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INTERVIEW: Caroline Marquard

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

Hey, thanks for having me! I’m doing wonderful. Life is busy and beautiful.

Can you talk to us more about your new single “Not A Rolling Stone”?

Yes! It’s my debut single, so I’m super excited to finally have music out in the world. It’s been three years in the making! I really wanted this song to be my first release because it has such a powerful message of finding confidence in yourself, not in circumstance. I think as an artist and especially a woman in music, it’s important to be unashamedly true to who you are and stand up for whoever that is. So, this song is my way of doing.

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

I think the song is a reflection of where I was at in my life when I wrote it. I was in a transition period trying to figure out who I wanted to be and what I wanted to say. I wrote it needing my own self assurance and I hope people can take that away with this song too.

Any plans to release a video for the single? 

I do have an acoustic video for this song, so you never know! I might release it, you’ll have to stay tuned to find out.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was incredible! I’m so lucky to have co-written it with the talented Chris Seefried out in LA during one of my writing trips in 2016. It was produced by Jordan Lehning and Jase Blankfort in Nashville last year. It was one out of 17 songs we recorded, you might hear some of the other ones soon. We tracked the band at Sound Emporium which was one of the coolest experiences, that studio has the dreamiest vibes. The whole process was a big learning experience for me, because it was the first time I truly recorded my own music!

What role does Nashville play in your writing?

Nashville plays a huge role in my writing! For the last two years, I’ve been almost exclusively writing and co-writing in Nashville. The town has 100% helped me grow as a writer and an artist. I’ve met some of the most talented people that have pushed me to get better here. Since it’s such a hub of music, there are so many artists doing exactly the same thing. It forces you to figure out what makes you stand out from the crowd.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with or covering someone else rather than in your own?

I try to by myself in whatever I do, whether it be a collaboration or a cover. I think adding a personal flare is what makes something unique! I definitely think collaboration can bring out different sides to me then what I can do alone. For me, experimenting and getting out of my comfort zone is important to finding what works best.

Who are some of your greatest inspirations?

I have so many! Two that come to mind right away are Taylor Swift and Sara Bareilles. They were the first two artists and writers that made me realize that I wanted to write songs and sing them, and they remind me that anything is possible. Some of my current favorite women in country are Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris, Jillian Jacqueline and Kelsea Ballerini; I’m all about the girl power.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! Right now I am playing mostly around Nashville, but one of my goals for the end of this year is to start branching out and play in new cities.

What else is happening next in Caroline Marquard’s world?

More new music! I have a couple things up my sleeve, including a few more singles that I’m going to release this year and into the begging of 2019. I also have two cuts as a co-writer on Swiss artist Bastian Baker’s album that is being released end of October. Very excited about seeing what the future holds, it’s just the beginning!

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