INTERVIEW: NYC’s Miss Charley Young
Hi Charley, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thanks for having me! I really appreciate it! I’m doing well and hope y’all are too!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hold The Moon”?
This single is probably my favorite so far. I just really connect and believe in the lyrics, the music, and the message. I hope people are also able to connect to the song and its message.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I was actually given this song by industry-veteran songwriters Nina Ossoff and Dana Calitri. They’ve written music for big acts and films. When Russ DeSalvo (the producer of “Hold the Moon”) and I heard it, we knew we had to do it. I fell in love with it immediately.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes! I am shooting a video in mid- July. We are shooting on Pensacola Beach in Florida. I’m really excited to work with the same director who did my “Fiery Storm” video, Emilia Mendieta. I’m also working with local talent, Phil Makselan and Debra Newberry. I love the concept and can’t wait for y’all to see it!
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording process was a lot of hard work, but it’s always worth it. Russ really pushed me to reach deep down inside myself and to push myself vocally. This song covers a wide range vocally in terms of pitch as well as mood. There were some difficult sections that I had to “find” within myself, but I was able to dig deep and rise to the occasion.
How does your background as an actress influence your music as a whole?
My acting training helps me so much both in the studio and on the stage. I am able to “prep” my performance: I always have someone I sing my song to, even if I am alone in the recording booth. I always analyze the song and its lyrics to determine what I am trying to convey. I approach each song I sing as a different role. The only difference is that each of these roles are different parts of myself.
What role does FL play in your music?
I am inspired to this day by the beach I grew up on. I wrote some of my earliest songs there and I still visual the sights, smells, and feelings of being on the beach with the white sand and emerald-colored water whenever I write. Some of my older songs including, “Fiery Storm” and “Summer is Mine” are directly influenced by my time in FL.
Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes. I have a new original single coming out sometime in the fall. The date isn’t set yet, but I expect it to be released around October. Some more covers and an EP are also on the agenda, probably rounding out the end of 2019 and flowing into the beginning of 2020.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
My single this fall is titled, “Minefield.”
Any plans to hit the road?
Absolutely. I’ve been doing a lot of shows in the NYC area, including at the Bitter End, the Bowery Electric, and the Delancey. I’m looking at booking some shows in Florida, California, and maybe Texas.
What else is happening next in Charley Young’s world?
I have been fortunate to have two films that I acted in that are currently on the festival circuit. One is a comedy called, “Son of Blackbeard.” The other film is a family drama entitled, “Celebrated.”
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