What is your name?
My name is Brenda Cay
What is your genre of music?
Give us a little bio about you.
I grew up on the eastern shore of Maryland and forged a path in business as a CPA, but I have always loved music and had a passion for writing, so about eight years ago I decided to pursue song writing. I now live near Nashville and spend most of my time writing and recording songs. I enjoy sharing my music and since January, I have released three singles and received eight licensing deals on them. My new EP released on November 20th and currently has 1.07 million Spotify streams.
What made you go into music?
I went into music because I love the way it connects people. Music is a language all its own and it allows me to share my thoughts and feelings with others and hopefully bring them happiness or at least let them know they aren’t alone in what they are feeling.
Who are your influences?
My biggest influences are Sara Evans, Terri Clark, and Kenny Chesney, but there are so many great artists that I respect and that have influenced my creative process on individual songs.
Are you signed?
I signed a management deal with Jill Pavel at Heart Songs Records in August and I am so grateful to be working with her and her team. With her help, I feel like 2021 is going to be a great year.
You released your new EP ‘Fragile Like A Bomb’, tell us more about the EP.
“Fragile Like a Bomb” includes songs about overcoming loss, picking yourself up after life knocks you down, and finding ways to cope with the stress that we are all going through.
Describe each track in two words.
Unplug & Recharge – Up-tempo, fun
Stamp Collector – Reflective, Upbeat
Fragile Like a Bomb – Energetic, empowering
1-2-3-Floor – Honky-tonkin, danceable
I Fish – Sad, heartfelt
Glass Slippers – Beachy, tongue-in-cheek
Who did you work with on the EP?
Glass Slippers was produced by Kristin K. Smith, who also co-wrote the song with me and sang BGVs. I co-produced the other songs on the EP with Brian Brewer, who also co-wrote “Unplug & Recharge.” “I Fish” was co-written with Kristin K. Smith and Skot Bradley, and “Stamp Collector” was co-written with Mitch Collins.
Will we see a music video for any of the tracks?
There are music videos for the four previous singles: “Glass Slippers,” “1-2-3-Floor,” “Unplug & Recharge,” and “I Fish.” I am preparing to release a video for the title track, “Fragile Like a Bomb.”
What else can we expect in 2020 and early 2021?
I am working on writing and recording new songs and planning video ideas for next year. I’ve been expanding my set list and I’m hoping to get a band together so I can get out and start performing again when venues start to open up.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
In five years I would like to be out on tour playing in stadiums.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
I always stick by a quote from the movie “Soul Surfer,” in which Bethany Hamilton said, “I don’t need easy. I just need possible.”
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Five things I can’t forget for a gig are my guitar, my set list, extra cables, make sure to smile, and engage with the audience