18-year-old singer/songwriter, Charlotte Grayson, from Hartlepool is set to release her new single/B-Side this month so Lee Allcock caught up with Charlotte to find out what listeners can expect from the new tracks.
You started writing songs at just 15-years-old, but what or who were your inspirations for getting into songwriting and why?
Honestly, I got into songwriting because all of the musicians and promoters around me were telling me it was what I needed to do to get to the next level – and they were right. I instantly fell in love with it and I take inspiration from a lot of country artists such as Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift as well as more obscure and alternative artists like Melanie Martinez.
The gender divide in the world of music, across all regions, is 70% male to 30% female which seems outrageous…so what do you feel can be done to help women bridge that gap?
I think the only way to bridge that gap is for more people to support female music and also for female musicians to stand up for themselves in such a male-dominated world. It can be hard to get people to take you seriously as a teenage girl so you have to demand it, not ask nicely.
You’re set to release your new single and B-Side, ‘Something to Miss/Mesmerised’, on Friday 12th October, so what can we expect in terms of its sound and lyrical content?
‘Something to Miss’ is a waltz with an almost childlike sound and lyrically is about the struggle one of my friends went through after a breakup. It was the nicest way I could find of saying: “he isn’t worth it, don’t sulk, go and make him wish he kept you”. ‘Mesmerised’, if I had to categorise it, I think would be an acoustic ballad. Lyrically, it centres around the concept of being so infatuated by someone that you can’t really make a rational decision on whether they are right for you.
We hear that you’re also planning to release your debut album next year. Can you tell me some more about that…
The album is, at the minute, planned to be 14-tracks long. Every song on there is unique but there are a few areas of common ground throughout all of them. There is an underlying country sound to the album, and the lyrics are very typical of teenage experience told from a personal perspective.
And finally, what else do you have lined up for the rest of the year that our readers can get excited about?
I am shooting a music video very shortly so that will be out in November, and also I’m playing the first ‘Sonic Sisters Club’ event celebrating female musical talent on Friday 16th November at The Studio in Hartlepool which I am very excited to play.
You can buy ‘Something to Miss/Mesmerised’ on Amazon and iTunes on Friday 12th October.