Hi Nicole, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thanks! I’ve been so busy, but I can never complain about that. I always say it’s better to be busy than bored.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Bad habit”?
This song is all about not being able to let go of someone. I think we all have that someone in our life that is our addiction, no matter what happens we can’t seem to walk away, even when sometimes we should. In my eyes this song speaks to a passionate addiction, two people who have such heat between them that they just can’t move on without somehow finding their way back to one another.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I was actually not a writer on this song; it came to me from Downtown Music Publishing in Nashville. “Bad Habit” was written by talented writers: Sara Haze, AJ Pruis and Matthew West. When I heard the song though I knew I had to record it. It is so catchy and it hooked me right away, not to mention it has some very clever well-written lines. That is what I look for in a song, lines that say old things in a new way. I never record anything that doesn’t say something that I would say. This song does. I definitely understand that passion of someone being your bad habit and not being able to quit them.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes! I actually have a really cool lyric video created by lyricvids.com that I am planning to release next Monday, July 9th. I have an idea for an official music video for the song too that I hope I can put into action.
How was the recording and writing process?
I worked with producer Doug Romanow to record “Bad Habit”. I have worked with Doug on my last few tunes and he was the producer on my album “Dig”. I thoroughly enjoy working with Doug, as he always understands me and I feel he continues to push to bring out the best in me. I worked with my vocal coach, Kim Wood, really hard on the vocals for this track before I went into the recording studio in order to make sure I had my best vocals possible for “Bad Habit”. I think the hard work paid off and Doug and I have talked about out of all the songs we recorded together we think this is our best one yet!
What role does Canada play in your music?
Canada is my home and there is so much talent here in this country! I work with a Canadian producer, Canadian musicians, writers and other artists all whom are extremely talented in what they do. I’m so lucky to work with such talented people who help shape my music and inspire me to be a better singer and songwriter everyday. I’ve also been lucky enough to travel across this great country we live in and share my music with so many wonderful people. We have amazing Canadian country fans and I’ve always been proud to be a part of the music community here in Canada.
As you find success throughout your career – does that put any pressure while releasing new material?
Yes definitely. As an artist I am always trying to make the best music possible, and to me all the songs are personal and special. But as certain songs catch on and I have more success, it puts the pressure on for the next song to raise the bar and be even better. I think that pressure can be a good thing; it pushes me to work harder and strive for bigger things. I never take any of the successes I’ve had for granted. I always want to work hard and put out honest music that people can relate to.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Along with “Bad Habit” my last two singles “That’s What You Get Boy” and “Fireproof” are all not from my last album. These songs are all singles I hope to put on a new EP. I am working towards new music right now and I am heading down to Nashville soon to do some writing for this new project.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
No specific release date yet but hopefully some time early 2019. I’m not set on any title yet, I don’t think I will be until the songs for the EP are complete, but I have thought many times about calling it “Fireproof”. That song changed a lot of things in my career and it has a strong message so many of us can relate to it. I think it would make a strong EP title, but nothing is decided yet.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes, this summer I have been on the road a lot as I have been fortunate enough to be a part of many festivals including Dauphin Countryfest and Trackside festival. I have some more shows coming up and looks like I will be on the road again and making a trip back to Manitoba. As I mentioned, I will also be heading back to Nashville soon to do some writing.
What else is happening next in Nicole Rayy’s world?
I have been lucky enough to have been part of the World Music Festival in Shanghai, China for the last three years. I am so thrilled that I have been invited to return again this September. So along with releasing new music, I am also busy organizing things for myself and my band to take another trip to the other side of the world!
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