Artist Spotlight: Gatlin
Nashville based singer/songwriter Gatlin combines instinctual humanity with daring vulnerability to craft musical moments of meaning and melody. Consistent through her range, Gatlin’s music brims with confessional lyricism and emotional storytelling. These songs blend a vast internal world of feelings and thoughts with a rich external world of people and places.
Gatlin’s true love is songwriting – crafting songs for other artists, TV/film, and for her own artist project takes up her days. She launched her artist career in March of 2019 with a debut single “Maniac”. The song quickly earned a feature on TIDAL as the face of “Rising:Folk” as well as placement on Spotify’s “Fresh Folk”, “Indie Pop”, “Fresh Finds”, “Femme Fatale”, and “Modern Soft Pop” playlists. Atwood Magazine describes Gatlin as “a lyrically-potent, melodically-savy artistry that has truly found her niche in the world”.
We took some time to dive in with Gatlin to learn more about how she got her start with music, the scoop on her upcoming EP and what artists we should all be giving a spin.
First off, thank you for taking some time to chat with us! Let’s start off by telling us a little about yourself and how music became a part of your life.
Well, I’m from Orlando, Florida originally and moved to Nashville three years ago to attend Belmont University and study songwriting. I dropped out of school about a year ago to become a full-time songwriter and do music of my own! I’ve always had a love for music and have wanted to be a songwriter since I was a kid.
We are really excited to have you on board as an artist. What has been your favorite part about writing for Songfinch?
I have loved being able to write songs that are so specific to people’s individual stories. Relationships are so unique and I love learning about different peoples’ relationships and then making it into a song!
With all that is going on in the world, how will you have to adjust to the music industry moving forward?
Well, my main income has been touring and playing shows so it will be a rather big adjustment. I actually joined Songfinch during the pandemic to help out. Hopefully, I will be able to focus more on songwriting and make more of an income through that.
You recently released your new single, “Never Been In Love”, in early May. Can fans expect to hear some more music this year?
Most definitely! I have another single coming out July 17 that will then follow up with my debut EP in late August. I am so excited about it — it definitely tells the story of where I’m at right now.
What is your favorite moment or experience from your music career thus far?
I won Kacey Musgraves’s Nashville Songwriting Award in 2019. She has been a large influence of mine and the fact that I had actual affirmation from people in the music industry that my songs are good and important meant a lot to me.
Who are some artists that you have been listening to lately?
Lately, I’ve been listening to Phoebe Bridgers’ new record, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, and the 1975.
What are some key pieces of advice you would give to aspiring musicians?
I would say to just give everything into it. It takes so much time to get anywhere in the music industry so you have to give 110% to it if you want to be successful at all.
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
If you are reading this and I have written a song for you then I want to say it’s been a pleasure to hear your stories and create something for you. I hope you, and the person the gift was intended for, have enjoyed what I have written and cherish the memories in it.
Thank you for letting me use your stories to make songs! I hope that the person you’re giving the song to feels seen and loved.
Interested in having Gatlin create you a personalized song?
We hope you’ve learned a bit about Gatlin and her sound. If you’re interested in getting a personalized song created by Gatlin, feel free to click the link below and let us know in your submission. We’ll be sure to pass it to her to work on.