Pop singer Jacob Whitesides has released a brand new emotion-filled single that is the perfect lyrical and production balance that gives off the most beautiful calming nostalgic feeling. We had a chance to talk to Whitesides about “God Took A Bow” and get a little insight on his next upcoming project set to release May 15. Make sure to listen to the single linked below.
BTS: What inspired “God Took A Bow”?
Jacob Whitesides: “God Took A Bow” was inspired by a very nostalgic night of just driving around with someone I really loved. One of my favorite things to do is nothing, and that’s all we did. I think when you do things as simple as driving around in the middle of the night listening to music with nowhere to go, it creates a distraction free environment to just be with someone, and appreciate them in new ways. I’m not really religious, but I’d like to think whatever created this person spent a little extra time. And they were very proud of the outcome.
BTS: How was the process of writing this song compared to other singles?
Jacob Whitesides: It was actually a really frustrating day in the studio. We had spent close to 6 hours on another song that I just wasn’t really into at the moment, and I just walked outside and sat by myself for around thirty minutes. When I came back, my producer David had closed that previous project and opened up a fresh new one, and was playing these beautiful melodies on this angelic sounding pad. And I instantly felt inspired and the song was written so quickly. It’s tough scrapping ideas you’ve worked a long time on, but it usually always works out for me.
BTS: The new single is beautifully written and simply produced, what made you choose “God Took A Bow” as the first single from your new EP?
Jacob Whitesides: I usually pick my favorite song from whatever project I’m about to release and make it the single. But with this project, I felt equally as passionate about every single track. “God Took A Bow” just felt like an intro to me, it felt like the beginning of a movie when I shut my eyes and listened to it with my headphones on. It felt like the beginning.
BTS: How does your new upcoming “Winter Hurts” EP differ from your recent “Colors” EP?
Jacob Whitesides: I love them both equally because they were both created and released exactly how I wanted it to be, compared to projects in the past where I didn’t have full control. I wanted the Colors EP to come out first because I felt it had more energy compared to Winter Hurts. Slow songs that are more lyric-heavy over production-heavy are my bread and butter, but it doesn’t make for the best live show. Colors will bring more energy to the live show. That being said, I think lyrically Winter Hurts is my most mature project. I felt so passionate about the lyrics and storytelling on this EP, that I spent a lot of time just deleting parts from each song and making them more stripped down and bare. I didn’t want any of the producers to get in the way of what I was saying in the songs. I love them both equally, but in different ways.
BTS: What can we expect from your next EP “Winter Hurts”?
Jacob Whitesides: You can expect to hear the EP I’ve wanted to release since the start of my career. This is the kind of project that I needed to make for myself. Each song gave me clarity in my life, my relationships, and other things.
BTS: What do you hope people gain or experience listening to your music?
Jacob Whitesides: I hope it brings them the same clarity it brought me. I’ve always found that if you write music for yourself, it resonates with your audience far more than trying to write what you think other people are going through. I don’t write music for mass appeal, that’s never been me. I think that’s why I have such a tight connection with the fans I have now. I don’t have millions of fans, but the thousands that have chosen to support me are here because we are so similar. You can find out so much about the way I think, I love, and who I am as a person, just through one listen of Winter Hurts.
Make sure to pre-save Winter Hurts and get his new single “God Took A Bow” now here.
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