Nashville based singer Lindsay Latimer is slated to release her upcoming new album, Teenage Lullaby, on October 20. If is is anything like the lead single, you are in for a treat. The message is strong. The music is sure to find its way into the pleasure centers of your brain. And did we mention that this woman can sing!?! Ahead of the release Latimer gave us the lowdown on her come up, the non-country side of Nashville, and her latest anthem “Prom Queens.”
GSLM: When was your first time on stage? What did you perform?
Latimer: Like many musicians, I first sang in children’s choir at church. I was smitten by the power bottled in the crescendos and harmonies. There was a light that turned on when I was made aware of my fervor for singing. It illuminated something greater than myself that I could contribute to. My first time really performing was for ballet. I did that first and then fell into voice lessons. I loved the momentum behind each ballet. The ingredients of emotion. The music.
Aside from ballets, piano recitals, and church performances, the first time I was on stage for singing solo was when I played the lead role in my elementary school’s Christmas play. Sounds lame, but I was on cloud nine. I still remember the auditions and how it felt like every single girl in my school was competing for this role. Getting that part didn’t even compare to the excitement I had when I got to perform it. It was an emersion into my wildest dreams. I was quickly captured by it all.
GSLM: “Prom Queens” is built to be an anthem. Your “All The Lonely People” (America) or “Eleanor Rigby” (Beatles). It calls out to everyone. You are not alone. Everyone feels separated at some point.
a. Can you talk about your personal experience (around the song) with this?
b. What would you say to people who feel this way? How did you push through?
Latimer: High school is hard. We’re constantly trying to reinvent ourselves and look to our right or our left for what we should be doing (saying, wearing, etc.). Looking for what’s cool. Prom queens are the popular girls; the girls whose peers think they have this surreal life. Everything’s effortless and falls in place. That might be the case for some prom queens, but if I had to guess—and from my personal experience—most are just as freaked out and insecure as everyone else. Everyone can put on a pretty outer layer and many do. Even worse—some convince themselves that’s the only option.
Being voted prom queen was definitely a special thing, but it was quite puzzling for me. I struggled a lot with feeling left out in high school. I think many of us do, it’s a fragile season. I felt like I was almost arriving, but always falling short. Almost cool, but not quite. Like I was never truly known.
b. I wrote this song to pacify and process a pain in my past, but also to encourage those deep in it now. My hope is for listeners to take off their mask and be themselves. To open up and realize they don’t have to live behind a facade. They can be real. This is my anthem to all those who feel like they’re barely hanging on, in whatever situation—even those who would you might expect to feel it the least. Like a prom queen.
GSLM: Nashville is looked at by many as a country music mecca, when in reality, there is exceptionally more music in every other genre performed nightly, less lower Broad. What is it like to pursue the dream of music in this rich landscape?
Latimer: Being in Nashville for eight years, I’ve been able to witness some of the shift—in the music industry and beyond. It’s always fun to watch people’s faces from out of town when they learn that I’m a blonde from Nashville who isn’t a country musician. Minds are blown.
The pool of people to collaborate with is what I value the most and know not to take for granted. On a deeper level, it’s uplifting on some days and disheartening on others. You are saturated in a city of musicians with all levels of talent and connections. It’s easy to feel the ups and downs of the ride. I think it’s key to recall your younger self looking out the window in math class some time in the middle of February in the ninth grade….just itching to be down the road already hunting down your dreams. When you remember the kid inside of you who laid awake dreaming, you’re given the fuel to keep going and flood out the discouraging voices in your head with that same sense of wonder and adventure.
GSLM: Imagine that you are sitting around with friends and are talking about your ultimate “I can’t believe that this happened to me” or “I can’t believe that I got to be a part of this” moment. What would that moment be for you?
Latimer: My upbringing in music was closely entangled with musical theater (Some of her roles included: Millie in Thoroughly Modern Mille; Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street; Baker’s Wife in Into The Woods; Mother in Ragtime). It came down to whether I wanted to pursue that in college or voice performance. I chose the latter, but dreams seldom die. That moment would hands down be performing in a Broadway show. To get to showcase my music through that outlet. Just once.
Check out “Prom Queens below.