The North Carolina-born and Nashville-trained country/pop artist and singer-songwriter Sarah Mae Chilton pairs up with Lord Goldie for their recent collaboration, "Broke."
With a positive and humorous approach to heartbreak, Sarah Mae Chilton adds a fresh sound and style to the pop/pop-country market. While making a living on Broadway at Tootsies Orchid Lounge, Sarah Mae Chilton brings the same energy in her live performances that is always conveyed through her releases.
Now highlighting her recent single, "Broke," off of her debut album 'Southern Glitter Pop,' the singer-songwriter teams up with rapper Lord Goldie to express a highly relatable and playful theme. While the sonics and instrumentation offer this upbeat blend of country and modern pop, Sarah Mae Chilton drifts alongside the song's uplifting tones and drenches us in her warm vocals.
Opening "Broke" are playful drum breaks, short guitar stokes, and a nostalgic synth that spices up the sonic foreground. Once Sarah Mae Chilton begins singing of being too 'broke' for someone's love, we can't help but feel that she's offering a contemplative double entendre through the song's central theme.
About three-quarters the way in, Lord Goldie steals the spotlight and begins deepening the song's meaning through his exciting performance, rapping about themes of trust and being there for someone through thick and thin. Sarah Mae Chilton takes center stage at the outro and ends the song on an upbeat and exciting note.
Catch Sarah Mae Chilton and Lord Goldie's single, "Broke," on all streaming platforms, and don't shy away from experiencing Chilton's debut album, 'Southern Glitter Pop.'
Congratulations on the release of your debut album, 'Southern Glitter Pop.' Did you create this album with any themes or concepts in mind?
Thank you! The theme of “Southern Glitter Pop” is exactly how it sounds. Each song has a catchy hook and upbeat energy. Some songs are more pop-country and some are straight pop. I told producer, John Willis, to channel Britney Spears on the first song that was recorded, “Whatcha Gonna Do.” “Lady President” is a goofy female pop-power anthem. “Wishing Well” and “Addicted” have country themes such as drinking whiskey and cheating.
The word “Southern” in “Southern Glitter Pop” speaks to the fact that it’s a Nashville record. Also, I’m a born and raised Carolina girl and I naturally have a small southern accent in my music anyways.
How does your single, "Broke," fit into the overall vibe and concept of your album 'Southern Glitter Pop'?
Since “Southern Glitter Pop” is a pop record, a pop-rap collaboration was the perfect addition to the project. ‘Music City’ has all genres and it's been great to be able to shine a light on the presence of both pop music and hip hop in Nashville.
What inspired you to add a rap verse to your song "Broke," with help from rapper Lord Goldie? What was your collaboration like?
It was our third co-writer, Roxanna Whittington’s idea to add a rapper. I’d come to her with only the hook and after the first writing session she said, “oh we need a rapper.” She had mentioned meeting several rappers in town but I had recently met Lord Goldie at a ‘Pop-Up’ networking event.
When I met Goldie I felt an immediate friendship. I reached out to her because my instincts told me she was a good person and a talented artist. My instincts were right. That second writing session I made spaghetti and we all sat and got to work. Roxanna and I were bouncing ideas back and forth about how “Broke,” could be written and I remember Goldie being really quiet. In my head, I was thinking, “c’mon whatcha got?” She starts writing on a sheet of paper and I’ll never forget hearing her start to recite lines that were deep, playful, and from the heart. Her honest lyrics are a rare gift that brought the song to a new level. I’m pretty sure the original verse she wrote one time on that sheet of paper is what we ended up recording.
Would you say that your album 'Southern Glitter Pop' leans more towards pop, country, or rock? Or is the album a comprehensive blend of various genres?
I’d say it’s a pop-country record that’s heavier on the pop side. This record tells the story of a strong, independent woman moving to Nashville to make a dream come true. It tells the story of embracing love, making mistakes, and accepting all of it as part of the journey. In the record, I’m not afraid to say I’m broken-hearted, or that I’ve struggled with an addictive relationship. I also celebrate being in love and believing in the future “Lady President.”
I’ve been my own boss in the creation of “Southern Glitter Pop” and because of that, have had the freedom to choose how I’ve wanted to sound and what I’ve wanted to write about with the help of talented producers and writers.
I like the glamour and sonic landscape of pop music but love country music’s historical celebration of truthful writing. Add the two together and you get “Southern Glitter Pop.”