Rising country artist Brandon Lay wrapped up an impressive 2018, making it a year of many firsts for the newcomer. Over the Summer, Brandon joined Kenny Chesney on his Trip Around The Sun stadium tour, garnering impressive remarks from critics for his energetic live show and his songwriting. The official recap video from the 19 stadium dates can be seen HERE.
This Fall, Brandon and his wife welcomed their son Ryder Knox Lay two days before Lay made his Grand Ole Opry debut. To make the evening even more memorable, Brandon left the Opry stage that night and headed to the hospital to bring home his new family. Capping off the year and celebrating their first holidays together, he released a cover of “Tennessee Christmas”, which was recorded with wife Nicole and their newborn son.
Kicking off the new year, Brandon was named a 2019 Artist to Watch by The Tennessean, PopCulture.com, The Boot, and Country Music Tattle Tale. The news follows the end-of-year announcement that Brandon was tapped to be part of the Vevo DSCVR Class of 2019, the only country music artist represented in the class, and CMT’s Listen Up Artists of 2019. Brandon’s single “Yada Yada Yada” is currently No. 37 and climbing the country radio charts. Brandon is in the studio writing and recording for his debut album.
Brandon Lay has hit the Top 40 on the country charts with his song, “Yada Yada Yada.” The tune, which he co-wrote with friends Mikey Reaves and Heather Morgan, actually started out as just “filler” material.
“I actually just used that as a filler lyric in my voice memos in my phone because the melody came first. Sometimes the lyrics come first and sometimes the melody comes first,” says Brandon. “But I had a co-write the following week Mikey Reaves and Heather Morgan who are two of my favorite people to write with in town, and I kinda threw that out there and played them the very rudimentary work tape, and we kinda just came up with an angle for that title so we ended up calling it ‘Yada Yada Yada.’ And you know it’s not really a song lyrically that’s supposed to shake the earth, but I think it does show a different side than the debut single and that’s why we went with it.”
EMI Records Nashville’s Brandon Lay was named as one of Vevo’s 2019 DSCVR Artists to Watch.
Audio / BRANDON LAY EXPLAINS HOW HE STARTED WRITING HIS NEW SONG, "YADA, YADA, YADA."
Brandon Lay (Yada, Yada, Yada) OC: …went with it. :36 “I actually just used that as a filler lyric in my voice memos in my phone because the melody came first. Sometimes the lyrics come first and sometimes the melody comes first. I had a co-write the following week Mikey Reaves and Heather Morgan who are two of my favorite people to write with in town and I just kinda threw that out there and played them the very rudimentary work tape, and we kinda just came up with an angle for that title so we ended up calling it ‘Yada Yada Yada.’ And you know it’s not really a song lyrically that’s supposed to shake the earth, but I think it does show a different side than the debut single and that’s why we went with it.”
Some of UMG Nashville’s talented artists have recited the age-old holiday poem, “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” This year, we have Alan Jackson, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, TJ and John Osborne (Brothers Osborne), Jordan Davis and Brandon Lay doing the honors.
For your convenience, we’re offering a produced and a dry version of the holiday classic.
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. John Osborne The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his reindeer they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!
“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! On Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”
So up to the house-top the reindeer they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.
Darius Rucker And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack. Carrie Underwood His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight,
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”
Audio / Twas the Night Before Christmas (produced)
EMI Records Nashville’s Brandon Lay was named as one of Vevo’s 2019 DSCVR Artists to Watch. Brandon recorded two Vevo Originals of his songs “Miss and Tell” and “For My Money,” which were both released today. The program highlights 20 of the world’s top emerging artists poised to break out over the next year. Brandon is the only country artist selected for the program’s class of 2019. Vevo rolled out the complete list for their highly-anticipated ‘Vevo DSCVR Artists to Watch’ campaign throughout November and December. Past alumni of Vevo’s DSCVR series include Billie Eilish, Jack Garratt, Years & Years, Wolf Alice, Sam Smith, Jorja Smith, Maggie Rogers and Alessia Cara.
