Singer-songwriter Shari Rowe is gearing up to release her new single, “Take That Shot,” a blissful story song about following your heart and taking chances. In advance of the single’s release to radio on September 19th, Rowe kindly called to catch up, talk about the song and more.
We last spoke about a year ago after the release of your Moonshine EP. What’s been going on with you professionally since then?
This last year has been pretty exciting! I’ve been co-writing with songwriters in Nashville which has helped me improve as a writer, build my community, and open up some great opportunities. We’ve gotten more radio play, played bigger shows, did another tour of Poland, and had a busy CMA Fest. Everything has been moving along as it should with some great surprises in between.
Also, in the spring, I became a celebrity ambassador for the Red Note Foundation which is an organization based out of Arizona that supports art and music for students who maybe don’t have programs in schools or don’t have access to lessons. They supply the instruments, lessons, and give the students opportunities to perform.
Sounds like you are incredibly busy in the best way possible! With all of the traveling to Nashville did you make the move there from Arizona?
We are still in Arizona, but are traveling more to Nashville so the whole question of whether or not to relocate is on the table. We have strong fan-base and show schedule in and around Arizona, so right now we’re managing to continue to travel back and forth making some cool stops at places in between, like Louisiana to play with Uncle Si.
I couldn’t be this busy and spend so much time away from home if it weren’t for my husband. His being in the band [he plays bass], allows us to get to enjoy this hectic schedule together. We make a good team.
"Moonshine" and "Family Gathering" were your singles last year and you’re gearing up to release a new one, “Take That Shot,” this month. Can you talk about the story behind the song?
I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited about a new song coming out! I co-wrote “Take That Shot” with Tom Maxwell and William Morrison, who are both based out of Nashville. Willie brought the initial idea for the song and we all developed it together and finished it in that one session. Even in its roughest take, we were all so excited about it. In fact, I still have the work tape where we sang it through for the first time; you can hear the energy and the enthusiasm - we knew there was something really great there.
The song itself is about taking chances. It follows the story of a girl who has her life figured out: she has planned on leaving home, but before she goes, she meets this guy - and her heart is telling her that he is the one. She’s faced with the choice of sticking with the plan or going with her heart. She ends up going with her heart, marrying this wonderful guy and moving to Tennessee, which was the place she was originally going to be moving on her own. In the end, she took that shot and has everything she ever wanted.
It follows such a sweet story that’s’ accompanied by a really nice melody that includes piano and fiddle.
We were so blessed to have Jimmy Nichols, who is one of the top keys guys in Nashville, play on this project. Jimmy came in and like magic poured that piano part out in one of the first takes. It really sets the tone, and the feel, of the song, and then having a fiddle in there is so reminiscent of old school country, while also retaining a modern feel. All of the players gave their creative input and hearing them play the song was just magic. I feel really, really blessed.
You recorded it at the Rukkus Room. Was this your first time working there and with Jamie Tate?
Yes, it was. We have had some great experiences recording in Nashville in the past, but there was something different this time. Jamie, his mastering engineer Joe, and Tommy Harden, who played drums and was the band leader, really contributed to an environment that had such a creative energy. I’ve always said that you can have an idea for a song and tell that it’s going to be great in its roughest form, but it really does take a village. Songs take on so many different lives; they sort of grow up and when you’re finally done you look back and know all of the different creative minds that touched it.
Sounds like a very wonderful working environment. With the release of the song, what are your plans for the next few months?
We’re looking at visiting Nashville, and radio along the way, in November and are already starting to plan for CRS in February and CMA Fest in June. We also have a lot of interviews, television appearances, and shows coming up as well. The next couple of months are all about getting the song to radio and to the fans. I’m really excited for people to hear “Take That Shot.”
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"Take That Shot" will be available for preorder starting Sept 9th, and available for download Sept 19th.