About The Shires
A UK country singing phenomenon
The duo met after Earle (a struggling musician at the time), posted on social media – Facebook - "There must be a country singer somewhere". The answer came in the form of Rhodes. The reasoning behind the band’s name was that they wanted to keep a British self while taking on the US music stage. After performing for a while, the duo signed with Decca Records (in the UK), and with the label Universal Music Group Nashville (US), emerging as the first ever British country act to be employed by a Nashville label.
"Nashville Grey Skies” (2014) was their first single from the “Brave” album. The track’s lyrics talk about how the writer hopes the UK will have a country music metropolis of its own. Their album “Brave” was released in 2015 and placed 10th in the UK Albums Chart. This was also the first notable success, as the duo became the first UK country act to enter in the top 10. By 2016, The Shires broadcasted that their album – “My Universe” - will be released in October. So far the duo released the first single from the album - "Beats To Your Rhythm".
The Shires have written songs in collaboration with Steve Mcewan (he has worked with singers such as Keith Urban
, Tim McGraw
, Carrie Underwood
) and with Play Productions (Sweden) represented by Tim Larsson, Johan Fransson and Tobias Lundgren, who have composed songs for Rascal Flatts
and Celine Dion.