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Single Premiere: Alannah McCready - Can I Call

By Jof Owen

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Having to make the difficult choice between ice hockey or country music isn’t the back story of most country singers, but then again, Alannah McCready isn’t most country singers.

Growing up in Minnesota, she got her first pair of ice skates at the age of three, around the same time that her mother subconsciously passed on her love of the country music that she’d grown up on in Oklahoma. Alannah McCready learnt how to sing by watching Trisha Yearwood and Martina McBride, and spent her hours away from the ice singing everywhere she went and offering free concerts to her family.

She attended the University of Madison, WI, on a full athletic scholarship for women's hockey, but her passion for music never left her. After she’d graduated and taken a job doing PR for a sports management company in New York, she began finding the time to write music again. Her uncle, a recording artist in Los Angeles, hooked her up with a music producer in Nashville, who urged her to come to visit and test out a few songs. Not long after she was packing her bags and moving south down to Nashville.

Now she’s turning the page onto the next chapter of her music with a new EP and an album on the way. The first taste came with last year’s ‘Something Like That’, a sultry slice of classy pop country that would have fitted seamlessly alongside any of the songs off Carly Pearce’s last album. Next up is the gently uplifting ‘Can I Call’, which will join ‘Something Like That’ and three other new songs – girl power anthem ‘Back To Me’, ‘Take It Slow’ and the tissue soaking big weeper ‘On My Own’ – when the EP comes out in May.

Holler is excited to be exclusively premiering ‘Can I Call’ below.

A breezy duet between McCready and the song’s co-writer Will Gittens, ‘Can I Call’ digs into the emotional tussle of a long-distance relationship and the loneliness of being in love but living on two separate coasts, as they look to each other for hope and reassurance.

“In the simplest terms possible, ‘Can I Call’ is a song about a long-distance relationship”, McCready explained about the song. “The track describes the feeling of not knowing the next time you will see your loved one and how difficult that separation can be. The song also explores the idea that even when your significant other is far away, if you know that you can call them at any time, day or night, that will bring you comfort, and you will be able to get through more than you think. I think this message will hit home with a lot of couples who might be far away from each other these days.”

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