Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Behind Every Smile”?
“Behind Every Smile” is about the facades we put up. In this social media world, we’re encouraged to only show the best. The perfect life. But there’s always more going on behind the scenes that we don’t show or feel we shouldn’t show.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
“Behind Every Smile” was born out of my own feelings of being unheard and the depression it caused. For me, writing a song is distilling many thoughts into a clear singular expression. With “Behind Every Smile”, getting my thoughts in order actually helped me understand my pain and where it was coming from.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
When I started shooting the video, I wasn’t even sure what I wanted. I was depressed and couldn’t get inspired so I just started filming myself performing the song, over and over. I shot so much footage that I didn’t use. It wasn’t until I began editing that I discovered the performances I liked and ended up using in the final video.
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording process for me is still very experimental. My first two single were upbeat and flashy and “Behind Every Smile” was more about me simply singing. I spent a lot of time on the details and the arrangement. It was also my first time bringing my piano playing into the mix. I think it helped me achieve a more classic country sound for this song.
How do you feel about the great reception for the song and does that put any pressure on you as you work on a new material?
I’m so pleased with amount of people that this song it touching. Putting myself out there, especially with a song about feelings, was new for me. It felt raw and exposing for this basically private guy. I’m glad people may feel better knowing someone else has gone through the same thing. As far as pressure for the next release, I don’t know. I’m feeling my way through this new facet of my career and my artistic decisions still feel very much my own.
Does your acting background influences your music and the other way around?
Yes and no. As an actor in film and television, I am only a part of the whole. I’m speaking someone else’s lines, wearing someone else’s clothing, being directed by someone else. With my music, it’s pure expression. It’s pure me, good, bad, whatever. It’s freeing and terrifying at the same time.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
New material is coming soon! I’m about to begin shooting video for my next single.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
It’s called “FED UP” and it’s scheduled for release in mid May.
Any plans to hit the road?
I want to go live for sure. It’s inevitable. The when and where are still brewing.
What else is happening next in Jack Nathan Harding’s world?
Now that it’s warmer, I’m outside as much as possible. I love working the land, planting, digging, growing trees and plants. It feels real. It keeps me grounded. Literally.