Goodbye’ – single release 16th July
‘Best Laid Plans’ – album release August 6th
on Shell Records - Distributed by Pinnacle
Sandra McCracken writes music worth remembering and her third album
Laid Plans’ sees her at her most memorable yet. Sandra
has the ability to create music that has depth and dimension that you
could look back over years and still see something there you never saw
before. Despite being based in the heart of country music, Sandra’s
songs have more of a pop / folk feel. Her songwriting traces the influence
of timeless, thoughtful songwriters like Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne and
Shawn Colvin whilst vocally she is reminiscent of a young Emmy Lou Harris.
Sandra’s first two albums ‘The Crucible’ (1999)
and ‘Gypsy Flat Road’ (2001) were released
in American by Sandra herself through her website and independent stores.
Notching up both great reviews and significant sales, the records were
effortless for the ears, showcasing her guitar-driven songwriting and
proving that she deserves wide attention.
‘Best Laid Plans’ plans is produced by
Peter Collins (Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Rush, Indigo Girls)
who Sandra met in Spring 2003. Sandra: “I knew Peter’s work
and was excited to see how he would add to the songs. There was an amazing
chemistry and collaborative effort in the making of this record and
the final product is certainly well beyond what I could have imagined”.
Growing up as the youngest of five children in a music-loving family,
where the record player was always on, Sandra started out on the piano
before teaching herself to play the guitar. She would be inspired to
write lyrics whilst sitting in her English literature classes and when
her first self-penned song was performed by her fellow pupils to the
entire school “something clicked and I felt that as a musician
and songwriter I had my identity”.
The release of ‘Best Laid Plans’ on Dave Robinson’s
(founder of Stiff Records) new label Shell Records will be
Sandra’s first release in Ireland & Britain “I'm waiting
with anticipation to see if this album will translate across ocean,
culture, and all sorts of boundaries. I hope for the emotion and melody
to be universal and penetrating to audiences in Ireland & the UK,
but music is a mysterious business regardless. Anytime you connect story
and song with someone you've never met, you unleash all sorts of possibility.”
The debut single ‘Last Goodbye’ is a powerful
yet breezy pop song and if ever a record was “made for radio”
this is it.