of a southern Mazzy Star and I was blown away with her lyrics,” the legendary producer remarks of Conley. Twenty Twenty was released to widespread acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone, NPR, Ones To Watch, and Refinery29. Rolling Stone praised the EP as an “emotionally rich collection of tracks full of moody instrumentation and whip-smart lines” and Conley was named as one of their ‘Artists You Need To Know.’ The EP release was followed by a US tour supporting Ben Folds and Violent Femmes, and a variety of gigs with iconic acts like Brandi Carlile, The Head and the Heart, Willie Nelson, and Ruston Kelly.
It’s hard to pinpoint Savannah Conley’s sound, but that’s what makes it so special. Combining a nostalgic guitar-driven musicality, unavoidable Southern charm, and a healthy dose of cross-genre inspiration, Conley has carved out a sound that feels both fresh yet timeless. Her lyricism is enchanting and goose-bump inducing, teeming with raw vulnerability that demonstrates a wisdom beyond her years, and her storytelling is only enhanced by her distinctive, rich, crystalline vocals and dynamic, full-bodied instrumentation.
Savannah Conley’s new single, “Never Want To Be In Love,” is out now!