“Star of the Show” welcomes both the melancholic embrace of a hypnotizing backdrop and the heartfelt, passionate connection of a song written with depth and intention. That balance is crucial, and really well executed. You relate to that honesty with that vulnerability within “Star of the Show”, and at the same time, it’s easy to turn up loud and escape within. Shelby Neubauer has mastered the art of melodic satisfaction, so the song lingers in your mind long after listening. Despite the lyrical turmoil, the track energizes and brings together everyone who has felt these emotions and been down these pathways. Shelby Neubauer has fused a brilliantly uplifting and progressive melody, with a warm and comforting musicality, and a story that seems just personal enough to connect, but also vague enough for listeners to make it their own.
The perfect twang of country roots fuses perfectly with a catchy pop backtrack. It’s a pleasure to know there are artists and songwriters creating and performing the music of this nature with such clear passion and a love for the process right now. It’s easy to hear why fans have taken to the rising star so notably in recent months. “Star of the Show” speaks volumes on behalf of the quality and content that’s to come.
Listen to “Star of the Show” here and read more in our interview below!
Hey Shelby! Welcome to BuzzMusic! What inspired you to first begin making music and releasing it to the public?
I’ve been involved and around music my whole life. My dad is a musician, as are many of his family members. My parents actually met at a gig my dad was playing in the 80s! So in a way, I’m a product of the art. I grew up singing with my dad.. starting at about 7 years old. I sang in church, recorded music with my dad in both our home studio and a professional studio in San Antonio, and recorded covers of songs my dad wrote. I grew up doing all the forms of singing I could - classical lessons, school choir, show choir, musical theatre... but the commercial style (stuff on the radio with a full band) was where I felt most at home. I ended up playing in a cover band with my dad starting in high school and that continued to be my summer job when home from college. In college, I majored in music (at Belmont University in Nashville) but it wasn’t until after college that I really started getting into writing. I guess you can say music has been a part of my life since day 1, and I have no intention of ever changing that.
You seem to be an artist that puts more thought into your lyrics than most. What can you tell us about the lyrical depth within “Star of the Show”?
Oh what a loaded question... ha! I tend to write about what I know.. so personal experiences usually inspire my lyrics. For “Star is the Show” specifically, the lyrics are true to what happened at the end of my last relationship. Ya know, the typical story... girl goes out of town, the guy gets on dating apps trying to cheat on a girl, the girl finds out (because we ALWAYS find out). A very relatable story for many. However, in my story.. the girl ends up putting the guy on blast for being a cheater. Think episode of Cheaters.. remember that show?! Anyway.. the guy I was dating has a large social media following and wants nothing more than to be on a cover of a magazine someday. After doing what he did to me... and my sharing the news.. everyone in this town knew about it. My bad :) So “Star of the Show” became a sarcastic jab at him for wanting to be so popular. It’s easily my favorite song I’ve written thus far... and I’ve never been so thankful for an ex.
Since you’ve been making music for several years, how would you compare some of the earlier material you’ve written to your newest release “Star of the Show” in terms of your switch to a more pop sound?
This song is definitely the most pop forward song I’ve ever released. When writing... I’m typically sitting with a co-writer or two and one of them has a guitar. With an acoustic setting like that, you never really know exactly which genre the song will go. It could honestly go many. It’s what happens in the studio that really establishes the genre. I knew when taking this song to the guys who produced it that we wanted something totally different than than the last stuff I released, which was more of a country-pop sound. Though I still love my former sound, it felt safe to me. It was safe FOR me. I still love the songs but just wanted to try something more outside my box and see how people reacted to it. We decided to take a little more risks with “Star of the Show”, get a little weirder and artsy. So far... everyone seems to love it, so we’re going to roll this direction for a while.
What have been some of your proudest or most memorable moments in music so far?
I think one of my proudest moments was when I released my country/pop EP last year and it charted on the iTunes Country charts on release day! We cracked into the top 40 on the charts so that was an amazing feeling. I have a lot of wonderful people in my corner, rooting for me, and they really came through on preordering and purchasing that EP. I’m hoping all of those people and more love this new sound just as much.
We really appreciate you chatting with us about your incredible music! What’s next for you artistically? Does your creativity manifest itself in other ways?
I think my creativity comes in waves. Sometimes it finds me - an idea for a song, whether a lyric idea or melodic idea, may just pop into my head. Maybe because of something I experienced... something someone close to me experienced.. or maybe even an idea I saw in a movie or read in a book. So I’ll go write it down or record it on my phone real quick. But other times, I have to seek out creativity. I have to sit down and consciously dig into my soul, my mind, my heart to create. Creativity is funny like that. It’s not consistent. It’s not always easy. But the act of creating can be so beautiful and the idea of my art touching someone personally, meaning something to them, relating to them.. is reason enough to continue creating. As for what’s up next? Keep going. Keep writing, keep singing, keep recording, keep getting in front of as many people as possible. Share my music so much that people know it. And never stop.