Edens Edge – An Introduction
Meet Edens Edge. They are Cherrill Green – harmony vocal, banjo, mandolin & guitar, Hannah Blaylock – lead vocals, and Dean Berner – harmony vocal, guitar & dobro. According to their website, they have a “vibrant sound that honors country music’s roots while creatively pushing the envelope with their seasoned musicianship, dazzling harmonies and insightful songwriting”. After hearing their new song, “Amen”, I’d say that description is dead-on.
They come from rural Arkansas. Their road to Nashville began with a songwriting contest. Their entry into that contest caught the attention of Kye Fleming, fellow Arkansan and hit songwriter of Barbara Mandrell’s “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” and Ronnie Milsap’s “Smokey Mountain Rain”, among others. Fleming encouraged them to move to Nashville. They did just that in 2007 and began working with her, honing their unique sound.
Fast forward to last year. Fleming was being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Edens Edge was asked to perform a medley of her hits at the induction ceremony. Toby Keith, Taylor Swift and the late Tammy Wynette were among the other honorees during the gala and the room was filled with Music City’s most powerful movers and shakers. That night, they got a record deal offer from Big Machine Records.
You can hear their new song, “Amen”, on K-LAW 101. You can hear even more of their music on their website. And check out this video from their Grand Ole Opry debut, complete with an introduction by Brad Paisley.