Biography: Sunny Sweeney

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Straight out of Longview, Texas, comes one of the newest, biggest voices in country music: Sunny Sweeney!


Sweeney has been compared to country music icons like Tanya Tucker.


Born December 7th, 1976, in Houston, Sweeney took to music at an early age.  She and her family moved to Longview  where she would grow up.  One story that describes that kind of girl that Sweeney was is that she stormed into her school's choir practice as a high school senior, not even being a member, and demanded to play Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" in the school's year-end show.  After impressing with teacher with her chops, she got to sing the song and blew it away.  Although she had a magnificent voice, her real love was performing comedy - improv comedy, specifically.  She moved to New York and joined a local comedy group, but eventually got tired of taking odd jobs just to make ends meet and moved down to Austin.  Encouraged by fellow comedians, as well as her stepfather, she learned how to play guitar and by 2004 took to the stage at the Carousel Lounge.  By 2005, after performing at venues across central Texas, she was named as one of Austin's most notable local acts by the Austin Music Pundits.


All three charting singles from the newest album, Concrete, were co-written by Sweeney herself!


After a few more years of performing mostly in Texas, Sweeney released her debut album in 2007.  Titled Heartbreaker's Hall of Fame, the record did not chart, but did garner impressive reviews.  Sweeney continued to tour and would eventually be signed as the first artist to the new Republic Nashville label in 2010.  She would release a single called "From a Table Away" that would shoot up to #10 on the US Country Charts, suddenly making her a nationally known name.  After the release of her self titled EP in January 2011, Sweeney would release her second album, named Concrete, in August.  The album would be a great success and would reach #7 on the country charts and #21 on the Hot 100.  It would also spawn two more charting singles, "Staying's Worse than Leaving" and "Drink Myself Single".


Sweeney won over critics in her early days with her unique voice and remarkably fun shows.


Sweeney is known for her high-energy, sassy live performances.  At only 35 years old, there are high expectations concerning what the future will bring for her and what she will bring to her fans.  You can visit the official Sunny Sweeney website here.  Tell them we sent you!



(2007) Heartbreaker's Hall of Fame

(2011) Concrete - #7


Songs on KBEC 1390:

"From a Table Away" - #10