The Voice 15 Winner Chevel Shepherd Drops New Song Southern Boy
Seventeen year-old Farmington, New Mexico native and Season 15 The Voice winner Chevel Shepherd wowed fans with performances “You’re Looking At Country,” “Blue,” “If I Die Young” and “Space Cowboy” before cutting a Kacey Musgraves (with Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark) song of her own, lead single “Everybody’s Got A Story.” Her eagerly-anticipated debut continues with the bouncy, feel-good track “Southern Boy.
Finding inspiration from heroines Loretta Lynn, Tanya Tucker, Trisha Yearwood and the Dixie Chicks, the young singer is committed to embracing classic country music while adding her own twist.
“I grew up listening to these powerhouse Country singers who were so savvy and knew exactly what they wanted to say in their music,” she shares. “Songs that in just three minutes have the ability to transport you into these other worlds with characters that feel so real.
“I have grown up in a town on the outskirts of Farmington, New Mexico with a population of less than 1,500 people, so I know a lot of those characters, yet at the end of the day, I do see myself with someone who has that southern charm in ‘Southern Boy’.”
Listen to Southern Boy
The track written by Cassidy Lynn Alexander and Kellys Collins shows Chevel’s playful side. It follows recent releases, the reflective “Everybody’s Got A Story” and “Mama Got the Chair,” which cleverly explores the other side of “The Chair,” George Strait’s 1985 No. 1 hit, written by Nora Collins, Nick Donley and The Voice alum Dave Fenley.
Everybody’s Got a Story Lyric Video
Mama’s Got the Chair
The singer’s The Voice coach and mentor Kelly Clarkson’s support has been invaluable to her creative process. Chevel shared with The Washington Post “I got to pick the songs and I got to record it here in Nashville. Kelly just being a part of it, it’s been a blessing.”
Chevel plans to release an EP later this year featuring all three recently released tracks as well as four others selected by the vocalist with support from Kelly and producer Todd Tidwell.