Artist Spotlight: Paige Hargrove
With a loud voice and a quiet personality, Paige Hargrove creates music that you can relate to and feel. It’s real. It’s raw. It’s powerful. The Chicago singer-songwriter’s influences range from Noah Gundersen to Paramore which helped her mold a unique sound of her own.
We were excited to chat with Paige about her influences, what she’s working on and her newest project “Georgia.”
First off, thank you for taking the time to chat with us. Tell us a bit about yourself and how your music career got started.
No, thank you! Well, I’m a singer/songwriter out of the burbs of Chicago. I grew up here and started playing music mid-way through high school. I fell in love with the guitar and starting playing covers for youtube. It was probably my first year of college that I started writing my own songs. I didn’t start playing open mics or shows until years later, lots of stage fright to get over. I never got over it, but I love sharing my songs so much. I do it now for a living. Who would have thought.
You’ve lived in Georgia and Chicago. When did you make the move and how has Chicago influenced your sound?
I actually grew up in the Chicago area, moved down to Georgia in 2015 and am now back in the Midwest! Both places have influenced me greatly. Both are very different and both a place I call home. I learned a lot about myself by moving back and forth from these places. I started listening to a lot of singer/songwriter music when I lived in the Chicago area and met a ton of connections within that genre. Atlanta was a very different music scene, consisting of a lot country and hip-hop, so it was definitely a struggle.
I’ve been listening to your album “Georgia” since you released it a few weeks back. It’s so real and authentic sounding. It sounds like you went for more of a live, raw sound. Talk a bit about this project, the response and what it means to you.
Thank you for listening to it! Yes, I got to record it in my little apartment in Decatur, GA. I had a difficult time after I recorded my first EP because it didn’t sound true to the sound I was playing live. I also lost a lot of the feelings of my lyrics because I was too focused on making it perfect. I didn’t want to record another song for over a year until my friend Ethan Johnson suggested we just do live tracks and keep it simple. I loved how it sounded and felt, so we went with it. There’s a lot of imperfections in it, you can hear my floor creaking, you can hear the cicadas outside, some vocals or guitar imperfections, but it sounded real to me. We later recorded drums, electric, and bass at Storyboard Studios an hour south. This whole album was written in Georgia and recorded in the places where I wrote them. I was alongside a lot of heartbreak, I missed home, and discovered a lot about myself and all these songs came from those experiences. That being said, this album means a lot to me.
I watched your video for “Leo” and really enjoyed it. What about that song made you choose that to be the first single off “Georgia?” Who came up with the concept for the visuals?
“Leo” was a song I was very proud of when I wrote it. I usually hide songs away for at least two weeks to come back to, to make sure they are still good but I whipped this one out for a live singer/songwriter competition the next day after I wrote it. My husband and I actually did the whole music video. If you’ve ever seen Dark from Netflix (great show) their intro was a huge influence on the mirrored parts. I focused on the line “I can never see you again, the way I used to.” The whole song is about seeing something as perfect, but something happening and you just can’t look at the situation or thing the same way.
How would you explain your music in three words?
Honest, Dynamic, Simple
What has been your favorite song you’ve ever written? Why?
My favorite song I’ve written is always the last song I’ve written because it’s new. So, no song that is out yet unfortunately.
Who are your top 3 favorite musicians right now?
Leif Vollebekk, David Ramirez, Foy Vance
And Julien Baker, can I have four?
Anything else that you’d want to let the readers know?
No, just a thank you for listening! I’m so happy to have these songs finally out into the world!
Below is a personalized song called “Your Girl” that Paige created with Songfinch for a wedding anniversary. One lucky husband received this incredible gift that helped them relive their love story together.