The Nashville-based singer-songwriter, Essy, drops new happy-sad bop, One, ahead of her debut album, out this spring. Essy (born Rachel Braig), began her career in 2018 as an EDM songwriter and toplining vocalist. By the age of 20, while still in college at UVA studying media and psychology, the artist already had major cuts with acts like Ship Wrek and Star Party under her belt. Now with the new single out, she spoke with The Fountain about her plans for the remainder of 2020.

TF: You have a new single out. What has the reception been like to One?

The reception has been overwhelmingly positive and supportive! The world is in such a weird place right now with everything going on, but I feel like a lot of people are looking towards music to keep themselves in high spirits. Seeing videos of people dancing to the track and getting messages online asking for more music has been such a rewarding feeling. It’s fueled my creative drive for sure.

TF: Who do you look to for influence?

A lot of my inspiration comes from other artists I admire: Chris Martin, Robyn, Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, ABBA (names I grew up on). But if I’m being totally honest, most of my lyrical influence comes from circumstances and events I’ve lived through or have witnessed closely with friends and family. Writing is very personal for me. Sometimes it feels like I’m ripping pages out of my own journal.

TF: How would you sum up the meaning of the single in one sentence? 

Life’s too short to be somebody’s second best. 

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year? After this single release, can we look forward to an EP?

Yes! I have my first EP dropping this month, which is so crazy to think about! I’ve been sitting on this project for so long now. These songs are a first-look into what I’ve been up to over the last two years. It’s almost like the opening of a whole new chapter for me as an artist, so I’m very excited to put this project out. I have an EP release show pushed to this fall in Nashville and I’m currently in the middle of production right now for a second project (which means lots of new music between now and December).