Due out July 15th, the track marks the first song from the Nashville touring act’s upcoming debut EP, Coastin’ (arriving Sept. 16th)
The Six One Five Collective — composed of award-winning songwriter/artists Jamie Floyd, Michael Logen, Nicole Witt, and Sarah Darling — will release its acoustic cover of The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights,” the first track from the group’s upcoming debut EP, on Friday, July 15th.
Steeped in the Music City mix of country, Americana, folk and pop (615 is Nashville’s area code), the sound of Six One Five Collective is an undeniable wall of distinctive harmonies and solo voices reminiscent of great American bands like Fleetwood Mac, and Little Big Town.
The Six One Five Collective — in the spirit of Highwaymen, Highwomen and Ten out of Tenn — is a group of solo artists that have blossomed into one of Music City’s touring, performing and songwriting supergroups.
“‘Blinding Lights’ was thrown into the ring as a potential cover idea in our very first rehearsal,” says Witt. “From the very first note, we knew it was the perfect song and first single for our upcoming EP Coastin’. Along with the hypnotic and moving harmonies that make the Six One Five Collective stand out in a room full of artists, the track marries the acoustic driven Americana guitars, mandolin and violin with swimmy electric guitar parts. With the haunting violin as the iconic hook melody that The Weeknd made famous, the Six One Five Collective has put their own soul-stirring, sexy spin on this pop-infused classic.”
Adds Darling, “We thought our 4-part harmony would add an interesting spin to the original, taking this ‘80s synth melody in a folky direction. We sang the chorus and immediately got chills. It was a very special moment knowing we had to record our unique version! Whenever you’re recording a cover, it’s important to really make it your own and I believe we accomplished that.”
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The Six One Five Collective’s roadshow is an eclectic mix of original solo music, hit songs they’ve written for household names like Kelly Clarkson, Kesha, George Strait, Lee Brice, Ingrid Andress, Marc Broussard, and Sister Hazel (as well as several TV shows such as “Nashville” and “Parenthood”), and high energy songs that are the “Six One Five sound.” Its four members have toured around the world opening for John Legend, India Arie, John Hiatt, Kenny Chesney, and others. They’ve played the Grand Ole Opry stage, C2C and have toured extensively overseas. They are nationally-awarded artists and songwriters with three Grammy nominations and an IBMA Song of the Year honour.