Madonna Nash - Self-Titled
It appears at times it is the man who rules the country music genre, but 2010 has been an incredible year for female artists: Taylor Swift continues to be unstoppable, Miranda Lambert released one of the best albums of the year, and Reba is still pumping out the hits in her mid-50s. Now, a North Carolina girl wants to get in on the action, and she's got a pretty good shot. Her name is Madonna Nash.
Nash released her self-titled debut album in early November. The Wilmington native was recently named 2010 Female Country Artist of the Year at the Carolina Music Awards. The blond-haired beauty is bound to continue to gaining traction with Madonna Nash.
Madonna Nash is not pure country by any means, but who is? So many of the genre's artists are considered "cross-over" these days, it is hard to define country. Like other new country artists, Nash's sound incorporates rock, pop and other influences. It appears to be the best route to go, attracting broader audiences.
"As a child, I used to do shows in my backyard for all the neighborhood kids," said the self-professed born entertainer.
Nash started writing her own songs as a teenager. Of the songs on Madonna Nash, she wrote half of the lyrics on her own and shares a co-writing credit on the rest.
On Madonna Nash, she immediately captures her audience with the sultry opener, "Dirty Little Secret." Nash commands her songs without hesitation. She uses the same sex appeal in "Out of Town," her singing so enticing, the words are almost negligible.
When she's not seducing the guys, she's telling them to get lost. "Drive" is about getting away from on old lover. In "Out of Sight, Out of Mind," she proudly states, "Closed the door on Mr. Past, tossed him away like old broken glass." The theme reappears in "Swinging Door," too, telling her cheating man to "get gone."
There's no shortage of women that will be able to relate to Nash's songs. They will surely enjoy singing along with her songs of empowerment.
Madonna Nash does have a few missteps, but that opinion wholly depends on the listener. Besides, country music, more often than not, isn't to be taken too seriously.
Nash enters cheesy territory her lyrics at times. "Firefly" is the prime suspect, with lines like "Your kiss is as juicy as a bite from a Georgia peach." The "bonus" track, "Watch My Purse," is a completely unnecessary addition to the album.
And, of course, there has to be a song with an alcoholic drink in the title. She commits the country music cliche crime with "Whiskey Whispers." It's fun and honky-tonkin', but do we really need another one of these?
Nash's album and career are not a solo effort: Her husband, Charles Fulp, is the driving force behind her. Fulp co-produced the album and helped Nash write several of the songs. His financial backing and music industry experience gives Nash an advantage over other emerging artists. His investment in Nash should prove to be worthwhile.
Madonna Nash is a sassy performer that could fit easily in a line-up of country music's biggest performers. She has the look, the voice and the confidence necessary to make it big in the industry. Madonna Nash is a well-produced and polished album. It is a great kick start to Nash's career.
Madonna Nash is online at MadonnaNash.com.