While 2020 was a tough year for many artists in the music industry, country music singer-songwriter Priscilla Block managed to make her mark.
Block, who was four months behind on her rent at the time, says she was moving out of her apartment in Nashville when she decided to start posting her own music on TikTok. According to her, she was taken by surprise when her song that was inspired by her ex-boyfriend, “Just About Over You,” blew up all over the internet.
“I had no idea that it would blow up to the point that fans crowd funded it,” Block said with gratitude. “That song changed it all for me.”
“Just About Over You,” eventually made its way to label executives and shortly thereafter, Block signed to Mercury Nashville. In 2021, she released her self-titled EP that included her first big hit along with five other songs.
This past February, she released her most recent album “Welcome to the Block Party,” and is heading out on tour to celebrate.
“I’ve been doing a lot of opening stuff for the past year and it’s really cool that I’m able to get out to show my fans my newest stuff,” Block said. “Seventy-five percent of the tour is sold out. It’s been unbelievable and I’m really grateful for the fans who have supported me and continue to support me along the way.”
Originally from Raleigh, Block grew up in a large family and says she knew from a young age that she was destined to perform.
“I’m one of five kids and I’ve always been loud,” she said laughing. “I was in talent shows and my mom and I would sing at church every Sunday. When I was 15, I picked up the guitar and it was just kind of over for me at that point. I started figuring out I could write songs and when that happened I realized that maybe I could actually have a career doing this.”
After graduating high school, the aspiring songstress headed down to Nashville to kick start her musical career but, according to her, life wasn’t so easy in the Music City at first. She says she worked several jobs to stay afloat while pursuing her dream of making it big.
“I worked any job that you could think of,” she said. “Walking dogs, working in restaurants, managing a Yogurt shop, selling stuff on Craigslist, anything to pay my bills every month. I was playing at bars and I was my own booking agent for so long….I did everything I could just to get people to notice me. So, it’s just so crazy that social media happened to be the thing that launched me.”
When it comes to her songwriting, Block says she feels it’s important to push boundaries and stay open to it all.
“I think that we’re constantly in a state of pushing boundaries,” Block said. “And I look up to a lot of the women in country music who have paved the way….Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, and obviously the iconic Dolly Parton. It makes me feel like I can talk about my life and real stuff because I know that people want to hear it. I think it’s important to stay open to it all.”
In addition to touring with songs from her latest album, Block says she also likes to throw a few fun covers in her performances.
“We throw in a couple of covers,” she said. “I sing a Lizzo song, which is always fun. I obviously love country music, but I also love rap and rock. So, I like to throw some random stuff in once in a while.”
Priscilla Block will perform at District Live on Sat., Apr. 9 at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets or for more information visit ticketmaster.com and search for the artist.