Interview with Brittney Grabill

“I want to encourage having a life that is fun and that you are proud of, and I believe failure comes only when you stop trying.” -Brittney Grabill

A few weeks ago we met LA-based Canadian songstress Brittney Grabill, and we checked out her latest phenomenal single “I Try.” The year is really shaping up for this talented musician who is busy getting together a few more releases. Luckily, we were able to get a moment of Grabill’s time to get to know her a bit better.

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Who does your act consist of?

Grabill: I am a solo aritist.

Where are you from?

Grabill: Originally from Edmonton, AB Canada and now residing in Los Angeles, CA.

Thinking back to early childhood, what was your first experience with music?

Grabill: A lot of ’80’s rock music, especially Bon Jovi. Both my mother and sister have ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ tattooed on them and Bon Jovi is the band I’ve seen most in concert!

What type of music did you hear the most growing up? Is it different from what you listen to now?

Grabill: My mom would put on some serious ’90’s female singers/songwriters, like Jewel, Alanis Morissette, Tracey Chapman, Sarah McLachlan to name a few, whenever it was time to clean the house. Made it fun, and now I have the habit of finding mundane tasks feel fun, whether thats finding a parking spot or doing dishes, and it usually starts off with a great pump up song.

I also fell in love with Ray Charles and would go to bed each night to ‘Georgia On My Mind,’ one of my all time favorite songs.

I love pop songs, especially that have a live instrumentation feel like Adeles new album or Gallant!

What was the first song that you ever sang?

Grabill: First time on stage was a talent convention, and I sang Walking On Sunshine… which I cringe whenever I listen to it, but here it is.

How did you become involved in the type of music you play/sing now?

Grabill: I recorded my first two albums with a full band because that’s how I thought it was supposed to be, and then at the end of the second album, we brought in a programmer to add some fun pop effects and I feel in love with making beats and writing songs that way.

For those who have never seen or heard your music before, how would you describe your music for the public audience?

Grabill: My outlook on life at the moment is to make it fun and to allow yourself to discover what truly makes you happy. The themes in my music have to do with love and discovering yourself. I play acoustic guitar which I incorporate a lot in my music.

Would you rather play live performances or be in the studio?

Grabill: I go through phases, as live shows are incredible to see how the music effects people since you don’t see the authentic reaction by posting online, and then the time in the studio is incredibly self reflective and makes you face yourself in many ways.

Have you been involved in any benefit performances?

Grabill: Each year I perform for a Stollery Children’s Hospital Fundraiser, usually hosted by World Financial Group, as I had major back surgery at the age of 13 in that hospital due to scoliosis. I enjoy having the chance to share my story and perform for a cause that is close to me.

I also have performed at the Edmonton Suicide Awareness March 3 years in a row.

If you had to categorize your music, what genre would it best fit?

Grabill: Dance pop.

What are your songs about and what general themes do they talk about?

Grabill: I have three new pop singles: “I Try”, “Free and Created Love”, and one live recording called “Wild” coming out this year.

Although I wrote ‘I Try’ based on a relationship between two people, it is a universal feeling to fear being vulnerable and open, whether that’s through letting love in or going for your big goal in life. Heartbreak is a very real variable in both of those examples, but it sure is sweet when you get it right. You get to choose in life to put yourself out there whether for love or for your passion, or you can also choose to play it safe. I want to encourage having a life that is fun and that you are proud of, and I believe failure comes only when you stop trying.

I am launching my music video for “I Try,” which is being released next month, thanks to my amazing director Carley Cofield and Cinematographer Isaiah Taylor.

My single ‘Free’ very much goes back to my belief in self-love, and that is the foundation for everything, knowing that we are very much connected in ways that we cannot explain. You might physically be in a different place, but you do have that freedom of thought and you have a lot of control over where your life may go and to not take that for granted.

The music video will be filmed in a documentary style, and began filming May 2016. It is a very vulnerable video that shows your mental state and physical state, and how you have the freedom to change that.

While “Free” explores the concept of self-love and embracing one’s body, “Wild” explores my thoughts on expressing female sexuality.

“Created Love,” was originally written as a gift to my mother when she got re-married, celebrating that she turned to love and let it in, instead of shutting it out.

Music tends to appeal to everyone, young and old. Do you have any advice for the youth of today?

Grabill: Do what your emotional guidance system feels good to do when it comes to your dream. What makes you feel on fire? Also, knowing what you don’t want helps clarify what you do want, so look at every new experience as a tool to help guide you.

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Author: Samantha Stevens

I am a retired Canadian sailor turned writer, journalist, and academic. Currently completing my MA in journalism, and keeping my writing skills sharp through freelance work. The Littlest Voice is my baby.