Shantell Ogden cracks U.S., European record charts


Photo by Erica O’Rock

Story By Dave Carew

In one of the year’s most remarkable indie / DIY stories, singer-songwriter Shantell Ogden has launched her new album Better at Goodbye onto both U.S. Americana and European record charts.

During the past week, the album hit #93 on the Americana charts and # 38 on the Roots/Americana Album Chart. A single from the album, “The Lie I Tell Myself,” hit # 15 on the Roots/Americana Song chart.

At the same time, the single “Looking for My Last”—just released to European radio and promoted by CMR Nashville—debuted at #28 on the European HotDisc Chart.

What is particularly remarkable about all this is that Ms. Ogden essentially served as her own promoter to the U.S. market, conducting a professional album- and song-plugging campaign that involved calling hundreds of reporting radio stations coast-to-coast. (“Reporting” stations are those that report airplay information to the various record charts. Phone calls to those stations were made by Ms. Ogden plus many of her fans.)

It is extremely rare that an independently-promoted album, by a relatively unknown artist, should crack the Top 100—especially in the artist’s first attempt. In an email, Ms. Ogden expressed sincere thanks and appreciation:

“I’m so grateful to my friends and fans for requesting songs from Better at Goodbye, and to the DJs who are playing it,” said Ms. Ogden. “It really takes a village to have any kind of success—and I know I didn’t do any of this alone.”

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David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at and Dave is also a freelance book editor and ghostwriter, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

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