Friday, 8 March 2019

Yorkshire Country singer-songwriter Jade Helliwell drops new single “Stormchaser” (Review)

The track coincides with Jade’s C2C: Country to Country Festival performances on the Icon Stage at London’s O2 Arena.

Jade Helliwell "Stormchaser" (Single Review)

Release Date: 8 March 2019

Label: Jade Helliwell

Time: 2:56

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Chart success:
Debut: #32 UK Country iTunes Singles Chart (#1181 UK iTunes all-genres)
Peak: #12 UK Country iTunes Singles Chart

Stormchaser is the follow up to her previous single “Drive” (Nov 2018). It was recorded at The Banger Hanger with musicians Rob Gulston (Holloway Road) and BCMA musician of the year Luke Thomas.

The fruits of a co-writing Nashville session it has a very contemporary edge, with dubstep leanings, finger snaps, vocal autotune sound effects whilst retaining country elements with banjo pickings.

Chasing recent trends, the modern production rather tips a nod to recent commercial recordings from Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini and Kacey Musgraves but the somewhat mudded mix doesn’t always allow the listener to hear the lyrics clearly.

With a measured dose of vocal aggression, this gritty number is inspired by the concept of being attracted to things you know are wrong.
As the thunder rolls in on this stormy affair, where the female character is sent spinning, fatally drawn into a bad boy relationship the beefy electric guitar solo heightens the tension and madness. It’s a trainwreck waiting to happen!

A juicy slab of modern country music, you decide?

Adrian Clark

What others are saying:

“It’s a monster of a song - think Carrie Underwood ‘Storyteller’ era” - Lyric Magazine

“I think Jade has achieved what she set out for with this single” – Your Life In A Song

She is superb” - Chris Stevens Chris Country Radio

“I am completely blown away by this song and I really hope Jade sings this during her C2C set” – Kellies Country Music Blog

“Great new song on the upbeat POP style” – Craig Parry Dapper FM

“Really love her music, that is one piece of music I REALLY, REALLY like” – Bob Angel Ridge Radio Community Radio Station

You came crashin into me
Made it hard for me to see
That lighting headin south
Flashes rollin cross the ground
I knew you wouldn’t stay
And I knew these clouds would break
But I just cant escape my mistakes

Even though i try to avoid it
Still somehow i head straight for it


I’m a storm chaser
Tryin to tame the rain
Caught up in disaster
Just waitin for the day
You’re gonna knock me down
Spin me around
Wreck me until your done
I’m a storm chaser 
Yeah a storm is gonna come

I think I’ve figured it all out
I think i know what its about
Im attracted to your crazy
How you constantly frustrate me
When i hear that thunder roll
I just give you all control
I let you wreck me even though i know I’m wrong

When the sky turns black to blue
I know I’m gonna miss the madness of you

Repeat Chorus x 2

Jade’s shoutout to her fans:

Expanded Press Release:

To say that Jade Helliwell had a good 2018 would be something of an understatement. Having gone viral in 2017 when she joined Leeds busker Dawid Osial for an impromptu rendition of ‘Hallelujah’. 20 million views later, newspaper coverage the world over and an army of new fans gave the independent singer/songwriter the determination to show that there was much more to her than initially meets the eye.

Having performed at festivals including Nashville Meets London, Country on the Clyde and Buckle and Boots, she released the stunning EP ‘INFATUATION’, which not only saw her receive critical acclaim but also nominated for numerous awards.

Released on 21 May 2018 her self-released 5 track EP INFATUATION (Amazon UKUK iTunes | Current Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,578 in Albums; #2820 in Digital Music Country). The EP debuted and peaked at #3 on UK iTunes Country Albums (#146 UK iTunes all-genres) quickly falling to #5 (#304 all-genres). The following day is was at #10 (#578 UK all-genres), then #21 (#942 all-genres) and by Weds May 23rd it had fallen off the top 200 UK iTunes Country Albums.
The project was successfully crowd funded using the Pledge Music platform (90 pledgers raised 105% of unknown goal). Around 60 people had a fun night (Fri 18 May 2018) for the EP Launch (Hosted by UK Country Live) at Eagle Inn in Salford with guests Devon Mayson and Stevie O'Connor.

Her best chart success came in May 2017 following an impromptu “Hallelujah” duet with busker Dawid Osial (BLOG) when the YouTube video went viral with over 16 million views. Her EP FORGET THE NIGHT (Amazon), originally released on Oct 24, 2016, climbed to #1 on the UK Country Album iTunes Chart and #8 on the overall UK iTunes chart. Her Facebook Page Likes increased by 856,000%!! She now has over 67,000 Facebook Followers one of the highest for a British country act.

On Dec 8, 2017 she dropped single “By My Side” (iTunes) which peaked at #2 on UK Country iTunes Chart (#225 UK iTunes all-genres)

Having taken home awards for Best Female (BOX Awards) Best Solo (BOX Awards) Outstanding Songwriting (Yorkshire Roots Awards), Song of The Year for “Boom Tick” (British Country Music Awards (BCMA) and Female Vocalist of The Year (British Country Music Awards (BCMA See BLOG) for a second successive year, she fuelled her energy into a new single, Drive, to close out 2018.
Described as “fantastic stuff” by Baylen Leonard (Chris Country), released on Nov 16, 2018 “Drive” (Jade Helliwell/ 116 Records | UK iTunes) debuted at #13 on UK Country iTunes.

However, before the year came to an end, she was approached by Firestone to the be the ambassador for their ‘Road To The Main Stage’ competition alongside BBC’s Abby McCarthy.

On Oct 8, 2018 she was presented with the ‘Outstanding Songwriter’ award at the Yorkshire Grassroots Awards (Instagram Photo)

Although 2018 was a true runaway success for the Leeds songsmith, 2019 is already proving even stronger. Having been invited to join the Buckle and Boots tour of Australia during January (See Blog), she is now preparing for a summer full of festival appearances – with full details to be announced in due course.

With one key festival appearance just around the corner, Jade was excited that Chris Country premiered her new single Stormchaser on the morning of 21st February and was added to the stations New Music playlist. Having co-written the Carrie Underwood-esque anthem alongside Luke Thomas, Jason Tucker and Daisy Davis during a trip to Nashville, Jade knew instantly that the song had to be her next single.

Listen to the Chris Stevens world exclusive first play on Chris Country Radio. “She is superb..I think you’ll love it, REALLY cool song

“Stormchaser is a bit of a different release for me. I’m excited to show this different side of my music to everyone. It really paints a strong image of being hooked on someone who you know is no good for you but you just keep on chasing after them and running straight into the eye of a storm. I hope people relate to it but also enjoy singing and dancing along to this one!”

Catch her Live Appearances:
Live Dates
Friday 8 March 2019C2C Country To Country Festival 16:00-16:25 Icon Stage
Saturday 9 March 2019C2C Country To Country Festival 13:00-13:25 Icon Stage
Fri 19 April 2019 – Gullivers, Manchester (109 Oldham Street M4 1LW) 7:30 PM Belles & Gals Present £9 Event

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1 comment:

  1. Love jade helliwell her latest song is fantastic as she gets stronger and stronger in the music world