If you’ve been able to attend one of the hottest tours of the year, Jelly Roll’s ‘Backroad Baptism Tour,’ then you’ve no doubt been blown away by what Caitlynne Curtis has brought to the stage night in and night out in her supporting role. But beyond being part of this incredible tour, Caitlynne has also been teasing her upcoming country album with tremendously well-received singles “Where You Left Off,” “Been Thru Hell,” and her newest release “You Were Right.” We checked in with her during the week her new single dropped to chat all about the song, each of the other’s that she’s released this year, her growth as a songwriting, experiences on this high-profile tour, and much more!

(Interview by: Jeffrey Kurtis)

1) Tell us a bit about your new single “You Were Right.”

A lot of times in relationships, we tend to only look at the others' faults or blame them when things go bad. I wanted to write something from the other perspective. Looking at the things I could’ve done better and accepting my own faults and how they played a part. The only real way to heal is honesty and taking accountability.

2) This song is such an incredible showcase of your outstanding vocals and pure vulnerability. As a self-penned tune, how important was it to you to offer a ballad of this type of transparency to your fanbase and was it a difficult write for you or did it flow naturally since it’s so deeply honest?

I’ve always loved ballads. This song just flowed. I wrote it in about 10 minutes lol! One of those songs that came from the heart. 

3) It’s been quite a busy summer for you with releases (and the Jelly Roll tour which we’ll get to in just a few questions). Let’s start with your amazing Father’s Day letter, “Where You Left Off.” Tell us what that song means to you personally and how you’ve seen it resonate with your fans.

I wanted to write a song for my dad because growing up it was so hard watching him give up on his dreams to raise me and my siblings. I wanted to show him that his dreams were still living through me. Just want to make him proud. So many people reached out to me telling me their stories of their parents giving up on their dreams and how they wanted to make their parents proud too. It just shows that music is a way for us all to connect.

4) You’ve also used your story of overcoming to inspire people with “Been Thru Hell.” With each song released these past few months, it feels like we’re getting a peek into your personal diary. How crucial is it to you that your songs are coming from that place of unapologetic, and unashamed truth?

I just want to be me. I want people to know they are not alone. If my story can help one person, then that is enough for me. No one is alone. Sometimes it feels that way, but we all have something we are going through, and we are all warriors. “I’ve been thru hell and I didn’t break or bend.” One of the lines from my songs. I know a lot of strong people out there who have been through hell and back and fought every demon and didn’t give up. 

5) All three songs we’ve talked about follow your Self Love EP from earlier this year. In what ways do you feel this batch of new material is a showcase of your natural growth as a songwriter and vocalist…but also, what similar traits do you feel your fans will see in all the songs you’ve released this year that are becoming your defining characteristics?

I’m honestly just really finding out who I am as an artist. I’ve been singing since I was 6 years old but only started writing a few years ago. I was always scared to be too vulnerable but at this point in my life, I want to just lay it all out on the table. It’s time for me to express myself and be 100% transparent because in doing so someone out there can relate. And someone out there will know they are not alone. 

6) Are these three new songs stand-alone singles for now, or are they part of a bigger project that you’re working on? If part of a project, can you shed any light on that?

All of these songs will be on my country album coming soon. 

7) You’ve been on tour all summer long as part of Jelly Roll’s Backroad Baptism Tour. WOW! He is certainly blowing up big time right now, right? So, tell us from your perspective how that tour’s been for you and how you’ve personally not only experienced his crowd growing with each show, but also how has your own following blossomed because of this tour.

What an honor to be a part of this. I’m so thankful for the opportunity. Jelly is such an amazing human being and watching his career take off is such an incredible thing to witness. These shows have been a dream come true. Between the energy and the talent on the stage. I’m blessed to be here! 

8) Fan stories and encounters happen so frequently on tours of this magnitude. Do you have a favorite fan interaction story that stands out to you from this tour?

Everyone’s stories are so unique, and they are all so meaningful to me. I can’t pinpoint just one. I’m grateful that I’m able to meet so many people from different walks of life and to hear everyone’s stories.

9) Struggle Jennings is also part of this tour, and not only that, but he’s also your label boss at Angels & Outlaws. People will obviously recognize you from your guest spots on his “God We Need You Now” and “Fell Outta Love,” but can you tell us from a business side of things what you’ve been able to learn and apply to your own career path just by being around him and soaking in what he brings to the table?

Struggle Jennings is one of the most humble and talented people I know. I’m so thankful that he saw something in my voice and that he gave me this opportunity to shine. I’m grateful to be a part of his team. I’ve learned so much from him. He’s one of the most incredible writers I have the honor of working with and I learn something from him daily. 

10) We always like to end with this one. What is one piece of advice can you offer to someone who is just starting out and trying to break into the music industry?

Never give up. Believe in yourself. If you don’t no one else will. My favorite quote is “Just keep swimming!”




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