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C2C: Country to Country 2019 – Noah Schnacky, BBC Radio 2 Stage live review

Every year at C2C: Country to Country there are a handful of artists that aren’t as well-known to audiences as the rest of the line-up. One such artist this year is Noah Schnacky, a recent signing for Big Machine. Schnacky released two singles independently, which garnered more than 50 million streams between them. He’s built a fan empire on social media and he’s showing all the signs of being one of the Country music genre’s biggest new stars.

Yesterday Schnacky performed a six song set on the BBC Radio 2 Stage and it gave UK Country lovers a good chance to find out what he’s all about. It takes a brave person to walk on stage and singing an Old Dominion song, let alone one of that band’s finest but that’s exactly what Schnacky did. With a beaming smile on his face, the 22-year-old impressed with his confidence and his surprisingly soulful vocals.

Next up was his latest single Maybe We Will. The gently grooving song leans into the poppier side of Country and Schnacky’s vocals were super smooth. He also threw in a few little riffs here and there, giving a glimpse at what he’s capable at vocally. For More Beautiful, Schnacky sat on the edge of the stage and his smooth audience interaction sent a few of the women in the audience into a little bit of a giggly frenzy.

Speaking of his interaction with the audience, Schnacky sang Break Up With Him to a woman in the audience called Rebecca and later in his set he gave a rose to another woman. That’s the kind of showmanship that audiences love and it will certainly ensure that his female fanbase rush to the front of his concerts in the future.

Elsewhere in his set Schnacky covered Jake Owen’s Barefoot Blue Jean Night, revealed he was a romantic at heart before singing the gorgeous Last Name, and he brought things to a close with his debut single Hello Beautiful.

Noah Schnacky is an artist to keep an eye on. He’s already developed a huge fanbase but with Big Machine behind him, he could very well be a huge star. I feel like musically he’ll follow in the footsteps of label mates Thomas Rhett and Danielle Bradbery, crossing Country with pop. Whatever he does, I’ll be keeping an eye on him as I think he’s one to watch.

Set list: 1. Break Up With Him (Old Dominion cover) 2. Maybe We Will 3. More Beautiful 4. Barefoot Blue Jean Night (Jake Owen) 5. Last Name 6. Hello Beautiful Performance date: 9th March 2019

Pip Ellwood-Hughes
Pip Ellwood-Hughes
Pip is the Editor of Entertainment Focus and the Managing Director of agency Piñata Media.

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