Deidre Thornell Releases "Somewhere Wild and Free"

May 4, 2017 - by Ashley White for Jam Catchers

There is something about Texas country that opens your heart and sinks in there rooting into all your emotions in such a raw way.  It really is such a special sub-genre of country all on it’s own.  Dallas native Deidre Thornell embodies her home state well in her new single “Somewhere Wild and Free“.  It is a step more in a modern direction from Deidre’s last project Destination Unkown which could almost be labeled vintage with a strong fiddle leading throughout the entire EP.

“Somewhere Wild and Free” is a softer side to Deidre and she is working it!  Deidre creates a feeling of nostalgia through the chorusthat brings you back to your first love.  

That feeling of being absolutely terrified of this all consuming love you feel for someone while all at the same time never feeling quite so liberated and free.  Deidre completely captures first love with “Somewhere Wild and Free” from the lyrics to the tenderness and angelic quality with which she sings the chorus.  Take a listen below and be sure to check out Deidre’s site for more information on her music and tour dates!  Does this song remind you of your first love too? Comment below and let us know!

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Featured Artist: Deidre Thornell

April 24, 2017 by Robyn Collins for Country Common

Deidre Thornell is a Texas girl who is now calling Nashville home. She says, “it’s going to be that way for a long time! I love Music City!”

The singer-songwriter writes a lot of her own music but tells CountryCommon, “I’m never opposed to cutting someone else’s song when it feels right.”

She plays the guitar, but enjoys having other people play for her, “because of how talented so many musicians in this town (Music City) are.”

Being raised listening to George Strait, Patsy Cline, RebaTrace Adkins, and Shania Twain, the singer admits she enjoys most genres but country is where her heart is.

When we asked who she looks up to, she shared, “Martina McBride, Whitney Houston, or Patsy Cline. But for performers, I’ve always looked up to Cher, Reba, and Shania.”

Thornell describes her sound as “contemporary country that is influenced with a bluesy-pop infusion.”

As many artists, her favorite song is, “The House That Built Me,” which was written by Tom Douglas, but made famous by Miranda Lambert.

The singer shared her best memory so far. “My proudest performance would have to be performing The National Anthem at AT&T Stadium for a Cowboys game in front of 90,000 screaming fans. It was surreal and I chase after that feeling everyday.”

She dreams one day of traveling the US for her own tour, then a European tour because, “Who wouldn’t want to travel the world playing their own songs?!”

Her pre-show ritual includes silent prayer, voice warm-ups and a wall push-ups.

Thornell has tried out for America’s Got Talent and The Voice and tells us, “That’s something I’m absolutely interested in continuing to pursue.”

Deidre Thornell Brings Freedom to Country Music

April 18, 2017 by Kara Johnson for Beyond the Stage

While you may not be familiar with Diedre Thornell yet, you soon will be. She’s got a fiery passion for sharing her voice in song form, and she does it effortlessly. Her music rests in the category of contemporary country with a pop infusion. Thornell isn’t one to give up when it comes to chasing her dreams and it’s evident through her summer-infused new single “Somewhere Wild and Free”.

Her fearlessness to conquer every battle that comes her way speaks volumes to who she is as a person and country music is lucky to have her. She’s a newcomer but her voice proves otherwise. The country newcomer compares herself to Miranda Lambert, believing her’s and Lambert’s careers are very much the same. We shall see. After all, Thornell doesn’t take no for an answer and she’s bound for success in every way.

We at Beyond The Stage got to speak with Diedre about her new single, her wild and free moment and what’s next for her. Read our interview below and don’t forget to listen to “Somewhere Wild and Free” now on Apple Music. 

BEYOND THE STAGE: What was the writing process like for “Somewhere Wild and Free”?

DEIDRE THORNELL:  I was inspired by a memory a few weeks prior and was listening to Sunny and 75 (Joe Nichols) on the way to my co-write with Bill DiLuigi and shared my experience with him, and from that blossomed Somewhere Wild and Free.

BTS: What’s the story behind the track? Why did you choose to write it and make it a single?

DT:  There was an abandoned bridge that me and some friends discovered over the Cumberland River. We needed a great Instagram picture, so we decided to walk on the bridge for the shot. The wind was blowing really hard and it felt spontaneous and exhilarating. I chose to make this one the first single because I’d like people to know who ‘Deidre Thornell’ is as an artist right now. The amazing thing about music is that this is who I am right now and in a year, when I come out with new music, I can look back at this journey and smile knowing that Somewhere Wild and Free was who I was at that time, and how other people can relate to this song and the feeling it creates for them too.

BTS: How is this song different from your other music? How is it the same?

DT: My music is different because I have grown up, and have had more experiences and insight on experiences to write about at this point in my life, and the amazing part also, is that I will always evolve in my artistry depending where I am in my life. Also, working with Jacob Rice as the producer on this project has been amazing. He is so talented and we make a great collaborative team.

BTS: What’s your favorite memory of when you felt wild and free?

DT: Standing over the water with the wind blowing in my hair and almost whipping us all off the bridge because it was blowing so hard. When we finally returned to land, I was having all these racing and rushing feelings – similar to how one feels for a first kiss, first hand-hold, engagement, marriage day…etc.

BTS: What’s been the best “wild and free” moment in your career thus far?

DT: My most “wild and free” moment in my career thus far probably would be this past year up until now. Everything has been a whirl-wind and I truly believe Nashville is a magical town. I’ve got to keep following this feeling and this dream. I’m truly excited and have no regrets about my move to town.

BTS: What’s next for you musically now that the single is almost out?

DT: My next move is to prepare for the EP release over the summer. This music is different than anything anyone has heard from me. I hope to continue to deliver that with every single or album that I release.

BTS: What do you hope your listeners get from this single and what are you looking forward to most when it’s out?

DT: I hope listeners feel happy, innocent and young no matter the age. I hope they visualize driving down a long stretch of highway feeling care-free. I hope they feel like they have the courage to make that first move with that special someone and that this song delivers that. I hope they feel energized and empowered and hopefully excited for the EP to release this summer.

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First Listen: Deidre Thornell's "Somewhere Wild and Free"

April 13, 2017 by Ana Cahill for Whiskey Riff

This one’s sure to have you in the mood for a little summer love.

Newcomer Deidre Thornell is about to release her debut EP, and this first track definitely has me excited to hear more of her music that blends contemporary country, blues and pop to create a sound that to me is the equivalent of musical sunshine.

“Somewhere Wild and Free’ was inspired by Joe Nichols’ ‘Sunny and 75’. I’d had an experience during a photo shoot a few weeks earlier that was thrilling, a bit scary, and a total adrenaline rush. I wanted to capture that feeling and make it something listeners could identify with. So I took the idea to my co-writer, Bill DiLuigi, and we came up with ‘Somewhere Wild and Free.”

Keep an eye out for her debut EP early this summer.

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