Priscilla Block

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Priscilla Block
Born (1995-08-11) August 11, 1995 (age 27)
Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer–songwriter
Instrument(s)
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2017–present
LabelsMercury Nashville
Websitepriscillablock.com

Priscilla Block (born August 11, 1995)[1] is an American country music singer–songwriter. Upon graduating high school, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a career in the country industry. In 2020, Block wrote and recorded a song that appeared on her Tik Tok account. It subsequently went viral. That song, "Just About Over You", was heard by Nashville music executives and helped her secure a contract with Mercury Nashville. Released as a single, "Just About Over You" became a charting song on the American country chart in 2021.

Early life[edit]

Block is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina and is one of five children.[2][3] According to Block, she grew up "super close" to her family. In an interview with Sounds Like Nashville, she recounted spending a lot of time outdoors with her family during childhood.[4] From an early age, she had aspirations of becoming a country artist. "I was gonna move to Nashville and chase this dream, and everybody looked at me like I was crazy," she told Songwriter Universe.[5] She also learned to play the guitar at an early age.[6] Block began performing in North Carolina, including the Deep South Bar, which is located in Raleigh.[7] In 2014, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue her goals in the country music industry.[5] Upon settling into her new environment, Block worked a variety of odd jobs to make a living.[1] During her early years in Nashville, Block was unhappy and considered moving home. One day, she had a chance encounter with Taylor Swift while walking down a Nashville road. Swift pulled the car over and invited her inside. "That was truly the day that I decided that I really needed to give music a fair shot and do this thing," she commented.[4]

Career[edit]

Block began her country music career by co-writing songs with other people. She also would "sit for hours" watching Nashville artists perform.[4] She also played several popular Nashville bars including the Listening Room Cafe and Whiskey Jam.[8] In 2017, Block released her debut extended play (EP) titled Different Route. The project was recorded in a closet studio by a producer whom Block asked to help her cut her own material.[5] Between 2016 and 2020, Block released several songs focused around self-love and acceptance. Penned by Block herself, these tracks included "Thick Thighs" and "PMS".[1] Many of these recordings appeared on the social media platform TikTok. Block began releasing music on the app during the COVID-19 pandemic. "I started posting original music and those videos started doing really, really well. It was interesting because I would post cover videos and then I would post my own videos and my own original music was kind of what was working," she explained.[4]

After running into an ex-lover in 2020, Block composed the song "Just About Over You". She posted herself singing the song live on TikTok[9] and the video went viral.[5][4] A fan of her music in California created a GoFundMe campaign to get it recorded. Three weeks after its composition, Block cut the song in a studio.[10] "Just About Over You" then went to number one on the iTunes music chart and topped other streaming platforms.[8][1] Still an unsigned artist, Block received multiple offers from Nashville record labels. Ultimately, Block chose to sign with Mercury Nashville. The label issued "Just About Over You" shortly after her 2020 signing.[10] Mercury then released a radio edit of "Just About Over You", which was produced by Ross Copperman.[8] months later, Block filmed a music video for the song, directed by Logen Christopher.[11] It subsequently peaked at number 81 on the Billboard Hot 100[12] and became a top 20 hit single on the Billboard country charts.[13]

Musical style and influences[edit]

Block's musical style blends country music with pop and southern rock.[1][7] Writer James Christopher Monger described Block as, "a country-pop artist who found success in 2020 with a string of relatable singles that effectively paired earworm melodies with unfiltered lyrics."[1] According to Block herself, she does not "commit to one sound or genre of music". "It's a little sass, a little trash and a little sad," she commented.[7] Block has cited Kelly Clarkson, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Dolly Parton and Chris Stapleton as musical influences.[14]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions, showing other relevant details
Title Album details Peak chart
positions
US
Country

[15]
Welcome to the Block Party 39

Extended plays[edit]

List of EPs, showing relevant details
Title EP details
Different Route[16]
  • Released: August 25, 2017
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Music download
Priscilla Block
  • Released: April 30, 2021
  • Label: InDent/Mercury Nashville
  • Formats: CD, digital

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing other relevant details
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[12]
US
Cou.
Songs

[17]
US
Cou.
Air.

[18]
CAN
Cou.

