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Are you planning to release soon a new EP/Album?
I’m planning to release an album in 2018.

Right now I’m writing new music and honing in on the story that I want to tell with this project.

It’s going to be my first major label release, and I want it to be authentic and emotionally raw.

It’s taken a lot of time to tap into those vulnerable places.

Is there a link, lyrically speaking, between all your songs?
Yes! Every song that I write or co-write tells a different part of my story, and the stories of the people that I love.

Songwriting helps me remember the moments that shaped me as a person, and reminds me that there’s beauty in everything, even tears.

 

What inspired the verses of “Nights and Weekends”?

I worked in food service for years, as a waitress and as a barista.

I carried this title in my back pocket for a long time. “Nights and Weekends” finally came to life as a therapy session with one of my co-writers who’d just finished working a double shift at an East Nashville restaurant.

The first verse is about our shared experiences waiting tables. The second verse is about my father, who rarely gets to see my mother during the day because of his third shift work schedule.

He works cleaning city busses in the freezing cold, and doesn’t get home until she’s already tucked into bed.

 

Do you remember writing “Burn the bed”?
“Burn The Bed” is a title that lived in my iPhone notes for many years.

It’s about an ex. I had no idea how to approach the subject because the wound was just too painful. I’ve found that I write better sad songs when I’m smiling.

 

What is the best verse you ever wrote?
Gosh, I don’t know! I think everyone is their own worst critic, and I’ve never been the best judge of my own material.

 

How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs? I’m not very organized. God knows I try, but I have about 2,000 voice notes on my phone right now. I figure that if an idea is worth pursuing, I’ll remember it when I sit down to work. If I’m awake, I’m writing.

Hell, sometimes I even dream songs. (Trouble is, the dream songs are never very good.) Pour me some bourbon, light me a CAO cigar, and I’m good to write all night.

 

What is the last song you wrote?
I don’t want to spoil the surprise! New music is coming soon, and I can’t wait to show everyone what I’ve been up to.

 

What does music mean to you?
I love the way music brings people together. Isn’t it amazing how a song can get stuck in your head and change the course of your entire day?

It’s not just about a few honest words and a simple melody; it’s about communicating emotion and reminding each other that we aren’t alone in this world.

 

What makes you happy in life?

Friendship, and connecting with other people through music and art is my greatest joy. Also, my two cats.

 

What is your favorite song (not written by you)?
Anything and everything recorded by Jack Greene

 

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