Courtney Marie Andrews

BOOM! : Courtney Marie Andrews ‘Kindness of Strangers’

With a voice that mixes country, folk and indie pop, todays Track of the Day comes from  Courtney Marie Andrews, the new American sensation.

The 27 year old singer-songwriter from Phoenix, Arizona started performing at the age of 15 and last year became an overnight success with her album ‘Honest Life’.

Her new album, ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ will be realised on 23 March.

We interviewed Courtney Marie Andrews to learn more about her influences, her new single ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ and her upcoming album.

Where does your interest for music come from? Was there something in particular that made you think: “This is what I would really like to do”?

It’s a strange urgency in me, that I’ve always had. It’s really hard to explain, and I’ve spent many hours trying to understand where it came from or why I have it.  In a physical, tangible way, my personality really fits well with the lifestyle. I love writing/singing, change, and chaos. I love to rise up to challenges, and follow my creative muse wherever and however possible. 

You have a very peculiar voice that blends country, folk, pop and indie. Was there anyone who influenced you when you were at the beginning of your career?

I’ve had many influences over the years, but the artists who have always inspired me the most, are the writer/singers like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Lucinda Williams.; artists with not only unique voices, but incredible lyrics as well. 

Could you talk to us about your new single ‘May Your Kindness Remain’. How did it come into being?

About a year back, when I told a friend that I wanted to move to Los Angeles, they spoke to me so intensely about not changing that on the drive home from out chat, these lyrics popped into my head. “If your money runs out, and your good looks fade, may your kindness remain”. Once those words came to me, I felt so undeniably close to that truth. The idea felt like a powerful message that our society, myself included, needed to hear.

How was it working with Mark Howard as a producer of your new album?

Mark Howard was incredible to work with.  It was sort of a whirlwind process working with him. We’re both very fast workers, and he’s even faster, so it was very spontaneous and inspirational. The entire record was recorded live off the floor without a click track, minus maybe one song.  I like to think of Mark as a vibe master. I have a very clear vision, but he took my vision to unknown places, that got me excited about the possibilities. We both agree that the best records start with getting a take with the best vibe. This record was about getting my most earnest performances with the band, and emphasizing and exploring the creative parts of that.

Last year with the release of your album ‘Honest Life’, you became an overnight success. Was there any one time when you wanted to quit?

‘Honest Life’ is only my third album. I made some albums when I was a teenager, but those aren’t released, or available. So they don’t count! Recording ‘Honest Life’ was soul killing, but it was definitely one of those classic turnaround moments, where I felt pretty low, but was still stubborn and believed in it enough to power through.  I’m happy that I never gave up, even at my lowest moments.  I always knew songwriting was my path, so even when I felt discouraged, quitting was never on my radar. 

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You have worked with many artists from Jimmy Eat World to Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, is there someone you’d like to collaborate with in the future?

There are many artists I’d love to collaborate with! John Prine and Emmylou Harris are a couple that come to mind. 

How do you work on your songs, do you have a favourite routine or a special place?

My only requirements are that I’m alone, and that I have a quiet space to finish a song. There isn’t a specific routine. I work hard to coax ideas out though. If guitar is uninspiring, I’ll write on piano. If I’m writing too many personal songs, I’ll write about a new article I’ve read. I’m not one for routines, so the songs come out in many different ways. The only routine I have is finishing them.

Are there any future plans you’d like to share with our readers?

I’ll be releasing the new album on March 23rd, and then I’m headed on tour for the rest of the year. I’ll most likely be playing a city near you.

Courtney Marie Andrew’s new single ‘Kindness Of Strangers’, was released after this interview took place.