2. Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Call Me”?
I struggle with my mental health, very openly, and many people I love do as well. I needed to write a song that was inspiring, but spoke about the truths of depression. As an artist I have many things I speak about frequently, and struggles with mental health is one of them because it’s been very prominent in my life, and I am very active in trying to end the stigma.
3. Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Someone special to me was deep in their depression, and I couldn’t physically be there to make sure they were okay. This also happened to be the same day I found out one of my idols growing up committed suicide. I felt an emptiness that I couldn’t explain, a hopelessness because I couldn’t fix it all, and empathy, because I too, have felt this cloud of what feels like endless doom.
4. Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes! I am so excited to give visual life to the song, and I can’t wait for people to see it! Coming soon 🙂
5. How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote this in New York City at Alicia Keys’ “She Is The Music” camp with Alex Hope and Sophie Frances. I remember Sophie sitting at the piano playing chords, Alex on the guitar, and the melody and lyric “Just know that you can call me” came into my head, and we just took off with the song from there. We probably wrote it in about 3.5 hours.
6. What was it like to work with Alex Hope and Sophie Frances?
Writing with these two incredibly talented females has been a huge highlight in my career. It’s definitely one of my top three favorite sessions of all time. I felt like myself, I felt understood, and I didn’t feel judged for opening up my mind and talking about real struggles we’ve all had with our mental health. We ordered pizza and calamari and just chatted and allowed ourselves to be emotionally real with each other. Alex is one of the most talented producers I’ve ever worked with, and so funny. Sophie is unbelievably talented, her piano playing inspires such emotion and her voice is captivating. I couldn’t have dreamt of a better team!
7. What did they bring to the table?
All of us contributed to the lyrics and melodies. Alex produced and played some instruments on the song, and Sophie played the piano and sang some background vocals on the song. It was the perfect balance of collaboration.
8. How much did you get to balance most of your creative inputs?
I find co-writing very helpful and effective. Each of us listened to each other and threw ideas around. It was the perfect fusion of all of our talents.
9. Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
My writing process is relatively the same; however, I love being able to expand my horizons and learn different writing methods from other writers. Co-writing has nurtured me into the writer I am today, and I’m so grateful to be continuously learning from some of the best of the best.
10. Coming off the heels from such a big year – were you any nervous or did you feel any sort of pressure as you were working on this new single?
I think parts of me will always be nervous when releasing a new song. I can’t predict the future, so there’s no way to know how listeners will react, but I always remind myself that as long as I am creating the art I am passionate about, my fans will welcome it with open arms.
11. Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
I have lots of songs ready to go! I am so excited for what’s to come and for everyone to hear it all.
12. Any tentative release date or title in mind?
There should be lots of music coming out this summer!
13. Any plans to hit the road?
I would love to tour! It’s all about finding the right artists to play shows with. Hopefully I’ll be on the road soon!