INTERVIEW: Brei Carter
Hi Brei, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’m doing good considering everything that’s going on. Trying to stay positive and believing for the best.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Country Choir”?
Country Choir actually represents who I am. Just a down home country girl, that loves her boots no matter what. Anyone that knows me knows I wear cowgirl boots almost always. But also about values. It’s about working hard, being tough and strong and have faith! God, church is most important in anything we do in life and we’re not afraid to say it, be it and share it.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Actually the song was pitched to me and I knew it was me from the beginning. Corey Barker and Shantell Ogden actually wrote that one just for me 😊
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
It was just about me showing the world who I am and where I come from. Kind of another introduction into the world of music 😁
The single comes off your new album Smiling – what’s the story behind the title?
Smiling was written by me and two very good friends. Actual one is my mentor Jason Wyatt former lead singer of The Lost Trailers. It’s about smiling no matter what. My grandma use to always say sugar pie, hold your head up and keep smiling. So I guess I learned early just smile through it. Don’t let them see you sweat and know that someday you’ll come out on top. This is helped me in life to be more of an optimistic person versus a negative one.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process was great because it was telling my story. The recording process is up and down 😀 Some days you go in and nail it and some days you’re there all day. But it’s worth it and I wouldn’t trade any of it.
What role does Monroe play in your music?
I say Monroe, actually it’s an even smaller town right outside called Sterlington. It plays a lot because I grew up on Country, Soul, Rock, R&B, Zydeco. In some of my music coming soon you’ll learn more about me and the stories of how I grew up.
What aspect of your surroundings did you get to explore on this record?
Just the south in general, sometimes things move a little slower, but when it’s all said and done, God, family, friends, lending a helping hand, praying for someone, feeding those hungry and living right is the basis
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Lyrics come from my life, my experiences, experiences or other family friends or stories I’ve heard some of the elders tell and talk about.
Any plans to hit the road?
When we are no longer quarantined I would love to hit the road. I want to share who I am, where I’m from and my music.
What else is happening next in Brei Carter’s world?
Right now, staying safe, working on becoming better playing my guitar, writing and looking for opportunities to get out and make history for my family, my town and me.
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