Texas-born and Nashville-based singer Deidre Thornell is premiering her new song “Ghost Town” exclusively for readers of The Boot. Press play below to hear the track.

Dedicated country fans may recognize the song: Written by Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley and Shane McAnally, "Ghost Town" was recorded by Jake Owen for his 2013 album Days of Gold. After working on songs for her new EP, Thornell found that the pop-country tune sort of fell into her lap.

"I'd written several songs for the EP, but wanted to add one more song. "Ghost Town" was pitched to me, and I completely fell in love with it,” Thornell tells The Boot. “Once I added my own flair, it was clear it belonged on the EP with the other five songs."

Growing up in Texas, Thornell made her stage debut in kindergarten. She sang in public for the first time at her school’s talent show -- and "was hooked."

"I did the talent show every year from kindergarten through sixth grade," Thornell recalls. "I absolutely loved performing, but most of all, I loved the connection I had with the audience, no matter what I sang.”

As she grew up, Thornell enlisted the help of Dallas-based vocal coach Linda Septien, who’s also trained singers such as Beyonce, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez.

“Ghost Town” will appear on Thornell’s forthcoming EP, titled Dallas, due out on Friday (July 21). Visit DeidreThornell.com for more information.

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