Having released her third studio album, ‘Provoked,’ this past August and it’s first single, ‘Bad Girl Phase’ reaching the top spot on the Texas music charts, Sunny Sweeney dares to be different with her music and chooses to make the kind of music that she wants to do. She was kind enough to call into New England Country Music to discuss her new record, the songs, and the tour she will be opening for in the spring of 2015.
Growing up in East Texas, Sweeney listened to Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter. These country legends and their old style of country music have been a big influence in the music Sweeney makes today. Sweeney made her Grand Ole Opry debut in 2007, where all of the legends she listened to growing up, had stood before her. Since then she has made her appearance on the Opry Stage, as well as the Ryman Stage, forty more times. But even after that many times, she still has a reaction every time she goes out there. “It is full of history and I’m extremely nervous every time I’m there. I guess it’s because I don’t want to mess up. It’s pretty intense.”
In 2010, three years after her first Opry debut, Sweeney had her first top ten single, ‘From a Table Away,’ off her sophomore album ‘Concrete.’ It earned her a place in the record books for being the highest-charting debut single from a female country artist in four years on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs. Although pleased that the song was so popular and grateful that it reached number ten on the charts, Sweeney is very humble about the achievement the song had made. “I really didn’t think of it as becoming a successful song. I wanted it to happen, yes, and it took a lot of blood sweat and tears to make it work. It didn’t just happen overnight.”
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