A California girl with a Nashville heart, Sandra Lynn launched her career in April 2014 with her self-titled debut EP. Since then, Sandra has opened for Kenny Chesney, and performed during CMA Fest as well as at local Nashville venues. In addition, her Trey Fanjoy directed video for her debut track, "You Belong," has attracted over 100,000 views on YouTube. Recently, Sandra Lynn released a brand new single, "Afterparty," which can be heard on Sirius XM's The Highway as a Highway Find. Sandra was kind enough to talk about the story behind the song, collaborating with Ross Copperman and more!
You recently released a new single, “Afterparty.” What is the story behind the song?
I went into the studio with Ross Copperman, who recently worked with Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban and Brett Eldredge. We had a batch of songs, mostly with the theme of relationships, that I really loved. "Afterparty" is really a song about going home at the end of the day, every day, for the rest of your life, with that person who is your best friend. It's about that someone who you have that spark with and can have fun with no matter what you are doing together.
Was there anything specific that drew you to the song?
Ross brought the song to me, which he wrote with Nicole Gallyon and Jana Kramer, and the first time I heard it I fell in love with it. Besides really loving the theme around the song, I feel like "Afterparty" gets to show a different side of me from some of the music that I had previously put out. It's edgier, more upbeat, and melodically, I just love it.
This year you have worked with an impressive list of collaborators including Ross, Trey Fanjoy and Jay DeMarcus.
Yes, I am very thankful and feel very blessed to have gotten to work with such amazing people! I had been such a huge fan of their work; so then to be able to talk direction with them and hear their excitement about working with me--it's been amazing. Every single collaboration has been wonderful!
Sirius XM's The Highway started playing "Afterparty" as a Highway Find on November 26th. What does their support mean to you?
It is amazing! I have to tell you, the song started playing on The Highway the day before Thanksgiving and both my husband's and my family were in town. We had the station on and we all got to hear the song at once; it was very special!
Having the song on The Highway is like a dream come true! As a listener, I am a fan of The Highway, so to have my song played as a Highway Find is just incredible! John Marks is an amazing man who loves new artists and is so supportive, not only new artists, but females as well. I am so very thankful and grateful that they're spinning my song.
Your previous lyric videos were really well done. Will you have a lyric video for "Afterparty?"
Yes! I do have a lyric video for the song and we plan to announce the premiere date very soon! The video was directed by Justin Nolan Key who has worked with Justin Beiber and Taylor Swift and is just incredible! When we spoke, I told him my ideas of where I wanted to go and how I saw the lyric video happening. He put all of those ideas into a treatment, bringing specifics to it with awesome ideas. I think he did a fantastic job!
"Afterparty" was not on your recent EP. Will there be a new EP in the new year?
Right now, we are focusing on "Afterparty" as a single. We are encouraging the fans and listeners of The Highway to tune in, request the song and let them know what they think of the song. We're still working on the direction of what is coming next, but as things progress fans will be kept up to date on my website and social media.
Is there one thing you most want to accomplish professionally in 2015?
I would love to be able to hop on a tour! Sara Evans and Rascal Flatts toured together this year and I keep saying I hope they do it again, because they are both artists that I have been a fan of forever! That would be a dream scenario! I also hope to put out new music, a new album and more videos. Those are definitely some of the major goals for next year!
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