Today we welcome singer/songwriter Drew Haley to speak about her new EP Wildflower, filled with captivating and refreshing songs drawing listeners into her world of love and light!
Congratulations on the release of your EP Wildflower! How are you feeling about sharing this release with the world?
Thank you!! It’s such a great feeling to finally have it out there. It was a work of heart for sure.
Which song was your favorite and least favorite to put together?
My favorite song recording in the studio would have to be “Listen to the Sound” because David Spencer, my producer, really did his magic on that one. We layered lots of bgv’s and it came to life in a whole new way.
What has your musical journey been like? Run us through your story.
Well I started out singing three-part harmony with my grandmother and aunt when I was just a kid. I wrote my first song when I was 12 and at that point I was hooked. I knew it’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life! I began recording my first album when I was 18 and then moved to Austin, TX, about 5 hours from my hometown in East TX. I immediately started collaborating with other artists, playing down 6th Street and recording my second album. My passion has always been in songwriting so of course I fell in love with Nashville and have been living here for the past 9 years. I’m a member of the Highway Women and we are releasing lots of new music through the end of this year as well!
“Fool To Remember” is beautiful! What inspired the creation of the visuals for the song?
Well, I actually wrote that right after I broke the news to my dad that I was getting divorced. It was one of those heartbreak songs that literally poured out on paper.
Every element in an artist’s song is discovered differently. How do you know when you’ve discovered the right words and rhythm for your songs?
Every song is different and how it comes together is different a lot of times. My favorite way to write is to start with the hook and build around that. Or I can start to a strong melody and go from there but it depends on what inspires it.
How did your hometown influence your path to creating your own music?
I’d say it was mostly my grandmother because she encouraged me to sing in church and I learned a lot of gospel songs at a young age that are still some of my favorites today. Growing up in rural East TX, I definitely am a country girl to my core. Riding four wheelers and being on the lake are some of my favorite memories.
What advice would you give someone who’s just getting started in their Country genre?
I’d say keep at it no matter what! Don’t expect everyone to love what you’re doing because not everyone is going to get your sound. Really try to learn to write songs from your heart and be mindful about what it is you really want to say and how you want to use your platform to inspire/ uplift others. Intention is very important.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I love to golf!
What were the biggest initial hurdles to pursuing your musical dreams and how did you overcome them?
I signed some bad contracts when I was younger, starting out in the business. I learned the hard way to always have a music attorney look over anything before you sign!!
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions! Is there anything else you would like to add?
I would just like to thank you so much for supporting my music career and God bless!!