BRELAND RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM ‘CROSS COUNTRY’
Today BRELAND released his debut album, Cross Country, which features his unique blend of country, R&B, gospel and more. The album is comprised of 14 songs, including a few star-studded collaborations. Each track was co-written by BRELAND, with “Natural,” “Happy Song,” “Throw It Back,” “Growing Pains,” “County Line,” and “Cross Country” also co-written by roster mate Sam Sumser and “Told You I Could Drink” co-written by roster mate Zachary Manno. Furthermore, Sumser co-produced 13 of the album’s tracks and “County Line” samples Reservoir catalog cut “Nobody” by Sylvia.
To date, the album and BRELAND have been widely praised. Country Swag said, “Cross Country is as much of an official introduction to the genre as it is a glaring affirmation that he’s right where he belongs. On the eclectic collection, he flexes genres, effortlessly bending the rules in the best ways possible.”
Additionally, Cross Country debuted at #15 on Billboard’s Hot Country Album chart and #143 on the Top 200, with the song “For What It’s Worth” snagging #23 on Country Streaming Songs and #31 on Hot Country Songs. Previously this year, the album singles “Praise the Lord” feat. Thomas Rhett, “Told You I Could Drink” feat. Lady A, and “Natural” reached #21, #28, and #34 on Hot Country Songs, respectively.
In an interview with Billboard, BRELAND commented on the making of the album and shared the album’s title feels like a “mission statement” and a “social movement” to him – an opportunity to meld genres and bring listeners together. He said, “A lot of other genres, R&B, hip-hop and pop are all playing together, and I realize that country is often isolated and siloed on its own…Every song is rooted in country in some capacity, but we’re also playing around with a lot of other elements of soul, gospel, hip-hop, pop, just playing around with these different intersections. The whole album is a hypothesis really — asking the question, “What if country music sounded like this?”
Listen to Cross Country: