Kristen Foreman is bringing the sound of traditional Country Music back to Nashville. "Crown and Coke" was special the first time I heard it and I’m excited to see how well it does. As I talked with Kristen, she told me how she is finding a sound that best represents her. And GOD DAMN is she right! Authentic, jaw-dropping and well written songs are being delivered to your doorstep. Stay tuned.
Get To Know Kristen
"I'm from Louisiana. I am one of 4 kids and I'm the baby girl. I started music really by singing in church. I grew up Catholic so we were in church every Sunday. When I got older I joined the choir and did all that stuff. I moved to Nashville 4 years ago. I put an album out right before I had moved, when I was still living in Louisiana. Since then, I have only put out one single and an acoustic song. I wanted to form a team in town before I released new music and started seriously focusing on music, but that never really happened. I'm still chugging solo and am now putting together my new album. I plan on putting out a few singles in the next few months and then splitting the album up into a part 1 and part 2. I think this upcoming project will really capture the sound I'm looking for. I'm really excited for it."
The Perfect Song For The Jukebox
"Crown and Coke" can be perfectly described as the song you would expect to be playing from an old school jukebox in that rundown smokey bar. The perfect combination of the traditional country sound with a shot of soothing vocals. My favorite line in the whole damn song has to be "don't need a crown on my head pour it in my coke instead"... OH C'MON. Certified heat! This jam flows nicely from start to finish. Just like the influences Kristen looks up to, "Crown and Coke" is simple, but paints a beautiful image at the highest degree. After a hiatus from releasing music, the Louisiana native has put out back to back peanut butter and jam sandwiches. Excited to see what's next from Kristen.
Inspiration Behind "Crown and Coke"
Written By: Kristen Foreman, Produced By: Gabriel Klein & Gideon Klein
"I wrote the song a couple years ago around the same time the phrase “yas queen” was just starting to be trendy. At first, it felt strange to refer to myself as a queen because I’m just a laid back, whiskey drinkin' gal who is nowhere near royalty. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like a good crown. I just prefer to mix it in my drink instead of parading around with one on my head. I’m still a queen like the rest of 'em, but I know that I’m not perfect. I own the messy parts of myself too."
Q & A With Kristen Foreman
Q: What was that "light bulb" moment when you knew you wanted to pursue music?
A: "I used to ride horses with this lady who owned a local bar in Louisiana. It was my first year of college and I went into marketing because I had no idea what I wanted to do. I feel like everyone picks a major like that. When she found out I could sing, she told me to come by on Monday because she would have a guy do an acoustic set and she let me sit in. I showed up and sat in. I guess I didn't realize you could pursue music and you didn't have to be famous. There was money in playing music, without having to be Luke Bryan. That was definitely my light bulb moment even though it wasn't really exciting."
Q: Most embarrassing moment?
A: "When I was little, my family went on a beach vacation. My older brother brought his friend from college and I thought he was really cute, but I was so young it didn't even matter. I was trying to be all elegant and mysterious, and was laying in the sand. They were standing right next to me when a wave came and crashed into me and I wiped out. My bathing suit flew up and I think I was more embarrassed that my brother saw me without a top rather than the friend that I liked. Definitely not the greatest moment for me."
Q: Best advice you've ever been given?
A: "I was in this meeting with a lady in the industry and she's a manager. I thought the meeting was about her wanting to manage me and it was going to be a huge step for me. She ended up saying I wasn't ready for management yet and I balled my eyes out in her office. She then asked me "have you ever thought about therapy?" It wasn't rude. It was coming from a positive place, but weirdly enough that was some of the best advice anyone has ever given me since moving here. Music is a mentally draining, emotional job to pursue. The best thing for me was to go to therapy and talk to someone."
Q: Who are some artists and songwriters who influence your music?
A: "Lee Ann Womack is my favorite artist. Vocally, she is incredible and can sing songs that really paint a picture and just blow me away. My favorite songwriter would have to be Lori McKenna. She writes really honest, but simple songs - and that isn't as easy as it might seem. Keith Whitley and Kacy Musgraves are two more artists that really influence me, both with their songwriting ability and who they are as artists. It's funny, because this should be such a simple answer, but there are just so many artists and songwriters who I shape my music around. It's a hard question."