Exclusive Premiere: Kendal Conrad Shows Her Strength On ‘Leader of the Pack’
Rising country artist and award-winning songwriter Kendal Conrad is seeking some sweet revenge on an ex-lover in her brand new…
Kendal Conrad; Photo by Amos Photography
Rising country artist and award-winning songwriter Kendal Conrad is seeking some sweet revenge on an ex-lover in her brand new single “Leader of the Pack,” premiering exclusively on Country Now.
Produced by Matt McVaney (Kane Brown, Lauren Alaina), the R&B/pop-tinged country track finds Conrad presenting herself as a woman scorned who unleashes a strong message to the man who dumped her: she’ll always rise from the ashes regardless of his deceitful actions.
“If you throw me to the wolves / I’ll come back, come back, I’ll come back, come back / The leader of the pack, pack / The leader of the pack, pack,” Conrad sings throughout the hook-heavy chorus, which features captivating saw-toothed fiddles and haunting sounds of a wolf’s howl.
Conrad, a self-proclaimed lover of horror movies, opened up about “Leader of the Pack,” which she wrote alongside Anthony Gallagher and Sharen Conrad, and added how its a fitting release for the upcoming holiday, yet timeless enough for fans to want to listen back for years to come.
“Leader of the Pack” is my favorite song that I’ve recorded recently, and I’m so excited to release it in anticipation of my favorite holiday — Halloween!” she told Country Now, “I love that this production features pop elements like howling wolf samples and a heavy bass but also keeps it country with a great banjo hook and a wailing fiddle. But most of all, this song not only carries a powerful message but screams it from the depths of my being: if you think you’re going to count me out or knock me down, think again.”
Conrad first caught attention from fans back in 2014 when she took the stage to duet with Keith Urban on his No. 1 hit “We Were Us” as part of his Raise ‘Em Up Tour. Previously, she’s opened for artists such as Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins, Old Dominion, Chris Lane and more.
“Leader of the Pack” follows Kendal Conrad’s debut single “Come to Your Senses,” which has already amassed 125K streams on Spotify. Both songs are expected to appear on Conrad’s forthcoming five-song EP. Check out “Leader of the Pack” in the video above.
Melinda Lorge is a Nashville-based freelance writer who specializes in covering country music. Along with Country Now, her work has appeared in publications, including Rare Country, Rolling Stone Country, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Wide Open Country and more. After joining Rare Country in early 2016, Lorge was presented with the opportunity to lead coverage on late-night television programs, including “The Voice” and “American Idol,” which helped her to sharpen her writing skills even more. Lorge earned her degree at Middle Tennessee State University, following the completion of five internships within the country music industry. She has an undeniable love for music and entertainment. When she isn’t living and breathing country music, she can be found enjoying time outdoors with family and friends.