Rae Radick often describes herself as, “The Love Child of Shania Twain + Miranda Lambert + a dash of New York City.” She recently opened for Miranda Lambert and Brett Young at Citadel Country Spirit Music Festival in 2021, and Broadway's Palladium Theater in Times Square. She's a prime example of the new wave of feminism: fierce yet vulnerable, classy yet authentic, free thinking, and finding your path in a technology based world. Rae Radick has been a singer/songwriter since she was sixteen. Hailing from Bucks County, Pennsylvania she’s lived in New York City for the past eight years and tours internationally. She's been featured on Front Range Radio, Q-Star Radio, and numerous blog articles as “Artist of the Week.” She’s performed at the Hilton Hotel in Atlantic City, Fox and Friends, Shea Stadium, Intrepid Museum, Queen Mary in San Diego, Brooklyn Bowl, The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, Red Lion, and Pete's Candy store to name a few. She also creates original music for feature films. Mixing her Pennsylvania roots with New York City’s spirit, her sound is a supreme balance of pop and country.
With your latest music, what has inspired you to innovate differently?
I’ve noticed I’ve started writing and producing more uptempo bops as opposed to slow, moody songs. I think now that I’m performing regularly I’ve noticed my audience is resonating more with my uptempo songs. Although I’m not doing it intentionally, I think I’m naturally getting clarification on my audience and what they want, as well as how I want to make my mark in this industry– and it’s coming through in fun, feel good songs. What tools do you use on a daily basis that apply to your music making?
That’s a great question. I wish I could ask you to be more specific on what you mean by “tools.” There’s music programming tools that create the current popular sounds, and then there’s writing tools such as life experience. The one physical tool I use is my phone. It has hundreds of voice notes of melodies, song tags, and pages of notes with songs and poems. I’ve noticed inspiration comes to me when I’m not expecting it to, so when an idea pops in my head I quickly reach for my phone and jot it down. Another tool I use daily, although not tangible, is my perspective. There’s so many things that happen on a daily basis that I constantly ask myself, “How can I turn this into a song?” and think about different ways I could spin it. What do you like to do outside of music that helps the music making process?
I love to watch TV. Since I’m an actress, I love watching art and human behavior. I think one can learn so much from great actors such as Andrew Garfield, Denzel Washington, Sandra Bullock, Viola Davis, to name a few. Watching other humans and stories influence me greatly about my own beliefs, society, and relationships. Oftentimes I will get inspiration for a song after watching a movie. I strongly believe acting and music go hand in hand. What creative planning has to take place to prepare you to finally release your music?
There’s so many steps before you release a song. That’s the one thing I wish someone taught me when I was younger– it takes a lot of work ethic and money. The creating is the easy part, the logistics afterwards is the consuming part. Once you write and record a song, you have to get it copyrighted, submit it to all the streaming platforms weeks in advance of your release date, if you’re creating a music video film and get that together (which is a whole other project), create song artwork, come up with a marketing plan, and finally reach out to influencers to share your work. A lot of planning and deadlines have to be met for a song to go public. What are your main sources for industry news to keep you informed on everything that is going on in your industry?
I admittedly don’t read often, although I know I should. I enjoy reading BMI and ASCAP articles that get emailed to me, but that’s all I do. Give our readers some advice about a time when you thought of a better way to do something in music?
I think that’s subjective to each individual. Something that I consider “better” may not be to another artist. Something helpful I could advise is, don’t wait until your song is perfect to bring it to your producer. Some of the best experiences I’ve had are bringing a chorus or half a concept and running with it in the studio with the production team. Sometimes magic happens that way, as opposed to sitting on that song for months waiting for that “perfect spark of inspiration.” Please give us all your links!
Website: https://www.raeradick.com/ Linktree: https://www.raeradick.com/linktree Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rae.radick Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/raeradick Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1OOH09nkytxfFVeTfBRlP8?si=5QVpyhfATE66RvF0hFsXCw YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/raeradick Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/rae-radick/1509126173 Music Videos:
Keep ‘Em Guessing- https://youtu.be/Un22DfLyKPI In A Memory- https://youtu.be/i_hCqaZ63os Sorry’s Not Good Enough- https://youtu.be/DOqTyeEYpRc The Soldier and the Bombshell- https://youtu.be/VhVXYMetExQ Circle Game- https://youtu.be/HG4nEkItsLg
When It All Goes Down- https://youtu.be/q8Bju75pjIQ