Pro Country

Deidre Thornell Has Her Sights Set on a Huge 2019

In early 2013, Dallas native Deidre Thornell made her first impression to country music fans with her debut EP, “Destination Unknown,” and she made sure it was a lasting one.

With the release of her second EP, “Dallas,” Thornell showcased a natural progression in her sound, and found some of her greatest success to date.

As she prepares to write the third chapter of her recorded music career later this year, Thornell details her journey to writing the third chapter, including performing the National Anthem at a Dallas Cowboys game, performing at the Ryman Auditorium, growing as a songwriter, and so much more. Read below to hear all about it!

Pro Country: Who were your biggest musical influences growing up?

Deidre Thornell: I had many different types of influences- I guess it depends on what aspect we’re talking about. When I was younger, I took vocal cues from Patsy Cline, Linda Ronstadt, Janis Joplin, LeAnn Rimes, Shania Twain, Whitney Houston, Martina McBride, Faith Hill and would be mesmerized by the stage presence of Reba, Cher, Madonna, Jo Dee Messina, and so many more. All these women are strong and unique in their own way.

PC: Was there a specific moment you knew you wanted to make music for a living?

DT: I have sung since I was a little girl. The earliest memory that my mom says she remembers is when I was 2-3 years old, and I would sing along out loud to the music playing in the grocery store. I have a huge family, and have always wanted the attention if there was ever a phone or camera out. I’m not sure if there was ever a specific moment, but I do remember after the 6thgrade talent show, that I took part in since Kindergarten, I cried to my mom and begged her to help me find more opportunities to sing in front of people, and I was off to the races from there! She helped me find a way to continue being on stage, so the next step was the Opry Circuit in Texas.