At AWAL, we love sharing our artists' stories so their paths — as individual and unique as the music they make — inspire others to pursue their own music-career goals.
Here in our "My Journey" series, our members share their stories — the challenges they’ve faced, how they’ve overcome them, the milestones they’ve achieved, and where they hope the future leads.
This week, we're speaking with Sam Gray and Kaci Brown of the Nashville, London, and Los Angeles-based country duo Brown & Gray.
Can you tell us a bit about where your artistic journey began?
Sam: My journey began in my pram singing opera in our local butcher's.
Kaci: Mine began at two in a diaper with a wooden spoon and Garth Brooks playin' in the background.
What stage of your musical journey are you in now?
Right in the middle of an exciting one! We've laid the proper foundation to build something that lasts. We're learning to stay open and flowing and are loving the journey as amazing things come in every day.
What have been some of the biggest challenges you've faced so far?
The biggest challenge for the both of us has definitely been finding and creating balance. Between working hard to raise a family and dealing with the challenges of the long-distance partnership, we've had to rely on clearly communicating exactly what we need to continue moving forward. So far, so good!
What have been some of the most rewarding moments in your career so far?
First and foremost, it has to be our current single "Top Down" making Sirius XM's The Highway playlist! Plus, we've just hit over a million streams on Spotify. But we celebrate all the small victories every day.
Any major milestones on the horizon?
We're about to fly to the UK to play some shows and do some press in London. We're also getting close to finishing the album, with hopefully a US tour after that!
What are some of your ultimate goals for your music career?
To do what we love, love what we do, and build a fanbase that shares that love. That and headlining a stadium tour (or 20) would be pretty great, too!
AWAL Insights™ Into Brown & Gray's Journey
- Since partnering with AWAL in June 2017, Brown & Gray have earned over two million streams across Spotify and Apple Music.
- The majority of Brown & Gray's listeners are female (57%) and between 25-34 years old.
- Brown & Gray have been included on several Spotify playlists including Wild Country, Hot Country, and Country Bound — all of which have over 200,000 followers!
How has your experience with AWAL been so far?
They've been a great distributor for us! They assisted us in getting early exposure on Apple Music, which we're so grateful for. We're excited to release more songs with them in the future and see where AWAL can take us.
If you're looking for a true partner to help you take your career to the next level, become an AWAL member like Brown & Gray!