How have you been?
To be completely honest these last 5 months have been difficult. But everyday I’m trying to see the positive and get through these crazy times day by day. I never thought we would be releasing a record like this, but here we are. I am still so very excited for everyone to hear this new project.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Proceed With Caution”?
This is the coolest take on a love song I’ve ever heard. It’s a warning song to a guy who is chasing a girl and how if she decided to take that leap, she loves harder and stronger than anything he has ever seen. And how he better be ready, because once she jumps in and they commit to the relationship, there will be no getting out of it… or at least not easily!
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I actually did not write this song or any songs on the newest project. This was written by the brilliantly talented Jessie Jo Dillon, Hannah Ellis and Josh Kerr. Being a wife and mom with other jobs doesn’t always allow for a lot of creative time. But there are amazing people out there like these songwriters who are willing to share their talents with me and allow me to tell their stories. I am so grateful for that
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
We are only releasing a lyric video at this time. The current world situation is making it a little difficult to shoot anything, so that should be ready around album release time.
The single comes off your new album Things I Can’t Turn Off – what’s the story behind the title?
Well the last trip to Nashville was quite an amazing one and before I came home, my manager and I were tossing around title ideas. To be honest, it came to us very quickly. It’s actually a line in the song ‘ICYMM’ and it describes how I feel about all of these songs. I couldn’t turn any of these songs off while I was choosing them for the record… and I hope you can’t either! If you listen to the songs in the order, we made the track listing, it tells a story of a relationship start to finish and all the ups and downs and emotions in between.
How was the recording and writing process?
As always recording is an adventure. It took 2 trips to Nashville and a lot of contemplation in between. Trying to choose the right songs for where I’m at in my life right now and the sound I want to convey. Danick is the best person to get all of those emotions out of me. Being a friend of mine, it’s a very easy process and he’s a great vocal producer in helping to get things out of me that I didn’t know I had vocally. He has an amazing ear and an amazing vision taking the project to a whole new level.
What was it like to work with Danick Dupelle and how did that relationship develop?
I’ve known Danick for quite some time now. I think about 5 or 6 years! We started off hanging out together at the CCMAs with mutual friends and have gotten to know each other even better the past few years. I would definitely call him a friend which makes it that much easier when recording in the studio. He is so talented in so many ways and very encouraging. He believes in me even when I don’t always believe in myself which totally helps to get some amazing vocal tracks.
How much did he get to influence the album?
I give him FULL creative control when it comes to the production side. We obviously discuss track selection and the direction of the sound for each track. Sometimes what instruments we might want to see used but part of having a great team is trusting everyone to play their part and allowing them to use their talents and be creative. That’s how the magic happens!
What role does Canada play in your music?
I am Canadian through and through and very proud to be. I think all of my musical influences over the years including Canadian rock bands like Streetheart, and artists like Alannah Myles, and Canadian country artists like Patricia Conroy and The Wilkinson’s have all played a part in helping to develop and influence my sound today.
What aspect of your own personal life did you get to explore on this record?
I’m constantly trying to put myself into the lyrics and emotions of the song. Always trying to give the words meaning and do the story justice. Being with my husband for 19 years I can honestly say a break-up has never been something I have experienced but I know how I would feel if that did happen. So, I try to draw on that when singing the heartbreak songs and drawing on the love I have in my life. In the end, I’m telling a story and providing a soundtrack for someone’s life and experiences.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
When we get songs from publishers, I can usually tell right off the top if I’m going to like or relate to it. I love songs that grab you with a melody and lyrics right off the top and evoke some kind of emotion. I don’t always draw on feeling from my own perspective. You need to be conscious on those around you and their life experiences too. Sometimes, watching someone go through emotions gives us a greater understanding and empathy; putting yourself in other people’s shoes. It’s something I do a lot when performing and recording.
What else is happening next in Samara Yung’s world?
Oh boy, it is never short of things going on with a 4-year-old running around. And, with the current world situation, nonetheless. For now, I’m just going to take it day by day and try to stay positive, stay home and stay healthy, and wait and see what the next few months bring!