With a rich, distinctive voice and a knack for writing powerful songs with catchy melodies, singer/songwriter Austin Merrill is proving to be one of country music's brightest rising stars. His unique sound is both traditional and modern, a seamless blend with mass appeal that feels just as much at home on stage as it does on the farm.
Featuring the Top 30 title track, Austin Merrill’s debut EP Whiskey & Water released last spring to critical acclaim. Together with Grammy Award-winning producer Mark Bright, Austin has crafted an impressive 5-track project that both embraces his 90’s Country upbringing and showcases his contemporary songwriting that effortlessly transitions to the ears of today's Country listener. Every track on the project was penned solely by Austin. Music played an essential role from an early age for the Oregon native, helping forge a strong sense of individuality and creativity in a multicultural family. Country music was family music for Austin, and the influences of his favorite childhood artists such as Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, and Shenandoah, can still be heard in the music he writes and sings today. Austin first came to town as an award-winning upright bassist and accomplished sax player. After graduating from Vanderbilt University, Austin answered another lifelong calling that he could no longer ignore: he joined the U.S. Army and is currently commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Tennessee Army National Guard. Being an officer in the Army has taught him countless life lessons and given Austin the chance to serve the common good while pursuing a burgeoning music career. The first single off the EP, "You'll Come Knocking," was featured on Spotify's New Boots Playlist and has garnered over 400,000 streams.
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