7. GONE WEST
Gone West is comprised of Colbie Caillat, Justin Kawika Young (who has written 10=#1 Hawaiian tracks), Grammy-nominated songwriter Jason Reeves and ACM/CMT/Grammy nominee Nelly Joy. Gone West premiered their debut single “What Could’ve Been” with a live performance on Kelly & Ryan. The song was the most added first week single by a debut artist this year and continues to grow in airplay and chart moves weekly. This is a very new country/Americana project…song and story driven. Gone West’s music brings a new freshness to modern country, straddling singer/songwriter vulnerability, Iowan humility, Lone Star tenacity and Hawaiian steel guitar. The playing is spare enough the instruments and voices shine, while the lyrics, which offer a heart-positive embrace of life, stand-out in the mix.
Gone West released their Country Airplay top 40 debut single “What Could’ve Been” last year to raving reviews and was followed up with a stunning video.