Singer-songwriter Bailey Bryan has experienced a rush of firsts lately. With her single “Own It” already finding its way to mainstream country radio, the 19-year-old Sequim, Washington, native officially dropped her debut EP, “So Far,” on April 18. She also made her first festival main stage appearance at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio on Friday, April 28.
She was the very first act to grace the Mane Stage, trying to win over a sparse but spirited crowd as the sun beat down on the fields of the Empire Polo Club in the early afternoon. Though the audience thickened as she ran through her set, not everything went swimmingly. She couldn’t hear herself in her in-ear monitors at first, but decided to just have a good time and even cruise down to the small catwalk in the middle of the stage.
“Oh my gosh … I was already super nervous because I’m the opening the whole festival,” she said with a laugh back in her trailer in the Stagecoach artist compound. “I was like ‘Oh my gosh, first song! I can’t hear myself at all!’ But after that the sound was perfect. I grew up hearing awesome things about Stagecoach, but my parents were like ‘You can go when you’re playing there’ like ‘haha’. Now I’m like ‘Ha!’ I am playing here!”