RELEASE: 7 Minutes in Heaven (8th March)
FOR FANS OF: Jewel, RaeLynn, Kacey Musgraves, Danielle Bradbery
“Good music is good music so when people are prepared to push back artificial genre boundaries then there’s a bigger canvas to paint on.”
There is more to Bailey Tomkinson than first meets the eye. Having debuted in the summer of 2018 with the lovely Jewel-esque folk-country of Hey Ace, Bailey quickly set tongues wagging with her lush, warm vocals and her undeniable ability to work pop hooks so effortlessly into her country songs. When delving into her key influences, it is therefore little surprise to find that genre has never been a defining factor of her listening experience.
“I’ve grown up listening to Taylor Swift so she’s a big influence, obviously very relatable to a teenage girl. But I also admire her for willingness to experiment and innovate with style, that she wanted to expand the ‘box’. I really admire Kacey Musgraves for the same reason. I listen to Sinatra. I love John Denver because he’s my Grandad’s favourite. Also Sam Cooke, Madonna, Abba, Cyndi Lauper, Jewel….”
Although she may currently be Cornwall based, she was born in Derbyshire before periods living in Brussels and Milan. While it could be argued that the country tilt that underlines her compositions is a very American sound, those that listen closely will notice textures and tones shaped instead by the places she has called home.
“I guess the thing that living in a different country gives you is the ability to be adaptable and open. It’s an incredible experience because you become very aware of both the differences and the similarities between cultures. On a practical level it makes me a little bit adventurous, if I want to add 80’s synth, for example, to a song then I’m going to try it, I don’t feel constrained by boundaries.”
It is in the lack of sonic limitations that Bailey really stands out amongst her contemporaries. In a musical period where the face and sound of country music is undergoing a huge evolution, Bailey brings a distinctive flair to the field. Despite an awareness that genre classification has its own limitations, Bailey is acutely aware of what she brings to country table, and what country brings to her.
“The authenticity and storytelling, the musicianship for sure, the whole 3 chords and the truth thing. I like telling stories especially ones that people can relate to, I often write from experience so I’m not going to sing about whisky fuelled bar brawls because I’ve thankfully not had too many of them!”
Having already tempted audiences with the stunning Hey Ace last summer, Bailey’s quirky earworm 7 Minutes in Heaven is a delicate balance of RaeLynn and Paula Cole.
“The jumping off point was probably watching the movie ‘13 Going On 30’. In truth, I just wanted to create something relatable and youthful, with a sense of fun. I love movies like ‘Dazed and Confused’ and ‘Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist’ for the sense they have where in one, crazy night anything can happen. I thought it would be interesting to try to capture that feeling in a song.