A upcoming artist, Karly C, that is originally from New Jersey, is ready for a change and shaking things up a bit by switching her sound to a new country vibe!
The singer recently got to chat with me about a few things including who some of her country music influences are and who are some artists she would like to collaborate with. She also talked about her latest single, You and Your Whatever, along with what fans can expect from her for the rest of 2019.
Emily Ann Wells: Who are some of your musical influences?
Karly C: As far as country music goes, I have a lot of artists who I feel shaped who I am – Jennifer Nettles, Dolly Parton, The Dixie Chicks, Little Big Town…etc…
EAW: You recently made a big switch from pop music to country. What made you want to make that big change?
KC: The whole “substance over style” thing really. I’m in this because I LOVE making music. And after playing out in bars for the last seven years I’m most comfortable with an acoustic guitar in my hand behind a microphone wearing jeans and a flannel shirt. Not wearing a headset mic and dancing all around making a spectacle of myself to an overproduced track. Sorry to sound so harsh, but the whole pop thing just isn’t genuine to me. I mean I love the music I’ve made, and it doesn’t mean that I’m not still going to collaborate once in a while and sing on a pop song like Maren Morris did, but I certainly have no interest in being “that” as an artist. If you know what I mean.
EAW: You just released your debut country song! What was it like making the single?
KC: It was so liberating to just write something on my own from start to finish. I just had an idea hit me in the car one day so when I got home I grabbed my guitar and typed the lyrics on my phone, and that was it! My manager then found an AMAZING team in Nashville to record and produce it. Dylan Maloney is unbelievably talented. He really lead the whole project, playing guitar, drums, bass, and piano. Then he got Mike Johnson to play pedal steel guitar on it. He’s an absolute legend in Nashville. And sooo talented! He’s played on albums with all kinds of icons in the industry like Faith Hill and a lot of other big names. And then there was Billy Decker to put the finishing touches on it. Another SUPER nice guy who’s also a living legend, having mixed and mastered for all of the big artists (Darius Rucker, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, etc..)
Check out Karly C’s music video for her debut country single, You and Your Whatever below on YouTube or click HERE to watch!
EAW: What are some things you like to do when you aren’t making music?
KC: I do A LOT of bass fishing. I was even on the cover of “Bassin'” magazine last December (lol). It’s just something I love. The outdoors, the peacefulness, the challenge,…it’s my happy place! I also love to shoot my compound bow and go trapshooting, or to the local range at Fort Dix military base here in New Jersey. I also love spending time with my two cats and bearded dragon.
EAW: What is something you want your fans to know when listening to your new music?
KC: No real message – just hopefully something they can relate to and know that I’m putting my heart and soul out there under no false pretenses. Just real music made by a real person, for real people.
EAW: If you could do a collaboration with any country artist, who would it be and why?
KC: Ashley Mcbryde, or Luke Combs. I feel like they’ve been through all of the same things I have as far as staying true to who you are. Plus I really like the realness of them both in their “take it or leave it” attitudes and tone of their vocals. I have a naturally raspy voice and kind of tomboyish personality. So I just feel like they’d both be cool to hang out and make music with because they’d get me! (lol) Not to mention how incredibly talented they both are. I mean PURE talent, Not manufactured.
EAW: What can fans expect from you for the rest of 2019?
KC: I already have my next country single ready to kick off with Dylan, my official new session leader! (lol) And we’ll just keep cranking them out from there seeing what kind of traction and radio play we can get. I’m also probably going to collaborate on another pop single to follow up my current one in rotation on SiriusXM.
This new artist, Karly C, definitely has a interesting sound. There’s no doubt that this upcoming singer has a valuable quality in her, by wanting it to be known that her music is what she really focuses on. If Karly continues to stay true to herself in her music, she can certainly have a long journey in her music career.
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