Easley is making a name for himself in the music industry – Picayune Item
Pearl River County native Angela Easley said she has released a new album, Rise, which debuted as the number one blues album on the Billboard, Soundscan and Sirius XM charts. She said her album also won three Roots Music Radio Reportage Number One Album Awards.
“Few artists in history have ever been number one on all of these platforms,” Easley said.
After learning about the success of her new album, she has some initial reactions.
“Oh my God, I was so excited…I prayed and worked so hard for this and everyone knows, knows that I’ve worked so hard and been promoting this album for a while. I knew God was going to be true to my heart. Yes, that was a huge surprise, but in a way, it wasn’t because God is just true like that,” Easley said.
Easley was 8 when she lived in Pearl River County. Around this time she started performing in public, but now she has branched out and become an independent star. Later, she would start her own band, move to Nashville, acquire shows and gigs to play, and then set up her record label, publishing and production company.
Easley started his own band called the Angela Easley Band after graduating from high school. His New Orleans-based band played on casino circuits across the United States for several years. When Easley was 24, she moved to Nashville Tennessee and turned her New Orleans-based band into a national band. Since that transition, Easley says the group has been doing well.
“I’ve had a lot of amazing opportunities over the years,” she said.
She is in residence at Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar, a place in Nashville where she has lived for five years and a radio show in Nashville called “Angela Easley’s Rock & Blues Roots Review”, weekly on “Radio Free Nashville” 103.7 FM and 107.1 FM.
Easley did not miss the opportunity to make herself and her music known. She created her own independent label called Class A Records and started a publishing and production company under the same name.
“I’m totally independent and that’s a huge accomplishment, not many artists are able to go number one, totally independent 100% as an independent artist and I did that,” Easley said.
With all of these accomplishments, she said she wasn’t done yet.
“Oh, I have a lot more boxes to tick, you never get to where you really want to be, there’s always room for growth,” Easley said.
She added that she wanted to start touring and that she wanted to start producing for other artists and releasing new artists under her label.
“Just keep building my brand and my name and doing good things with it. My whole philosophy with my music and everything I do is to encourage and uplift and unite people. You know, music heals hearts and that’s what I want to do with my music,” she said.
Last year, Easley won the International Singer Song Writer Association (ISSA) Female Singer of the Year award. This year, she was nominated in 10 categories for the ISSA award. There will be a public vote for the artist to win prizes and everyone can vote for Easley on the ISSA website. Voting will last until April 30.