In addition to the two Vevo songs released today, the Tennessee native caps off his year releasing a live version of “Tennessee Christmas,” performing the song with his wife Nicole and new-born son Ryder Knox Lay. Watch HERE. Brandon’s current single “Yada Yada Yada” is climbing the country radio charts. For tour dates, music, and more information about Brandon visit brandonlay.com
Brandon Lay and his wife Nicole covered the holiday song, “Tennessee Christmas,” and released it on Youtube. They included their infant son Ryder who made his video debut in the clip. The song has special meaning to Brandon who grew up in West Tennessee.
“‘Tennessee Christmas’ is one of my favorite Christmas songs just because I was born and raised in Tennessee, and it’s one we always sang around the piano this time of year,” says Brandon.
They haven’t thought about any new holiday traditions, but Brandon says it’s a different dynamic as a family of three and they’re going to savor every moment of son Ryder’s first Christmas.
Brandon is currently making his way up the country charts with “Yada Yada Yada.”
Audio / Brandon Lay explains why he covered "Tennessee Christmas."
Brandon Lay (covering Tennessee Christmas) OC: …for a cover. :11 “‘Tennessee Christmas’ is one of my favorite Christmas songs just because I was born and raised in Tennessee, and it’s one we always sang around the piano this time of year. So, it just seemed fitting to do it for a cover.”
Audio / Brandon Lay and his wife Nicole haven’t created any new Christmas traditions with the addition of their brand new son, Ryder, but are looking forward to spending time together as a family of three.
Brandon Lay (new tradition with Ryder) OC: …looking forward to it. :23 “Yeah, so we have a new addition to our family this year for Christmas. We kinda spend time between her parents’ place and my parents’ place in Jackson (Tennessee). So as far as any new traditions, it’s just gonna be totally different dynamic having him here. So, we look forward to creating those, and we don’t really have anything specific in mind, but just the fact that there are three of us now is probably enough change for now, so we’re looking forward to it.”
Brandon Lay usually goes home to West Tennessee for the holidays, and he and his wife Nicole will be taking his new son, Ryder. During his time at home, he and his family are certain to catch his favorite Christmas movie, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, at least once or twice.
Brandon, whose single “Yada, Yada, Yada” is climbing the country charts, recalls his favorite Christmas gift that he still uses today. “My favorite Christmas present is a Craftsman toolbox that my Mom got for me. I think I was 17? And I love it, because I’ll have it forever and pass it down and anytime I get downtime and get that time to tinker with stuff, I think of her. So, that’s the one that stands out the most.”
Audio / BRANDON LAY SAYS HIS FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MOVIE IS ONE THAT STARS CHEVY CHASE AS CLARK GRISWOLD.
Brandon Lay (favorite Christmas movie) OC: …a staple. :11 “My favorite Christmas movie [is] probably Christmas Vacation. I feel like that one’s usually on repeat around Christmas time, even if it’s on in the background. It’s kind of a staple.”
Audio / BRANDON LAY SAYS HIS FAVORITE CHRISTMAS PRESENT IS A TOOLBOX HIS MOTHER GOT FOR HIM WHEN HE WAS JUST 17.
Brandon Lay (favorite Christmas present) OC: …the most. :21 “My favorite Christmas present is a Craftsman toolbox that my Mom got for me. I think I was 17? And I love it, because I’ll have it forever and pass it down and anytime I get downtime and get that time to tinker with stuff, I think of her. So, that’s the one that stands out the most.”
Here are some holiday liners from UMG Nashville artists, including Adam Hambrick, Alan Jackson, Billy Currington, Brandon Lay, Brothers Osborne, Carrie Underwood, Clare Dunn, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Gary Allan, George Strait, Jon Langston, Jon Pardi, Jordan Davis, Josh Turner, Keith Urban, Kip Moore, Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Travis Denning and more!
“Happy Thanksgiving everybody. It’s Keith Urban here. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all of you listening for your incredible love and support that I’ve received over the last year, and to wish you and all of your family all the very best for this holiday.”