Atlanta-based country musician Alannah McCready was bred near Minneapolis and she loved various genres of music from a young age. She attended the University of Madison, WI on a full athletic scholarship for women’s hockey. Alannah won two National Division 1 Championships as a goalie for the Badgers, as well as the WCHA (league) championship.
Her passion for music never left completely yet her involvement with the college and pro sports worlds did not allow a great deal of time to pursue other interests.
Upon graduating, McCready took a job doing PR for a sports management company in New York--and also, now free to do as she liked, began writing music again. Her uncle, a recording artist in Los Angeles, gave her a connection to a music producer in Nashville, who urged her to come visit and test out a few songs. To her delight, she was told by professionals that yes, she should be pursuing a professional musical path. She packed up her bags and moved south, and has been honing her craft ever since. Her first album, Love Hangover (“it was basically all about one very long relationship--the ups and downs”) was released in 2015, and McCready decided to take a different approach to the next release.
Ricochet Heart is Alannah’s sophomore release which will be out officially on April 27 and all of its tracks are either written or co-written by her. The first single and accompanying video for “Last Girl Standing” is a girl power meets whisky hour. There are many other stand out moments on the album, including the title track and the punchy first track “Enemies With Benefits." Sonically, this record should appeal to fans of Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.
Alannah is taking her can do attitude and confidence learned from playing a primarily male dominated sport to her music career. She takes her creativity seriously but with a healthy dose of fun and playfulness for her craft.