Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Dancing With Him Tonight”?
“Dancing With Him Tonight” is one of my favorite songs I’ve written. It’s a ‘pre-Nashville’ song, meaning I wrote before I moved to Nashville in August. I’m so proud of the release because at every single show, DWHT is the last song I perform. I’ve been fortunate to have had a warm response to it prior to release, and I’m happy to finally share a studio version.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
The story was about taking chances and doing things you wouldn’t normally do. Things like stepping out of your comfort zone and dancing with someone you recently met. The first line, “I went to the rodeo with my friend Courtney” is completely true! We went to the rodeo in her hometown of Rosalia, Wash. and that event led me writing the entire song.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
This is the first time I’ve had any kind of visual with a single I’ve released, and I am so happy with how it turned out! My videographer, Zach Mayfield did an incredible job of capturing my vision. I wanted the lyrics to continue to be the focus and tell the story, but also have a specific vibe because the acoustic version you hear in the video is such a different feel from the original studio version.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was so fun! I wrote the single in Washington, but recorded both the original version and the acoustic version in Nashville. My producers Caleb Lovely and Lucas Hathaway were so fun to work with, and they 100% made the song come to life in the way that I had envisioned when I first wrote “Dancing With Him Tonight.” The acoustic version was produced by Adam Bahadursingh, and I was so pleased with the way it turned out because it took me back to when I first wrote it — just me, my guitar, and lyrics.
What role does the Congo play in your music?
Being from Congo and having two parents who are from completely different cultures has influenced my music in that while I do have my favorite genres and writing styles (country music, of course!), I listen to everything. My parents would listen to everything from Faith Hill and Brooks & Dunn to Afropop artist Brenda Fassie. I believe in order to grow as a songwriter and artist, you have to expand your listening and be open to all kinds of musical influences.
How have Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift influenced your writing?
Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves are two of the most honest songwriters and performers today. They’ve showed me that as a songwriter, being honest and being vulnerable is okay. You don’t have to hold back and quite frankly — you shouldn’t.
Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes! I am so excited for what is coming next. We are in the early stages of the next project and I am already so proud of it.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I definitely am aiming for a summer 2019 release!
Any plans to hit the road?
I’ll play anywhere and everywhere who’ll open their doors for me — and I’m hoping in summer 2019 that includes places I’ve never been! I’m hoping to play in places like Kentucky, Florida — all over the south!
What else is happening next in Karen McCormick’s world?
I’m very fortunate to be recording this next project. Once that’s wrapped up, it’s back to writing for the next project! It’s kind of a cycle, — write, record, release, write, record, release. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
You can listen to “Dancing With Him Tonight” HERE.