It’s a sunny morning in Vancouver as we chat with Parker Graye on the verge if the release of the fourth ever release, Cowboys Go. Filled with a nervous excitement, Graye opens up about a year filled with artistic and growth and the tireless work that goes into each and every release. Graye, a self professed “control freak” won’t stop until she’s done everything in her power to get herself to her ultimate goal. However, Graye does admit that there comes a “point where kind of have to back off a little and realize you can only control so much”. Graye’s tireless dedication to her art has served her well as she continues to make a name for herself throughout the country world.
Cowboys Go marks a “new chapter” for Graye as she continues her journey to finding her voice. Graye has branded her music as “saddies for the baddies”, however leaning in to this somber ethos wasn’t always easy for Graye, who admits that “I wondered if these songs would be able to connect because so much of what you hear are bar-bangers and there’s nothing wrong with that but just isn’t who I am”. Being wholly and unapologetically herself is a gamble that has already paid off for Graye as 2021 has seen her take a massive step forward. Cowboys Go, while a new chapter, is a continuation of this growth and the clearest sign yet that Graye is destined for big things.
Cowboys Go, is a tale of as old as time about cowboys, “the og ghosters”. “A funny take on a western storyline” Cowboys Go details a classic disappearing act and the trepidation of this girl feels “having been burned before” and unnerving fear that she’ll be left for greener pastures. Graye, knew right away she “had to cut this song” as it “really is exactly who I want to be as an artist”. Graye was so excited that she rushed to get this song released before the end of the year, even though the “time crunch” only exasperated the nerves and work beforehand, Graye knew this song was special from the moment she laid pen to paper.
In 2021, Graye made a “conscious effort” to get more women involved in her creative process. Noting the 85-15 discrepancy in radio play between male and female artists, a discrepancy that widens even further when you look at production, Graye made it her mission to collaborate with her fellow women as a way to hopefully bridge the gap. Cowboys Go, marked the first time Graye worked with Nahville producer, Kate Malone, a relationship she hopes to continue and well as incorporating more women into her creative process in the year ahead.
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