From the one stoplight town of Salemburg, NC to the spotlight in Music City, Brittany McLamb brings a unique blend of powerhouse vocals and a grassroots sound to her music. The young, but wise-beyond-her-years singer/songwriter writes and sings songs that are honest and full of conviction. Her musical talent, whether writing or performing, is a timeless treasure that has her poised for a long career in the spotlight.
After spending nearly six years in Nashville building her network, honing her skills and interning for the Billy Block radio show, where she met her keyboard player and guitarist, the three of them soon began performing together around town. Before long, they were writing and recording together for McLamb’s first EP. McLamb has recently landed gigs at various venues, festivals and radio shows, and also just completed her self-titled EP. The EP was released to iTunes July 23 and features sweet sounding power ballads such as “Summer Rain,” which alludes to the desire to be so wrapped up with someone you love that it feels like it lasts forever, as well as attitude songs like “Back from Your Goodbye” and “Mr. Right,” penned by McLamb herself.
Nashville Music Guide had the opportunity to get to know at little more about Brittany and her musical career with our lucky 13 questions that she shared with us.
Lucky 13 with Brittany McLamb
NMG: What was the first song you ever performed?
Brittany McLamb: “If You’re Not In It For Love” by Shania Twain at my elementary school pageant!
NMG: Did you come from a musical background?
Brittany McLamb: Yes! I have cousins that play in bluegrass and gospel bands.
NMG: What are your musical influences?
Brittany McLamb: All of the powerhouse vocalists such as Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Martina McBride and LeAnn Rimes to bluegrass singers such as Alison Krauss and Rhonda Vincent.
NMG: What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?
Brittany McLamb: If it’s something you love and are passionate about, go for it!! Never give up on your dream no matter what and be true to yourself as an artist.
NMG: What are 3 things that you have to have with you at all times/never leave home without?
Brittany McLamb: Trident gum, lip gloss, and my phone!
NMG: How would you describe your music to someone that has never heard you before?
Brittany McLamb: If you were to make Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood into one person…that would be me! A little pop country with traditional country on the side!
LISTEN TO BRITTANY’S SONG “DOLLHOUSE”
NMG: As a child growing up, music surrounds us; What type of music did you hear the most back then? How does it differ from what you listen to now?
Brittany McLamb: I was always surrounded by many types of music! My mama used to play her Randy Travis and Alabama cassette tapes in her Monte Carlo where ever we went. My sisters who were in high school when I was just a tyke and would play late 80’s early 90’s pop/rock music; and my grandma would listen to gospel music when I would stay at her house during the summer. Nothing really has changed. I still love all genres of music. Good music is good music no matter what category it fits in!
NMG: What made you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?
Brittany McLamb: I was giving up my pageant title as “Little Miss Salemburg” in 1995 and I sang “If You’re Not In It For Love” by Shania Twain. When I finished the song, the entire elementary school gym roared in applause. That feeling was indescribable. I knew right then that that was what I wanted to do when I grew up!
NMG: If you had to describe your music in three or four words, what would you call it?
Brittany McLamb: Real, Country, Relate-able
NMG: Do you have other interests or talents you would like to share with us?
Brittany McLamb: I have recently started clogging again and I am learning to play the fiddle! I also love to read, be near water (ocean, lake, river) – most any outdoor activity really – and go see movies at the theater.
NMG: What has been the most bizarre thing thrown on the stage with you? How did you react?
Brittany McLamb: I don’t think anyone has ever thrown anything onstage thus far, but I have had someone write a lovely note on a napkin with kind words of encouragement and stick it in my tip jar. That definitely put a smile on my face and was a nice pick-me-up!
NMG: If you could perform with anyone in the world – either dead, alive, or broke up – who would it be? Why? (Name up to 3)
Brittany McLamb: Martina McBride; She has always been my idol and someone I respect as an artist and it would be an honor to sing with her. Randy Travis; He’s a North Carolina native like myself and as a kid I loved all of his songs especially “Diggin’ Up Bones” and “Forever and Ever, Amen.”
NMG: Do you currently have an agent, endorsement, record label, sponsor, etc that you want to give a shout out to?
Without music, I would be … missing a big chunk of my soul.
Music is …what makes me happy and keeps me going from day to day!
My music makes me feel … excited and proud!
I write the songs because … it’s an outlet to express things I many not necessarily say otherwise.
Support music because … it promotes creativity and spreads happiness!