11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Erin Gibney

Erin GibneyOf course, I like a little Pop mixed in with my County. Or is it the other way around? Whichever it is, I strongly suggest that you give a few listens to “Easy Like That,” the debut single from an upcoming EP by Music City’s Erin Gibney. After this tune gives you a pleasant earworm like it did to me, you will soon realize that not only can this young lady sing, but that she has a gift for writing great lyrics.

Still just a Senior at Belmont, the future sure looks bright for Erin Gibney, and we all should look forward to the release of the “Rose Colored Glasses” EP this summer. When she’s not busy writing songs and studying for school, Erin regularly posts sewing, crafting, and cooking videos to TikTok where she has developed quite a following.

If you act quickly, you can see Erin this Monday, June 21, 7pm, at the Commodore Grille over on West End in Nashville. Thanks, Erin, for visiting 11 Questions.

Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?

I am originally from Southington, CT. I decided at 17 to move to Nashville following high school after recording my first two singles here that year. When I first visited Nashville, it immediately felt like home. When I got back to Connecticut, I applied for Belmont University’s Music Business program for the following fall semester. I got accepted, moved down to Nashville at 18 years old, and haven’t looked back since. It was by far the best decision I ever made for myself and for my music.

What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital? 

The first record I ever bought was Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen at a store in Portland, ME. It was a used CD, and I was about 13 at the time. The last record I bought was Taylor Swift’s Folklore from McKay’s in West Nashville.

First and last live concerts that you’ve seen? 

The first concert I ever went to was to see the Jonas Brothers play in Central Park when I was about eight years old. As for the last concert I have been to, I have had the pleasure of seeing many songwriters play out live in Nashville over this past year. However, the last concert I went to before COVID-19 was Taylor Swift on her Reputation Tour at MetLife stadium.

Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?

I think Bruce Springsteen and Prince should have stars on the Music City Walk of Fame. It is unbelievable to me that they have yet to receive theirs. I have read stories that there have been some complications with getting their stars to the Walk of Fame, but regardless I think they should have theirs by now!

Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza? 

My favorite place to go for coffee in Nashville is Frothy Monkey on 12 South for their iced latte and my favorite place for pizza is Bellagio’s Pizza & Subs.

What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville? 

There are so many unbelievable records that have come out of Nashville, so it’s hard to pick just one, but I would say that Kelsea Ballerini’s album Kelsea would be first on my list. I absolutely love the style and writing of the songs on that record, and it was the music that got me through quarantine last year. Her album is also closely followed by Ron Pope’s Bone Structure and Maren Morris’ Girl.

Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show? 

Cookout is definitely my go-to for late night eating after a show. They have the best milkshakes in Nashville, and my favorite is their Oreo one!

The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.

I would invite Alyssa Lazar, Erin Grand, and Lauren Weintraub to join me if the Bluebird asked me to host an “In the Round” show at their venue. These three women have really inspired me as songwriters in Nashville and their music is absolutely incredible. They have unbelievable drive and dedication to their careers so I would be very honored to be up on stage with all three of them.

What are your favorite music venues to play in town?

My favorite venues to play in Nashville are 3rd & Lindsley, Belcourt Taps, and Tennessee Brew Works. The shows that I have had at those venues have been my favorites that I’ve played in Nashville so far. The people are amazing, and they have such a fun atmosphere.

Name a musician who you’d like to see move here?

I would love to see Julia Michaels move to Nashville. She is a songwriter and musician that I look up to in this industry, and it would be amazing to see her play more around the city. She has worked with country artists in the past like Keith Urban, The Chicks, and Kacey Musgraves. Her latest album Not in Chronological Order is truly the work of a lyrical genius. She would be an amazing addition to Nashville!

Finally, what’s in your musical future?

I am so excited to share what is next for me with music. I recently released my new single, “Easy Like That,” and the music video for that song will be dropping very soon! My next single, “Single at the Same Time,” will be releasing in the coming few months, and I also have an EP releasing later this year that I am so proud to bring into the world. This is my favorite musical project that I have ever worked on, and it is filled with songwriters who have inspired me throughout my career. I can’t wait for what this next chapter holds!

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