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April McLean / Bio

"Never has a heart-sleeved shirt sounded prettier" raved a journalist reviewing April McLean's melody-driven songs. With influences as diverse as Joni Mitchell, the Beatles and Tori Amos, April's disarmingly transparent lyrics explore themes of insecurity, empowerment and healing. Whether she's singing with a band or alone at the piano, April's moving live performances connect with listeners of all ages and backgrounds.

April learned to play piano by ear and writing songs became a form of self-expression and a means of transformation from a place of hardship to personal growth. April's intensely personal yet universally-themed music found an audience at Berklee College of Music, where she won a number of songwriting competitions.

After college, April moved to Nashville to hone her skills as a songwriter and performer and she wrote under contract for two years with Warner Chappell's L.A. branch. April was asked to record her song 'Inside Out' for a multi-artist album called 'The Mercy Project'. Martina McBride and Amy Grant were among the other artists featured and the proceeds were donated to a program that helps troubled girls and young women around the world.

In 2002, April released her first cd 'Becoming' and received glowing reviews from a variety of journalists including AllMusic.com: "An emotional and melodic triumph, 'Becoming' showcases a brilliant artist who stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Sarah McLachlan, Shawn Colvin and Jonatha Brooke." Four songs from 'Becoming' were featured on the hit WB show 'Felicity' starring Keri Russell.

After a move to NYC and back, April recorded and released a 2nd cd, 'Darbytown Road'. Two of the standout songs, 'Everything's Gonna Change' and 'Head Over Heels' were featured in episodes of MTV's hit TV show 'The HIlls' and WB's 'What I Like About You' starring Jennie Garth and Amanda Bynes.

Currently, April's song 'Head Over Heels' is featured in the new Pandora Jewelry Ad airing throughout the holidays!

General Info

Band Members
piano: april - other instruments: various talented friends depending on venue
Artist Name
April McLean
Home Page
Singer Songwriter / Indie / Pop Rock

Contact Info

East Nashville, TN