In today’s world, the ability to multitask is essential. Yet while Maisy Kay is making noise in both music and acting, if pressed, this double-threat knows where her heart is.
“Music’s always been my first love,” said Kay. “As much as I do enjoy acting, acting is a more recent endeavor for me, and my passion is truly music, first and foremost. Just being able to share music with people who feel inspired by it, that’s, to me, the best feeling.”
Get ready for some inspiration, people, as Kay’s new single, “Almost Touch Me,” is here. It’s a relief for the Claverly native, who is eager to get her music back in the ears of her fans while also feeling the usual butterflies that come with a new release.
“You never know what’s going to happen, so I do get nervous because I always wonder if my fans are going to like it,” she said. “I hope they’re going to like it. (Laughs) I haven’t put out music in a while, so it’s actually nerve-wracking coming back into it after that hiatus, because I feel I have to live up to the years that I’ve taken absence. So that’s definitely extra pressure.”
Kay should be able to take a sigh of relief, as “Almost Touch Me” is the kind of song that gets stuck in your ears while also bringing you back to good times. And as Kay points out, the butterfly reference is perfect for both the song’s theme and how she felt during the writing process.
“The song is really about some sort of blossoming romance that you’re almost unsure if it’s happening or not, but you get this sort of gut feeling that there’s this connection there,” she said. “And the song really explores that feeling and that moment. So the butterflies are an amazing reference because that’s what I felt when writing that.”
Produced by Kay’s frequent collaborator Ariza (Juan Ariza), the track is the kind of song we need these days in the midst of a world gone crazy. Sure, love is serious, too, but those early stages bring a smile to everyone’s face, and we could use all the smiles we can get.
“I’m very divided because I do think it’s important to draw attention to what’s happening in the world today and I don’t want that to be brushed under the rug, so to speak,” Kay said. “However, I do know that if you get too engrossed in it, everything can seem kind of depressing, to be honest. And music has always been a great escape from the real world and the downfalls of the real world, and I think it would be amazing to have songs like this nowadays. It’s also the first song I’ve done that’s really a love song. I normally write rather sad pieces, so this is the first piece I’m putting out that’s coming from a positive place and it’s a happy song and it makes me feel happy listening to it. And I think that’s important, not just to have in the world, but it’s important to me as an artist and a person to have that material.”
It’s also the perfect way for Kay to head into the closing months of the year and into 2020, as it’s a sign that things are about to take off for someone who took a chance six years ago to leave home and chase a dream in the United States.
“Where I grew up in England, it was really in the middle of the countryside,” she said. “You had to drive 15 minutes to even go to the supermarket and it was truly in the middle of nowhere. You’re not going to get a good career in entertainment in the middle of nowhere; you have to be in the city. So when a record deal offer came along, I jumped at the opportunity. They say LA is the place for the entertainment industry, so I’m seeing if that’s true for me.”
So far, so good for Kay, who may be far from England, but who will always have a home in her music.
“I love writing and I love being me through my music,” she said. “As great as acting is, acting is very much playing a character, and normally it’s a character someone else has written. I write all my songs myself and they always come from a very deep place in me. And that’s something I find the most magical, seeing what I can produce out of my own brain and make it into a song. I love that process and I would never, ever want to trade that for anything.”
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