Few 17-year old musicians can claim veteran status with a straight face. Dallas singer-songwriter Chandler Nash is one. Her previous band, The Bella Cullen Project (formed with two friends at a sleepover when they were just 13), enjoyed well over 1 million MySpace plays; released 2 full albums containing 25 original tracks; performed live nationwide; and was featured on MTV, ABC’s Nightline and in Esquire, People and CosmoGirl magazines.
Moving away from her old band’s folky sensibilities, Chandler is now melding diverse influences into contemporary and robust pop/rock expressions flecked with lurking country heartache. On her debut EP, the aptly-titled Solo (released through Interscope Digital Distribution), Chandler’s increasingly accomplished songwriting connects through her emotive, lithe-yet-lived-in timbre. “I like a little bit of everything,” mulls Chandler. “[But] my favorite artists are kind of oldies like Billy Joel, The Beatles and Elton John.”
While many young, ambitious artists let themselves be molded by producers and Svengalis, Chandler writes for herself, from the heart. “If something big happens, then I’ll write about it,” she explains. “That’s why my songs mean so much to me – because I pull from my own experiences. There’s this one song [on Solo] called ‘Gotta Get Out Of Here’ that’s about my best friend since I was 6 or 7. We stayed close through our freshman year, but then some tragic stuff happened in her life and we lost touch. She’s always been on my mind, so I wrote about that.” At age 17, Chandler has already composed or co-written nearly 40 original songs. With her adult life just beginning with endless new experiences on which to draw inspiration, fans can anticipate a growing catalog of Chandler's original music.