2020 was the year personal and professional highlights feel closely together for Carly Shea. 2020 has also been a tumultuous for so many reasons and music has really been the thing to keep Carly going.
“This is the first year I finally trusted in my art enough to actually release music,” Cary tells Eat This Music. “I made songs for years and finally decided to take that leap and ignore my own self-doubt of ‘oh, this isn’t good enough,’ ‘who will listen?’ ‘it’s selfindulgent.’”
Once Carly finally pushed herself to set a release date for her first single, “Lemonade“, it unfortunately came at the same day she had to fly to say goodbye to her estranged mother dying of cancer… (sorry, I know it’s heavy), but despite that, Carly still stood bu the promise to herself to release that single.
“And looking back on the months of difficulties involving family and the pandemic, I am proud to have kept pushing and so thankful that blogs, radio, and others have supported me as a valid artist,” Carly continues. “And the 360º is I had a label reach out to redistribute my most recent track, it’s official as of this week.”
“So cheesy to say, but sometimes you have to have a little bit of confidence in yourself and relentless perseverance, because if you believe there’s something worthwhile in what you’re doing, others will eventually see that too,” Carly expands on her 2020.
Eat This Music: Who was on your “Must Listen To” List at the start of 2020?
Carly Shea: Remi Wolf, Steely Dan, Mac Ayers, Rina Sawayama, Slayyyter, Kim Petras, SHENZI, Vetta Borne, some new Usher tracks 🙂
Has that list changed in the previous 12 months?
It has a bit! I go in cycles where I listen to tracks on a loop— like with Usher’s “Don’t Waste My Time.” I’ll spin a track so many times until I start to need some space from it, haha.
What type of new artists/bands have you discovered in 2020?
I’ve discovered some great new artists this year especially with the time I had at the beginning of quarantine. The biggest discovery for me was Remi Wolf— she is such a unique artist with a soulful flare.
I also ended up getting into a Youtube rabbit hole this weekend and discovered two awesome artists, Mojave Grey and Tex Patrello. Patrello’s track “Carboy” is insane— it feels like an auditory puzzle— I’m still trying to figure out how his track works, ha. Pretty much anything Awful Records has put out has captured my attention this year
What were your guilty pleasure songs or albums in 2020?
Ooh, so I’m a firm believer that you should never feel guilty jamming to what makes you feel good. At the top of that list is anything Rupaul, Justin Timberlake’s Justified album, “I Keep Forgetting” by Michael McDonald and “Coming Down from Love” by Bobby Caldwell.
Which song, or songs, of yours in 2020 would you recommend to listens?
Part of me wants to say “Feel (Do I Have Anyone?)” for the lyrical content. It’s an older song I made years ago that tackles the idea of feeling isolated. It’s a less produced track which was why I never intending on releasing, but with the pandemic hitting this year, I felt it had a message that was relatable. Besides that, I’d say my song “Forever” is a good one to check out. It’s possibly my favorite— also lower-fi and a bit of an escapist, romantic track.
What keeps you making music?
It’s something I’ve always loved to do; almost feels like something I need to do. I’m the kind of person who tends to always live 10 steps ahead and overthink the future. When I make music, it’s one of the only times I feel present.