If you are looking for a perfect brand new summer anthem to blast at your BBQs and tailgates look no further than this week’s Swag Spotlight, Taylor Acorn and her new jam “Red White”. In our recent phone conversation, Acorn explained that growing up she remembers all different genres being played around the house but especially country, rock and roll, and pop. Her very first introduction into country music was Garth Brooks and her first concert was Lonestar. “I don’t think I ever really thought, initially music was what I wanted to do but I would always go around the house singing my little heart out,” Acorn laughs. “I could always connect with music whether or not I was feeling happy or sad. I remember sitting in my room with a boom box and I would just play all different kinds of music and sing along.”
After her father passed away and her family moved to Pennslyvania, she tells us how she felt close to him when writing. “He was always into writing and he would always make up funny jingles to make us laugh and I remember pulling out some of his old stories that he had written, he was into short stories and I think that’s where we are so similar, I love writing, whether it’s writing in a journal or writing stories, it’s where my love for writing songs came about.” She tells us that after his death, she had a box that she would write stories or messages to her dad on little slips of paper and put them in the special box, her mom said that her dad could read them that way. It was like she was writing down her thoughts and feelings into songs before she even realized she was a songwriter.
After realizing she wasn’t meant to be in college, (she would rather sit in her room and play music, learn guitar and make YouTube videos then go to class), she made the move to Music City and started songwriting and her artist journey. Her debut EP Put It In A Song has garnered over 19 million streams across platforms and she’s found success writing her personal stories and turning them into music. “In reality, those songs are just my diary, it was just situations I had gone through in that point in time, stories, put it in a song is about falling in love for the first time, they all pertain to a certain point in my life and so I never thought of it as oh trying got to write songs that would relate to someone or someone will listen, but here is my story and I put a melody to it.”
Her next single, “Red White” was released last Friday (July 12th) and is a song she wrote with Reid Isbell and was one of the first times she had a cowrite in Nashville. “He’s one of the coolest people I’ve met here, and he came into my life at a point I was pretty sad and he came into the writers room and just wanted to write an uptempo song, something fun, I knew I wanted to write a fun song too and he had a great idea so we just went with it.” When a lot of her music is revolved around love or heartbreak, Acorn explains she was so happy to step out of her element and create a song perfect for the warmer months.
For the rest of 2019, Acorn is writing as much as she can and continuing to promote the single for the remainder of the summer, gearing up to release new music soon!
“Red White” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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