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NICOLLE GALYON’S LONG-AWAITED DEBUT ALBUM FIRSTBORN RELEASED TO CRITICAL ACCLAIM

September 9, 2022—Award-winning songwriter Nicolle Galyon made her debut on NBC’s “TODAY Show” performing her new song, “self care.” Watch HERE.

“self care.” is from Galyon’s long-awaited debut album, firstborn, which was recently released on her own label, Songs & Daughters via CmdShft (stream/purchase here). A striking personal statement, firstborn tells Galyon’s life story in song form. From her humble beginnings that lead her towards a life of overachieving, to grappling with knowing only half of her family tree, to the constant juggle between motherhood and career and everything in between. The project is a musical memoir and fully realized artistic declaration from one of Nashville’s most successful and beloved songwriters. 

In celebration of the album, Galyon recently made her Grand Ole Opry debut as an artist, was recently selected as SiriusXM The Highway’s latest “Highway Find” artist and was featured as the cover honoree of Nashville Lifestyle’s annual “Women in Business” issue.

Produced by King Henry and Jimmy Robbins, the eleven-track album features songwriting collaborations with Robbins, Kelsea Ballerini, Hillary Lindsey, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Sasha Sloan, Emily Weisband, Rodney Clawson and more. 

In her own words, Galyon shares, “It is not lost on me that most artists releasing their debut album are about 20 years younger than me, which is often why the themes of this record

rarely see the light of day. This record is not for Nashville. Or the radio. Or even for me necessarily. It is for my kids, Charlie & Ford, who I hope—partly because of firstborn—will one day do the precious work of digging deep into their own life stories. I pray they will one day know where they came from…because I fought to leave them something that showed them who they came from. And today this woman is bold and vulnerable and tough and honest and fiercely committed to showing up. Much like my own mother did for me, 38 years ago, when I was firstborn in a town called Winner.” 

Born in Winner, SD, raised in Sterling, KS and now based in Nashville, TN, Galyon has written nine #1 singles including Miranda Lambert’s ACM Award-winning “Automatic” and Dan + Shay’s multi-platinum, ACM Award-winning “Tequila.” She’s also received a Grammy and CMA Awards nomination, earned a Triple Play Award and was honored by BMI as their 2019 Songwriter of the Year. In addition to her work as a songwriter and artist, Galyon founded the female-focused label and publishing house, Songs & Daughters, in 2019, which includes artists Hailey Whitters, Tiera Kennedy, Madison Kozak, Lauren Watkins and more. Galyon was named 2020 Kansan of the Year for her continued service and commitment to her home state, which includes partnering with SongFarm and Save The Music to install a recording studio in Sterling High School and others throughout the country. 

Critical acclaim for firstborn
“It’s clear these songs were crafted for her and her alone from the opening lines…firstborn is not aimed at giving her a tenth No. 1 but at putting her own lyrical voice in the top position for the first time in her career”—Variety
“a star-making statement all her own that reckons with her humanity and humility in equal measure…Galyon is perhaps the best songwriter in a town where folks have been known to write multiple iconic songs before eating breakfast”—TheTennessean
“a truly exquisite collection of musical masterpieces telling the story of her life in a series of eleven melodic chapters”—People
“It’s a raw and real look inside her world told as only the woman who lived it can”
Nashville Lifestyles
“candid and vulnerable”—Forbes
 “a simply lovely outing pairing her intimate soprano with a spare, folkie production that wafts like a spring breeze. This is music to get lost in”—Music Row
 “an introspective finely-crafted musical autobiography”—CMT
“one of the best songwriters of our time”—Country Central
“there may not be a more dynamic debut album to hit the market in all of popular music…the most-honest and real record of the year”—Roughstock
“captivating. As you’d expect, the songs on Firstborn are expertly-penned”—Outsider
firstborn is a close-to-perfect debut album. It’s a relief we finally get to hear Galyon’s voice—her perspective is always needed”—Country Swag

FIRSTBORN TRACK LIST:
1. winner. (written by Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
2. sunflower. (written by Nicolle Galyon, Jimmy Robbins, Sasha Sloan)
3. boy crazy. (written by Nicolle Galyon, Kelsea Ballerini, Hillary Lindsey)
4. disneyworld. (written by Nicolle Galyon, Sasha Sloan)
5. consequences. (written by Nicolle Galyon, Emily Weisband, Amy Wadge, Camila Cabello)
6. self care. (written by Nicolle Galyon, Sasha Sloan, Caroline Baker)
7. boy. (writte by Nicolle Galyon, Jon Nite)
8. tendencies. (written by Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Cooper Galyon)
9. five year plan. (written by Nicolle Galyon, Rodney Clawson)
10. younger woman. (written by Nicolle Galyon, Hillary Lindsey)
11. death bed. (written by Nicolle Galyon, Sasha Sloan, Jimmy Robbins)
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