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INTERVIEW: Carmen Brandy

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

I feel very blessed and joyful to be doing what I love everyday, and also very tired. Haha

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Good Enough”?

Good Enough was written after I came to terms with my feelings of un-worthiness and imperfection. After finishing this song, it almost felt as if I had closed the chapter to a very dark period in my life where I was my own worst critic and judge. It is there I discovered the freedom in imperfection and more importantly, grace.

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

A friend of mine began to interview me for a local magazine where the conversation slowly led to us talking about her upbringing rather than mine. (: As we began to discuss her history in adoption and the turbulent childhood she experienced, she expressed to me that no matter where she went, or what family wanted her, she never felt enough for anyone. I too, experienced that same pain, just in different ways. That conversation ultimately catapulted me into a time of self exploration and I discovered that my heart had not completely healed from those feelings either. Thus, Good Enough was born.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

I knew that I wanted the music video to be metaphorical and less literal. My videographer was on the same page with me, and I feel we were able to accomplish the vast majority of ideas we had in mind. Examples would be, the swing shots. Though dreamy and cinematically beautiful, I wanted to capture the essence of fear of the unknown; as I child we are always afraid to jump from the swing in mid air, right? That is how I have felt when taking the leap into grace and mercy for myself. The baptism scene I like because it represents being reborn into a new sense of self, cleansing the toxicity, and welcoming the healing. There are many of those metaphors tucked away in the video (: The overall process itself was a dream!

How was the recording and writing process?

I co-wrote Good Enough with my dear friend Jake Anderson. I knew immediately after writing this song it was special, and deeply personal. The recording process was an experience unlike any other for many reasons. One of which was recording to analog. I have always enjoyed the music in generations passing, perhaps its something to do with the emphasis on getting it right each time, knowing that they couldn’t overdub or edit like we can now with modern technology. There is something so timeless about analog; it may not be the conventional form of recording in the 21st century for most producers and musicians alike, but in my opinion, it captures a quality of sound you just can’t reproduce naturally with digital forms.  

 It was exciting, rewarding, stressful at times, and grew me as an artist dramatically. I learned what its like to let the song lead, as opposed to hovering over every musical decision. I learned to let my producer, Ryan Poole put the pieces together along side of me and collaborate together.

What role does Nashville play in your music?

Nashville I suppose is a state of mind for me now. Its a way of life. How I treat people, how I create music, how I express myself. If it weren’t for my move to Nashville Im not sure Id be the person I am today.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes, yes, and more YES! I am launching a Kickstarter October 23rd where I will raise the funds to create my debut LP. It has been a life long dream, and I am taking the leap of faith to see this dream come to life.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I am not sure on a release date quite yet However, I am toying with several album names, all of which I love and am very excited about but I dont want to give it away just yet (:

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! I am performing at a house show in Charlotte, North Carolina the 20th of October, have a show in Waco, Texas the first weekend of November, and I play Cities Columbia in Columbia, Tennessee November 17th!

What else is happening next in Carmen Brandy’s world?

I am currently learning how to love myself more and more everyday. Its an uphill battle with me and my heart. I can be so hard on myself, so quick to judge my slightest mistakes and pitfalls. I am exercising grace for myself over and over, reminding my heart that no one asked for perfection, just me. Even with my brokenness, I can still thrive and be the beautiful human that God created. And that is enough.  

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