Can you talk to us more about your latest single “I Try”?““
“I Try” is my first dance pop song and I’m really excited about the new direction from being a folk singer songwriter. I find pop music so fun! And that is where I am at in my life. If I find something doesn’t excite me, as I honestly find social media is naturally not something I enjoy because I love connecting with people in person, so I’ll ask myself, how can I make this more fun.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Although I wrote ‘I Try’ based on a relationship between two people, it is a universal feeling to fear being vulnerable and open, whether that’s through letting love in or going for your big goal in life, heartbreak is a very real variable in both of those examples, but it sure is sweet when you get it right. You get to choose in life to put yourself out there whether for love or for your passion, or you can also choose to play it safe. I want to encourage having a life that is fun and that you are proud of, and I believe failure comes only when you stop trying.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I have teamed up with an incredible choreographer Carley Cofield, who is making a directing debut with the ‘I Try’ music video. As well as having my cinematographer, Isaiah Taylor who filmed my ‘Goodnight’ music video, help create the idea for the music video. It is my first time dancing in a music video and having Carley and Isaiah being incredibly patient with me through it all. I am always encouraging stepping out of your comfort zone, and this has very much been out of my comfort zone and I was really proud of pushing myself to try something new and dancing alongside the beautiful Kayla Frails and Randi Liberman.
How was the recording and writing process?
I sang the first verse to my producer Cole Commandeur, and he began making the beat. We wrote the rest of the song in the studio, which I love having the time to be spontaneous, record a few different ideas and listen to it the next day with fresh ears.
What role does Canada plays in your music?
Being from Edmonton, AB Canada has played a large role in my career as a musician. When I was about 14 years old, learning the acoustic guitar, I called every cafe in my town to ask if I could perform. From having mic stands falling mid song to in the wrong key, I learned so much from constantly performing live. I fell in love with it, and owe Edmonton in a big way for providing the stage to a new artist like myself. As well as receiving grants which has funded my last two albums. Grants have pushed my career forward and released the financial burden of making a professional commercial quality art.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
I have a few more singles coming out this year and a special music video for my single “Free” which we have documented over a year. It is about your mental and physical state and how they are connected. I am working with trainer Tadeo Arnold and nutritionist Carley Cofield, as you see my body change over a year. I want to share the story of being in control of your life, your body and your mind. If you feel the need to change, you have the freedom to do so. My music video producers, Isaiah Taylor and Mary Rachel Gardner, have been incredibly supportive to being vulnerable and showing my body, including my scar from when I had major back surgery as a kid.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Throughout April and May, we will be launching a music video and a new single. Dates TBD.
What other walls and vulnerable experiences would you be exploring throughout this record?
Writing music is a very therapeutic outlet for me and I’ve been doing a lot of projects out of my comfort zone as of recently. With the “I Try” music video, I am dancing for the first time and for the “Free” music video, I am showing the scar that runs down my back for the first time. I have surrounded myself with the most supportive team that has pushed me more than I would have pushed myself.
Any plans to hit the road?
I am currently taking part in Canada’s Music Incubator in Toronto, ON, and we have a showcase on April 28th at Coalition Music.
What else is happening next in Brittney Grabill’s world?
Right now I am in Toronto learning about taking control of my music business and becoming a better performer thanks to Canada’s Music Incubator.