"With a folk-inflected country feel and a sonic landscape like a field of swaying wild flowers, Stories Behind Songs creates a series of vignettes that examine growth, aging, and the processes of discovery that accompany them...the album brings in a little bit of swagger, a lot of hard-earned wisdom, and plenty of spot-on musicianship to keep you listening."
- Jamie McCormick, music journalist and photographer
"From the moment I threw Stories Behind Songs into my CD player, I was struck by how beautifully-crafted, finely-honed, and heartfelt these songs are. If someone were to ask me, “What will Shantell Ogden be doing a year from now?”, I would respond quickly, and with absolute confidence. I’d say, “She’ll be writing hit songs.” How do I know that? Because—for my money—she already is."
- Dave Carew, music journalist, Underground Nashville
"Ogden’s Stories Behind Songs is a leap forward from her last outing, with a sweet, clear delivery similar to Mindy Smith’s One Moment More and the modern feel of The Band Perry...the album feels like a Café Americana backdrop where stories are king."
- Brad Hardisty, music journalist, Performer Magazine