Caitlin Rushing - 10 Questions Music Interview
Born in Florida, and based in Orlando, Caitlin Rushing is a singer-songwriter who is anything but a small town player. Her song “Hold On You” earned the 2nd place spot in the prestigious ISC (International Songwriting Competition). Songs like the playful and infectious “Mexico”, penned by Rushing and Billy Smiley, and "Unsteady" with it's lonely strumming acoustic guitar, showcase Caitlin's versatility as an artist of melody and mystery.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
About 6 years into a 13 year relationship, I started writing music. At first, I didn't share it with anyone. It was the only way I could process what I was feeling at the time. When the relationship finally came to an end, I felt like I had so much inside that I was afraid to say and even though it was raw and honest, I started to share my stories and I haven't stopped since.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
The craziest thing so far as been my journey. I sold/gave away pretty much EVERYTHING I owned just over 2 years ago. I bought a 24 ft travel trailer that I've been living in ever since. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made and has allowed me the freedom and flexibly to really go full force with my record and touring.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Finishing my full length album and being able to look back at who I was then and who I am now. To know that my story will forever be out there now for the world to hear feels like my greatest accomplishment to date.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I usually start with a melody and let the mood of it determine what kind of song it will be. Then I get started with lyrics, sometimes I look at random thoughts I've typed or written out for inspiration. Sometimes I listen to a song that's moving me at the time in hopes to get into that creative space.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I don't like the fact that people are paying for followers and air time, that was a surprise for me as an artist to discover. I think streaming as really changed the face of music today and I don't think it's the industry's fault really. You can now pretty much self promote on your own and the more money you have, the more successful you will are sometimes. I don't think it's really all about the talent anymore.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Lori McKenna, she's just an amazing artist and has written for some of the best. I would really just love a co-write, but a live show would also be a dream!
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I rehearse day and night up until the very last minute. I never feel prepared enough and I always strive to be better. Guess I'm a bit of a perfectionist in that regard too.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
"Good Man" was a tough one to write and is even harder to sing, especially if my mom is in the audience. It's a personal song to me but I'm not really the subject matter, my mom is. I wasn't sure how she would feel about me telling her story or if I could even do a good enough job to. Again, real and raw emotions seem to be the ones that get the room quiet and interested. As long as it's real and honest, it will come through.
What's coming up in the future?
When I first started this journey, I had no idea how important and hard it would be to promote my music. It's a full time job and one I realized I'm not equipped for on my own. Really hitting social media as hard as I can this year and putting that first over churning out new songs.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
You can find everything here! LinkTree
Listen on Spotify.
For more information, please visit Caitlin's website.