We had the chance to sit down with Lyssa Coulter, up and coming country artist out of New England. Lyssa told us about her new EP to her song writing process as well as inspiration to young dreamers. We hope you enjoy and Lyssa thank you so much. Your passion is overflowing and we see big things in your future!
B Chord: “After Midnight” is out, congratulations!! This is your new Ep that can be purchased on your website. You also just released your single “Whiskey in the Twilight” so let’s talk about it! I know you have to be excited!
Lyssa Coulter: I wrote “Whiskey in the Twilight” with my friend Roger Hagopian who is an amazing songwriter out here in New England. He came up with the idea just talking and said let’s do something fun and summer related and that’s how the song came about. It’s probably one of my favorite songs off the EP and I recorded it in Nashville with Chris Parker at Digital Timbre Studios. I am just so excited because it really shows everyone what my music really is. This is so exciting because I have only been doing this for a year and it’s so incredible that I’m letting people know what my music is and where I am coming from and my emotions throughout this entire thing.
B Chord: Tell us a little of your background and how you got into country music.
Lyssa Coulter: I actually lived in Medway, Massachusetts for a while and we ended up moving out here to Westborough, Mass where I ended up changing schools in my senior year of high school. I found this local voice coach in my town that exposed me to not only improving my voice but becoming an artist. This was so important to me. I never thought I could ever be a Carrie Underwood or Kelsea Ballerini, which was just a fairytale to me at the time. Once I started taking voice lessons and learned how to book gigs it just grew from there and by the fourth month in, I was recording my first single in Nashville. When I found out that I could do it, I was on a roll. I tell young people to do what you love, my message to them is “ Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t.”
B Chord: What are Lyssa’s goals for 2018?
Lyssa Coulter: I think I am getting ready to move out of New England and start playing in the southern states like Florida where I have lots of family and friends and Nashville. I’m just trying to branch out of New England right now. I think that it is really important to break out of your hometown. It is incredibly different when you book a show in a place other than New England. Looking forward to 2019, I am hoping that I can work something out with the CMA Festival and getting a new album out.
B Chord: I love the song “By My Side!” I know you got some airplay and accolades on that song, can you tell us a little about writing that one?
Lyssa Coulter: So “By My Side” was the first song that I ever wrote. It’s a little crazy because you don’t see many artists putting out their first song that they ever wrote. I was doing a song writing seminar and I came home and said okay let’s just try to write a song. So I took everything that I was feeling at that moment put it together. My family and I are very close and people say it is a great relationship song. It’s very family oriented and that’s where I got the idea from…. just being with people that you love, your friends and family. As long as I am with my friends and family I am happy. That’s where I pulled my inspiration from.
B Chord: What are some of your favorite spots to play up in the Boston area?
Lyssa Coulter: A few of my favorite spots… I think that my number one favorite spot is the Smokehouse BBQ where I will be playing on January 26th. The staff is so friendly and they have speakers outside and the food is incredible. Another one would be Indian Ranch they do a lot of big concerts but I had the chance to play in their first ever local country fest. It’s a very fun place. One more….I really like playing Patriot Place which of course is the home of our New England Patriots. They usually have a lot of outdoor things going on and I just love the venue. I had my name on their big marque sign that they have in front of the shopping center. It was really cool.
B Chord: What is the typical writing process like for you?
Lyssa Coulter: My writing process is really different each time that I go to write. A lot of it is if I’m in a really bad mood, I will write a song. I don’t know why but you tend to write the best stuff when you are not in the best moods. I guess that’s when the emotions get flowing. I start playing around with chords on my guitar and then I just go for it. Co-writing is a little different, we come up with an idea and then we go off of that idea and see where it brings us. You have two brains working which is really great.
B Chord: Let’s do a get to know Lyssa:
B Chord: Favorite food?
Lyssa Coulter: Ice Cream
B Chord: Favorite artist?
Lyssa Coulter: Kelsea Ballerini
B Chord: Favorite vacation spot?
Lyssa Coulter: Disney World
B Chord: Favorite store to shop?
Lyssa Coulter: Walmart is like my store. It is so great people watching.
B Chord: Favorite spot in Nashville?
Lyssa Coulter: I actually have two. One is Love Circle because it is so beautiful and then the other is Broadway. I love all of the neon lights. Sparkles and lights are my thing.
B Chord: You are stranded on an island and you can take only one instrument with you. What would the instrument be and why?
Lyssa Coulter: Probably my guitar. I have an Ibanez. It’s really pretty and my dad gave it to me. Whenever I have an idea when I’m in the car, I am always like “why don’t I have my guitar.”
I want to thank all my family friends and fans for being so supportive. I know that is why I have been able to continue with this goal. Becoming a musician is a very difficult thing in general and without them we wouldn’t be able to do it.
Please check out all of Lyssa’s social media links below and make sure to download “Whiskey In The Twilight” today. Photo and Video Credit: @justinmayotte
Lyssa Coulter’s Links:
Website – https://www.lyssacoulter.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/LyssaCoulter/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/lyssacoulter/?hl=en
Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/track/61GKGzqZTi5oiCMA3OGuDE
ITunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/lyssa-coulter/id1247595874