INTERVIEW: Carolyn Miller

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

Hey hey, thanks so much for taking the time to chat with me! All is good. Been busy getting ready to release new music, play some big shows, just became a first time homeowner… life is pretty exciting right now!

Can you talk to us more about your forthcoming single,”What You Can’t Have”?

Absolutely – “What You Can’t Have” is coming out 4/26, and it’s the first time I’m releasing new music since my debut EP ‘Unbreakable’ came out last summer. I’m SO excited for this next chapter and love that this song is the one kicking it off! I think it has a great message of confidence and self empowerment while simultaneously being your fun summer jam.

Did you write this song? If so, did any event in particular inspire you to write it?

Although I write a ton and regularly play my originals in live shows, this song in particular was written by Lance Carpenter, Forest Glen Whitehead, and Jesse Lee (all of whom have written #1 hits for Kelsea Ballerini, Brett Young, and more). They are all incredible writers and I’ve always been fans of their work. Lance is a good friend of mine and when we were hanging out one day, he said “Hey, I have a song I think you might love” and played it for me. Within the first 15 seconds, I was sold and knew I had to cut it! It totally reminded me of a college flame who came back around a little too late. It felt good to have the strength and confidence at the time to say, “Thanks, but no thanks” and move on.

How was the recording and writing process? Any plans to release a video for the single?

The recording process was a blast. We created the whole song down in Nashville at Forty-One Fifteen Studios. My friends Frank Legeay and Mike Mechling produced the single. Frank played nearly every instrument you hear live – drums, bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, resonator, Rhodes, Wurlitzer … insanely talented guy! Mike mixed/engineered the song and is currently working on Kenny Chesney’s upcoming album. Brandon Ray, who just received the Aflac Lifting Lives Honor at the ACM awards, did the background vocals.It’s really inspiring to work with such talented, hardworking people that I’m lucky enough to call friends! As for videos, keep an eye out in the coming weeks for a lyric video with exclusive behind the scenes footage from the recording process, as well as an acoustic video.

What role does NYC play in your music?

I think being born/raised and residing in and around NYC my whole life has given my sound a little edge. You’ll definitely hear some pop influences and stylings in my music. Although it is country music and there are traditional country instruments like banjo, pedal steel, and fiddles present in a lot of my songs, they are not the primary instruments. I like to describe my sound as New York meets Nashville. Kelly meets Carrie. Country meets pop…a true crossover sound, representative of who I am as an individual. I didn’t grow up on a farm or on acres of land. I’ve never driven a tractor or gone hunting. I wouldn’t be an authentic artist if I was trying to sing with a twang about those things…but I LOVE country music. I love the storytelling, the weight that the lyrics and melodies carry, the authenticity of the performers and the songs they sing. So I’m trying to embrace where I grew up, what my influences were, what my story is, and authentically find my place in country music. I think being a born and raised NY-er has taught me to embrace your individuality and has given me the strength and confidence to go out and do so!

One thing that makes a great artist, well, great, it is its performance presence – on that aspect, how does your background as a performer help with your artistry?

I think all my years on stage has made me feel so at home up there. I’m most comfortable, confident, and myself on a stage. Stage banter/improv comes very natural for me and engaging with the audience is my favorite thing to do. I started working professionally in show business when I was 8 years old – I feel like everything from my background has led me to this moment; all the years behind the mic recording voiceovers, acting in musicals, going on countless auditions, being told yes, being told no, learning strong work ethic and discipline from juggling school with a career as a kid; these all added fuel to the fire and were my stepping stones preparing me for this journey I’m on!

Does music also influence your acting in some way?

Totally! I think they both influence each other and go hand in hand. At the end of the day, it’s about being authentic and truthful whether you express that truth through music and the lyrics you sing or through dialogue and the character you portray.

How have Adele and Carrie Underwood has influence your writing?

I think they are phenomenal storytellers and sing from such an honest, visceral place in their souls that can radiate across an intimate stage, an arena, or even the TV. They are powerhouse vocalists who aren’t afraid to wear their hearts on their sleeve and leave all they got on a stage – I’ve always idolized them and try my best to incorporate these qualities into my shows, music, and writing.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I am counting down the days until April 26th 🙂 can’t wait to share my newest single “What You Can’t Have” with you all!

What message do you hope your listeners take away from your music?

I’m a big believer in knowing your self worth. This song in particular says you can’t have your cake and eat it too – if you didn’t know what you had when you had it, then you don’t deserve it now. YOU are special, unique, important and if he/she couldn’t see that then, it’s their loss! The right one will come along who won’t need to lose you first 🙂

Any plans to hit the road?

Heck yea! I have shows coming up in New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Nashville, and more. All tour dates are listed on You can also sign up for my mailing list for the latest show announcements!

What else is happening next in Carolyn Miller’s world?

I’m opening for Chase Rice on 4/25 in New Jersey at Starland Ballroom – super stoked for that show! Adam Doleac also on the bill – should be a good night! The single comes out the very next day, 4/26, and then I’ll be in Nashville the week after for some fun promo days. I’m so excited for the rest of this month. Be sure to follow my IG @carolynmillermusic for the most up to date look at what’s happening – I love to connect on social media and share behind the scenes footage! Be sure to say hi! 🙂

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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