The song is called “Take The Money.” I think it’s probably a lot edgier than what people are used to hearing from a country artist. I just believe in writing what you know! I grew up with Southern Gospel and rock music, so you can hear some influence of bluegrass and harder guitars in there for sure.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I got in the room with my co-writers Ben and KK Johnson, and we were talking about how people were constantly trying to tell us how to write, how to sing, how to…basically be an artist if you wanted to “make it.” My sister, Erica, has always told me to be who I am no matter who tells me it is too “edgy” or “extreme.” So, I stuck to my guns with this project and said, “Anybody can look down on me all they want, I’m gonna write and play the music that encompasses who I am.” A rocker from a farm in Arkansas. And “Take The Money” was born.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes! I’m so excited to show everyone this video!!! We used an amazing videographer, Caleb Mallery, and we couldn’t be more excited to reveal this thing. It’s got grit, but it is also fun and playful.
How was the recording and writing process?
Ben and KK are super talented writers, but also producers. So we took a lot of time just doing the demo. I love lyrics, so writing the actual song didn’t take long; probably a couple hours. The vocals you hear are actually the demo vocals! We then took it to Kent Wells to add some country to it, and Mark Needham added even more amazing touches and mixed the track.
What role does Nashville play in your music?
Nashville is such a creative place! There’s talented people everywhere you look, so I feel like it keeps you inspired.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?
Sometimes. I’m pretty outspoken and I know what I like, so we throw stuff out there until we stumble on what we both agree on. Writing on my own though tends to be more emotional. I get more in my feels on the piano alone than in the room with another writer. Not to say I haven’t, but there’s nothing like ice cream, Lifetime movies, and sitting down and writing a sad love song at the piano after a bad breakup. Then waking up the next morning and realizing you never want anyone to hear it, because it’s so emo. LOL
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
YES! I’ve been working on this project for a year, and I have so much to share! More music coming up soon!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
No release date for an album yet, but you can hear “Take the Money” now – and the video is releasing very soon!
What aspect of your life will you get to explore on this new material?
This project is truly me. Growing up on a farm, being incredibly close with my family, living country, and appreciating the southern boys. I didn’t want to create a heartbreak album; I wanted a project that would relate to people like me. That grew up like me. That want to hang with the people in my songs. They can come to my shows and escape from their busy lives to just let loose and be themselves.
Any plans to hit the road?
Most definitely; I love touring. Stay tuned for my 2019 schedule! I’m stoked.
What else is happening next in LYRX’s world?
More music, more videos, more live footage, and more touring! We’ve been gearing up for the single and video release next month, so I’m focusing on that for now.