Country/pop musician Kären McCormick, is set to release her brand new single “We Were On Fire” in only a matter of days, so today I will be bringing you an interview with the lady herself about her upcoming release!
Earlier this year Kären released her debut single “Just A Song”, which recieved high praise from many fans & critiques. Now, this talented artist is back with her follow up single “We Were On Fire”, which is set to be released on the 31st August.
Read what Kären had to say to us below. Enjoy!
Hey Kären, thank you so much for agreeing to this interview. Could you start by telling me a little bit about yourself?
Kären: Thank you so much for taking the time to share my story! I should start by saying my name is actually pronounced CAR-in! I’m 22 years old, and I just recently relocated to Nashville, TN. I started writing songs when I was 13, and my favorite TV show is Friends. I spent the majority of my childhood growing up in a small town in Washington State, but I was born in Brazzaville, Congo — a small country in Central Africa.
Now, you have a brand new single called “We Were On Fire” coming out on the 31st How did this new song come together?
Kären: I wrote “We Were on Fire” earlier this year — back in March — so I’m looking forward to finally being able to share it! It wasn’t until July that I was able to record it in Nashville, TN at Treasure Isle studios. Jason Aldean records a lot of his music there, which was so surreal for me. It was the first time I’d recorded in a true studio environment, and the entire process was a massive learning experience — I loved every minute of it.
What is the inspiration behind your new single “We Were On Fire”?
Kären: With my first single, “Just a Song”, I was reflecting and looking back on a situation in more of a sad way. I knew I wanted the next single to be upbeat and happy, because that’s where I’m at in my life right now! I just moved to my favorite city, I’m surrounded by great people and I really wanted a song that embodied that emotion. Lucas Hathaway produced it and I’m so proud of what he did and how he captured that feeling.
One question I would love to ask you is, do you think we will be hearing an album from you anytime soon?
Kären: Yes, yes, yes! I want to release one more single this year, but I’m focused and determined to release an EP in 2019.
Who would you consider to be some of your biggest musical inspirations?
Kären: Carrie Underwood is my all-time favorite. With each album and each tour, she continues to outdo herself, which is insane. But I love that she is constantly challenging herself, even at the level of success she has achieved. I’m also a massive Kacey Musgraves fan. She’s an incredible songwriter and I admire how she is unapologetically herself.
What are some of the things that inspire you in your songwriting process?
Kären: It can vary. Sometimes it’s an experience I went through, sometimes it’s something a friend of mine went through, or sometimes it’s not something I went through at all. At the end of the day, I consider myself a storyteller and combining music with those stories to bring them to life is my favorite thing to do.
What sort of things do you like to get up to in your spare time? Any hobbies?
Kären: I love to binge watch TV shows on Netflix! Right now I’m loving the show Queer Eye. I also really love baking and going for walks. Part of the exciting thing about being new to Nashville is discovering some of the scenic walks we have here.
If you could duet with any musician, who would it be & why?
Kären: Just one?! This is a tough choice. A male artist I’d love to work with someday is John Legend. His voice is so rich and beautiful, I feel like he makes anyone he duets with sound good – ha! A female artist I’d love to duet with is Kacey Musgraves. There’s something to be said about her ability to capture an audience with just her voice and her guitar, and that’s the kind of artist I strive to be.
Finally, is there a message that you would like to give to the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Kären: I want to say go for it. I’ve wanted to live in Nashville since I was 16 years old, and now that I’m here, it’s so surreal. But when I take the time to stop and think about it, I realize that the only person who could’ve held me back from doing it, was myself. Make a list of your goals and then another list of what you are going to do to achieve them — you may surprise yourself.
Thank you so much to Kären for this interview. You can check out “Just A Song” on Spotify below.