J. Marc Bailey sets the bar with his fourth country radio release, “I Can’t Stop You.” Written by hit songwriter Jeffrey Steele (Tim McGraw/Faith Hill/Billy Ray Cyrus/LeAnn Rimes) and produced by Buddy Hyatt (George Jones/Dailey & Vincent/Jo Dee Messina/Lee Greenwood/Tracy Lawrence/TG Shepherd), this most recent single, "I Can't Stop You" was released to Radio toward the end of 2021 and has been moving quickly up the terrestrial radio charts. It broke top 10 on the New Music Weekly charts just before the end of the year and is still climbing. It followed that momentum and success by breaking into the top 80 on the Music Row Charts jumping over 140 spots in the first 9 weeks. It has already seen close to 300k streams across all the major digital channels.
"Stylistically, J. Marc’s vocals are ‘easy-does-it’ overall; the simplistic production of the track left space wide open for his emotion to breathe life into the storyline,” introduced producer Buddy Hyatt. “The instrumentation is right down the pipeline and in keeping with some of the greatest traditionalists before him."
The track opens with a mellow introduction that leads into a beautiful melody supported by a creamy blend of acoustic guitar and pedal steel heightened by electric guitar licks, drum kicks and subtle cymbal washes. J. Marc’s impassioned yet simplistic vocal delivery paints the heartfelt imagery of the painful regret in letting go.
The song is about supporting the one you love to chase their dreams, learning to let go and fighting your own heart in the right decision to do so,” said J. Marc Bailey.
New Release! If you’ve been out to hear us live this past year you’ve probably heard Jeneen Terrana and I play “The Soundtrack of Our Lives”. We recorded it not too long after we finished “Bring The Love Back” at a time when Myself, Jeneen and a couple of our other friends were all individually making the transition to being in Nashville fulltime. I think all three of us each had our moments of doing a bit of a gut check during the process lol! It speaks to that feeling of uncertainty about the future but not being willing to stay put and live with the regret of what might have been.
We are excited to be releasing it this coming Thursday, Jan. 6th, as our follow up and second duet. It will be available on all the major streaming channels at midnight. You can also get a pre-release copy on my website just click here and on Jeneen's at www.JeneenTerrana.com
Founded by Jon Gossett in 2014, The Life’s Worth Living Foundation, a Utah based 501c3, was created with a three-fold mission; to raise awareness, educate and prevent suicide.
“It all started in Tooele, Utah, back in February 2014 when three young men lost their lives to suicide. While visiting with a family member of one of these young men, the conversations kept returning to the same questions. “What could I have done differently? What could I have done to save him?” It was during this conversation that we agreed that something should be done to raise awareness and prevent this unspeakable sadness from happening to others. That some good should come from these heartbreaking events. That we could ultimately play a small part in becoming a blessing to others. It was with this goal in mind that the Life’s Worth Living Foundation came to be,” says Jon Gossett.
Hosted by KBULL93, the event will kick-off at 7 p.m. with special guests and Nashville recording artists Jeneen Terrana, Mourning Farm Report and Cole Bailey. J. Marc Bailey has a new single on radio, "I Can't Stop You" call your favorite station and request it. Come enjoy an evening listening to country music and doing it all for a great cause. Currently Utah ranks 6th in the nation for suicide. Together we can change this staggering truth.
Local affiliates include Stand Up for a Safe Utah, Honor 365 and Sandman Entertainment Studios. For information on the Life’s Worth Living Foundation visit their website at lifesworthlivingfoundation.net.
Singer J. Marc Bailey recently announced the release of an outstanding new single: “I Can’t Stop You.”
RADIO RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 3rd, 2021
This particular song was actually set for release to radio in March 2020. With the world coming to a grinding halt due to COVID-19 it has made life pretty tough for people in general and it’s certainly been a major downer for musicians and artists with many of them unable to perform or get their music out there. However, J. Marc managed to stay active writing and recording and now decided to release this song this year with it being the follow up single to “Unbroken,” which is also available on radio, satellite and the vast majority of digital streaming platforms, to great critical and public acclaim.
The song begins with a mellow introduction. The acoustic guitar has a bright, heavenly sound, which lets you feel the strumming attack of the pick, but without giving the part any harshness whatsoever. The sound is so balanced and direct, with a robust low end, but at the same time, a lot of string attack. This is really the kind of acoustic guitar sound that you want from a country-rock album! At the same time, the beautiful lead melody features a creamy overdriven sound, with some nice bends that almost remind the audience of a lap steel guitar, but with a bluesier touch. In addition to that, the drumbeat is steady, serving as the backbone to the song, and giving the track a more natural and powerful feel, with a bit of a pop-rock twist.
J. Marc is a talented vocalist who knows how to express himself to the fullest. His style makes me think of artists as diverse as Keith Urban, as well as Slaid Cleaves, Brad Paisley, just to name a few of his peers in modern country music.
This song could almost be defined as a “power ballad.” It has some truly amazing bridges that take the vibe to a more intimate place, but the choruses are really huge, almost aiming for that stadium-sized vibe that you would expect from an arena rock band. The electric guitar, in particular, brings a lot of size to the hooks, with big suspended chords, matching the drums as they become more intense, with some nice cymbal washes and flourishes.
All in all, this song is an amazing piece of modern country, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to any fan of this genre and beyond. The song clocks in at slightly under the 4-minute mark, and in doing so, it feels like a perfectly executed composition. Every part is performed with mastery and with passion, highlighting the perfect balance between technical chops and emotional delivery. This is yet another fantastic addition to J. Marc’s songbook, and it could serve as an amazing introduction to him as an artist, especially if you are not familiar with his music.
