Interview with Rising Country Star, Haley Mae Campbell on New EP and Tour
Since every project has a story, what’s the story behind your new EP, Lover’s Lottery coming out on 4/27?
"Lovers Lottery," is the story of the last few years of my life. Growing up, falling in love, and being broken-hearted. It's an honest glimpse into my journey, and I'm so excited to share these songs that I've been playing out to audiences for almost two years now. They are such a great representation of the artist that I've become over the last couple of years, and hopefully an exciting sneak peek of where I'll go next!
There are so many great songs on the new EP. Which song off of your EP is the most dear to you and why?
Thank you! Personally, I would have to say that, "Through The Door," is the most dear to me, because it is a complete and totally true reflection of one of the most difficult breakups I've ever been through. It was a song that I didn't want to write, but absolutely needed to. I still get emotional performing it because of how honest it is. There's something terrifying about putting that much truth into a song, but it was also so cathartic to turn that experience into a positive.
Tell us a little about your next single, “Oughta Be.” How did you decided this would be the next song you really wanted fans to experience?
I am so excited about this song. It was my first ever Nashville co-write, and it has always been a fan favorite at shows. I definitely pay attention during performances to which songs catch people's attention, and "Oughta Be" was a winner from the first time I tried it out. It's so upbeat and fun, and the melody is catchy enough to the point where I will see people singing along at shows who have never heard it before. It's such an incredible feeling to see the reaction it's gotten so far, too. In a month's time it's up to 60K streams on Spotify, which is the fastest-climbing song I've ever released. I'm feeling very optimistic about the impact it's making on fans!
You are playing a lot in and around South Carolina, what excites you most about the music scene there?
Playing in South Carolina will always be special to me because it's where I got started. Playing in little coffee shops and open mics and even bars, to opening for bigger artists, and now being able to headline my own shows there, it's really exciting to see more artists popping up in Charleston and getting involved in the music scene. It's come such a long way even in the last few years, so I can't wait to see how it continues to grow in the near future.
South Carolina’s food scene is booming! Do you have any favorite places to eat?
Yes! Charleston especially has amazing food. One of my favorite casual places is a deli called Mozzo. Being from New York originally, it's about as close as you can get to a great egg sandwich or a bagel. If I'm going out for a nice dinner, one of my absolute favorites is Blossom, a seafood restaurant in downtown Charleston. The list never ends!
What are your “must have” items for the road?
Snack-wise, I almost always have Cheez-Its when I'm traveling. I also have to make sure I have a great road-tripping playlist made up for the ride! I also keep a sleep mask and a pillow in case I get a chance to catch a quick nap during the trip!
Do you have a food bucket list?
If I didn't before, I'm definitely going to make one now! One thing that comes straight to mind is that I would love to try a sushi burrito. Probably need to head out to California for that one!
How do you drink your coffee?
I drink my coffee hot or iced, depending on the weather, and with WAY too much peppermint mocha or sweet cream coffee creamer. I'm a sucker for that sugar!
What is your favorite breakfast?
My favorite breakfast currently has to be the breakfast burrito. Scrambled eggs, cheese, salsa, sour cream, and a little bit of lettuce!
Finally, if you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why?
One that I always thought would be incredible is Taco Bell, because they have a program called "Feed the Beat" where they sponsor independent artists and help keep them going when they're out on the road. Their cheesy bean and rice burritos are definitely one of my go-to meals. I'll definitely be submitting my application next time they open up!
About Haley Mae Campbell:
Nineteen-year-old Haley Mae Campbell is well on her way to becoming one of Music Row’s next shining stars. The young singer-songwriter was named the 2016 Independent Tone Awards’ “Country Artist of the Year” as well as “Female Singer/Songwriter of the Year” by the i93.7 Locals Only show, receiving local and regional airplay for her previous EP, Phone Home. Campbell’s recent single, “Lose My Number,” peaked as a #5 pre-order on the iTunes Country Chart and debuted at #43 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart. “Lose My Number,” the lead single from her upcoming sophomore EP, Lovers Lottery, set for an April 27, 2018 release will be followed up by her second single, “Oughta Be” which will be released on March 23, 2018.
Campbell began crisscrossing the U.S. at a young age, going on tour with her band, The Hardware, immediately after graduating from high school on their “Hugs & Disses Tour.” Since then, Campbell has opened for country stars including Luke Combs, Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, David Nail, Lauren Alaina, Love and Theft, Thompson Square and Tyler Farr as well as folk stars The Avett Brothers and performing at the 9th Annual First Flush Festival in her hometown of Charleston, SC with headliner Sheryl Crow. For more information on Haley Mae Campbell visit: www.haleymaecampbell.com.
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