The husband and wife duo, Two Story Road, have a long history of success in the music business – even if this is the first time you’re hearing about them. Comprised of Brandon and Jamelle Fraley, Brandon has been on tour with both Gretchen Wilson and Daniel Gokey, while Jamelle has been singing back-up for Carrie Underwood for years. It was after meeting at Belmont University, falling in love, and getting married, that the talented duo decided to start making beautiful music together. Literally.
On their up-coming EP, due out in December, they worked with heavy weight producer Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan) to develop songs rooted in dynamic storytelling and unforgettably big melodies. Their debut single, “Arson” is a dark story about two sisters doing what they need to outrun a twisted home life. If the single is any indication, the music world is in for a treat when they release their EP later this year.
I had a chance to sit down and get to know them a little better. Check out my interview with Two Story Road below:
How did the two of you meet and when did you decided to start making music together?
Jamelle: We met at Belmont University and started dating, and actually got married while I was still in school.
Brandon: I think right away after meeting we loved singing together. We thought it was a lot of fun.
J: We just realized we sounded really good together and blended really well. We loved singing together even when our jobs took us different directions. We got the opportunity to travel separately from each other over the years and it was kind of cool at times. Then we realized a few years ago that we needed to make this duo and sing together permanently. Stop singing with other people and just sing together forever. So that’s when we started Two Story Road.
What artists have inspired you, both individually, and as a band?
B: You know, Jamie and I both had very similar childhoods that both of our parents recognized at an early age that we loved music. Thankfully, both of us were exposed to a lot of music growing up. I know for me, I was singing everything from Brian White to Brian McKnight.
J: Yes! All the genres for sure. I was in love with Mariah Carey, and anyone that had a huge female voice, like Whitney Houston or Martina McBride. Loved Martina! She was so inspiring to me with that big voice. Then has a band we love…
B: All of the modern country bands are amazing. So many, we’re huge fans of all the superstars. But even outside of country we love John Mayer, Sara Bareilles.
J: Anyone with great melodies and something to say! Great lyrics especially.
How would you describe your sound to someone that’s never heard it?
B: I think our songs are always melodically and lyrically driven.
J: Yeah, we have big melodies.
B: We’re a married couple, we’re real people, and we like singing about real people.
J: We love harmonizing with each other, so every song is melodically driven but also we try to weave those harmonies together in a unique way. And lyrics are the most important thing for us.
B: Melody and lyrics, we like our songs to say something.
J: And songs that are well crafted. That’s always what we’re looking for.
You’ve both accomplished so much separately, but what has been your favorite moment as a band thus far?
B: Being able to record our first project at Starstruck Studios with Mark Bright and seeing the musicians in the studio playing on our project, knowing these are the same musicians that have played on countless CD’s and albums that have impacted who we are musically… I don’t know if it gets much better than that.
J: Tom Bukovac… Come on. He’s played on every great album that we’ve listened to in the last 15 years.
B: Watching Jimmy Nicols play on my song when I’ve seen him play with Reba and Faith Hill… that was incredible.
J: I know you asked for our favorite moment, but that was like hundreds of moments, we were just on cloud nine the whole time.
Tell me the story behind your new single, “Arson.”
J: We wrote that one in our last writing session for the EP. Right before we were about ready to start recording in January. We pretty much had one more shot to write something, we started talking, lets think outside the box and be as creative as we can possibly be. We wanted to write a story that really means something. It’s about two girls, we made them up – it was fun, and it was a challenge, and we felt like we came up with something really meaningful at the end of that day.
B: I remember going into the writing of that song thinking, “lets see what we can create from scratch.” Like she said, something meaningful. At the end of the session it’s always fun to read back the song as you created it line by line. We wrote it with Fred Wilhelm and Barry Weeks, so we definitely have to give them credit as well.
J: We all had goosebumps! We were all pretty sure it would go on the EP. We had no intention of it being a single, but that’s what ended up happening!
What can listeners expect off your up-coming EP?
B: When someone asks to hear something off the EP, I’m so thankful for iTunes shuffle, because I let that decide. We’re so in love with all six of these songs.
J: We really are!
B: We’re so proud of what they accomplished as a song, both lyrically and melodically, as far as who we are as artists.
J: It’s really, honestly hard for us to pick a favorite. We love these songs that much. Every song is different.
B: Every song accomplishes something different, but when you listen to all of them, there’s continuity.
J: It takes you on a little bit of a journey and helps you get to know us a little better.
B: Hopefully everyone enjoys the journey!
What are you most looking forward to in 2016?
J: Goodness… everything! Every single thing that could possibly happen in 2016 is what I’m looking forward to! With us releasing our first official music at the end of this year, that leaves next year wide open for any possibility, any opportunity! Whether it be opening for some artist that we love or traveling and meeting people we’ve never met.
B: Performing on stages that we’ve always wanted to be on…
J: The world of country music is now open to us. So it’s hard to pinpoint one thing. We’re excited about every single thing.
B: We’re finally walking through the door that’s going to allow us to have all those options. We’re thrilled.
J: We couldn’t be more excited than we are right now!
Huge thanks to Two Story Road for sitting down with me! I can’t wait to hear more of what they’ve got cooking!