On her latest release, The Balladeer, Lori McKenna herself is offering her most uplifting and uptempo album in a catalog that spans 20 years. Produced by GRAMMY award-winning Dave Cobb, and recorded in Nashville’s historic Studio A, The Balladeer follows an incredible stretch of career momentum, continuing a series of landmark years for McKenna following her 2018 album, The Tree. Nominated for “Album of the Year” at the 2019 Americana Music Awards, the album received widespread critical acclaim and landed on several “Best of 2018” lists including Entertainment Weekly, Paste, Slate, The A.V. Club, The Washington Post and Rolling Stone. In 2016, McKenna’s album The Bird & The Rifle was nominated for three GRAMMY awards as well as three Americana Music Awards.
In addition to her career as a solo artist, McKenna continues to enjoy tremendous success as one of the music industry’s most in-demand songwriters. In 2017, she became the first woman ever to win the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year award two years in a row and also won back-to-back GRAMMY awards for Best Country Song for Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” and Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind”. Moreover, she became the first female to ever win Songwriter of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards that same year.
In addition to writing songs for a multitude of award-winning artists including Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Sara Bareilles, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Hunter Hayes and Reba McEntire, McKenna also co-wrote “Always Remember Us This Way,” which was featured in the Academy Award-winning 2018 film, A Star Is Born.