The singer-songwriter talks us through her emotional self-titled EP and her battles with anxiety.
Looking back on the past decade, not many can say they’ve made their name the same way as singer-songwriter Charlotte Lawrence. Releasing her first single at the tender age of 13, the singer had already captured the attention of labels and fans, and just two years later she was performing at the illustrious Hollywood Bowl alongside the Dixie Chicks. Not even ten years later, the singer has now amassed millions of streams and featured on the Margot Robbie-led Birds of Prey soundtrack.
Having firmly established herself a tour de force in the realm of pop, the singer has now dropped her self-titled six-track EP. Pushing her sound to a whole new level, the singer explores dark-pop aesthetics on the EP, as alt-rock energy runs through the project. Percussion driven number “Talk You Down” sees the singer break down her bouts of anxiety with larger than life melodies and harrowing lyricism.
“My vulnerability and nerves come out most when I’m writing a song,” Lawrence revealed. “Writing is all about a therapeutic experience of getting to release my emotions, experiences, hardships and trauma into the music. I think that’s the scariest part for me.”
With the EP out today, we caught up with the singer-songwriter talking how raw the EP is, her battles with anxiety and how the EP all ties together. Check out the single below…
Check out the interview below…
Hi Charlotte – how have you been during this uncertain time? How has it impacted your music and creativity?
Despite such a weird and difficult time, I’ve actually found that my creativity has flourished. I’ve had so much time to sit, be alone and write. I’ve really missed performing and can’t wait to get back on the road when these uncertain times become a little less uncertain.
Your recent “Talk You Down” is inspired by your battles with anxiety – will you tell us a bit about this?
People can interpret this song however they like, but when I sing it and feel it, I view it as speaking to myself; that with growth, therapy and age, I’ve learned how to spot when I’m having anxiety and how to differentiate reality versus what’s in my head. To me, this song is very much about being able to notice when I’m having a panic attack or feeling really anxious and being able to calm myself down.
How does it feel putting something so raw out into the world?
I’m ready. My vulnerability and nerves come out most when I’m writing a song. Writing is all about a therapeutic experience of getting to release my emotions, experiences, hardships and trauma into the music. I think that’s the scariest part for me.
Your EP “Charlotte” is out today – how does this differ from your 2017 breakthrough EP “YOUNG”?
When I released that EP I was younger and didn’t understand how I could bring my own influences and inspirations from other people’s music into my own work. I didn’t quite grasp what my sound was just yet.
Is it worth noting that this one is self-titled? Does that symbolise you coming into your own as an artist?
I believe as humans grow, their art should grow with them and “Charlotte” represents that growth.
What ties the EP together as a body of work?
The emotions tie it together. This is how I felt over the last few years. Every human feels every emotion – anger, happiness, love, sadness, loss, dependency, heartbreak. I’ve felt all those things to an extreme the past few years. These 7 songs really encapsulate those moments, emotions and experiences for me. Putting them all together in one ep is kind of just showing you…’yo this is me, this how I feel. How do you feel?’
How does it feel releasing new music when most of the world is in lockdown/everything feels so uncertain – what do you hope your music will bring?
I believe that art is one of the most healing and important things in the world. I found myself even at 5 years old feeling really sad or down and putting on music to feel immediately better. I believe even in a pandemic art is so important. I hope at least one person is touched by one of my songs. Anytime someone can feel a little more understood it’s a win.