Sometimes, if you wander around Nashville, you might run into Josephine Bruno playing an acoustic gig around town. Not only is she a soulful songwriter, but she's also creating her own niche in the alt-pop genre. Her music captures powerful personal stories and emotions — and, if I do say so myself — she's a powerhouse vocal force to be reckoned with.
I first had the pleasure of connecting with Bruno last year as she planned the beginnings of what is surely to be a robust music career. Since then, she's released two alt-pop tracks, "Playing It Cool," and "Waiting To Love You." Today, she's releasing her third single, but "Stay The Same" explores a darker, more retrospective side to Bruno.
Earlier this week, I had the chance to ask Bruno a few questions about her new music, and her latest dive into Nashville's music industry.
M: Hey Josephine! It’s great to talk to you. Why don’t you fill us in on what you’ve been up to?
J: Well, most recently, I quit my restaurant job and decided to give music a real shot! Ive been doing co-writes and trying to get involved in as much as I can in the local music scene.
It’s been almost a year since we last sat down together, but I’ve been keeping up with you on Instagram. You released two singles last year and you’ve got one coming out this week. How have things changed for you as an artist from last year to now?
I know! our last hang out was so fun. I'm glad to hear from you again! The biggest change for me as an artist since last year is just my mindset. I have been trying to manifest an unshakeable belief in myself, and I think it is starting to pay off in my day to day life as well as my performances.
You’re releasing your new single as an uncut, stripped version. Why are you changing things up?
My last two single releases were fully produced, up-beat, happy pop songs, and I LOVE them. I just wanted to showcase the more raw and emotional side of my writing, as well as my voice in a very isolated and clear way. The acoustic, raw kind of songs are my favorite to listen to, so I decided that I would just give it a shot.
Your last two singles were about pursuing love, but “Stay The Same” is more about moving on. What do you hope listeners pull from this song?
I hope mostly that people will find comfort in knowing that we have all felt most of the same emotions when it comes to love and loss of love. this song was written as a reminder to myself that loneliness is not a reason to backpedal into old habits and relationships. I'm hoping this is a reminder of that for other people struggling with that, as well.
What was it like writing something so raw?
Oh, man, it was cleansing. I had the music written for a couple of weeks and had tried to write something with that, but everything I did felt off. I was trying to write a "hit" I guess. I was trying to curate a great pop song, but it just wasn't happening. But, I loved the music so much that I decided to just keep trying. I finally let go of the idea of writing the perfect song, and I ended up with a whole other type of perfect song! It was a great night by myself, and I very vividly remember that night.
Will you be releasing a full studio version any time soon?
Hopefully, yes! I was going to release a full studio version first, but the timeline was moving a little slower than I had anticipated. I really wanted to put this song out in February so I just decided to do the acoustic version first.
What are your goals for this year?
My main goals for this year are to play as many gigs as possible and get PAID! I also am learning how to record at home, and Im hoping to put out at least one song that I recorded/produced myself. I will probably suck, but I don't care!
What else can we look forward to after “Stay The Same”?
Well, I am releasing a collaboration with a great friend and writer this coming summer! That is the next super exciting thing in my mind! I won't give away a lot of details, but it's going to be awesome!
Listen to "Stay the Same" below: