Rising country singer-songwriter Caitlin Mae has released the brand new single “Country Eyes” ahead of her forthcoming EP ‘Prespecative’, which is set to grace airwaves this coming May.
Caitlin has kindly taken the time to speak with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution about her latest single, along with learning more about her upcoming EP release. Check out what she had to say below.
Hey Caitlin, thank you for this interview. Can you start by telling the readers a little bit about yourself?
Caitlin: Thank you so much for having me. My name’s Caitlin Mae, I am 18 years old and country music has always played a big part in my life. Growing up I spent most Christmas’s in our Florida villa surrounded by the music of true country legends and that had a huge impact on my style and where I drew inspiration from.
You have just released the brand new single “Country Eyes”, which sounds amazing by the way. How did the idea for this song come together?
Caitlin: The story behind ‘Country Eyes’ is in some ways quite a sad one. A lot of my childhood was spent pining after my sister’s love and I had to learn that for love to be truly meaningful, it has to be real and not forced. This song was written from a place of acceptance when I eventually reached it, and I knew from the very beginning of this process that it was important to tell the whole story and that would inevitably take more than one song, and so ‘Perspective,’ my debut EP, was born.
What would you consider to be the main inspiration behind this song?
Caitlin: The main inspiration for this song definitely stemmed from the strong emotions I felt connected to the treatment and betrayal by my sister’s hand.
How would you compare the creative process behind this song to your previous releases?
Caitlin: I definitely have two processes when songwriting. One being a fictional spin on a topic like love or breakups and the other – and my personal favourite – storytelling from a personal perspective. Music, and songwriting, in particular, gives me the chance to be real and authentic and most importantly true to myself when in a lot of situations, you don’t get to voice what you really want to say. Instead of feeling silenced, my original material makes me feel empowered.
Did you always plan to release “Country Eyes” as a single?
Caitlin: I always knew that ‘Country Eyes’ would be a part of something bigger. An EP that would delve much deeper than anyone song could possibly even begin to. I also knew that ‘Perspective’ as a collection of songs is still only the beginning of what I want to say, and this story has many twists and turns that I have yet to explore lyrically. In my head, I planned for ‘Country Eyes’ to be the first of two teaser singles delivered in the lead up to the EP release.
How did your family & friends react to this latest & your upcoming EP release?
Caitlin: My nuclear family know how important the songs on this EP are to me. They also know that it has been somewhat of an internal struggle to write and release them to the public. It’s not easy, even when it is the complete truth to write about somebody who is still in your life to some extent and to speak out about the torment they put you through. I think that the family members who never actually witnessed the mistreatment I suffered will find these songs offer a much clearer picture of what went on behind closed doors and how it shaped me.
What does the song personally mean to you?
Caitlin: To me, ‘Country Eyes’ is an uplifting song. That might sound crazy knowing what experiences lie beneath its surface but I have always been a strong believer in simply being able to take control of your reactions and not other people’s actions. ‘Country Eyes’ is my reaction, and it leaves me feeling hopeful that I can gracefully deal with whatever cards are dealt me.
If listeners could take anything away from this song, what would you like it to be?
Caitlin: If listeners could take anything away from this song, I would want it to be this –
“Always find a way to love yourself because you can get so wrapped up in waiting for someone else to love you that you waste valuable years questioning yourself and making yourself feel unworthy and unhappy and at the end of the day, none of it will validate you.”
Finally, do you have a message that you would like to share with the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Caitlin: I want to say a HUGE thank you for reading this interview. I have loved talking a bit more in-depth about the song. I hope on April 16th when ‘Country Eyes’ is released into the world, you can listen to it and find that it resonates with you on a personal level in some way.
You can check out “Country Eyes” on Spotify below.