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GET TO KNOW: Rebecca McCartney

With her eagerly-awaited debut EP 'How You Feel' expected to arrive in the near future, New York-based singer and songwriter Rebecca McCartney has now returned to deliver her breezy new single 'Behind Closed Doors'.

Channelling a wonderfully warm and woozy direction from start to finish, 'Behind Closed Doors' sees the artist at her soulful best. With its light and airy production layered perfectly against her own captivating voice, she is certainly capturing a bold and vivid sound on this one.

So with the new single available now, we sat down with her to find out more about her background and influences over the years.


What was the first instrument you learned to play?

I started singing straight outta the womb, but the first tactile instrument was piano -- I started lessons when I was five.

What was the first album you remember owning?

My parents would always buy my brother and me CDs for the holidays when we were young, and there were a ton of good ones. I remember getting the Dixie Chicks’ Fly when I was 6 or 7. Kept it on repeat.

Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?

Okay my first “band” was probably when I was around 7 or 8, and my friend -- whose last name is Lennon -- and I wrote a song called “Invincible” that had one chord the whole time. We thought we could package it as a Lennon & McCartney song.

What is a song you wish you had written yourself?

Oh man. If I had written “Us Not Them” by Margaret Glaspy I think I could die happy like right now.

What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?

Getting to play live. My first live show after people got vaccinated was one of the best nights of my life.

And what about the most frustrating part?

The industry can be really lonely! From the writing to recording to managing the business side of things, you can spend a lot of time alone -- and I like to be around people as much as I can, so that can be hard. Also releasing music with high hopes and getting a tiny response.

Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?

I would kill to play with Lianne La Havas or Sylvan Esso, they’re both huge idols of mine.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

Probably still in New York (it would take something extraterrestrial to make me leave this city), playing lots of shows with friends, and hopefully opening up a community-based artist collaborative that supports musicians and change-makers at all stages of their careers.


Rebecca McCartney's new single 'Behind Closed Doors' is available to stream now. Check it out below.


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