Debut Single at Radio August 12th
(Nashville, TN. August 11, 2010) There’s a rainstorm headed your way—specifically “Indiana Rain,” the torrential new single from Sandy Kastel, one of Las Vegas’s favorite hometown performers, a proud “adopted daughter” of the Hoosier State and a familiar face in Nashville songwriting circles.
Kastel (rhymes with pastel) wrote the song, as well as five others on her first country album, also called Indiana Rain, which is due out later this fall. Indiana is a territory she knows well since she and her husband own a second home there.
Accompanying the new single is a dramatic music video, shot on a farm in scenic Springfield, TN, directed by Amanda Van Sandt and produced by Chuck Howard of Acceleration Films.
The daughter of country music lover Wanda Jean Armstrong and tenor saxophonist Dick Kastel of the Harry James Band, Kastel grew up with a diverse musical background, listening to the “strong women” of country music—Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton with her mom and sitting in the light booths of Vegas Showrooms, watching her dad as he backed such legendary singers as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ann-Margret and Carmen McRae. In other words, she learned from the masters. By 18, she was touring nationally and at 21 she commanded the stage as Miss Nevada in the Miss America pageant, winning talent awards for her powerful vocals and touching performance.
Kastel has continued to perform in Las Vegas and released two albums of pop standards. In the past few years, she has established herself as a respected member of Nashville’s songwriter community. The acclaim she received for these efforts convinced her it was time to show just how strong her country roots are by tapping into them for her new album Indiana Rain. You can sample her mastery of country music in her self-penned “Nashville Tonight,” now available on YouTube.