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Brailey Lenderman Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Brailey Lenderman Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lamitschka:  Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?
Answer:  I believe that in order for people to be interested in a song, they have to be able to connect to it on a personal level.  I feel like this song is a story in itself, so people are able to put their own characters into it.  Then there are people who connect with it because it reminds them of a time in their life, so when they hear it they go back to that specific time.  I also feel like the production of the song is very appealing to people who love music. 

Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it?
Answer:  My favorite song I have recorded is. “You Dont know me but you will” This is a song I hope to release soon.  I wrote this with Travis Meadows.  The Concept of this song is based around my move to Nashville.  Nashville is very intimidating when you first arrive, so we actually wrote it like I was singing to Nashville as if the city were a person.  Then in the bridge, its as if the city is singing back to me.  Its just a beautiful song, and it is very personal to me.  

Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?
Answer:  I have a ton of musical influence, but to narrow it down I would say Eric Church and Ryan Tedder.  Church has paved a way for himself strictly through hard work and perseverance.  I see him as the type of artists that never gave up who he is as a person, just so people would like his music.  Then Ryan Tedder, I mean, the guy has written hit, after hit, after hit.  He is so incredibly talented.  I feel like if I asked him to write a song about my left shoe, he could write a number 1 hit and call it, “the bottom of my soul” and it would sell millions. I just am so inspired by him and his story. 
As for my roots, they run deep.  I grew up in a very musical family.  My uncle was a well known Texas country artist, and worked with some amazing artists.  My mom plays piano and sings, my dad can sing, my sister sings, and my brother is a musical genius. In fact my since I wanted to do everything my brother did when I was younger, he picked up the guitar, so I had to learn the guitar, and because of that, I now play. 
Lamitschka:  If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?
Answer:  Equality in artists.  For instance, women are still fighting to be heard in the country music  industry.  We are constantly trying to change the way we look, sound, write, just to be more appealing to people.  We women deserve to be heard.  
Lamitschka:  As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity? 
Answer:  Playing live and interviews.  I love being on stage, it is exciting and i get such a rush from it.  I also love interviewing, I always tell people how easy it is.  All you do is talk about yourself and your journey, and who knows you best that yourself. 
 Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become a songwriter?
Answer:  People and life inspire me, and this is same for the artist question.  Songwriting is such a release.  I am able to literally put into song what I am feeling, and what I have experienced.  But a majority of my songs were never inspired by my own experiences,they were inspired by those around me.  I have taken some ones else’s heartbreak or loss and written them a song.  I also have concepts of songs I have not even started yet, from just things people have said.  They could say one thing and it will click in my brain as a great concept for a song, and immediately I am in my phone writing down a few lyrics. 
Lamitschka:  What drives you?
Answer:  I am young, and I have a lot of life to live.  Ive seen people spend their whole life working a job they hate, and just being miserable.  God did not create us to be miserable, and God did not give us talents to just put them up on a shelf.  He gave us a life to serve, and to help others and love others, and I am going to do that best through music.  I have a lot to say, and I know it will help people, so every day I am striving to be better through my writing and music.  
Lamitschka:  What has been your greatest challenge in music business?
Answer:  The hardest challenge for me is not comparing myself, or my music to other people.  There are tons of people trying to make it out there. As a woman trying to break into one of the hardest genres to get into, I have to remember that I have talent, and I have what it takes.  
Lamitschka:  What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?
Answer: My whole journey is a highlight.  I literally moved to Nashville with no friends, and no furniture.  I randomly by the grace of God meet two guys who are interested in doing a project with me.  I take a risk and next thing I know, I am in the studio.  I have written with amazing people, Travis Meadows and Tim Nichols, I have met even more incredible people.  Ive had people who believe in me that i have never imagined, Ricky Skaggs being one of them.  I have been told no, and ive been told yes.  Ive traveled to amazing places.  So this whole journey is a highlight, and I will cherish it forever.  

 Lamitschka:  Who is your biggest critic, yourself or others?
Answer:  Oh, 100% me.  Always.  I will come off of a performance and rewatch a recording and I will hear things no one else will hear.  In fact, I had a show that I thought I sounded terrible at, I was sick, my voice was going out, I was very discouraged, and when I was done, I had people telling me how amazing it was, and how I hit every note and I sounded great.  Listening back on the recording, I do sound good, but in the moment, I was beating myself up about it.  Its silly to think you could be the only one standing in your way of making it.  
Lamitschka:  Is there anything in your life that you would change if you could?
Answer: No, Nothing.  I am where I am because of the things I have been through, the challenges I have overcome and the things I have lost.  If I changed one thing, even just a few minutes of time, I could possibly not be in the position I am in today, and that is something I would never want.  
Lamitschka:  What hopes and desires do you have?
Answer:  My desire and biggest dream is to one day be on stage, singing one of my songs, be able to step away from the mic, and the crowd sing every word at the top of their lungs.  That I am sure, will be one of the greatest moments of my life.  
My hope is to be bigger than my music, music is a huge part of me, but it is not all of me..  I want to be a role model to people, and love people no matter who they are.  My hope is that I inspire younger artists and encourage the ones who have doubt.  

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