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Gerard releases new single “Something Southern” – Washington Daily News

Gerard releases new single “Something Southern” – Washington Daily News

Gerard releases new single “Something Southern”

Published Wednesday, July 10, 2024 at 10:11

Washington-born, aspiring country music singer-songwriter Bailey Gerard released her debut single, “Something Southern,” on June 21.

The breezy, coastal melody evokes summer evening countryside scenes and the feeling of falling in love.

Gerard wrote the song “Something Southern” with his best friends a few years ago while he was in college. The song was inspired by falling in love with someone who wasn’t your “type.”

The love interests in Gerard’s song have a West Coast, Los Angeles look, but there’s also a charming Southernness to their personalities.

“You don’t look like you’re from around here, boy / With those faded West Coast Converse sneakers… ’Cause there’s something Southern about the way you move / You and me, let’s kick up some dust in those cowboy boots,” Gerard sings.

“I had a person in mind and just took the details from what they were wearing to where they were from and we literally put that into the song. So everything you hear in that song is very raw and very real,” she said.

Professors, friends, and family encouraged him to release the single. He recorded it with his brother-in-law and his friend, who were in a band in Raleigh. It was mixed and mastered in Nashville.

“I feel like it’s a ‘Southern thing,’ all I wanted in a song was to honor where I come from but also acknowledge that I live in Nashville,” Gerard said.

Gerard’s passion for music began at a young age. He took vocal lessons from Neva Cashion and sang at local venues such as Ribeyes Steakhouse and the old Wine Crate.

“I grew up doing this in Washington and I knew I wanted to do this as a career. I didn’t know what it would look like, but I knew I had to go to Nashville,” Gerard said.

Gerard graduated from Lipscomb University in 2022 and then interned at the BlueBird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee. The BlueBird Cafe has become a global venue where songwriters perform their own songs. Chart-topping artists from all genres have performed at BlueBird.

Gerard co-wrote “Miss my Momma” with Cordell Bay and Micheal Mullins in 2021. “Miss my Momma” is about homesickness in a big city. Listeners can find it on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fhbm4YQfxiM

A surprise egg for local listeners is that when Gerard mentions the Carolina coast on “Something Southern,” he’s actually talking about Washington. “I love Washington. I love where I’m from, and I’ve kind of been associated with the Carolina coast — and that’s exactly what I’m talking about. I tried to bring everything in this song back home as much as possible,” Gerard said.

Listeners can find “Something Southern” on all streaming platforms.