[19]
"Tip of My Tongue"[20] 2017 Different Route
"Just About Over You" 2020 81 17 14 39 Welcome to the Block Party
"My Bar" 2022 28[22]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

List of promotional singles, showing all relevant details
Title Year Album Ref.
"PMS" 2020 [23]
"Thick Thighs" Welcome to the Block Party [24]
"I Bet You Wanna Know" 2021 Priscilla Block [25]
"Peaked in High School" [26][10]

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Director(s) Ref.
"Just About Over You" 2021 Logen Christopher [11]
"Thick Thighs" [27]
"Peaked in High School" [28]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2021 Academy of Country Music Awards New Female Artist of the Year Nominated [29]
2022 CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year – "Just About Over You" Nominated [30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Monger, James Christopher. "Priscilla Block Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Priscilla Block". Universal Music Group Nashville. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  3. ^ "About". Priscilla Block.com. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d e Vaughn, Grace Lenehan (May 6, 2021). "Get to Know: Priscilla Block [Exclusive Interview]". Sounds Like Nashville. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d Kawashima, Dale (November 22, 2021). "Rising Country Artist Priscilla Block Talks About Her Debut Hit "Just About Over You," Her EP And Her Songwriting". Songwriter Universe. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  6. ^ "Priscilla Block". Grand Ole Opry. Retrieved 25 December 2021.
  7. ^ a b c Carr, Courtney. "Who Is Priscilla Block? 5 Things You Need to Know". The Boot. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  8. ^ a b c Cantrell, LB (October 2, 2020). "Priscilla Block Talks TikTok, Signing With UMG, And Writing What She Knows". Music Row. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  9. ^ Hissong, Samantha (August 6, 2020). "A Country Song Rode the TikTok Train to Number One in 12 Hours". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  10. ^ a b c Watts, Cindy (November 2, 2021). "Priscilla Block Wishes Someone Told Her Life Gets Better After High School: 'I Would've Saved So Many Tears'". People. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  11. ^ a b "Priscilla Block Tells the True Tale of a Ruined Night in 'Just About Over You'". Sounds Like Nashville. November 13, 2020. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  12. ^ a b "The Hot 100 Chart: December 11, 2021". Billboard. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  13. ^ Hollabaugh, Lorie (February 3, 2022). "Priscilla Block To Embark On 'Welcome To The Block Party Tour'". Music Row. Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  14. ^ Dukes, Billy. "Priscilla Block Says Kelly Clarkson Changed Her Life". Taste of Country. Retrieved 16 April 2022.
  15. ^ "Top Country Albums (Billboard): Week of February 25, 2022". Billboard. Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  16. ^ "Different Route by Priscilla Block". Apple Music. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  17. ^ "Hot Country Songs: December 11, 2021". Billboard. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  18. ^ "Country Airplay Songs: December 11, 2021". Billboard. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  19. ^ "Canada Country charts". Billboard. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  20. ^ ""Tip of My Tongue" -- Single by Priscilla Block". Apple Music. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  21. ^ "American single certifications – Priscilla Block – Just About Over You". Recording Industry Association of America.
  22. ^ "Billboard Country Update" (PDF). Bulletins.billboard.com. August 29, 2022. pp. 7–8. Retrieved August 29, 2022.
  23. ^ ""PMS" -- Single by Priscilla Block". Apple Music. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  24. ^ ""Thick Thighs" -- Single by Priscilla Block". Apple Music. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  25. ^ ""I Bet You Wanna Know" -- Single by Priscilla Block". Apple Music. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  26. ^ ""Peaked in High School" -- Single by Priscilla Block". Apple Music. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  27. ^ Lenehan Vaughan, Grace (November 10, 2020). "Priscilla Block Celebrates Body Positivity In Colorful 'Thick Thighs' Video". Sounds Like Nashville. Retrieved 24 December 2021.
  28. ^ "Priscilla Block -- "Peaked in High School"". Dailymotion. Retrieved 24 December 2021.
  29. ^ "Search winners: Priscilla Block". Academy of Country Music. Retrieved 12 March 2022.
  30. ^ "CMT Music Awards 2022: Complete list of winners and nominees". CBS News. April 11, 2022. Retrieved 16 April 2022.

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