Emerging songstress Charlotte Grayson has swiftly captured the hearts of music lovers globally through her distinctly magnetising vocal talents & creatively unmistakable musical style.
Now, this gifted artist looks to captivate the hearts of listeners once again with the brand new anthem “Don’t Date”.
In her latest release, Charlotte has given a nod to her love of country music by unveiling a toe-tapping country-influenced musical piece that carries her usual pop sensibilities and indie cool.
Charlotte has kindly taken the time to speak with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution about her latest single & you can check out what she had to say below.
Hey Charlotte, thank you for this interview. Can you start by telling the readers a little bit about yourself?
Charlotte: Hi Jess! Thank you for having me! I am a singer songwriter from Hartlepool. I started playing music at 14 at local open mic nights, and soon started writing my own stuff. I played my first officially booked gig at 16 and have been doing it ever since. My first single came out in 2018 and since then I have released my debut album and plenty of singles too.
You just released the brand new single “Don’t Date”. How did the idea for this single come together?
Charlotte: I first got the idea in 2018 after a boy I had dated that week introduced me to his girlfriend. At the time I was obsessed with Kacey Musgraves, particularly her “Pageant Material” album. As I was writing it, I had a very clear vision of the finished track in my head. It featured lots of pedal steel slides and was filled with male harmonies. It was always a country song to me.
Did you always plan to release “Don’t Date” as a single?
Charlotte: When I started performing it in my sets, the reaction was always amazing. Older generations would laugh along with their own similar memories and younger generations would painfully relate. It always seemed like a strong song. Recording it only made it stronger and it always stood out from the other tracks.
How would you compare the creative process behind this song to your previous releases?
Charlotte: as it is such a different thing to my previous releases, I wanted to make sure that it sounded exactly how I had planned. If I was going to do something different, I was going to do it well. This is the only time in the production process that I have gone against the producer and entirely changed the genre. It soon became clear that every single song of the new collection had a wildly different mood and sound so, we leaned into it heavily.
What does this song personally mean to you?
Charlotte: To me, it is a joyful break up song that celebrates knowing your worth and having confidence in your standards. It mocks hook up culture and pokes fun at the constant turnaround of failures that happen when you are dating. I only hope that it makes someone in their dating phase laugh and realise it isn’t just them.
How did your family & friends react to your most recent release?
Charlotte: My family reacted as they always do: pride and adoration for the song. My grandad particularly loved this one as he used to play in a country band and constantly pressures me to sing old Dolly Parton. My friends immediately felt a call back to debut era Taylor Swift. The country feels and the “fuck all boys” attitude took them back to angsty teenage breakdowns.
If listeners could take something away from this song, what would you like it to be?
Charlotte: I hope they take away a little laugh, a bit more confidence, and a new found tolerance for country music.
Finally, do you have a message to share with the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Charlotte: I wish them all an amazing day, and thank them for supporting a female led music blog! Keep doing you.
You can check out “Don’t Date” on Spotify below.