PANAMA CITY BEACH – Shy Carter has been practicing social distancing for some time now.
It’s a Monday morning and the country singer-songwriter is staring out the window of his house – just over six feet outside of Nashville, Tennessee. Outside he sees horses eating grass and walking to the pond to drink – the kind of setting you write songs in.
Carter is responsible for writing many hits, such as “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth, “Heaven” by Kane Brown and “Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland.
“It’s just peaceful,” Carter said. “You feel closer to God like that.”
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Carter has been making music for a long time. The process is organic, he said.
“I’m trying to sing a melody, whatever is in my soul, in my heart at the time,” Carter said. “The lyrics can come from something someone has experienced or a title someone once wrote, or just something we are talking about in the room. I like to talk and see what happens. “
Carter’s breakthrough in the music industry came about thanks to Nelly, who asked him to produce songs and write hooks. Then he had the chance to write a song with Rob Thomas; “Someday” was his first No. 1 song.
After visiting Nashville since the mid-2000s, Carter became interested in country music. In 2010, he got the chance to write a country song. He ended up being “Stuck Like Glue” from Sugarland.
“I was beatboxing on the track, I was beating on the guitar, and that was something really different for country radio,” Carter said. “It opened the doors for me to be able to come more to Nashville, and since then I’ve just been able to work with so many different artists – pop artists, a lot of country artists. I have a wonderful time living here in the country outside of Nashville making jams. “
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Carter is “super excited” to release original music, he said.
“I really worked in that direction, hoping and praying for a chance to release some of my own music,” Carter said. “I am really happy to share with people.”
“Good loveIs one of Carter’s favorite songs. He knew it would be special when he first heard it in the studio with his brother and friends.
“We actually just sat there and just talked for a while and let the music play,” Carter said. “I absorbed the vibe of the song and then we started talking about real things. A lot of the things in the verses we talked about were something that one of us was going through or had been through, so it definitely came from the heart and we just wanted to do something positive out of the tough and difficult experiences that life brings to you. throws on it.
In contrast, Carter calls “All Night” a “sexy little jam”.
“(It’s going to) make you feel good, make you want to find someone to hang out with,” Carter said. “It’s just something fun, which makes you feel feelings.” Maybe I thought of someone beautiful, eager to get to know her and spend time with her.
“Boom in the Boondocks” reflects his real life. He and his co-authors, Tommy Cecil and Craig Wiseman, had fun writing it.
“I live in madness for real, and my speakers are so big and so loud,” Carter said. “I have the loudest speakers in the entire Nashville area. So it’s boom, boom, baby. We literally put the boom in the wild, play loud music, throw parties and have fun, just live the country life with a little twist.
Carter couldn’t wait to perform his music. COVID-19 has postponed this.
“We were just ready to start doing more shows, because I was in the background, writing,” Carter said. “I’m super excited that we have things on the schedule. I’m so excited to come to Panama City, find out, have a blast and rock the baby on the stage.