Sometimes, one of the hardest things to do in life is wait. With the current Coronavirus circumstances, we’ve all had to get pretty good at it.
Such was true for Grayson Michael. Looking to build off of the momentum of his previous two singles “Runaway” and “Saturday Night,” Michael was set to release his newest single, “When It Rains” in March. As the music industry was essentially paused, Michael had to make the difficult decisions to do the same with his new single.
“It was a difficult decision for sure, especially since I had been sitting on the song for a little while, waiting for the right time to release it. Then for COVID to hit and affect everyone’s lives, I just felt it was the right thing to do,” says Michael. “I think now people are beginning to start to get back to normal, and I am exciting for everyone to finally get to hear this song.”
The last time we talked with Michael, he was releasing “Saturday Night” with a philosophy of having each song he released build off of the last. He feels that “When It Rains” is the next chapter in his musical story, and allows him to showcase his taste in country music.
“I think every song should be a building block to the next. It’s part of my story. It’s the next piece of the puzzle. I feel that ‘When It Rains’ shows my country music sense, meaning, this is the kind of music I like to not just record, but listen to myself. I’m a sucker for sad songs; aren’t all country music fans?” Michael says with a laugh. “To me, this song represents the sound and style of country music from the past, as well as the future.”
Though “When It Rains” was written by hit songwriters Shane McAnally, Trevor Rosen and Josh Osborne, Michael says he connected with the song as soon as he heard it and knew that he had to record it.
“I was introduced to ‘When It Rains’ by a publisher that knew I was looking for this kind of song. The second I heard it, I resonated with it. I could hear myself singing this song. It just seemed so… me. When you are looking at songs that you didn’t write, you want it to feel authentically you, and I felt that way immediately. Thankfully we got in the studio late summer of last year and got this thing tracked,” says Michael. “When you get a crew of writers on a song like this, you already have a great starting point Production-wise I knew exactly what I was looking for, and I think we knocked it out of the park. This is one of my favorite songs I’ve sang, and I definitely feel blessed to have the opportunity to release it.”
2020 has been a rough year for most, and Michael hasn’t been immune from its touch. After losing his father to lung cancer in January and navigating the COVID-19 situation as we have all been forced to do, Michael has enjoyed the time he has spent with his family and looks forward to the opportunity of spending time in his truck, hopefully on the road, and releasing “When It Rains” to radio in a few weeks.
“For the rest of 2020, I’m definitely looking forward to playing shows again! Who would’ve thought we wouldn’t have live music, but man, what a strange time it was. I miss being out there on stage with my band and playing music. I’m hoping to get back in the studio in the fall and begin cutting some new material for the winter and early 2021,” says Michael. “My biggest excitement right now is that ‘When It Rains’ will be my first song released to radio. It’s every artist’s dream to hear their music played on the radio, and I’m super excited to take that next step, so be sure and call your local country station and ask to hear it!”
*Images courtesy of Grayson Michael*