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Bre Kennedy Dances Into The Future On "Slippin"

The Nashville singer-songwriter finds comfort in possibility on her debut single.

Bre Kennedy

"I wanna keep collecting moments," Bre Kennedy confesses in "Slippin."

And maybe it's that small revelation of a line that best embodies the shimmering sincerity of her debut. Premiering on Popdust just in time for International Women's Day, Kennedy's new track exudes a natural frankness refreshing in modern pop.

"Slippin" is the first single off of Kennedy's upcoming EP, Jealous Of Birds, and already makes an engaging argument for Bre Kennedy's presence on your playlist. Kennedy's voice, switching effortlessly from soft verses to an anthemic chorus, smoothly blends the folk and country influences brought from her roots in the Nashville music scene. It's clear that Kennedy knows herself as a songwriter first: her lyrics weave in and out of the music effortlessly, unfolding the song naturally to the listener.

It's a rare thing to hear a pop song that embraces ambiguity as willingly as "Slippin" does. Kennedy reflects on past loves, the feeling of your own life leaving you behind, and the intimidating openness of the road ahead. But instead of giving in to doubts, she finds a foothold in uncertainty, genuine comfort in the possibilities of the future. She's not without her anxieties, but "Slippin" sees these as mere stepping stones in her journey. As a narrator, she's achingly relatable and as a new artist, she's more than ready for the spotlight.


Matthew Apadula is a writer and music critic from New York. His work has previously appeared on GIGsoup Music and in Drunk in a Midnight Choir.


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