Upcoming country-pop singer-songwriter Demi Michelle has teamed-up alongside songwriter Madison Young to co-write Demi’s forthcoming single “LA Will Wait For Me”, which will be released on the 12th March.
Ahead of the single release, Demi & Madison have kindly taken the time to speak to Fierce & Fabulous Revolution about the creative journey behind the song & what it was like to work alongside each other. Check out what they had to say below.
Hey Demi & Madison, thank you for this interview. Can you start by telling the readers a little bit about yourselves?
Demi: Hey, everyone! I’m a pop and country songwriter from Pittsburgh, PA. When I’m not writing and recording music, you can probably find me either writing my Young Adult Mystery novel or hosting The Half-Blood Princesses: A Harry Potter Podcast. In case you’re curious, I’m a proud Hufflepuff! Music is truly my passion, and I knew a career in songwriting was what I wanted to pursue after releasing my debut single, “Into Focus,” in 2019. I think of each of my songs as a piece of my heart to share with the world.
Madison: Hey, thanks for having us! I’m a Country/Pop songwriter from Maine. I’ve been a bicoastal musician for the past 4 years, doing much of my writing and recording in Los Angeles where I went to school. I’ve always loved music, and decided to pursue a career in songwriting after writing a song about my late grandmother. I was touched when I saw the impact that the song had on other people who had lost a loved one of their own. That’s why I write— for the shared connection that music brings.
So Demi, you are about to release the brand new single “LA Will Wait for Me” on March 12th, which was co-written alongside Madison. How did the idea to create this single come together?
Demi: Madison and I met at a songwriting retreat last August, and we decided to write a song together. After talking for over two hours on Zoom getting to know each other, it became clear to us that California holds a special place in our hearts. We both love and have ties to Los Angeles, so that was our inspiration to write “LA Will Wait for Me.”
Madison: LA was tugging at our hearts, and while there were many different directions we could’ve taken with the song, we made the decision early on to keep it fun, upbeat, and light. It’s a nice reminder of all the memories we made there, without dwelling too much on the sadness of leaving it all behind.
What would you class as the main inspiration behind this song?
Demi: Beyond our love for LA, the inspiration for this song came from missing the beautiful city so much. Due to COVID-19, we can’t go back to our second home right now. “LA Will Wait for Me” is a reminder to us that one day, we’ll be back in LA, no matter how many days go by.
Madison: This song is full of hope. It’s more than just wishing to be back in LA— it’s hoping that life can begin to go back to normal soon.
Did you always know that you would be releasing “LA Will Wait for Me” as a single?
Demi: When Madison and I started writing “LA Will Wait for Me,” I had no idea it’d be a single. I’m always growing and learning as a songwriter, and co-writing is a great way to do that. This song is so special, and as soon as we finished writing it, I was like, I want to release it. I didn’t only write a song I’m proud of, but I wrote it with another talented songwriter, who I’m lucky to call my friend. The whole experience of writing, recording, and planning the release of “LA Will Wait for Me” was something super fun Madison and I shared.
Madison: I definitely didn’t, I thought we were just writing for fun and growing our repertoire. I was super excited when Demi told me she was interested in releasing it as a single.
What does the song personally mean to each of you?
Demi: “LA Will Wait for Me” is truly a piece of my heart. Ever since I turned 18, I’ve taken trips out to California to visit my aunt and uncle. Some of my favorite memories are from days spent in Los Angeles, and I miss the golden coast so much. California is my second home, and no matter how badly I want to, I can’t go back right now. This song puts a smile on my face and reminds me that my favorite city will wait for me.
Madison: This song is so special to me because Los Angeles is like a second home. Although I grew up in Maine, I went to college in LA, and the pandemic hit just a few months before my graduation. Leaving my friends, school, and everything I had built for myself over the past 4 years was super tough. While this song is a sort of tribute to LA, it also serves as a reminder that things won’t always look like this, and hopefully we’ll be reunited with the things we love most soon.
What message would you like listeners to take from this forthcoming release?
Demi: Even though LA is my special place I’m missing, people all over the world are feeling the same way I am right now. I hope this song brings everyone hope and lets them know that things won’t always be this way.
Madison: Whether it’s LA or some other special place you’re missing, I hope that “LA Will Wait For Me” reminds you that someday you’ll be reunited.
How did you find working alongside each other on this single?
Demi: It’s hard to find genuine songwriters to connect with. The music industry is a tough place sometimes, and I’m so lucky I met Madison at the retreat last August. She’s more than just my co-writer on “LA Will Wait for Me.” She’s become a special friend. As a songwriter myself, it’s so important to me that Madison is included in as many things as possible. “LA Will Wait for Me” isn’t my song. It’s our song. It’s been so much fun working with Madison during the whole process.
Madison: I’m so thankful for Demi, she really included me every step of the way. It’s rare as a songwriter to be included in every step in the release process, but Demi welcomed my input on everything- the songwriting, recording, marketing, and even the cover art. It was really fun working with her, and I’m so excited to see our ideas come to fruition.
Could we see more collaborations between the pair of you in the future?
Demi: Definitely! I’m so proud of “LA Will Wait for Me,” and I’m sure it’s the first of many collaborations to come.
Madison: Nothing’s in the works at the moment, but I’d be down to work together again!
Finally, is there a message that you would like to share with the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Demi: Thank you so much for taking the time to support us and for reading all about “LA Will Wait for Me.” Also, special thank you to Jess for being such a gem. Wherever you are in the world, I hope this song will put a smile on your face.
Madison: Thank you so much for reading and supporting artists and songwriters, we definitely appreciate you. I hope you enjoy the song and it reminds you of home.
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