Marlee Scott just released her debut album "Beautiful Maybe" on June 19th. It features 12 tracks, including the singles “Beautiful Maybe” and “Train Wreck". Written by Marcus Hummon, Jedd Hughes and Sarah Buxton, “Train Wreck” was a recent 2012 Top 40 single on the Music Row Country Breakout chart and also features a guest vocal from Vince Gill. Marlee is currently hitting the road for the summer, playing fairs, festivals and is even performing the National Anthem live on ESPN at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series raceat Watkins Glen on Aug. 12. Nashville Love recently got a chance to chat with Marlee about her new album, as well as her cooking webisode series called “Make It or Bake It". Check out our interview below!
Written by Marcus Hummon, Jedd Hughes and Sarah Buxton, “Train Wreck” was a recent 2012 Top 40 single on the Music Row Country Breakout chart and also features a guest vocal from Vince Gill.
Marlee is currently hitting the road for the summer, playing fairs, festivals and is even performing the National Anthem live on ESPN at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series raceat Watkins Glen on Aug. 12.
Nashville Love recently got a chance to chat with Marlee about her new album, as well as her cooking webisode series called “Make It or Bake It". Check out our interview below!
Nashville Love: The lyrics to the song “Beautiful Maybe” – which is also the name of your album – are very encouraging. Did you get encouragement from your friends and family when you made the decision to pursue a music career?
Marlee Scott: Yes. I have been very blessed in that way. My parents basically said to me “If you want to be a singer, go ahead and we’ll support you 100%”. I’ve always had that family support. They find it really interesting, and they like to hear the stories about being on the road, who I’ve met, what I’ve done and being in the studio and all that kind of stuff. Singing and performing was always a passion of mine growing up, so it didn’t shock anyone when I said that’s what I wanted to do, and I’m very thankful that they supported me, and still do to this day.
Nashville Love: Who do you consider to be your musical role model today?
Marlee Scott: I’m not sure I can narrow it down to one person. I’m very influenced by all genres of music. I love artists like Sheryl Crow, Bryan Adams, Keith Urban…I’m a huge fan of his. So, it kind of varies. I’m a big believer in if it’s a good song, I’m a fan kinda thing. So I don’t let “oh that’s not country” get in the way. One of my favorite songs in the world, one that I wish I’d written, is Van Morrison’s “Into The Mystic”. It’s probably my favorite song in the entire world, so I definitely get influenced by everybody, especially live shows. Everytime I see a live concert, I’m always pulling ideas from that.
Nashville Love: You just released your third album. Back when you recorded your very first CD, was the recording process everything you expected it to be?
Marlee Scott: Every process has been different. The first CD I put out in Canada, was kinda a smaller scale of things. I co-wrote pretty much the whole record with my producer. The second record I put out, I did a lot of co-writing on that one as well and co-produced that one was well with Rick Giles. This third one, its definitely a bigger scale. We released it to the U.S., which I didn’t do with the other two records. This has also been a process as far as being in the studio. With the other two records it was like “ok, we’re recording these two weeks” and then that’s it. With this CD, it was on and off for about two years because I’ve been on the road and playing shows. So, between that, I was in the studio recording, choosing songs or working on different arrangements.
Nashville Love: You co-wrote 2 songs on your new album, what can we learn about you as a person from listening to the songs you wrote?
Marlee Scott: Well, “Kiss Of Coming Home” which is one I’m really proud of. That song, it basically in a nutshell, talks about being on the road and how important and special it is to have someone to come home to. A pet, a family member, a spouse, anybody you know is waiting for you. It definitely makes it easier when you’re out there, knowing that you have someone that’s waiting for you to come back. I am fortunate enough to have great family and friends that look forward to me coming home, and I look forward to seeing them. The other song “I Love Hating You”, that’s kind of a fun song I wrote with a couple of friends. We just got together for a writing session one day and I came in with this idea ‘I love hating you’ and we kinda spun it around and instead of making it about hating the guy, its actually kind of a song about sweet revenge. It’s about hating this girl and sweet revenge because she stole my guy. Luckily, it didn’t come from personal experience (laughs), but I’m sure there’s people out there who have had that happen and I think it’s just a fun song to listen to. It’s all the things you wish you could do for sweet revenge, but you wouldn’t actually ever do.
Nashville Love: What is your favorite song you’ve written?
Marlee Scott: That’s a hard question. It’s hard to narrow it down to one, because you’re always kinda favoring one. When you write something new, you’re always thinking THIS is my new favorite. “Kiss Of Coming Home” I’m so proud of. I really find it a personal song and I think that anything that is really personal that you’ve written about, those always become my favorites.
Nashville Love: Of the songs on your album that you didn’t write, how was the song selection process? What kinds of songs, themes were you looking for as you listened for songs?
