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INTERVIEW: Hadley Kennary

Hi Hadley, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

So far so good! I just got home to Nashville after being on the road for a few weeks promoting my new EP, which was a total whirlwind and a ton of fun, but it’s good to be home.

Can you talk to us more about your single “Nashville”?

“Nashville” is about accepting being apart from somebody you love. It was my way of realizing that it’s better knowing each person is exactly where they’re supposed to be, even if that means being far away from each other. This is one of my favorites to perform live.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

College and long distance relationships. I feel like everyone has been apart from somebody they love at some point, and I tried to pinpoint that bittersweet acceptance in this song.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Not yet, but I’ve got some other videos in the works!

The single comes off your new album Momentum – what’s the story behind the title?

I chose “Momentum” as the title for the EP not only because it’s in one of the songs on the EP (“The Runner”) but because I think it’s a prominent theme of the EP as a whole. Whether it’s celebrating love or accepting loss, we must always move forward, and the songs on this EP reflect that. It’s also a good mantra to live by as an artist: keep the good vibes, keep the momentum.

How was the recording and writing process?

Out of all the songs I’ve written in the last few years, these five ended up on the EP. I wanted to provide a dynamic experience for the listener, and I think these songs create that spectrum nicely. I was lucky enough to record with some of my favorite musicians in Nashville, who are also some of my good friends. Like any project, it had its ups and downs, but overall it was an amazing experience, and I’m so proud of the product we made.

What role does Nashville play in your music?

Nashville is all over my music. Not only is it a title of one of the songs and where I recorded the EP, but it’s where I call home at the moment. There are so many different colors of music coming from every corner of the city that it’s hard not to be inspired. From the vibrant creative culture to the innovative minds who live here, this place has a unique heartbeat. I’m fortunate to be a part of it.

What did you learn from your time on Berklee that you are putting in action now?

Berklee was a big part of honing my craft over the past few years. I was constantly inspired by the incredible songwriters and musicians I met and became friends with during my time there. It also taught me how to look out for myself as an independent musician: how to be smart when dealing with all the moving parts involved in this industry. It was a valuable experience.

What moments in your life get to inspire the lyrics on this record?

Relationships of mine always weave their way into my writing, and the songs on this EP are no exception. Love can be this messy, confusing, bittersweet, amazing thing. Writing songs is my attempt to make sense of it all.

Any plans to hit the road?

Always.

What else is happening next in Hadley Kennary’s world?

I’ve been writing more than I have in a long time, so I’m going to follow that for a while. In terms of playing shows, I’ll definitely be doing more with my band in the near future. I want to tour to grow my fanbase and connect with as many music lovers as possible. Music has taken me to some pretty amazing places so far, and I can’t wait to see where we’ll go next!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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