Spencer Emanuelle Goodman was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and produces her music under the name FREDDY. Her music falls under a country-pop genre which she likes to call “Urban Cowgirl.” FREDDY’s goal with her music is to connect to each person in her audience by sharing her real stories and experiences. Her outgoing personality and stage presence allow her to spread a combination of ferocity, honesty, and silliness through her music.
“After The Rain” is a pop song with a sprinkle of country vibes. The backtrack of the song includes a drum beat, tambourine and string instruments all meshed into a western-style melody. As the song picks up, the guitarist keeps up with her upbeat tone and vocals. FREDDY releases her intrinsic vocal talent as she belts out the chorus of “After The Rain.” She has a large range that highlights her powerful voice, which is comparable to artists Dua Lipa, Jess Glynn, and Adele. The lyrics of “After The Rain” inspire growth and rebirth after the conflict, and easily uplift and motivate the listener. Through her music, FREDDY likes to express things that have made her feel very deeply in the moment. Through this personal expression of her authentic, quirky self, she continuously inspires her audience to do the same. We look forward to hearing more of what LA’s FREDDY has to offer us.
Listen to "After The Rain" here.
Welcome to BuzzMusic FREDDY! We love the motivational aspect of “After The Rain.” What influenced your writing process for this song?
Thank you! Last year, in January actually, I was just in this weird place mentally where I felt really beat up and pushed around and just like jaded. Honestly, in so many aspects of my life. In music and people, I had been working with, in some of my friendships, and other relationships… I had just allowed whoever it was, for lack of a better phrase, to call all the shots.
In the studio, the day we wrote it, my friend Dan Richards had this cool classic chug going on the guitar and was talking about this chorus concept “After The Rain”. I liked it and we ran with it. Like after all hell breaks loose, and it’s just a shitshow, you find it in you to really show up for yourself, find it inside of you to rise up. Like that empowered, you has finally arrived. Honestly, through the whole process of writing this song, a lot of silenced emotions came to surface that really allowed me to work through the stuff going on. Additionally, I feel like it really inspired the rest of the music I made in 2019, in the best way.
We enjoyed the unique fusion of country and pop genres in your song “After The Rain.” Can you tell us what inspired your country sound?
I had really been grappling with my artist identity for a while, and was internally fighting the industry bias on fitting into one specific genre. I clean houses sometimes for extra cash, and one day while I was cleaning, I listened to the Kacey Musgraves “Golden Hour” album from top to bottom and was just speechless. I’m just obsessed with the way she tells a story. So I dove into all her music. Her songs have this warmth and richness. I think a lot of country music has it. Like a “home” feeling. At least, to me. And I decided I really wanted that same feeling in my music. It’s organic and honest, and making music that’s both those things is super important to me. If I can’t sing a song with just a guitar or just a piano, I don’t want it.
I wasn’t raised on country, but I feel like my heart is 100 percent country, it’s hard to explain. My dream is to eventually move to Montana or Tennessee and own a farm with cows, pigs, goats, dogs, chickens, you name it. Hopefully have a little creek or river running through my backyard. Country living is just so sweet.
You have been compared to the likes of Adele and Jess Glynn. Are there any specific artists who have influenced your music over the years? How have they influenced it?
Those are like the greatest compliments ever! They each have such stunning voices, I am in awe of both of them.
Oh my gosh, SO many artists have influenced my music! Including those two! But, I mean if it weren’t for Christina Aguilera I probably wouldn’t be singing! Actually, when I heard her sing the song “Reflection” in Disney’s Mulan, I knew I wanted to be a singer and really do this for a living. I listened to “Genie in a Bottle” and “Stripped” so much I don’t even know how the CDs are still intact. I think she really taught me to sing and find my voice in addition to LOTS of Motown my Dad played growing up.
I was/am obsessed with Shania Twain. I’ve been singing Shania at karaoke since I was like 5. “That Don’t Impress Me Much” was my childhood anthem. I think my songwriting is definitely a subconscious nod to her.
I’m also heavily inspired by Nirvana, Rihanna, Post Malone, and Leon Bridges. Definitely a total 180, but I think about what they would do all the time when I’m in the studio and how they approach their music.
My whole country vibe actually began because of this Post Malone song called “Feeling Whitney” from the “Stoney” album. It’s this acoustic folky kind of ballad that inspired me to write this song called “Party of One”. It’s on my upcoming EP, and it is super funny but also super vulnerable.
We were happy to have you here on BuzzMusic! After listening to “After The Rain” we already want to hear more! Can you tell us a little bit about what we can expect from your next EP this year?
Thank you so much for having me! The EP is set to be released just before Summer! I’ve got power anthems full of attitude on there, I’ve got some tearjerkers, and I’ve got ones that hopefully make you wanna dance! I think there is a solid balance between flirty and funny, and honest and emotional. I’m just really excited to put this music out and play live as much as I can this year. I hope ya’ll love it!