Kameron Marlowe shares his ‘steadfast heart’, songwriting and growing success
Almost 300 million streams, including the RIAA-certified gold-certified breaking anthem “Giving You Up,” as well as a recent debut at the Grand Ole Opry, and Kameron Marlowe, from Kannapolis, NC, is still honored. to be able to make songs that reflect his youth, and how he became a fan of music.
âJust like my mom, I’m a 90s and 2000s country fan, but my dad used to listen to 80s and 90s rock, punk rock and stuff like that,â he said at one. conversation Friday morning with CMT. He’s working hard on an upcoming album, but in the meantime he’s releasing “Steady Heart”, a new single which he enthusiastically notes is “[his] favorite he ever wrote.
“She’s a candle in all my darkness / When we get together we are the best of who we are,” sings Marlowe on the song co-written by her frequent collaborators Jessi Alexander and Dan Isbell. Also in the recording process is Nashville veteran and country pop icon Dann Huff. It has songs as diverse as the 1987 Whitesnake heavy metal classic âHere I Go Againâ and Lonestar’s two-decade-old country crossover anthem âAmazedâ in its catalog of mega hits. This conversation with Marlowe touches on the creative process behind the rising country star’s latest single, as well as how he maintains his creative flow and thoughts on his aspirations big and small, short and long term.
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Marcus K. Dowling, CMT: So, “Steady heart.” How does this song symbolize where you are now as a songwriter and your career, in general, right now?
Kameron Marlowe: I’ve been writing songs for quite a while now. These days I have lyrics written all over the place. They are on my phone, my iPad, everywhere. However, every day is different when you walk into a writing room. But these days. Every song is a battle to beat the last song I wrote. The choir comes first on certain days; other days it’s worms. The day I wrote ‘Steady Heart’ we started with the verses. We started with “she’s a glass of wine on the back porch and I’m a bourbon at the bar”. From there, we knew exactly where ‘Steady Heart’ was going and we were delighted. It’s really special because it’s a love song and a love story, and how I can emphasize how my family – my parents and my grandparents – have been together and married for so long.
CMT: Who and what is keeping your motivation high these days? Plus, what’s the hardest part about sustaining that and being in Nashville as an artist, in general?
KM: Getting to my 11am songwriting sessions is hard enough! No, but really, the hardest thing about being in Nashville is losing your inspiration. It’s hard to maintain your creative inspiration, especially as a songwriter. But working with guys like Dann Huff, who recorded “Steady Heart,” [keeping your inspiration high] worth it. First, I came in playing acoustic guitar with the song written, then he played a much cooler guitar lick than I did, and the band that played the session got involved. The path [âSteady Heartâ] developed is a testament to Dann’s ability as a producer. I am very lucky to have had [his assistance].
CMT: You just got off the road with Brad Paisley. What about the tour with Brad which was the most important thing for you? Plus, was there anything particularly powerful about this series of shows?
KM: Brad has a great stage presence and an energy that never diminishes throughout the show. During the tour with him, I had the first few times the fans sang my lyrics to me while I was on stage. It was a wild, unforgettable and breathtaking experience. You put so much time into the art of songwriting, and when someone connects to your personal story in a song, it’s a feeling I can’t compare to anything else. Coming from a small town in North Carolina, I never thought something like this would ever happen.
CMT: So, Kannapolis. It will be great when you have the chance to come home and play for your family and friends. Have you thought about this? Where would you ideally like to play?
KM: There’s a Single-A minor league baseball stadium in the middle of town, and I would love to play in front of a hometown crowd more than anything. Or, there’s the Gem Theater – there’s so much history in this room. I saw everything growing up there, from films to plays, everything. So I would love to come home to play for my friends and family, yeah.
CMT: After âSteady Heart,â take me to the songwriting room for you these days. What’s the other song you have coming up, and what stands out the most for you?
KM: I just wrote this song called “The Beginning In The End” with Josh Osborne. It’s based on the idea that when something ends – a life, a relationship, a job, anything – you have to find a new beginning in it. In the chorus, we wrote, âWe all have a story to tell, we all chase Heaven while going through Hell, and we all want someone or something else, and we just don’t know. until we figure it out. “For me, it symbolizes that we have all our baggage, but that once [our emotional baggage] down we find something better. It’s about not getting caught up in the tough times in life, but trying to always overcome them. I think so [has the potential] be a powerful song.