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Nell Bryden

What Does It Take

What Does It Take

Bryden is fast becoming one of the most talked about and sought after new artists, building the buzz the old-fashioned way with word-of-mouth endorsements of her live shows. With four international tours (and 500 shows) in the last 12 months under her belt, including tours with KT Tunstall, and The Counting Crows, she is definitely one to watch.

Bryden has also travelled to Iraq twice this year to entertain US troops and boost morale. Award winning documentary maker Susan Cohn Rockefeller, of the Rockefeller dynasty in the USA, commissioned a team of filmmakers to go with Bryden on her second visit. A documentary on the tour is currently in production with a view to being released in the Autumn.

Named Best Unsigned Artist of 2008 on Hits Daily Double, Bryden’s debut single « What Does It Take » not only earned her the coveted BBC R2 A List, but also became Song of The Week on Ireland’s Today FM, and secured her a Top 40 place in the Official Irish Charts.

What Does It Take was recorded in New Orleans and New York, and produced by Grammy-winning producer David Kershenbaum (Tracy Chapman, Tori Amos, Joe Jackson) and Dave Trumfio (Wilco, The Handsome Family, Jesus & Mary Chain). The album was originally released in late 2008 and titled Second Time Around, but has subsequently been remixed. This new version also contains two new songs – ‘What Does It Take’ and ‘Not Like Loving You’, plus a re-recorded version of ‘Pavement’. Critics praised the 2008 release, saying it was « An album of jazz torch singer style, and Patsy Cline heartache. Her vocal versatility is supported by consummate songwriting skills … Think of a female Nick Lowe with a better voice » (Uncut) and « An eclectic collection, it takes in country blues, Dixieland Jazz and her warm, rich voice even shows a touch of the Roberta Flacks » (Q).