Originally from Atlanta, Alaina Beach moved to Music City in 2015 and became involved in the songwriting community. The singer-songwriter recently released her latest single, “This is How You Get to 99,” a touching, emotional track about her grandmother. Right before the holidays, Beach took some time to talk about her roots, the song and more.
Did you always know that you wanted to pursue music professionally?
I have been singing my whole life. I learned to play guitar in high school and was writing songs in college. In 2013, when I was in Greenville, South Carolina my friends encouraged me to play my songs out. I connected with a producer, John Briglevich, in Atlanta and in 2013 and 2014 we recorded some singles. It was my first time in a studio and John really taught me so much. I realized that I still had a lot to learn and being in Nashville, around such incredibly talented musicians, took my writing to the next level.
Was your music always country-leaning?
When I started, it had more of a folk sound. I grew up listening to bands like the Indigo Girls and Jewel. As I began recording and adding instruments, my songs developed into a country sound I liked.
Just recently, your new single, “This Is How You Get To 99” was released. It’s such a heartfelt, emotional song. Can you tell the story behind it?
My Grandma, who is 99, always has people asking her how she made it to that age and what her secret is. Every time she responds, she seems to say something different. She has this happy, peaceful view about life, and a great sense of humor. Every time I talk to her I learn something new about her life and what she’s done.
I was talking to a friend of mine about her and as we were talking, the idea for the song was born. I got some great feedback from Kim Franca, my vocal coach, and Rick Beresford who is one of my songwriting mentors, and the song continued to evolve. When I felt like the song was ready and it was time to record, I went to Trinidad Sanchez, the producer, and he came up with sound that complimented my voice and I ended up loving. I thought this was the right song to release as a single.
The video really conveys the lyrics of the song and I especially love the chalk numbers on the ground. Were you involved with the treatment for the video?
This is my first video and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. The producer of the video, Scot Sax, came up with the idea of writing the numbers in chalk. We also have my grandmother’s voice in the beginning of the video and use her photos as well. She turns 100 January 3rd so we’re planning a birthday party.
Congratulations to her!
What are your plans for the new year?
For now, we will probably release singles, but we may do a full album. I will also continue to play out at songwriter’s rounds in Nashville.
Finally, as the year comes to a close, which album gets your vote for favorite album of the year?
I really loved Maren Morris’ Hero and Kelsea Ballerini’s The First Time.
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