After originally breaking through with his vibrant initial offerings 'Love & Loss' and 'I Want You' in recent years, Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Casey Carmichael makes his eagerly-awaited return with the sweeping new single 'Hold My Hand'.
Honing more of that rich and emotive acoustic-led aesthetic he has been building for himself since he first emerged, 'Hold My Hand' makes for a beautifully tender listen. With his sweet and soaring vocal performance layered across a breezy production throughout, he returns to the fold with one of his most passionate outings yet.
So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with him to find out more about his origins and what has been inspiring him most lately.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
R&B, Jazz, Classic Rock
What was the first album you remember owning?
Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
Lady Mae by Tyler Childers
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
I typically will free write as ideas come to me and quickly record everything as voice memos before I have the opportunity to overthink. Once I have several ideas for each section I go back to make edits and put the pieces together. This usually happens with a guitar in my hand but I’ve written several songs while driving in my car as well.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
Tyler Childers, Keb’ Mo’, John Denver.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
Eric Clapton for sure! He is one of my all time favorite guitarists and it would be amazing to share a stage with him.
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
The most rewarding part is seeing how your music impacts peoples lives. Hearing stories about how my music has comforted them through difficult times or inspired them to learn to play the guitar means a lot to me.
And what is the most frustrating part?
The most frustrating part is getting too caught up in the business and loosing sight of the art. It is necessary to wear a business hat when marketing your music, however it can be overwhelming at times and cause you to loose focus on the creative side.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
Be yourself. There are so many talented musicians and artists out there but there is only one you.
Casey Carmichael's new single 'Hold My Hand' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.