Eileen Carey - 10 Questions Music Interview
Passion, positivity, and persistence are the three words that best describe award-winning country- pop singer Eileen Carey. Originally from Ohio, the California-based Carey is described by Elmore Magazine as “a little bit cosmopolitan, a little bit country, and a whole lotta musical chameleon, one who effortlessly blends pop, rock, and country music.” Masterfully mixing those genres has provided Carey with numerous awards and accolades over the past three years, including the Los Angeles Music Awards 2017 Live Country Music Performer, and 2016 Female Country Artist, as well as the 2018 New Music Weekly Country Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Following in the footsteps of what The Hype Magazine calls a “long line of radio hits,” Carey’s recent single “Anything That Reminds Me of You” reached the top of the New Music Weekly radio charts in the spring of 2019. The New Music Weekly placement has solidified Carey’s seemingly permanent residence on national radio charts. Her title of AC/Hot AC Breakthrough Artist of 2019 put her in the company of other skyrocketing artists such as Post Malone, Five Seconds of Summer, and the duo of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Carey has shared a stage with Wilson Phillips, Don McLean, Jefferson Starship, Rita Coolidge, The Motels, Johnny Rivers, Peter Noone, Nelson, and Tal Bachman.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it
My songwriting came out of my singing. Years back, my vocal teacher at the time suggested that I write my own songs. Other than that no one catalyst other than it is hard to find enough great material so I started writing my own songs. I collaborate. “Meet Me Halfway” is the first song that I wrote with my longtime producer Travis Allen as a matter of fact. But I still sing songs I find from other writers as I did on “Finally” just released a couple weeks ago. I am always on the lookout for great material, and I am leaning toward younger writing partners to keep me current and fresh to my fans.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Some years ago my band and I experienced a really crazy event. I was in the middle of a set at Rippy's in Nashville during the Country Radio Seminar (CRS) when my band and I were whisked off the stage mid-set. At first I thought that something was wrong with the music, but it turned out that the entire club was being moved in to an underground car garage for safety sake as it looked like the tornado was heading straight toward us. Downtown Nashville had taken some sever damage in a previous tornado, and so the city and the business owners take warnings very seriously. It was bizarre though spending an hour or more with the audience and employees in an underground garage.
What has been the high point of your music path?
It just happened with my last single “Meet Me Halfway” which spent 10 weeks as the number one track on New Music Weekly’s Country charts, then spent two weeks at number 2 before returning to the # 1 spot .for a few more weeks. Meet Me Halfway made it into the Top 5 of the AC/Hot AC and Top 40 charts as well, leading to my winning NMW’s AC/Hot AC Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Which very much influenced the new single, “Finally.”
I have been looking to increase my Pop arrangements for a number of reasons, not least of which it is the genre that gets more film, television and advertising placements. It is a return to my roots. I am incredibly grateful that Country media and fans have embraced me over the years, but it is people like Sheryl Crowe, Martha Davis and Chrissie Hynde that I identify with the most.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I write what I see all round me. I take things i see and hear out of life, and it gives me flashes of images and melodies which I follow up into a song. My material is always positive and upbeat.Then I go to one of the songwriters I write with and we flesh out the idea.
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?
Well that is really two questions. The biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today in my view is to develop a paying fan base that can and want to financially support the growth of their careers.
I would like to see more women on the radio, particularly on the Country charts. I actually formed a Facebook group called Women’s Radio Discussion some years ago.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Keith Urban. I am a huge fan of his music because it rocks and is very positive in message. I like to think that I am very similar in both ways. On my third album, Movin On I recorded the only version of a song that he and Vernon Rust wrote called “That Was Her This is Now,” which won an L.A. Music Award in 2010 for Song of the Year.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
My band and I always rehearse in a rehearsal studio before we get to sound check and play the show. Even on the road, we rehearse a set the day or afternoon before a performance.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it.
“That Town” The original version was what moved my career into the Country music world. It is a very personal song that I re-wrote and recorded to bring my journey up to date, and was released in 2018 where it topped a number of radio charts and topped New Music Weekly’s Country Radio Charts. It is challenging to look at oneself and the progress you have made in life, and then put it down in a song.
What's coming up in the future?
Just released a new single called “Finally,” written by Meesha Black a, couple weeks ago. It is one of the most “Pop” tracks I have released, and it is a return to my original music tastes in Pop and Rock music. The music I grew up with in Cleveland. Pop also expands the markets my music can be useful for.
Have some upcoming dates, Performance at the Los Angeles Sync Summit on Dec 2nd Whisket 1115, The Rose in Pasadena, California with Ambrosia on the 3rd of January 2020, and then at that venue with Jefferson Starship on the 7th of February 2020.
Recently signed an agreement with Mark Frieser, CEO of the Sync Summit organization, for him to pitch my music for placement, and in fact I am awaiting a few sync licenses as we speak.
I am also midway in the process of recording more material as well, which means another trip to Nashville. Also, I have just signed an artist based subscription music service platform called OohYah.com It is a way for fans and artists to get closer to each other.
Tell us where fans can access your music. Provide 1 or 2 links here.
Eileen Carey's "Jingle Bell Rock” will be airing on National Indie Radio (WNIR) commencing December 1st through December 31st as part of BWH Music Group’s Holiday Radio Special. WNIR features the best independent artists in the world and is part of the highly selective and nationally renowned BWH Music Group platform. The Holiday Radio Special will feature original holiday songs as well as covers by exceptional independent artists. Station information can be found at www.wnir-radio.com