James Dupre, ‘Someday Today’ [Exclusive Premiere]
Country music fans may recognize rising star James Dupré from his time on Season 9 of The Voice; the singer was eliminated in the battle rounds, but before his departure, he made an impact with his undeniable talent. Dupré is premiering "Someday Today," his very first single from his forthcoming album exclusively with The Boot.
Dupré's new single was written by the singer, Brent Baxter and Neal Coty. Now living in Nashville, Dupré hails from Bayou Chicot, La., and listeners will notice that the South seeps into his vocals and lyrics. His heritage is an intrinsic part of him, and also something he's quite proud of.
"I had wanted to write a song that summed up how I felt about Louisiana and, more specifically, the experience of New Orleans," Dupré tells The Boot. "When it came time to pick a first single, I realized how homesick I had become after a busy 2015, splitting my time living in Nashville and being in Los Angeles a lot of the year working with The Voice. I really felt like this was the perfect song to start with."
"Someday Today" makes New Orleans come alive: "Gumbo cookin' on the stove / Mixed with rum and cigarette smoke / Sticking to my soul, my clothes and my hair / I smell freedom in the air," Dupré sings in the first verse.
The song's chorus is mid-tempo with a celebratory theme, as Dupré revels lyrically in the comforts of his home: "I said someday I'd sail to New Orleans / Find myself getting lost in the Quarter / In some shady place with a hurricane / Blowin' my troubles away / Singing along with an old black man / As the saints go marchin' through Dixieland / Always dreamed I'd be right here someday / And it looks like someday today."
Dupré's upcoming album, Stoned to Death, is set for release in early 2016. The artist cites his influences for the new album as Randy Travis, Keith Whitley, Vince Gill and James Taylor, just to name a few, but at the same time, his own sound dominates, and the record reflects a story that is uniquely his own, based on experiences from his past until now.
"The album as a whole has a dark side, with glimmers of light here and there," Dupré explains. "As of right now, we have the last couple of songs to mix and master, so that means 95 percent of the record is ready to go."
Though he didn't win The Voice, Dupré is a huge advocate of the experience and says that he'd do it all over again, specifically because of the talent he was surrounded by day in and day out.
"The whole process was overwhelming and exhausting, yet fulfilling and worth it," he reflects. "I met so many amazing singers, some I would already consider lifelong friends."
For more information on Dupré, visit JamesDupre.com.
Listen to James Dupré, "Someday Today":