Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Open Door”?
It’s a song about having meaningful relationships that consists of people or places that you can turn to no matter what’s happening in your life at the time. I think that mostly everyone would like to have someone in their life to tell their story to.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I would say that it was an accumulation of things that inspired the idea behind this song. For me, a part of the song speaks about the people that I’ve shared great memories with and have lost touch with over the years for whatever reason. I want to embrace the good times I’ve had with them, and in some cases, the hard lessons that have come with knowing certain people. I’m thankful for the influences that these people have had on my life and this idea of an open door has allowed me to express that.
Another source of inspiration for me stems from acknowledging how important it is to be surrounded by people that will love you and support you know matter the circumstances. I think that we all aspire to have people in our lives who are there for the awesome and not so awesome moments. I’m away from the people I love and care about a lot and sometimes I wonder if they know how much I miss them and think about them. Whether they’re aware of how often the words and memories they’ve given me provide me with the strength and endurance to keep going.
How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote and recorded the song in Nashville with my collaborator, Stokes Nielson. There are four other writers on “Open Door” who are internationally based. Imai and Sunny Boy from Japan, Will Jay, who has a strong following in both the US and China, and Holly Cameron from New Zealand. I was really excited to work with such a diverse group of writers on this record. It really gave it some flavor and it was and continues to be a great reminder of how powerful and influential music can be.
What role does Nashville play in your writing?
Nashville has a great energy to it, which is why so many people from all of the country and the world come there to channel their desire to create something that they’re proud of and care about.
Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
We’re currently working on a few other records at the moment. I’m excited for the future and I can’t wait to get more stuff out to the listeners in 2018.
Any tentative release dates or titles in mind?
How has the road been treating you so far?
I really enjoy being on the road. I’m an adventurous person by nature, so I get a thrill from seeing and experiencing new places and ideas. I also love the fact that I get to meet so many awesome people while on the road.
Does your performance approach change when you are on a radio tour than a stage tour?
Not necessarily. I do my best to approach all performances with the same mentality, which is to give the audience an experience they’ll profoundly enjoy and remember.
What else is happening in Corbette Jackson’s world?
We are currently in the studio finishing up my new album, which we are planning to debut in 2018. I’ll be traveling to Asia this December to start recording on a short film that ties in my Japanese heritage and how that has influenced my musical journey.
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