Interview: Chelsea Bain Finds Strength With ‘The Power of a Woman’
Chelsea Bain has earned herself a legion of fans thanks to her performances at NASCAR and NHRA races throughout the last few years, but it's her latest single, "The Power of a Woman," that's really getting people talking.
The tune, originally released on Lee Brice's freshman album, Love Like Crazy, in 2010, piqued Bain's interest from the moment her management team suggested it.
"I hadn’t thought about it in that sense, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, a woman singing this song, yes!’" Bain tells The Boot. "I’m a huge advocate of that ... I was like, ‘Yes! That’s so cool.’ And so when the publishers told us we could cut it, I was stoked. We got into the studio right away with it."
It wasn't long after Bain recorded "The Power of a Woman" that she enlisted the help of her brother, who has done all of her videos so far, to shoot a heart-tugging video for the track.
"It was like rapid-fire with this song," Bain continues. "I felt like a woman singing it and that perspective of it would have such a huge impact; it did to me, when I thought about it in that way. And then after we cut it, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that has such a humbling feel to it.’"
Although her live shows are "so high energy," Bain says that the ballad has fit well into her set.
"We’ve done all the NASCAR races for so long that typically we don’t even really do ballads. [But] it’s the neatest thing, because I get everybody really amped up during my shows and crazy, and then as soon as it breaks down and the song starts out so quiet, it feels like the crowd is coming in more," she explains. "Like, literally, they start moving in towards the stage, which is the craziest thing to think about, and they would listen to it so deeply."
That reaction is exactly what Bain spent her childhood dreaming about.
"I’ve always wanted to do this. My mom had it in her to have me wait," she admits. "... She let me do plays and stuff when I was younger, but she was like, ‘You don’t want to get involved in the business of it until you’re old enough and ready, because it’s crazy.’ And of course, when I was in high school, I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, we’re running out of time!’ But I think when I was 17, my mom started letting me dabble in it, and I got it: You have to have your head on straight and not be confused about your stuff, entering into all of this, because it’s crazy."
Bain could have chosen any genre to sing thanks to her vocal prowess, but she never considered anything but country music.
"I grew up listening to it. I literally thought that country music was the only genre that existed, because that was all my mom would turn on. That was all we listened to," Bain recalls. "So I grew up on ‘90s country, whatever was on the radio, and I was like, ‘I’m going to be a country music singer,’ ever since I was a little girl. I’m extremely competitive, and when I get my mind set on something, I go with that, and so that’s just been where my heart’s always been. I don’t deviate from that kind of stuff."
The singer made the move to Nashville a few years ago, where she was pleasantly surprised by the camaraderie she found.
"I’ve always been in competition, and I look at everything that way. When I came here and realized that everybody writes together and everyone’s friends with other artists -- I didn’t expect everybody to be so cool with each other," Bain says. "Around here, everybody is family, everybody’s like, ‘Oh, I know that person.’ For the most part, I was shocked at how positive it is between the different artists. I was expecting it to be a little more competitive, I’ll say, but it’s refreshing that different artists want to be friends with each other, which is good."
Bain's latest EP, also titled The Power of a Woman, is available now on iTunes, and she says that another project is already in the works.
"I’ve been writing a lot, and we’re getting ready to go back in the studio and see what we have," Bain says. "But I’m not really looking into an album situation. I like the EP thing, because you can get music out faster, and I like to get music into everybody’s hands as much as I can."
Listen to Chelsea Bain, "The Power of a Woman":