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Debbie Nunn's 'Hey Girlfriend' pays homage to the Golden Era of 90s Girl Power Country Music

In the ever-evolving landscape of country music, there comes a time when an artist captures the essence of a bygone era while infusing it with a fresh and empowering perspective. "Hey Girlfriend," is a fiery country anthem by British singer-songwriter Debbie Nunn. With its bold lyrics and twangy melodies, the song not only resonates with the present but also pays homage to the golden era of 90s girl power country music.

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The song is written by long-time friend of Debbie's, Barry Upton (5,6,7,8 - Steps), Producer/Songwriter/Musician Spencer Jaye and Debbie Nunn. The song's catchy chorus and sassy verses pay homage to the unapologetic attitude of 90s country hits, where artists like Shania Twain, Faith Hill, and Jo Dee Messina ruled the charts. Together, Barry Upton, Spencer Jaye and Debbie Nunn formed a dynamic team that combined their talents and passion for music to create something truly special.

The opening lines of "Hey Girlfriend" set the tone for the entire song, as Debbie unequivocally states, "Keep your filthy hands off him, he's my boyfriend." This powerful declaration firmly establishes her claim over her partner and warns off any potential rivals. The lyrics convey a sense of refusal to let anyone encroach upon her relationship. The lyrics make it clear that the other woman has no chance of winning him over with the phrase, "And you ain't gonna get him."

In the song, Debbie fearlessly calls out the superficiality of her rival, challenging the notion that external beauty alone can win affection. With a hint of playfulness and sharp wit, the song cleverly packs a mighty country punch.

Additionally, the chorus of "Hey Girlfriend" introduces a delightful twist inspired by the iconic harmonies of the Beach Boys. The clever use of backing vocals adds a layer of sonic richness to the song, reminiscent of the sun-soaked surfing tunes that defined the Beach Boys' sound. The intertwining voices of Debbie Nunn, Barry Upton, Kevin White, and Spencer Jaye create a harmonious blend that creates a sense of unity and camaraderie, perfectly complementing the empowering message of the song. It's a clever nod to the past, infusing the track with a touch of nostalgia while maintaining its own unique identity. As the chorus swells, the harmonies transport listeners to a place where the carefree spirit of the beach merges with the passion and determination of country music, resulting in a truly memorable and captivating musical experience.

"Hey Girlfriend" not only nods to the past but also bridges the gap between eras, embodying the evolution of the country music genre. It showcases the timeless elements that made 90s country hits so beloved while infusing them with a fresh perspective and modern production.

Debbie said about the song, "Let me tell you about our amazing team writing experience for 'Hey Girlfriend'! We had an absolute blast working on this song, and boy, did we have some giggles along the way! Our mission with 'Hey Girlfriend' was to create something infectious and energetic. We wanted to craft a song that would make people tap their feet and sing along. We were aiming for a tune that's impossible to resist, the kind that gets stuck in your head for days!"

"But it wasn't just about creating a catchy tune. We wanted 'Hey Girlfriend' to have a deeper impact. We wanted it to empower and inspire listeners. It's all about embracing the incredible strength that lies within each one of us. We wanted people to feel empowered to assert their worth and defend their love with a fiery spirit!"

"So, when you listen to 'Hey Girlfriend,' I hope you feel the same joy and energy that we experienced while creating it. We poured our hearts and laughter into this song, and we hope it ignites a fire within you. Get ready to tap your feet, sing at the top of your lungs, and embrace your own worth, with a smile on your face. 'Hey Girlfriend' is here to remind you that you're unstoppable!"

Spencer Jaye, Barry Upton, Debbie Nunn - Live Festival Performance in South of England

The revival of 90s country music within today's country scene is more than just a nostalgic trend. It represents a desire among artists and fans alike to reconnect with the roots of the genre. The 90s era was marked by artists who wrote and performed songs with substance, highlighting relatable stories of love, heartbreak, and the everyday struggles of life. Debbie Nunn's "Hey Girlfriend" is a captivating and empowering country anthem that reignites the girl power attitude reminiscent of the beloved 90s country music era. The song resonates with fans who appreciate the strong female voices in country music. It harkens back to the era of iconic female country artists of the past, who fearlessly blazed trails and paved the way for the next generation. With its catchy melody and relatable lyrics, "Hey Girlfriend" adds a fresh and contemporary twist to the legacy of girl power within country music.

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