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A chat with Bailey Bryan

Bailey Bryan is back with a blazing new single “R.I.P” in anticipation of her upcoming EP ‘Sensitive Bad Bitch Music Vol.1.’ The track, which is set to release on Bailey’s 25th birthday, is kicking off the artist’s musical year with the intention of embracing change. We got the chance to chat with Bailey about her exciting new projects!

Hi Bailey! Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, how’s life finding you these days?

Life is good and full of change and challenges per usual! I’m so happy to be releasing new music, I moved to LA spring of last year and it’s finally starting to feel like home. I feel like I’ve learned a lot about myself in the last year and worked harder than ever. Living the dream!

What were some of your earliest memories of music, and how did you first become interested in it?

I truly can’t remember a time in my life where I wasn’t interested in music. I started singing on my churches praise and worship team at a super young age, like middle school. Started learning how to play guitar around that time… But my parents have home videos of me performing “original songs” in the living room with a fake microphone as soon as I was able to walk and talk. I was lucky enough to have parents who let me perform and dream and never told me that I couldn’t do what I love for a living, so I’ve never even really considered doing anything else!

I was able to listen to your newest single “R.I.P” before its release on January 31st, and it is such a solid track! What was the inspiration behind it?

The inspiration behind RIP was the way that I’m always trying to become a “new” and improved version of myself… Life will force change weather you like it or not so I’m always working on embracing it. I wrote it around the time that I was considering moving to LA, and I still felt fairly new to pop music and I could just feel the next chapter of my life beginning. New chapters can come with losing people you were once close to, and grieving the person you were before and that can be scary… RIP was my way of acknowledging those feelings in a positive way.

What did the creative process look like for “R.I.P?”

RIP was a really easy song to write because it reflected exactly where I was at in my life! Sometimes I’ll be in the studio and hear a track and a melody and lyrics will just flow out of me almost like a freestyle and RIP was one of those for sure.

I’m super excited for your upcoming EP ‘Sensitive Bad Bitch Music Vol.1.’ How did you go about crafting this EP, and was it different from the process of creating your debut album?

My Fresh Start project was my first project as a fully pop artist, so I was really concerned with the concept and coming into that new sound with a lot of intention. For SBB Music Vol. 1 I just wanted to pick a handful of tracks that I love and let them speak for themselves. I wrote most of it on writing trips to LA before I moved… And i feel like my creative process here is a bit more relaxed. It’s just Sensitive Bad Bitch Music, it’s me, and you get it when you listen.

What are 3 words you would use to describe ‘Sensitive Bad Bitch Music Vol.1’?

Vulnerable, Confident, Fun.

The genre-bending of your music is really fascinating. Has that always been something you’ve wanted to explore, and do you see yourself exploring it further in the future?

Definitely. I’ve been careful not to force myself into a box from the very start of my career, it’s how I make sure I feel happiest and most inspired. I have so many different influences and music will only continue to get bendier and more artistic as I explore them, for sure.

Who would you say are your musical influences?

Sza, Post Malone, Drake, Doja Cat, Kehlani, Brandi, Frank Ocean, Taylor Swift, The Chicks, The Red Hot Chili Peppers… Just off the top of my head. I kid you not each of these artists have made a genuine impact on my artistry at one point or in one way or another.

What’s next for you following all of these upcoming exciting projects?

I hope that what’s next for me is a tour of some sort! Let me know if there’s any huge artists that wanna take me on the road, and if not we’ll get a little headlining run together sooner than later. I need to play these songs for people. Besides that just even more music because I can’t stop making songs, it’s almost overwhelming.

Words by Sara

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