Hi Carolyn, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
All is good, hanging in! Happy to be back chatting with you guys. Appreciate all your support!
Out of all the songs out there, why did you choose to pay your own rendition of “Mary, Did you know?”
This song has been one I’ve always wanted to cover. It’s been on my list for quite awhile now! It’s so beautiful and there are so many amazing versions out there. I don’t think there is just one iconic version of the song, so it leaves a lot of room for creativity.
What was the approach you went with the song?
Acoustic, raw, intimate, but with power and emotion behind every note and phrase. Every part was strategically crafted. I had a vision for it since the beginning and I’m so happy to finally share my spin on this classic!
How did you go on balancing your own take with the original?
Honestly, I listened to about 10 different artists/versions on youtube, spotify, etc. and pulled inspiration from each one. I tried not to listen to any particular version too much so I wouldn’t be influenced by the choices of that artist. I just cycled through a bunch of Mary, Did You Know?’s and then once I felt like I had a good grip on the song, let my imagination run wild.
How was the recording process?
Recording was awesome. I reconnected with my middle school / high school buddy John Pizz during the pandemic and we’ve been doing a lot of projects together. I pulled him on to play guitar initially, but we ended up collaborating a lot during the process and recorded/produced/edited the track together. It was a good time!
With the major reception your music has been getting for a while now – does that put any pressure on you while putting new material or rather the opposite?
Definitely. I feel like as your career continues to grow, more industry eyes are on you — which is a good thing! You always want to keep building and growing with each release and I try to be really strategic with every move (even if it’s something as “simple” as a Christmas cover). There’s a lot of thought that goes into things behind the scenes.
Does the new cover mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
100%. A video for “Mary, Did You Know?” is on the way – keep an eye out for that! Been doing a lot in the studio as well. 2021 will be a big new music year (and hopefully touring…fingers crossed!).
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
12/8 for the “Mary, Did You Know?” music video! Shooting towards the end of January for the next single…get ready!
What else is happening next in Carolyn Miller’s world?
On the music front, I’m beginning work on an EP (shhh!). Super exciting for me, as this will be the first time I’m a co-writer and/or the sole writer on every track being released! Personally, I’m looking forward to enjoying the holiday downtime with my husband and puppy in our new home. Cooking/baking is a new quarantine hobby of mine, so hopefully some delicious winter recipes will be on the way 🙂 Keep in touch and follow along on all my socials @carolynmillermusic[Listen HERE] [Watch HERE].