After spending the last few years releasing flurry of broad and heartfelt acoustic-led offerings, LA-based singer and songwriter Zach Bailey is back once again with his latest gem 'Corner Of The Universe'.
Taking cues from the likes of The Paper Kites and Joshua Radin, 'Corner Of The Universe' makes for a wonderfully warm and uplifting return. Using little more than an acoustic guitar and his own soaring voice, this bright and soaring release showcases a true talent on the rise right now.
So with the new single available now, we sat him down to find out more about his background and what has inspired him most over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
Although the first instrument I learned was the violin in elementary school, all I wanted to do was play acoustic guitar. After a year, my parents finally gave in and I got a 7/8 size one I could fit my hands on to the frets. I gave up my Friday nights for years as an adolescent so I could take guitar lessons!
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
I loved Britney Spears, Green Day, Hillary Duff, The Cheetah Girls… basically female Disney leads and punk.
What was the first album you remember owning?
The first album I ever bought was Britney Spears' ‘Baby One More Time’ when I graduated kindergarten.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl?’ By JET - the energy is just so insane I love it.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
The process changes every time, but one thing I do most times is to write out the melody on sheet music. A good top line is a priority for me when I listen to music.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
Olivia Rodrigo, Khruangbin, Mat Kearney, Jan Blomqvist.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
I would love to open for Bon Iver - his music is so good - every album too.
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
When folks really get into my music and they resonate with the message of the song. It’s the best feeling to be able to share that feeling with folks I hope to meet one day.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
Some people will vibe with you and others won’t. Keep doing you and attract your people!
Zach Bailey's new single 'Corner Of The Universe' is available to stream now. Listen to it in the player below.