Marlee Scott: Again, it has to be something that touches me in a personal way. It has to be something that I want to say, something I can relate to. It’s also really important for me and think will my fans love this, or can they relate to it. I don’t want to do songs that are just ‘blah’ and don’t really have some sort of message or something that people can take away from it. There’s a song on the record, “Crazy For You”, it’s one of those songs that you don’t have to think too hard to listen to it. It’s so simple, but it’s got such a great groove and such a fun sing-along song that I think people will love singing along to and dancing to. Then you have “Trainwreck” which is that quirky tongue-in-cheek song that celebrates that ‘bad date’. Whether or not we want to admit it, we’ve all had bad dates. So I think that “Trainwreck” kind of makes fun of that, and anyone who has had a bad date can relate to it as well.
Nashville Love: Your single “Here To Heaven” reached Top 20 in Australia, Canada and Europe. How is the music industry different in the U.S. compared to other countries?
Marlee Scott: I think music is universal and it’s hard to pinpoint what the differences are. The music industry in Europe is not so designated to each genre. A lot of the radio stations there play different genres and some have like an hour of country music, than an hour of pop, then an hour of techno. I think that’s the biggest difference with Europe versus the U.S. and Canada where you have your designated country stations, your designated pop stations, and your designated easy listening stations, whereas over in Europe its all kind of combined and people are fans of all different genres of music and not so one sided in what they like.
Nashville Love: Do you have any touring plans?
Marlee Scott: I have a crazy summer coming up. I’m actually hitting the road soon going up to Canada for a festival, then back to the U.S. playing all around. Doing a lot of fairs and festivals, doing a Nascar event in August which is gonna be a really fun weekend. Also going to be doing some Anthems and things like that, so its gonna be really busy meeting fans and getting to know people and having them get to know me. The reason I do this is because I love performing and being on stage so I can’t wait to get out there and just start touring. We recently had our first official summer date when we played the Iowa speedway. I was just so excited when I pulled up to the bus and we were getting loaded up and I said to all the guys “This is it! This is our first official summer date!” I was just so excited to get out there and start playing again.
Nashville Love: Any “dream” tour or particular performer you’d love to tour with?
Marlee Scott: Oh yeah! I’m a big fan of Lady Antebellum. They’re great and I love their music. I think that any opportunity to open up for anyone, of course, I’d jump on. Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley…he seems like he’d be a lot of fun to go out on the road with. And then of course females, I think it’d be really interesting to go out on tour with someone like Martina McBride or Faith Hill, someone who has been in the business a long time. It’s interesting to hear their stories and what they’ve been through and endured in the industry being a girl. You get a different point of view from a female.
Nashville Love: What can people expect when they come to a Marlee Scott show?
Marlee Scott: Energy! We’ve been rehearsing a long time and trying to pull out that energy and get people smiling, laughing and having a good time. I want people to want more when they come to a concert and really want to come back. There’s a lot of high energy, a lot of up tempo songs and I think that is what’s most important. I really want people to get something from it and walk away thinking “Wow, that was a great show!”
Nashville Love: Tell us about your cooking webisodes. How did this begin?
Marlee Scott: Make It Or Bake It actually started last year when I was featured in Country Weekly magazine. I had gone in to play for the Country Weekly staff there and brought in these squares called Marls Bar squares. So I bring them in and kind of show them this other side of me. I had been bringing them in to other different meetings with people just to kind of show that I like to bake and show this different, normal side of me. I brought them into Country Weekly and they approached me after and said they’d love to do a feature in our cooking section and I said “Yeah! That’d be awesome!”. That’s a dream come true for me being in Country Weekly! We decided to go along with this feature, we’d do a webisode showing how to make these squares. It kinda turned into a costume party. I dressed like a 50’s/60’s housewife and we did a little webisode making these and turned into something really fun for me to do. The fans were really liking it and so we just kept doing it! Every month we put up a new one. We’ve done football season in the fall, and we did a banana bread shaped like a football, and I dressed like a cheerleader. The latest one is Nascar themed because I’m doing the Nascar event in August. I did a taco dip and a martini, and dressed like a pit girl. I had a checkered flag skirt and all that kind of stuff. They’re just a lot of fun for me because I do like to be a ham in front of the camera and act be quirky. It’s a fun way for me to show people that I don’t take myself too seriously and I do have a lot of fun and love to bake.
Nashville Love: What can we expect to see from you over the next year?
Marlee Scott: Playing a lot. We’re getting out on the road as much as we can and meeting new people and making new fans. Releasing new music, of course to radio and hopefully getting on a tour. That would be wonderful. And as I said, just playing, playing, playing…trying to reach people, and touch people, and get to know them.
Be sure to checkout Marlee's new album "Beautiful Maybe" on iTunes HERE.