Nashville-based singer-songwriter Caroline Marquard is premiering her new single "Not a Rolling Stone" exclusively with The Boot. Readers can press play above to hear the bright, optimistic song.

The lyrics of "Not a Rolling Stone" share Marquard's own experiences with uncertainty and offer listeners the encouragement to believe in themselves: "I'm a rock, not a rolling stone / Rock steady in a world unknown," goes the song's chorus. "When I'm lost on the road / I'm a rock, not a rolling stone."

Co-written by Marquard and Chris Seefried, "Not a Rolling Stone" actually began as the exact opposite of what it is now, a song of gratitude to someone for keeping the singer grounded during tumultuous times. However, when Seefried suggested changing it to a song "more about believing in yourself instead of giving that power to someone else," Marquard says she knew instantly it was the right direction.

"I was inspired to write "Not a Rolling Stone" when I needed self-assurance. When I wrote the song, I was in a transition period in my life and was getting lost in people's opinions of what I should be doing with my career," Marquard tells The Boot. "We ended up with an anthem about empowering yourself, and I hope people can see themselves in my story."

Jordan Lehning and Jase Blankfort co-produced "Not a Rolling Stone." It's set for official release on Friday (Oct. 12) and is the first taste of a forthcoming project from Marquard.

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