Nashville-based singer-songwriter Chloe Collins recently released the official video for her brand new single “Didn’t Want You” & has taken the time to chat with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution about her latest release.
Hi Chloe, Thanks for agreeing to this interview. Can you start by telling us a little bit about yourself?
Chloe: Thank you for having me! I am a singer-songwriter based in Nashville. One of my songs was featured on the 100th episode of the TV show Nashville, and many of my other songs have been featured on TV shows such as Heartland, The Vineyard, Bellevue, and Hudson & Rex. My music has also been on Spotify editor-curated playlists such as Wild Country and New Music Nashville
When did you first discover your passion for music & knew that it was a career that you wanted to pursue?
Chloe: For my eighth birthday I went to see Hannah Montana: The Movie with some of my friends. The next day I taught myself the chords to “Butterfly Fly Away” and practiced for thirteen hours. From there I was able to learn chords to other songs and I began writing songs a few weeks later! I performed “The Sound of Music” at my school talent show that year and once I heard the applause from the audience I realized music was what I wanted to pursue for the rest of my life.
You recently released the official video for your single “Didn’t Want You”. How did the idea to create the video come together?
Chloe: I go to Belmont University in Nashville, where there is an amazing community of musicians, actors, and other creative people. I shared “Didn’t Want You” with a student director, Allen Howard, and we brainstormed until we came up with the idea for my video to have my past relationship play through a projector as I watched and relived the memories.
How do you feel the official video reflects the message behind the lyrics?
Chloe: It is painful to constantly think about a breakup, and I think by having the contrast of the happy memories with the dark overall mood of the video we showed this internal conflict; while we want to remember the good times with someone, it is often hard to separate those from the person and how emotional it was when the relationship ended.
What would you like listeners to take away from “Didn’t Want You”?
Chloe: When I was writing this song with Smith Curry and Tiffany Goss, we all had this moment when we came up with the title and we looked at each other and realized all of us—and, probably, everyone else who would listen to this song—had been in a position where you want to love someone but that person’s mind is somewhere else. Every time I play “Didn’t Want You” at a live show people come up to me and share their stories and express how much they can relate to the song. Though it is a difficult situation to be in, so many people have felt that way and by putting it into a song we are basically saying, “you are not alone.”
Do you have any musical releases planned for the future, which you can tell us about?
Chloe: Currently, I am working in the studio to create new music! I am so excited to share these new songs with the world because I feel like they share truths that people can connect with, just like what has already happened with “Didn’t Want You.” Stay tuned on social media and other platforms to learn about release dates
When you are not performing, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Chloe: Sitting on my bedroom floor and writing a song by myself is something I just love to do. Co-writing is one of my absolute favorite things to do in Nashville besides playing shows, however I started writing songs by myself and I always want to keep practicing that skill no matter how busy I am.
Who would you class as your biggest musical inspiration?
Chloe: I have so many musical inspirations, but one of the artists who has influenced both me and my music the most is Maren Morris. She took the country music scene by storm with her unique sound and honest lyrics. I wish to create songs that are as raw and real as those she has released.
What songs do you always keep on your playlist & why?
Chloe: Some songs I always keep on my playlist are “Stop This Train” by John Mayer, “Natural Woman” by Carole King, “More Hearts Than Mine” by Ingrid Andress, and “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes. I think all of those songs are incredible examples of great songwriting, soaring melodies, and perfect word crafting. I grew up listening to The Beatles, Carole King, Sheryl Crow, and The Rolling Stones, and I still listen to their songs regularly to remind myself of their talent and the reasons that their music is so iconic.
What is the best piece of advice someone has given you about pursuing a career in music?
Chloe: When I played a show at Whiskey Jam last year I was surprised to see that one of the greatest country artists of all time, Randy Travis, was sitting in the audience. He called me over after my set and told me he liked my voice and thought my songs were amazing. He told me to keep performing and writing. That was such a life changing moment for me, both because I got advice from such a legendary performer, but also because of his positive words of encouragement.
Finally, is there a message you would like to share with the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Chloe: I would like to tell the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution to always pursue their dreams, no matter how impossible they may seem. Just two years ago I would’ve never believed that I would have ten songs on different television shows and get to play such renowned venues as The Bluebird Cafe and the House of Blues. Always keep reaching for what you want and if you work hard and keep a positive attitude it will happen!
You can check out the official video for “Didn’t Want You” below.