Can you talk to us more about your upcoming single “Losing You”?
Absolutely! Losing You is a song I wrote with one of my great friends and fellow artist, Renn, in Nashville in my living room. The overall message of the song is about making a decision to choose what’s best for you by walking away from a person or a situation that you may love or might even depend on that is not necessarily helping you move forward in life.
Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?
My life! Hahahaha! I actually went into it writing about a general “choosing of self” and then Renn sort of steered it toward tying it to a person. I have a few friends who have given up their dreams for the sake of a relationship or a job that pays really well, so I reminded myself of their stories and the song was born!
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Not currently. There is a little “mini music video” that will be released, but not a full length.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was a blast! I love writing with Renn. It’s super easy. We wrote the song in about 2 hours. The recording process was super cool as well. The vibe of the song actually came about in a rehearsal. The song was written on an acoustic guitar so when I brought it into the band, we were trying to figure out how to turn it fit it into my show and my bass player, Zach Witcher, started playing this bass line and I said…”THAT’S IT”. We built it from there, brought the rehearsal tape to my producer, Josh Niles, and then he helped bring the entire thing to life. I brought the guys in, we laid down everything live and then Josh went back in and added his programming magic. I laid down my vocals in about two hours or so and BOOM, we had a song!
What role does Nashville play in your music?
The primary role Nashville plays in my music is providing almost unlimited access to some of the most talented musicians. Nashville is FULL of musicians who are ready to work, not just in country world. The community is so supportive also, so everyone is super open to collaborating and creating and just having fun together. It’s pretty amazing.
How has your upbringing has influence you as an artist?
My brother and I always say that my parents did parenting RIGHT! I was raised with the freedom to speak my mind and ask questions. My parents allowed both my brother and I (with guidance) to discover who we wanted to be for ourselves. I’ve always known I’ve wanted to sing and create music for a living and my parents supported that by encouraging me to go to high school and college for music and never telling me to go get a “real job” or “give up”. Having this kind of support and love and freedom has influenced the way I write and approach music in that I feel very free to try new things. I’m not afraid of it not working and I’m not afraid of people not liking it. I will keep making music I love. I know that because I love it, people will eventually get on board.
What aspect of hope did you get to explore on this record?
The aspect of hope I got to explore on this record is belief. Believing in yourself enough to walk away from something that you love takes a certain level of faith and confidence. I know I have been afraid to do it at times, but every time I have, I’ve never looked back.
Any plans to hit the road?
That’s the plan! Working on a few things for after the EP drops! Keep an out for me this winter and next spring!
What else is happening next in Stephcynie’s world?
There’s more music coming. I’m writing a BUNCH! I’m beginning to tap into the sync side of the industry, so we’ll see if you hear my voice on a commercial or two here soon. 🙂 Honestly, outside of music though, I’m currently learning Japanese. 今日本語を勉強しています。I’m 5 months into that and will be taking a proficiency test in December. I’m also gearing up to start doing some work with my movement #notstarving. I’m excited about that! I can’t wait to share more about what that is.