Episode 65: Charlotte Sands: Heart Surging Anthemic Alt/Pop

Today on the podcast we are featuring the Nashville-based artist Charlotte Sands. Learn more about her and listen to her track “Alright.”

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Today on the podcast we are featuring the Nashville-based artist Charlotte Sands. Learn more about her and listen to her track “Alright.”

Hey everyone welcome to the Eat Sleep Breathe Music podcast. I am your host Jeanette Kimszal. For those of you just joining us, this is the podcast where I talk about different musicians and how their music affects me and then play I track of theirs for you to listen to.

So you can check it out and form your own opinion as well. And if you are so interested in sharing your thoughts on this track and the artist I’ll have details at the end of the show where you can leave your comments.

So today on the show I am chatting about the Nashville-based alt/pop singer, Charlotte Sands.

I first heard about Charlotte Sands when I saw she was playing a show with Maine at The Stone Pony In Asbury Park back in April 2022.

I remember seeing her name on the website and wondering who she was because I had never heard of her. So I went to her Facebook page and listened to some of her music and I was really interested in her sound.

And I was thinking about going to the show and I don’t know what happened. And I did not go to the show (laughing) and I kind of missed out on that one but. 

I recently got an email about a new song of hers that came out this and I was excited to see it because I had wanted to do a feature on her and I had it on my list of things to do and of course, life gets in the way and I wound up not doing it and I feel terrible.

But I was excited because this brought my attention back to her. So now I can do it and here I am doing the feature (laughing).

So from what I gathered online, Charlotte is originally from Massachusetts and basically grew up around music. As a kid, she found herself inspired by storying telling and songwriters like Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, and Grace Potter. 

Then in her teens, she was inspired by emo and pop-punk bands like All Time Low and Taking Back Sunday

It was also at this time she began writing music.

Her love of music took her to Nashville two weeks after high school ended. Since then she has been  infusing her musical inspirations and crafting her sound 

In 2019 it came to fruition when she got a publishing deal, headlined a sold-out tour, and had another coast-to-coast tour on the horizon.

However, all of this came to a crashing halt with the 2020 COVID Pandemic.

Like other artists, she looked to music as an outlet for her mental anguish over the lockdown.

She not only went viral but found a community of like-minded individuals after putting out her song “Dress” on TikTok

The song was penned in response to the negative attention Harry Styles got for wearing a Gucci ball gown on the cover of Vogue.

By 2022 the song placed in the US Pop Charts for 10 weeks and was played internationally on 200-plus multiformat stations and has gotten 35 million-plus total streams.

It became one of the biggest independent stories of the year. 

Since going viral in 2020 she released two EPs. Her debut is entitled Special. The release features 6 pop-punk anthems. Then January 2022 saw the release of her second EP Love and Other Lies. This album pairs alternative melodies with her early folk songwriter influences. 

Inspiration is said to come from artists like Kelly Clarkson, P!nk, Avril Lavigne, and Katy Perry

2022 was a great year for Charlotte but it was not an overnight success. She has been grinding it out as a musician for nearly a decade. 

Something that makes her special is her dedication to mental health and building a community. She shows her true self as someone who is real and experiencing the same thing that her fans experiencing. 

She was going through all these emotions during the pandemic and that was kind of what was the impetus for this new song that she put out this week called “Alright.”

According to Charlotte, the song was the reason why she decided to stay in Nashville. It seems this one decision has influenced the rest of her career and her life.

And it’s…it’s really poignant and emotional and just to know she was feeling so isolated and alone but she was able to find the light at the end of the tunnel.

Even though the tunnel seemed more like a hole she was forcing herself to push through when it felt like so impossible and pointless.

And I think that is such a great sentiment because it shows how she was able to overcome her anguish and move in a positive direction. It can help others who may be struggling with similar issues. They can know that even though things can be really tough. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

And this is what makes music so great. The fact that something someone is struggling with can be so impactful to others. 

And just kind of be a support system. You know be a community for someone. Some people don’t have anyone in their lives they can turn to for help. It’s nice to have this emotional support. 

Another thing I want to mention is her love for diversity and support. She has such a beautiful message about acceptance. She says 

“When people feel seen and supported, the world becomes better. My intention is to create a safe space for people to feel accepted and celebrated for their weirdness and diversity.”

And I think this message is so important and it’s probably one of the reasons she’s so popular and has such a great fan base.

Her advocacy for mental health is also seen in the lyrics of this song. 

Charlotte is a big advocate for mental health and has also partnered with the JED Foundation, a nonprofit that works to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for teens and adults.

She is releasing a limited edition Charlotte Sands JED foundation merchandise with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the nonprofit. I can leave links to this merchandise in the show notes so you can check it out. 

If you’re someone who listens to lyrics you will definitely feel an impact from listening to this song. YOu know and feel the anguish and heartache she is going through listening to these lyrics. 

It recognizes the struggle that people go through and the fact that things will never be perfect but you can get close to feeling alright and feeling better. And that is something you can look to the future and be positive about.

And if this song can touch someone and help them feel better. It’s just… you can’t really ask for more than that.

I feel a little speechless talking about this (laughing). I don’t know why but even reading through the lyrics it gets me emotional, it gets me a little teary. 

The hesitancy and uncertainty that you feel from what’s she writing. It just really pulls at your heartstrings.

But there is that glimmer of hope that things will get better because you are moving forward and you have to keep moving forward because you will be stuck in the same position and nothing will change.

This is a very powerful ballad. A very anthemic track. It starts out with slow piano pop melodies and then is just catapulted into this big sound as she goes into the chorus. 

I totally can picture a crowd singing this track at a big festival or concert. You know? When the singer stops and has the crowd singing alone? I can totally picture that.

Her lush and soft vocals start the song against these very high melodies that are just so powerful. That just makes your heart surge. It’s got a big sound that is just so beautiful.

In addition to this track, I would recommend also checking out her other music because she has a dynamic sound that fluctuates between that singer-songwriter feel and also that pop-punk vibe. 

And I also found that she did a cover of No Doubt’s “Just a Girl” and it’s really cool. I can leave a link to that in the show notes if you wanna check it out. 

Well, I’ve chatted enough without further ado here is “Alright” by Charlotte Sands.

We would love to know what you think of Charlotte Sands and her track “Alright.”

You can tell us in a comment on the podcast webpage. You can also leave an audio comment at the link in the episode summary

If you’re interested in seeing Charlotte Sands this year you can catch her on a 100-plus date international tour as well as Hang Out and Shaky Knees festivals. 

For more information on Charlotte Sands, you can check out her official website www.CharlotteSands.com.

That is C-H-A-R-L-O-T-T-E-S-A-N-D-S dot come

You can also like and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok, and Twitter.

On Facebook, she is at the handle CharlotteSandsMusic.

On Instagram, Tiktok, and Twitter she is at the handle CharlotteSands.

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Thanks for listening and see you in the next episode!

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