Rising singer-songwriter Charlotte Grayson is set to release the brand new album ‘Grow’ on My 15th & has kindly taken the time to speak with me about her upcoming release.
Hey Charlotte, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Can you start by telling the readers a little bit about yourself?
Charlotte: Hi Jess, thank you wanting to interview me. I am a 20 year old singer-songwriter from Hartlepool which is a tiny seaside town in the North East.
When did you first discover your passion for music?
Charlotte: I think my passion for music was always there for as long as I can remember. I danced competitively (catch glimpses of me in Dance Mums UK) from the age of 4 until I was 15 so music was a massive part of that. In regards to playing music myself, a lot of my family members are musicians or involved in the industry I some way so I was brought up around musicians and this heavily impacted me.
Have you always known that music was a career that you wanted to pursue?
Charlotte: Nope. When I was younger I dreamed of being a dancer but the competing made me fall out of love with it. That is why I have never entered any competitions with my singing. I am so scared of ruining it for myself by comparing myself to everyone else.
How would you describe your musical style to someone unfamiliar with your music?
Charlotte: I think the best way to describe my music would be the sonics of Taylor Swifts older music with the grit and confidence of her newer music. The genre that I feel I fit into the most would be country pop but my influences are so diverse that it is difficult to put myself into a category.
You are about to release your brand new album ‘Grow’. How did the idea to create this album come together?
Charlotte: This album was recorded a while ago and it is comprised of nearly every song I had written up to that point. We recorded them all and then realised they could all work as part of an album and very quickly decided that we would release it.
What are some of the influences behind the songs featured on the album?
Charlotte: All of the songs are influenced by real life events that have affected me in some way, whether they happened to me or to someone close to me. They tell true stories of my life and hopefully are relatable to what a lot of people go through.
What are some of your favourite songs to feature on the album?
Charlotte: My favourite is Love You Anymore for the lyrical content as I find it to be a comforting reminder that one day it will be okay. I also love Tip Toe as it just makes me want to dance.
How have your family & friends reacted to hearing the album?
Charlotte: Only my mum has heard it all the way through and she loved it. She danced around the living room and was singing the songs in the bath afterwards. Got quite annoying after a few days but hey, at least I know they are catchy songs.
What does the album personally mean to you?
Charlotte: To me, this album was a culmination of everything I have done and achieved so far. I feel like throughout the process of recording it and since then, I have grown so much as a person and have started to settle in to who I am and who I want to be both as an artist and as an individual. I think this album is very symbolic of growing up and the things that many people my age go through.
If listeners could take away one message from this album, what would you like it to be?
Charlotte: I wish all listeners would go away from the album realising how flawed every human is. Including themselves. I think that was something that I was grappling with when I was writing these songs and it comes across in some songs such as What I Mean and Tip Toe.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Charlotte: Well I work full time as a Conveyancing Assistant at a local solicitors office and I also study law at an online university so I don’t tend to get much free time once music is added into the equation but I really enjoy eating and also reading. Sometimes at the same time.
What song do you always keep on your playlist & why?
Charlotte: Mary J Blige – Doubt. Not only is it an absolute bop, but it always makes me remember that I am capable of anything.
If you could perform a duet with anyone in the world, who would you choose & why?
Charlotte: Taylor Swift. Her writing is incredible so we could probably make a very sad break up song together and also her fan base is massive and incredibly loyal so I think I could pick up some fans as well as some tips from her.
Finally, is there anything you would like to say to the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Charlotte: Thank you for taking the time to read this. Hope you found me slightly more interesting than I think I am. Thank you for supporting smaller musicians and please have a cheeky listen to my album because I think you will like it.
UPDATE: You can check out the full album below.