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“Cortney’s moody groove is overlaid by high reaching vocals, evoking an undeniably fun retro energy.” - Clash Magazine
Cortney Dixon, artist, producer & guitarist from South Shields releases the second of a stream of singles into 2023. ‘Big Deal’ has been added to Spotify’s ‘Proper Belters’ and Apple Music’s ‘New in Pop’ playlists. It follows Spotify’s ‘New Music Friday’ and Amazon Music’s ‘Best New Bands’ playlisted ‘Bang Bang, Honey Honey’ and is an anthemic, high-energy, pop-rock song with vintage PJ Harvey and Sharon Van Etten influences. Big organic beats, driving guitars and Cortney’s unique vocal performance make this another Summer festival banger.
"Big Deal’ is all about celebrating the end of a relationship that for ages I was too scared to leave because I didn’t want to deal with the heartache that comes after, only to find when the toxic relationship came to its inevitable end, I felt a massive sense of relief and was left wondering ‘what the big deal was’.
The first time I was heartbroken, I was acting like it was the end of the world and my mam said to me ‘Cortney, nobody’s died’ and it really put things into perspective. I knew at the time it would end up being a lyric and Big Deal was the perfect song to use it! Thanks for inspo Mam!
I’m going through a phase where I don’t want to write slow songs! I wanna just rock out!"
‘Big Deal’ was written by Cortney during lockdown and produced by Cortney and John Martindale at Blank Studios in Newcastle. She’s since done a lot of recording at the studios while developing her production skills with funding from Arts Council England and Help Musicians UK.
Supported by Gemma Bradley on her Radio 1 BBC Introducing Show and a BBC Introducing in the North East Top Ten Tip, Cortney and her band have been out hitting this year’s UK festival stages including Deer Shed, Between Woods and Streams, A Stone’s Throw, and Generator Live. Headline gigs coming up for Autumn and into 2023 commenced with a show at Castle Keep in Newcastle. She plays Twisterella Festival and Newcastle’s Rugby World Cup Fanzone in October with more dates being added continuously.
Cortney continues writing collaborations with new and high-profile co-writers, including Jim Lowe (Producer of Stereophonics), Eg White (Adele/P!NK), Dan Smith (The Noisettes) and more. She has a non-exclusive deal for sync promotion with BMG label imprint, Fieldhouse Music, based in New York and has just had a sync placement in the last ever episode of ‘Neighbours’.