Ashley McBryde Announces She Has Finished Her Third Studio Album

New music is coming from Ashley McBryde! The Arkansas native revealed on social media that she had finished her third studio album.

“At the top of the year, we didn’t know what was going to happen,” McBryde wrote. “One of us was hurt. One of us was sick. We just didn’t know what was going to happen. But of Feb. 1st I knew exactly what was going to happen… record 3.”

McBryde’s tweet alludes to her accident last year, when she fell off a horse named Jenny, and suffered a severe concussion.

“Jenny wasn’t trying to throw me at all. But she was moving faster than I could stay on with one stirrup and a loss of center balance,” McBryde shared on social media. “When I landed, I assumed I had hit my shoulder as did the rest of the party. Sadly I had landed on my head. After a trip to the ER staples to close my scalp up, the CAT scan revealed a pretty harsh concussion.”

The new record follows McBryde’s freshman Girl Going Nowhere album, released in 2018, followed by Never Will, out in 2020. Although a title or a release date for the next set of tunes has yet to be revealed, McBryde does say her next record is already completed.

“It’s scary to say finished, but we just finished our third record,” McBryde tells CMT. “We’re trying to get that together and figure out when that can be released, so I’m in a really excited state right now.”

McBryde is currently enjoying having a song in the Top 15 at radio, with her “Never Wanted to Be That Girl” duet with Carly Pearce. The song, on Pearce’s 29: Written in Stone album, came about because of the mutual admiration the two singers had for each other, which grew into a deep, deep friendship.

“If you were to handpick two women in country music who would be pals, Carly and I are really different,” McBryde reflects. “She is tall with lighter hair, more clean-cut, very well-spoken and put together. I’m this Tasmanian devil that comes in the room making jokes with finger pistols. It doesn’t seem like we would be close friends, but we loved and respected each other so much we sat down and wrote this song together.”

“We solidified the way we feel about each other and the love and respect just grows and grows,” she adds. “And thanks to that, our fans get to meet and love and respect each other, too.”

McBryde and Pearce will perform “Never Wanted to Be That Girl” live from the ACM Awards. McBryde and Pearce are also nominated together for both Video of the Year and Musical Event of the Year, for their collaboration. They are also both nominated for Female Artist of the Year.

Dolly Parton will host the ceremony alongside Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett. The 2022 ACM Awards will air live from the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, without commercial interruption, on Monday, March 7 on Amazon Prime Video.