A fresh-faced singer and songwriter whose music is informed by country, pop, and hip-hop influences, Bailey Bryan was born in Sequim, Washington in 1998. Bryan developed an interest in music at a young age, and by the age of seven she was performing in church. Bryan was spotted by Becki Devries, who worked in music publishing, and she kept tabs on the youngster, eventually becoming her mentor. Bryan started writing songs when she was 12 years old. At 15, Bryan 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 began regularly posting videos online of herself performing both original material and covers of popular hits, and her upbeat style often crossed the boundaries of genre, as she interpreted both pop and country favorites. As a performer, Bryan also developed an eclectic audience as she shared stages with artists ranging from Sara Evans to Macklemore. By the time she was 18, Bryan had left home and moved to Nashville, where she landed a publishing contract with Warner Music Nashville. Bryan signed a recording deal with 300 Entertainment, and she released her debut single, "Own It," in September 2016. ~ Mark Deming
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