Cydney McQuillan-Grace – Waves [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words:

Soulful
Hypnotic
Heartfelt

Tell us a few things about your new song. What is the story behind it?

There’s light and dark to every relationship. Waves is about the darker side. Sometimes tumultuous relationships can seem like an addiction. You get the highest of the highs, and the lowest of the lows. I was trying to capture that “push, pull” feeling.

Do you like the idea of collaborating? Is songwriting a lonely process?

I love collaborating! Waves was actually co-written with my friend Carrie Busuttil who lives in London. Co-writing been a great way to keep connected during COVID. I actually helped run an international songwriting group that banded together artists from around the world during lockdown. Now I have this huge network of artists that I never would have met or been able to work with. I think a project only gets stronger when you have more than one head in the game.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

There have been so so many! My biggest influences growing up were Bonnie Raitt, The Police, Madonna, and Whitney Houston. I knew every word and every vocal embellishment. They have definitely shaped my style, but music would not have been possible without the support of my family. They have always been my biggest inspirations and my biggest cheerleaders. I think it’s much easier as an artist to take risks when you have that kind of support behind you.

What would you change in the music industry?

I would make it easier for new artists to break in. It’s so hard to get your music heard as an independent artist unless you have a label or lot of money backing you. If you need an example just turn on the radio- you’ll hear the same 15-20 artists on almost every station.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

On a long drive, a walk, making dinner, or if they’re just feeling a bit sentimental.

When was the last time you danced?

This morning in the shower haha 🙂

Thank you!

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