Nashville-based singer-songwriter Alannah McCready joined us at this year’s Country Radio Seminar to chat about her new music, writing style, ambitions for 2021 and more! Check out the interview below…
How have you found the last year, from an artist’s perspective? We’ve all been hit hard by the pandemic, but it’s been particularly difficult for musicians. Have you been doing many Zoom writes?
Like everyone in our industry the pandemic greatly affected my career. It was quite a shock to go from touring and playing shows on a regular basis to not playing shows at all. It took a little while to figure out how to transfer that energy and I found that getting back in the studio was the answer for me! During the pandemic, I created a new EP that I am very excited to share this year. I was able to safely work on the EP during studio writes as well as with Zoom which was a very helpful tool!
For anyone here in the UK who maybe isn’t too familiar with you and your background, tell us about your path into country music and how it all started for you?
I am a Nashville-based singer-songwriter but I grew up in Blaine, Minnesota. My mom is from Oklahoma and is the main reason I grew up loving country music so much, I used to listen to the powerful women of country music with her as a kid. I went to college at the University of Wisconsin – Madison where I was a member of the NCAA Champion Women’s Ice Hockey Team. After college, I was living in NYC doing PR for a sports management company when I finally got the opportunity to do what I love, music, full-time.
I quit my job and moved to the south and have been a professional country singer-songwriter since 2012. Country music has always been my passion, I just love the way country songs allow you to connect with your listener and each song takes you somewhere emotionally.
We’d love to delve into your writing style – where do you typically get your inspiration from when you go into a writing session? Do you prefer solo writes or co-writes?
When writing I pull inspiration from my own life, of course, but also the situations my friends go through. Over the years, our big group of friends has been through a lot whether it be with each other or with relationships or family, and hearing their stories helps me shape a lot of my songs. I know that if my friends and I have been through it we definitely aren’t the only ones! The most important thing I try to do when writing is to make sure that what I’m creating is relatable!
I actually prefer co-writes! I love writing with other people and seeing how their process differs from mine and how we can create together!
Can you tell us about any new music you have coming up on the horizon?
Yes, I am releasing a lot of new music this year! The first single from my new project is called “Something Like That” and it is available everywhere now! I will be releasing another single shortly, and then the entire EP most likely in mid-2021!
As tricky as it is to look ahead at the moment, what achievements do you hope to fulfil in 2021?
It is tricky to plan or have lofty goals especially since we don’t know when the world is going to go back to normal but personally in 2021 I would love to break 100k streams on a record I release and I am very excited to get back out on the road once it’s possible to do that safely!
As we’re based in the UK, we have to ask if you’d be interested in testing out the international country market at some point? The genre is growing very fast in Europe, and we’d love to welcome you across the pond!
Of course! I would love to! I love traveling and I love Europe and it’s so exciting to hear that country music is growing so quickly. Let’s do it!