Here is an exclusive interview with Kerrigan Barry.Read our interview with her below.
Tell me a little about your childhood. Was it privileged?I grew up in a small suburb of Cleveland, OH, and I’m the middle child. My parents split up when I was 5, but they did a really solid job of staying in each others’ lives for the sake of my brother, my sister and I. That being said, I’d call my childhood privileged for reasons beyond the automatic association with the word. While I never went without any survival necessities, the more important thing (In my opinion, at least) was that every single one of those necessities required honest work to earn; nothing worth having is ever handed to you. In addition to that, I’m extremely close to my immediate and extended family on both sides, and I feel beyond lucky for that. I’d call myself privileged with perspective. My mom always says, “To whom much is given, much is expected in return”, and I’ve always tried to live by that.
What got you into music?I always tell people that my dad is my musical soulmate, which is totally true. On Sunday afternoons, we used to watch Bruce Springsteen LIVE IN NYC on DVD; we’d dance around the basement in my childhood house, pretending to be The Boss and The Big Man, Clarence Clemons… I think it’s safe to say, that’s where the dream began.
Who would you like to collaborate with?That’s tough because there are so many artists I’d die to work with, both songwriters and performers. If I had to narrow it down to a few, I’d have to say Jack White, Taylor Swift, or Stevie Nicks… the list is honestly endless, but either one of those 3 would be so bad ass! From a songwriting standpoint, I’d bend over backwards to write with Ruston Kelly.
What did you enjoy doing with your friends?I was lucky enough to meet two lifelong friends at a pretty young age, Austyn and Lauren, and one of the defining factors of our friendship is our connection with music. Growing up, we wrote and listened to a lot of music together. Although, as I’m sure you can imagine, things weren’t always that PG. I did some of the stupidest shit of my entire existence with one of or both of them by my side, and I’m grateful they stuck around.
Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.My current single “We Don’t Talk Anymore” is definitely a huge milestone for me. I started out in Nashville as a songwriter, exclusively, but somewhere along the way I felt really drawn to the spotlight and “We Don’t Talk Anymore” is sort of my first taste of life as an artist, as well as a writer.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?I don’t know if I’d call it surprising, but I have two cats that I refer to as my children; I talk to them like they’re humans, and some people think that’s creepy.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?I tend to laugh at really inappropriate times, I’m not sure why, so I tend to say “this is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to me” every day… BUT, the other week, I received my neighbor’s prescription for Viagra in the mail, and that shit was pretty funny.
What is one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?My mom’s favorite saying is “life’s not about being write or wrong, it’s about being effective”, and I wish I would’ve internalized that a little earlier on, but everything happens when it’s supposed to.
How would you persuade someone to do something they didn’t want to do?I like to create a win-win for people, but if that doesn’t work, I always try to sell the hell out of whatever I’m proposing. Maybe that sounds too simple, but I’m not used to taking ‘no’ as a final answer.
Who is your role model, and why?I’ve always felt weird about answering this question when I’ve been asked in the past because I don’t feel cool with holding someone to a standard that’s too high for them to ever live up to. Aside from that, I have so many people I admire for so many different reasons, I can’t single one out. However, I will say that I typically find inspiration in people who stand for something real; I try to model myself after the ones who have found something to believe in, yet know how to remain uniquely and beautifully true to themselves while upholding their convictions.