Originally signed to Equity Records Nashville before the label closed, Blake Wise is a newcomer from a small town in the mountains of North Carolina. After growing up singing and playing multiple instruments, the artist moved to Nashville when he turned 18. Working with the New Voice production team, Blake Wise is now in his early 20s and is ready to drop his debut single “Cornfields” onto the country music community. Featuring an interesting voice that mixes a vocal phrasing a la label mate and superstar Jason Aldean with a dash of Pat Green for good measure, Blake Wise is certainly an interesting newcomer.
On “Cornfields,” a song that details life in the mid-western blink and you’ll miss it town, Blake shows off this voice over a melody that sometimes seems at odds with the lyrics as the melody feels ‘atmospheric’ a-la Pat Green’s “Wave On Wave” or a countrified U2 song. While this feels a little strange, the lyrics do really carry the song as it describes a way of life and dreaming that a majority of country music fans will relate to, even if they grew up in a town that didn’t feature cornfields, like Blake Wise. Small-town life is still small town life, no matter where you live.
While I don’t really know if “Cornfields” will be the break-out single for Blake Wise, it is still a solid song to start with, much like fellow new label mate James Wesley and his debut “Jackson Hole.” Blake Wise’s voice is certainly not of the same ‘cookie cutter’ mold as many other newcomers and he does have good looks a la Chuck Wicks, something that never hurts an artist nowadays.