Great news for Maybe April, the all-female, Nashville-based, country music trio that has played at Martyrs’ in Chicago, and includes 19-year-old Alaina Stacey, the Chicago-bred singer-songwriter-guitarist I first spotted in the spring of 2013 when she was a senior at Whitney Young High School and acting in a Profiles Theater production of “The Dream of the Burning Boy.”
Maybe April has just signed with the highly respected producer Charlie Peacock, who will produce their first album of 10 songs.
In a prepared statement, Peacock (who also has produced The Civil Wars, Chris Cornell, Switchfoot, The Lone Bellow, Holly Williams, and Brett Dennen), said: “I got about thirty seconds into a video of Maybe April and was scrambling to find some contact information. They are so full of charm and musicality. I loved it from note one and hoped that they’d let me produce their debut recording. Dreams do come true. Lovely people with a sound that just might take them around the world a few times.”
In addition to Stacey, Maybe April includes Katy Bishop and Kristen Castro. The three write all their own songs and switch off on instruments and singing lead.
“We do country music that branches into Americana and folk,” Castro says. “It is a mix of all of us — Alaina is folk, Katy is country, and I’m indie pop.”
Maybe April has generated tremendous industry buzz since forming about two years ago. They were invited to perform at a Grammy week event called “A Song Is Born,” which was the 16th annual Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert in Los Angeles that also featured Bonnie Raitt and Kris Kristofferson, as well as Joy Williams of The Civil Wars.
Bishop, 20, is from Jonesboro, Arkansas, where she began writing songs at 14 and making twice-monthly trips to Nashville. Castro, 20, who is from Simi Valley, California, has been playing guitar for 10 years, and wrote her first song at 14. Stacey, 19, was raised in a family of musicians in Chicago, has been singing for as long as she can remember, and began writing songs at the age of 13. Bishop and Castro are currently recording industry students at Middle Tennessee State University.
The three women met in 2012 while attending Grammy Camp in Nashville. They were barely more than strangers when they decided to group together and present themselves as a trio. After they all moved to Nashville in the fall of 2013, they began writing together and have since performed hundreds of shows. In addition to appearing at Nashville venues such as the Listening Room, Tin Roof, Puckett’s, and the High Watt, they embarked on their first cross-country tour this past summer.
Maybe April’s album is currently in pre-production and is set to be released early next year.