With two albums, Heroes & Hometowns and Let Love In, under her belt, Ayla Brown brings new music to her fans both new and old with the release of her new single, "Label," a mid-tempo country rocker which ponders the relatable question many of us face when in a relationship - "what are we?" Recently, Brown took the time to answer a few questions via email about her roots, the single, and more.
Before we dive into the single, when did you first become interested in music and know you wanted to pursue it professionally?
I became interested in music at a very young age, but I never even took the stage until I was much older. My first performance (in front of people) was when I was 12 years old. I sang the National Anthem at a high school girl’s basketball game and still to this day I remember how nervous I was. After I was done, the announcer called me over to the table and handed me an envelope with a check in it for $12! I ran to my mom and excitingly said, “Mom, I just got paid to sing the Anthem! If I did every home game, this could be my living someday!” I always love telling that story because I am doing this for a living and I couldn’t be happier.
Do you have any musical influences/inspirations?
I’ve always been a huge fan of Celine Dion. To me, she is everything. (If I could only hit the high notes like she can though!) But, over the years my musical loves have expanded to artists like Brandi Carlile, Josh Turner, Brett Young, and Holly Williams. I am a big fan of artists who writer their own music. I feel as though that’s the best way to get to know an artist.
Recently, you released your new single, “Label.” Did you write it? If so please tell the story behind the song and if not, what drew you to the song?
I co-wrote “Label” with Erik Halbig in a little writing room in Nashville on a cold winter day. I had the idea to write a song about a label on the bottle, but like most songs, it evolved into a song about a relationship. In many relationships you end up dating a person for a number of months and all of a sudden you reflect on where the relationship is headed and you say, “Are we just a fling? Or are we a thing? If so, we should probably put a label on it.” I guess in a nut shell, that’s what this song is about.
Will there be a music video for it?
I hope so! Music videos are expensive. I am an independent artist and everything I make musically is re-invested back into my career. I love that aspect of my career, but in cases like these, it becomes hard to keep spending money. If there’s anyone out there who wants to help me with a video I am ALL EARS! haha
Is it part of an upcoming release or are you releasing it only as a single?
As of right now it’s just a single, but it will be part of an upcoming EP that I plan on recording this winter when I’m back in Nashville.
You’ve opened for quite a few notable names; do you have any Fall touring plans or any other professional plans you can share?
I am constantly talking to my team about booking gigs and traveling to different parts of the country to share my music. I look forward to continuing to do that as well as record my EP.
Finally, is there one recent release, any genre, that you cannot stop listening to and recommend people check out?
I am a lover of most music, and I am one of those listeners who wears out a record when it comes out. At the moment I am giving the new Thomas Rhett album a hard listen. But I suggest anyone who is into songwriting to check out Brandi Carlile.
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