The Voice winner Chevel Shepherd might be a recent high school graduate, but the up-and-coming artist has also been busy releasing new tunes independently. Debuting her latest single “Southern Boy” from her upcoming EP, the performer’s vocals shine on lyrics, singing, “Give me a Southern boy / I’ve been around the world / And if I had my choice / I’d take a Southern boy.”
Going her own course after winning the hit reality competition show was on purpose as Shepherd wisely chose to find her own sound rather than signing a label deal. “It’s been great because I have my own creativity. I can create my own craft, my own sound, and how I want to be. I feel great to have that kind of power over my own voice and music.”
Advice from her Voice coach, Kelly Clarkson, also played into the decisions she’s made regarding her budding career. “Whenever I actually got onto Kelly’s team and she started working with me, she really helped me realize [to not] worry about what to do next … to just go out there on stage, have fun and be your best.”
When it came to choosing songs for her upcoming EP release, Shepherd admitted that she’s been working for a long time to make sure her first project sets the tone for what’s to come.
“Everyone has been waiting for music from me since I won The Voice. It’s been a process, [and] we waited a long time. I’m really excited for them to share all the music … each song shows who I am as an artist. ‘Southern Boy’ is super upbeat and I love the storyline behind it. I can definitely relate to [the song] because, you know, I’m a country singer and I love cowboys.”
Other tracks the young singer has given her fans include the Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark-penned “Everybody’s Got a Story” and the track “Mama Got the Chair,” co-written by her fellow Season 15 The Voice contestant Dave Fenley alongside Nora Collins and Nick Donley. “I think [‘Mama Got the Chair’] was the first song I got … and I just fell in love with the story and how it was the callback from the lady’s point of view to George Strait’s song ‘The Chair,’” Shepherd explained.
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