Christie Huff // Interview - OUT FROM THE PINE BOX
Christie Huff is currently based in LA, but makes regular trips out to Nashville to co-write. Huff performs locally in L.A., and she will be opening for Jason Aldean this June at Country Fest. She’s a country artist with a hint of pop who recently released her single "Dream Catcher," along with a music video.
This song starts off with nothing more than a simple guitar progression, but it builds and builds with Huff’s powerhouse of a voice. The chorus hits and is so satisfying. To me, it has a feel close to Carrie Underwood’s "Blown Away." I had the opportunity to speak with Huff about the new single and the project as a whole.
Continue reading to learn more about Christie, read an interview where we talk favorite artists, what it was like to work with Avi Kaplan (formerly from Pentatonix) and Kristie's upcoming EP. You can also watch the music video for "Dream Catcher" below!
Q: Your single, "Dream Catcher," was awesome! I definitely could hear some similarities with Carrie Underwood in your voice and sound. Who are your biggest inspirations?
A: Thank you! My biggest musical inspirations vary. But definitely Carrie Underwood, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, and Adele. I love them all for different reasons, but I really admire Ed Sheeran 'cause he writes all his own songs.
Q: When did you write your first song and what was it called?
A: I wrote my first song in junior high when I was 13 before I knew how to play any instrument and used beats from GarageBand. It was called "Crawling Back." I wrote my first song on guitar when I was 17, and it is called "Soldier Song."
Q: What do you want listeners to know about the single? i.e. the story, what the recording process was like, etc.
A: This single is really dear to my heart. From the recording process to the theme of the song, it is all very special to me. I got to record this song with my amazing producer, Avi Kaplan from Pentatonix. That was a great experience working with somebody who I am a fan of and look up to.
Avi respected my creative opinion and that doesn’t always happen while recording so that was a really great experience to have my goal for the song met. The main theme of the song is not knowing what you have until it’s gone. In love, often times we find ourselves regretting what we didn’t do, and the song is about that idea that there is never turning back.
Q: If you had to pick just one line from the song to frame, which would it be and why?
A: If I could frame one line from the song it would be from the bridge, “You didn’t know that what you had was all you wanted.” I think this is a good reminder in love and in everyday life to enjoy the moment and the things you do have because you never know when it will be gone. Don't take things for granted!
Q: Will this single be part of a larger project, such as an EP or album, and if so, how does this track set the tone for the rest of the project?
A: Yes! I will be releasing an EP. But I am releasing this EP differently from my last two albums. I will be releasing one song at a time every two - three months. In today's day and age, I feel that people grasp onto a song at a time and not whole albums. This song definitely sets the tone for the rest of the songs. This EP is very much about what it’s like and how it feels going through love in your early 20’s as a millennial.