Rising singer-songwriter Kären McCormick has recently released her brand new single “Heartbroken Girls”, which has already started to make waves within the music scene.
Now, Kären has taken the time to speak with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution about her latest release & her upcoming musical plans.
Hey Kären, thank you so much for agreeing to this interview. Can you start by telling the readers a little bit about yourself?
Kären: Hi! I’m a country-pop recording artist. There is nothing I love more than writing songs about real life and sharing them with people. I was born in Brazzaville, Congo, though I grew up in Washington state. I now reside in Nashville, TN the capital of country music, and I love it.
How would you describe your musical style to someone who is not familiar with your work?
Kären: I would say lyrically, it’s autobiographical, it’s storytelling, it’s honest. From a production standpoint, it definitely flirts on the line of country and pop. I don’t want to be tied down just one genre if it’s restrictive to the creative process, but I definitely would say it’s most aligned with country-pop.
You recently released your brand new single “Heartbroken Girls”, which sounds incredible by the way. How did the idea to create this single come together?
Kären: Thank you so much! “Heartbroken Girls” is the first single off of my upcoming EP and I’m grateful for the warm and positive reception it’s received so far. I wrote this song with Dana Marie Rogers. I had the title in the notes app on my phone and I brought it to Dana back in August of 2019. As we got to talking, we realized we didn’t want it to be a sad song, despite the irony in the song’s title. We wanted it to be upbeat, anthemic and fun.
What would you class as the main inspiration behind this release?
Kären: The story was inspired after I came to a realization that I had been telling someone I was completely fine with where our situation when in reality, I wasn’t. But I wasn’t mad at this person at all, instead I asked myself, “why did I say I was okay with this I’m really not?” The rest of the song just came together after I told Dana about my situation and we spun it into a positive.
What message would you like listeners to take away from this single?
Kären: You know, after a breakup, it’s so easy to fall into being upset, mad or even finding reasons to blame yourself for it ending. With “Heartbroken Girls”, it’s about reflecting and finding that moment of realization in a positive way. It’s , ‘Oh, I’ve been saying I’m okay with this when I’m really not. It hurts now, but I’ve learned and I’m not going to continue this moving foward.“ There’s a beauty in that self-awareness. It’s freeing. And that’s why I wanted it to be light-hearted and upbeat.
Do you have any upcoming musical releases planned that you can tell us about?
Kären: My debut EP is coming out in a few months! I’m so excited about it. I’ve been working on this record for over a year now, and I’m so proud of how it came together. I can’t wait for people to hear it.
What are some of the songs that you always keep on your playlist & why?
Kären: I love this question! I have a playlist on Spotify called, “Women on Fire” that I update weekly with music from women across all genres, and I noticed that I always have a Kacey Musgraves song it. She’s one of my biggest songwriting inspirations and everytime I listen to her music I’m reminded of why I fell in love with country music to begin with.
Who would you describe as the biggest influence within your music?
Kären: I love Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood. Carrie has this way of continuing to amplify her career and continue to grow as an artist and performer, all the while balancing a family and I admire that. Kacey’s unapologetic songwriting and personality is a constant reminder to me to always stay true to myself as both an artist and a woman in this business.
What advice would you share with someone who was looking to pursue a career in music?
Kären: I’m constantly learning as I go, but one of the takeaways I learned this past year was to do whatever it takes to have comparison blinders on. There is a way to champion for those around you all the while not comparing yourself along the way. It takes work and it takes growth and believing in yourself and your own art, but once you figure it out, it’s freeing and makes the journey that much more exciting.
Finally, is there anything you would like to say to the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Kären: Thank you for continuing to listen to music and thank you for continuing to be supportive of this platform that puts the spotlight on all kinds of artists!
You can check out “Heartbroken Girls” on Spotify below.