To conclude, it is safe to say that J. Marc definitely managed to set the bar higher with this release and achieve something quite special. “I Can’t Stop You” comes across as a very personal song, which feels like a perfect demonstration of J. Marc’s heartfelt and genuine personality. As an artist, he strikes me as the kind of performer who is often on the lookout for ways to innovate his sound, settling for nothing but the absolute best in terms of quality, on a quest to further redefine his feel and tone.
Technically speaking, the recording, mixing, and mastering of this song are absolutely flawless, and as a studio geek myself, I always like to focus on this particular aspect when I am listening to new music. Sure, production is not everything, but to me, an artist who creates well-produced songs as J. Marc does is kind of an assurance of quality and credibility. “I Can’t Stop You” would have probably sounded amazing as a rough demo recorded from a phone, but the fact that the track features such a layered and nicely polished (but never “over-polished”) production goes a long way in showing how seriously J. Marc takes his music and his listeners. The production craft on this release, the quality, and the clarity of the recording definitely adds to the listening experience, giving the track a lot of depth and dimension. It almost feels like you are right there in the music when you listen to it on a good set of speakers or with your favorite headphones!
J. Marc Bailey has had an interesting ride so far. He first appeared on these pages back in February of this year when we featured his single “Once a Cowboy.” The song was one of many highlights from a remarkably productive and successful year for the Country crooner. 2020 saw a dozen singles from the Nashville, Tennessee songwriter. The tremendous output marked a comeback of sorts for Bailey and it is a wave he is still riding high.
In the early 2000’s Marc launched the first phase of his music career. He had a hit record and was rubbing shoulders on stage with the likes of Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert and many more. Then he took a step back from center stage and lived life. He worked behind the scenes in the music business and spent quality time with his family. The spotlight eventually beckoned him back. However, with 15 more years under his belt he had learned a few lessons about music and life.
That’s where “Unbroken” comes in. Marc’s latest single is one with origins in those early years. However, like the singer himself, the song has grown deeper roots and taken on a wiser view of the world. Lyrically “Unbroken” takes a look back at the storms the singer has weathered over time, and looks ahead to the unknown with a learned resolve. It’s a song about getting older, but not about getting old. It’s about appreciating the ride and taking a little pride in making it this far. Marc explains that in its original incarnation the song came from a place of angry defiance. But now, there is more nuance to his message.
"For me this final version of the song is more about how we all stray from the correct path, I have lost my way plenty of times but in the end it’s about fighting back, loving without limits, trying hard to do what’s right, standing strong and coming out the other side… UNBROKEN”. - J. Marc Bailey
Musically “Unbroken” is a warm organic Nashville mix. Over a mellow bass, drum and acoustic guitar rhythm track Marc trades lines with a smooth lap steel, melodic mandolin and some really slick Country/Blues electric guitar. At the heart of the tune is the cool confidence of Bailey’s classic Country tenor delivering the wisdom of a man with a long road behind him and plenty more ahead.
“Unbroken” is at radio now and picking up spins across the nation. Call your favorite Country station and request “Unbroken” by J. Marc Bailey.
February 14th, 2021 - 15 years after the first attempt at this song, "Unbroken"
This song has taken me a very long time to work through and feel alright with releasing. Even up to last Wednesday, as I was on the phone with a close friend who helped with this first acoustic cut and who was telling me I was crazy to even second guess putting it out, I was very unsure about how I finally felt letting it go. It was originally part of an unreleased project that I recorded immediately after the "Just To Hang Around" album clear back in 2005.
I was going through a lot at that point in my life with the overall feeling basically being let hell rage and everything and everyone pile on... I will stand Unbroken, even have the tattoo to show for it.
Time has tempered and tamed that feeling and helped put things in a better perspective. For me this final version of the song is more about how we all stray from the correct path, I have lost my way plenty of times but in the end it's about fighting back, loving without limits, trying hard to do what's right, standing strong and coming out the other side... UNBROKEN".
I hope you enjoy this first listen of the songwriter's version, a full recording is in the works.
I'm really looking forward to a Tennessee Christmas this year :) 2020 has been a crazy year for all of us but I sure hope everyone finds some love and peace during the holidays.
Some years back we recorded a Christmas album of some of my favorite songs along with a couple originals. Just wanted to offer it as a free download here from the website. For anyone that would prefer a YouTube playlist for the album click here.
When the decision was made to re-record this song and add it to the album last minute I was both hesitant and excited. This song really means a lot to me, it was one that I had hoped would have been released as a follow up single to "Just To Hang Around" years ago and it holds a lot of bitter sweet memories. I wrote it together with my brother and one of his friends and it's always been a favorite of mine to perform live.
I love this new take on the song, the slower pace and open arrangement allows space for the lyric and emotion. It will be available for download and streaming soon but you can hear it in it's entirety here before the official release just click on the following YouTube link.
I love this song! My good friend and fellow artist, Jeneen Teranna wrote it and when she sent it to me and asked if I'd be interested in doing it as a duet I was blown away. The idea for doing a duet together came last August when I had a show at a venue called "Rider's In The Country" just outside Ashboro, NC. It was the annual Conquer Entertainment after party and we had Abby Kasch from the previous season of The Voice there performing as well. The night before the show some of our mutual friends were hanging out and Jeneen and I started jammin' out some acoustic songs together, I always knew she was an amazing lead vocalist but I was so impressed with how effortless she made it seem to nail harmonies almost instantly singing together with me. After just a couple songs I asked if she wanted to come do the show with me the following night, needless to say it was an awesome experience and we had a great time on stage. Since then we have been able to perform together at several songwriter nights in Nashville as well as track this duet at Soundstage Studios and work on getting it ready for release. Here is the YouTube video as well as a link to a free download of the Pre-Release Mix which I know you are gonna love :)