Before there was ever a Twilight movie, back in the days when people said “Stephenie who?” there was a Twilight all girls band. In fact, back in those days there were only two bands that hooked into Twilight, they were The Mitch Hansen Band and The Bella Cullen Project. Mitch is still going strong, but the Bella Cullen project amicably broke up late last year.
Chandler Nash, one of the former members of The Bella Cullen Project, now has a CD out. According to a press release from her management:
“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), released 2 full-length original albums; enjoyed over 1 million MySpace plays; performed live nationwide; and was featured on MTV, ABC’s Nightline, and in Esquire, People and CosmoGirl magazines.
Yet, as she embarks upon a solo career, this Dallas singer-songwriter remains eager to evolve her craft. “I just want to keep playing,” Chandler enthuses. “Since I was 6-years old I’ve always wanted to be a musician. Even if it doesn’t work out, I’m still going to play music even if I’m just a wedding singer or something!”
Moving away from her old band’s folky sensibilities, Chandler is now melding diverse influences into contemporary, robust pop/rock expressions flecked with lurking country heartache. On her debut, the aptly-titled Solo (released through Interscope Digital Distribution)
While many young, ambitious artists let themselves be molded by producers and Svengalis, Chandler writes for herself, from the heart. She has already composed or co-written nearly 40 songs and, with her adult life just beginning and endless new experiences imminent, fans can expect that catalog to swiftly swell.
“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.”
Live performance is a pillar of Chandler’s passion and, despite still being in high school, she performs regularly, both solo and with a full band. “There’s just something a little more intimate about doing an acoustic [solo] set, because you get to talk to people more and it’s very raw – it’s just you and your voice. But it’s easier when you’re playing with a big back-up band to kind of let go and let the music take over and really connect with all the people in the audience.”
Though Solo is now showing the world how far Chandler’s come as an artist, she retains a charmingly wide-eyed outlook that sets her apart. “Of course I have huge dreams,” she concludes. “I just want to go further but, even if I don’t, it doesn’t matter to me so long as I’m playing. But I hope that it gets bigger and that I can tour around the country and get a bigger fan base, and maybe play at venues that I’ve been dreaming about playing since I was younger.”
The 7 track EP is now available in the following digital stores: iTunes, Amazon mp3, MySpace Music, Rhapsody, Lala, Shockhound, Zune, Nokia and Amie Street with the physical CD coming soon to Amazon On Demand.