Hi Riley, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi!!! Thank you! I’ve been doing really well. Writing, cooking, and spending time with my family. All the goods.
Can you talk to us more about your latest collaboration “Over and Over”?
I walked into the studio with the title “Over and Over.” I knew I wanted the song to capture the awe that I find in the concept of unconditional love and forgiveness. My co-writers Colby Wedgeworth, Ethan Hulse, and Jordan Sapp brilliantly helped me to craft a lyric and melody that felt like that feeling. Walking out of the writing session, I knew it was special.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Honestly, the simply beautiful feeling of being accepted for the imperfect human I am. I was particularly enamored by that on the day that we wrote this.
How was the recording and writing process?
We wrote the song in a few hours and laid down a simple demo vocal on the day of. The team immediately loved the song, and I recorded the final vocal shortly after.
What was it like to work with Lauren Alaina and how did that relationship develop?
My manager reached out to me with the idea of asking Lauren to be a part of a duet version of this song. Immediately, it was a resounding yes on my end. I was so excited when she wanted to be a part of this project. She’s absolutely brilliant and so wonderfully kind.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
Absolutely. The story telling aspect of a song shifts when collaborating. It becomes about allowing the two voices to contrast and blend in such a way that’s authentic to the dynamic of the song. It’s exciting to watch a song take on new life through collaboration.
What role does Nashville play in your music?
Born and raised in Nashville, I’ve always been surrounded by music. Music always felt like a realistic career. The city within itself is incredibly inspiring and creative, which constantly drives my music.
As your music keeps getting more and more momentum – does that put any pressure on you as you work on a new material or rather the opposite?
Honestly, the opposite. It makes me excited to create new stories and sounds. Watching people connect to the music is the driving force.
How would you say the current COVID situation has influence your music?
I’ve learned to be creative and expressive in new ways. The past few months have pushed me to explore places in my mind and creativity that I haven’t yet explored.