Manny Blu has released the first ballad “Valet” from his upcoming EP, DEViL. “Valet” features the harmonies of former NBC The Voice contestant and SiriusXM Canadian Top of the Country finalist Brittany Kennel. The new track is available on all streaming services here.
Written by Nashville’s finest, Aaron Eshuis, Ryan Beaver, Ryan Hurd, and Joe Clemmons, “Valet” brings a new acoustic, unexpected tone to Manny Blu’s upcoming EP. Blu connected with the lyrics on this song on a very personal level when he first heard it as they remind him of the days during the pandemic when he was in lockdown in Canada and reconnected with a love from his past.
Blu would imagine what spots they would visit in Nashville once allowed to go back to his home in Tennessee. The song tells the story of a couple taking on a Nashville night utterly enamored with the lights and each other. “Valet” fit the narrative of Blu’s life during the 2020 pandemic time period, and Brittany Kennell’s vocals took the track to new heights.
When talking about the collaboration, Blu was thrilled to have Brittany Kennell be a part of the track not only for her voice, but because they both are Canadians living out their dreams of creating country music.
Manny commented, “I’m so excited I got to work with a fellow Canadian artist Brittany Kennell on ‘Valet’,” said Blu on today’s release. “Canada’s country music fans have been there since day one for me. This is the most traditional country song on the EP, and it reminds me of growing up there and watching Shania Twain achieve global success. It only made sense to have an incredible female artist like Britt on it with me. I’m so humbled she came onboard and made ‘Valet’ what it is.”
To accompany “Valet,” the rest of Manny Blu’s EP DEViL will be released on August 20 of this year. The EP will feature five songs written by some of Nashville’s most esteemed writers, including but not limited to the following: Jessi Alexander, JT Harding, Brinley Addington, Anthony Smith, Michael Hardy, Craig Wiseman, and Logan Wall. Blu’s forthcoming EP, DEViL, centers around testaments of love and songs that describe where he is at in his life right now both personally and professionally. In addition to “Valet,” other tracks have been released, “Might As Well Lead” and “Train,” available here. Fans can anticipate two other upcoming releases off the EP, titled “Rusty Things,” and “Circle Up” (featuring Blaine Holcomb).
With his upcoming EP, this year, the former hockey player, MMA fighter, and native Canadian also launched the live performance series Live & Turned Up on his Official YouTube page HERE. Known for his dynamic live performances, Blu and his band wanted to recreate the energy of a live show in each Live & Turned Up series, saying, “I wanted to lean into alternative content, and I thought playing our live versions of songs and recording them was a fun way to do that…we wanted to showcase how exciting our live show is.” In the series, Blu exemplified what ‘country punk’ truly is, which he explains to be “country music to the core, with a punk attitude.”
Since its first launch earlier this year, the videos have been gaining momentum, leading to the continuation of the series; Live & Turned Up Vol 2 kicked off on April 30 with a Machine Gun Kelly cover of “Kiss Kiss” (here). More Live & Turned Up Vol 2 videos will be released in the coming weeks and include Blu putting his spin on Miley Cyrus’ “Prisoner” and live performances of his original songs, “Train,” “Playback” (from his album Leave It Like It Is), and “Rusty Things.” Live & Turned Up Vol 2 is filmed at the historic Exit/In in Nashville, Tenn, which has been the focus of a campaign to preserve its historical existence.
Live & Turned Up Vol. 1, available here, debuted earlier this year and put Blu and his band front and center performing some of their favorites and some of music’s most popular covers along with his original material. The video setlist includes The Pretty Reckless’ “Death By Rock and Roll,” “BLOW,” originally performed by Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, and Chris Stapleton, and Blu’s originals, “’95” (only available in series), “Old Money,” “Burnout Town” (from Blu’s 2020 sophomore EP), and “X on My Heart” from his 2019 debut.
Fans can stay up to date on news and announcements from Manny Blu by checking out his website.
DEViL Track List:
- “Train” (Ryan Beaver, Jessi Alexander, and JT Harding)
- “Might As Well Lead “(Aaron Eshuis, Joe Clemmons, and Logan Wall)
- “Valet” Ft. Brittany Kennell (Aaron Eshuis, Ryan Beaver, Ryan Hurd, and Joe Clemmons)
- “Rusty Things” (Ryan Beaver, Brinley Addington, and Anthony Smith)
- “Circle Up” – Ft. Blaine Holcomb (Ryan Beaver, Michael Hardy, and Craig Wiseman)