Nashville-based pop singer gives the lowdown on her new single
Brit Daniels new she wanted to be a singer at an early age, as evidenced by her mom catching her belting out “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” at the tender age of 2. As she grew up, her passion intensified as she recorded at local studios in her hometown of Arlington, Texas, performed at talent shows, and sang the National Anthem at Texas Rangers baseball games on numerous occasions.
After college, she packed her bags and moved to Nashville to work for a record label and management company as a means to learn the ins and outs of the music industry. Now, she divides her time between the Music City and Los Angeles. On Daniels’ new single, “Shadows,” the chanteuse sings about the immense heartache that comes with a break up or losing someone you love. “It was inspired by the idea of missing someone and there always being this darkness (usually in the form of old memories and feeling like they’re there) over the places you used to go together and the thoughts that start flooding in, which I think everyone can relate to if they’ve ever been through a break up or really loss of any kind,” she explains. “It’s almost as if the memories of the times you shared are haunting you. I love this song because I think it’s a really cool take on a situation that we’ve all been in and feelings that we’ve all felt before.”
ARTISTdirect caught up with Daniels to talk about the new single, growing up in Arlington, and her love for NSYNC.
Hello – Please introduce yourself.
Hey guys! My name is Brit Daniels, and I am a Pop artist/writer out of Nashville, Tennessee!
Where are you right now?
I’m currently in the Cayman Islands with my family and best friend on vacation! Very grateful to be here and have some much needed days off.
Tell us about your new project: Who did you work with? Where was it recorded? What’s it about? Is there candy?
My newest single is called “Shadows”. It’s a cool/vibey dark pop song about how it feels when you miss someone. It goes a lot deeper and compares missing someone to being haunted by that person. I cowrote it with Jonathan Perkins, who also produced it. It was recorded at his house in Nashville.
How do you describe your music to new friends?
I describe my music to new friends as having dark pop vibes while still being commercial and appealing to the ear. Currently, I’d say my music is a mix of Halsey, Selena Gomez, Daya and Kelly Clarkson, while still being totally different than them.
Other than Brit Daniels, what should your hometown be known for?
I’m from Arlington, Texas, so other than being known as the random big city in the middle of Dallas and Fort Worth, we should be known for the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers, which are coincidentally my favorite sports teams. 🙂 People still think the Dallas Cowboys actually play in Dallas, but they don’t.
Please look around you right now and please describe the first item or person you see that’s significant to you (and that your relationship with it/them). Can we see a photo?
I’m on family vacation at the moment, so the most significant person I’m with right now (and in my life period) is definitely my mom! She’s one of the most incredible humans I’ve ever been blessed to know. She’s so compassionate, encouraging and loving, and she is truly one of the most hilarious people I’ve ever met. It’s definitely never a dull moment when we’re together. I love her so dearly. Also, I’m pretty sure I get my sense of humorous sass from her, so everyone can thank her for that one.
What first inspired you to pursue music? If it was a musician or a specific piece of music, please tell us all about why you find it so inspirational…
Honestly, there wasn’t ever one specific thing that inspired me to start pursuing music. I have been singing for as long as I can remember, and it’s something that is truly a part of me. There’s been so many experiences and people along the way that have inspired me in different ways and that have helped me to keep pursuing music as an artist and as a writer, but there was never just one thing that started it all.
What’s the best advice anyone has given you about pursuing a life in music?
To never give up. I KNOW, so cliche sounding, right? But really…to just keep pushing, and keep pursuing it the best way I know how and that it’ll happen. Also, to build a strong team around me full of people I can trust, which is something I’m working on right now.
Not including your current crew, who (alive or dead) would you love to have in your van for an all day drive from gig to gig?
Hands down Justin Timberlake. Not only because I used to be the number one NSYNC fan growing up, but also because I’d love to hear stories about his evolution as an artist from his perspective. But, I’d definitely make him sing at least one NSYNC song with me.
What song best sums up your life right now?
Throughout the constant uphill battle of pursuing a music career, I’d like to think “Roar” by Katy Perry would be kind of my anthem right now. There’s so many people that try to bring you down in this industry and try to make you feel like you’re not good enough, but I always try to remind myself that one day, the tables will turn and they’ll see me the way I’ve always seen myself 🙂
What is the best reaction to your music you have experienced so far?
Honestly, every positive reaction to my music makes me so excited, but I love hearing stories about how people relate to my music through their own personal experiences. I’ve had so many people pour their lives out to me in relation to some of my songs, and that is the coolest thing to me. As long as someone connects on a deep and personal level with my music, that’s the best reaction in my eyes.
Take a moment to dream – Where do hope to be a year from now?
I hope to have a strong team around me, including a major label, and I hope to have at least a gold single, as well as be starting a tour with a major act.
What’s your next step towards that dream?
Right now, I plan on continuing to release music and continuing to figure out the best way to really get my music out there to the masses. I also am working on building up my team around me because team work really does make the dream work. You can’t do it all by yourself, and I think that a lot of artists lose sight of that. I definitely see the importance there, though.
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