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Maisie Peters Releases New Single, Announces Headlining Tour

Watch her episode of '5 Tracks That Inspired Me' below

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Maisie Peters released the single "Lost The Breakup" today. The driving, '80s-inspired track is the second single from her upcoming sophomore album The Good Witch. It follows "Body Better," which arrived in January.

In addition to the new song, Peters announced a headlining North American tour that kicks off August 7 in Minneapolis and ends Oct. 11 in Boston.

Since releasing her debut single "Place We Were Made" in 2017, the English singer-songwriter has grown a devoted following around the world. Along the way, she's landed a song on the soundtrack to the film Birds of Prey and scored a string of hits in the UK. She's also become friends with Ed Sheeran. Not only has Peters toured with the superstar, she's signed to his label, Gingerbread Man Records.

During a recent trip to LA, we talked to Peters about songwriting and her career so far. Read the interview and watch her episode of 5 Tracks That Inspired Me below.

I love the sound of “Body Better.” It's really big. What was the writing and production process like?
I wrote it in Bergen, Norway with a producer called Matias Tellez and a songwriter called Ines Dunn. I’m really good friends with both, and it was something to do with the energy of Bergen itself, this quaint little fairytale town, and the fact that it was in between tour dates, so we were definitely running on adrenaline. That made for a really magical experience. We wrote and finished that song all in one day and it came super easily, from an idea I had written in my notes app on the plane ride there.

Some of your recent music like “Cate’s Brother” and “Blonde” has sort of a rock vibe. Do you see yourself going more in that direction?
I loved making those songs and experimenting in that sonic field, but my next album I think has an overall more earthy, organic feel to it. However, never say never to a whole rock-themed album one day!

Maisie Peters by Jordan Edwards

Last year you went out on your first North American headline tour. What will you remember most about that experience?
So so much. I wrote an entire song called "The Band and I" for my second album literally about that tour, the memories we made and the legacy it left. The highest of highs and the lowest of lows. I will definitely never forget it.

Several of your songs have been remixed by other artists. Does it make you more nervous or excited to hear what they’ve come up with?
I love seeing how other people interpret my music, and it can take it to crazy places you never imagined it going. Cavetown did an amazing remix of my song "Sad Girl Summer" a few years ago, which is a perfect example of a great version!

What’s the best part about touring with Ed Sheeran?
Getting to watch an Ed Sheeran set every night is so fun, especially when my keys player/best friend Tina plays the violin for "Galway Girl." Also getting to watch and learn from someone as successful and impressive as he is from a first hand basis.

Maisie Peters by Jordan Edwards

What have you learned from being around him?
How to conduct oneself. Ed is by far one of the most down to earth, considerate people I know, as well as also being the most famous. The way he treats every single person in the room with such generosity and kindness is really cool, and something I want to bring forward with me.

What do you do to prep your voice for a recording session?
I try to do a few warmups, make sure I’ve got water and maybe a tea along side me, and then hope for the best!

Are there any current artists who you look up to vocally?
Kacey Musgraves is a big one, I'm really inspired by how her vocal strength is entirely in the purity and strength of the range she works within. Its magic is in its simplicity and its emotion, something I try to emulate.

What have you been listening to lately?
The new Boygenius stuff is amazing. I also love the new Samia album, especially the song "Charm You."

5 Tracks That Inspired Maisie Peters

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Tomorrow (March 31), Andrew McMahon will release Tilt At The Wind No More. The new album is his first since 2018's Upside Down Flowers.

The Southern California native has been a fixture of alternative radio for more than 20 years. From his early hits with Something Corporate, to Jack's Mannequin to in the Wilderness, his music has always found an audience. He's one of the rare musicians who found solo success to rival the band that made him famous.

The common thread that runs through all his projects is the songwriting. The lyrics are always clever, and the hooks are always catchy.

Watch him discuss recent projects and tell the stories behind some of his biggest songs including "Cecilia And The Satellite," "Punk Rock Princess," and "If You C Jordan."

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WATCH: 5 Tracks That Inspired Alexa Cappelli

Her new single 'Someone Better' is out now

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The challenge any reality show contestant faces is growing their audience once the show ends. Since competing on The Voice in 2018, Alexa Cappelli has kept the momentum going. Last year, her single "Could've Just Left Me Alone" went viral and has racked up nearly 20 million Spotify streams.

Her latest single, "Someone Better," is a move in a more mature direction. The piano-driven ballad is about a relationship that has reached the end. With a subtle vibrato, Cappelli's voice shows range and vulnerability.

“Someone Better" is the realization that the relationship you’re in doesn't fit the life you’re living for," she says. "There’s nothing wrong with the other person, in fact there’s really only good. But you know the future holds more growth and love for both of you apart, rather than together."

Watch Cappelli's episode of 5 Tracks That Inspired Me and stream "Someone Better" below.

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