A Tongue-in-Cheek Look at Love — Gabrielle Metz’s “Hey Cupid”

Three years ago, Gabrielle Metz, country singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, finished high school early to move from Alabama to Nashville at the age of 17.

From Alabama to Tennessee after high school. What was the deciding factor to head to Music City right after graduation?

I have never been one to hold back, so once I decided that I wanted to make music my life and career, I jumped in head first. I never looked back!

Once in Nashville, what has been the most challenging part of establishing yourself as an artist in a new city?

The first 6 months were the hardest. I didn’t know anyone, I was young, and had very little experience. Once I start meeting people and making connections, I feel like it’s naturally progressed since then!

Which artists have had the greatest influence on your career?

I have always gravitated towards strong female voices in music. I think Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, and Taylor Swift are some major influences of mine!

What are the benefits to being a multi-instrumentalist?

It’s so fun! I love learning new things and being challenged, so it’s not unusual for me to try out new instruments often! I also think it has broadened my musicality which makes my writing better!

Over the past three years, you have written more than 250 songs. How does playing showcases help you as a songwriter?

I love being on stage. Playing music live is my favorite part! Writer’s Rounds in particular really have a creative energy that you can’t find anywhere else. I find that they can be a creative recharge!

Read your approach to music is one of teamwork. If you could choose your dream team of co-writers, which five artists would top the list?

It’s hard to narrow down the list, but Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally, Ingrid Andress, Taylor Swift, and Ross Copperman.

“Sometimes you have to have a sense of humor about your singleness.” Of your new single, “Hey Cupid,” you shared that you hope the song resonates not just on Valentine’s Day, but year-round, in that we should celebrate love for one another every day. What inspired you to write the song?

My friend, Christie Huff, and I went out on Valentine’s Day last year. We were both single at the time, and wanted to just get out of the house. We quickly realized we were for sure the only single people out that evening, and found it humorous. I went home and wanted to write a song for all my single folks who were surrounded by other people falling in love, but I didn’t want it to be sad or slow. This song, while the lyrics poke fun at Cupid for not helping us out, is meant to be fun, and tongue-in-cheek!

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