Texas native Sydney Cope unveiled her new single “Watch Out For Me” on March 31st.
“Watch Out For Me” portrays Cope’s feelings over a broken friendship.
“This song was originally written about a friend that stabbed me in the back. I was really hurt by some of the things that were being said. So rather than retaliating and stirring the pot, I expressed my emotions through music and I am just letting karma do the work,” explains Cope.
Produced by Michael Child, the new single is a pop record combining catchy melodies with poignant lyrics.
Actor, dancer, singer/songwriter, Cope is now living in Los Angeles focusing on her career. With this latest release, Sydney Cope reveals herself as a promising songwriter and artist.
“Watch Out For Me” is now available worldwide.
Introduce yourself - where are you from?
Hi, I’m Sydney Cope, born and raised in Corinth, TX, just north of Dallas.
What's your story?
I have the best parents and siblings and we are all very close. Two older brothers and I am the youngest. I’ve been very fortunate to have had opportunities to train and begin homeschool at the end of my 8th grade year. This has helped me to be more flexible with my schedule so I can work on all my artistic outlets like songwriting, acting and dance. Currently I am living in LA, taking college courses and working on creating new songs alongside my acting and dance auditions.
Could you describe us your childhood? Any favorite memories?
My childhood was full of love and laughter. All of my favorite memories are definitely the times that were spent with my family and vacations we would take. The best memories are our summer trips to Southfork, Colorado where we would go camping...luxury camping in our 5th wheel! We have been doing this for the last 16 years visiting Fun Valley so it has become a tradition.
Growing up, what were you passionate about?
Dance! I started dancing at two years-old, and spent most of my years dancing! I am still dancing today and love learning new dances and choreographing too.
Do you remember your first musical memories?
I remember all the performances I would do whenever I was younger from talent shows, to group performances with singing and group dances. We would perform at different venues like Six Flags, festivals, and opry’s around the DFW area.
When did you know you could sing?
Funny story! I was seven years-old, and I had some friends over for a sleepover. We decided we were going to goof around and put on a little show. We went off on our own and came up with a little skit or something to “perform” for the show, and I ended up writing a really cheesy song. I sang it to my mom the next day, and from that she signed me up for vocal lessons, and I fell more and more in love with music!
When did you start writing songs?
I wrote my first song at age eleven!
When did you start getting involved in the music industry?
I started performing at around eight years-old, and I released my first original song at age twelve.
What gave you the confidence to be an artist?
Dancing is what gave me my confidence to perform in front of anyone.
At what point did you realize the music you are making today was the right sound for you?
I realized the music I am making today was the right sound for me because I was way more relaxed when recording in the studio. I was comfortable and felt the music came naturally. Not only was I more comfortable, when I wrote these songs, the lyrics and melodies came fast and I was able to bring them both together to create songs that I can enjoy and hope others will too.
You've just released your new single "Watch Out For Me". What's the story behind this song?
This song was originally written about a friend that stabbed me in the back. I personally do not get involved in drama, so when words/stories are being spread I tend to stay away. However, I was really hurt by some of the things that were being said. So rather than retaliating and stirring the pot, I expressed my emotions through music and I am just letting karma do the work. :)
Could you describe us the songwriting/production process for this particular song? Who did you work with?
I actually wrote this song in 20 minutes. My mom and I had just moved into our new apartment and we were still getting settled in. I first messed around with some chords on my guitar until I found a melody that stuck. Then I took the first emotion I felt from the melody itself, and rolled with it. After I find an emotional connection with the instrumental, I can easily write lyrics to match, and that’s what happened.
My producer, Michael Child, at the time was living in Nashville, so it wasn’t that easy to get together and lay down a demo track. So I just recorded myself singing and playing guitar on voice memos, and texted it to him. From this voice memo, he created something so beautiful and really brought out the power that I wanted to convey in the first place. With all the wonderful things that were contributed by Michael and Wendy Child, we were able to create this gem.
What made you want to release "Watch Out For Me" as a single?
There are so many EP’s that get released and sometimes songs can get lost and never heard. I felt that this is a power song so it would be great to share it solo.
What is the thing you like the most about this song?
How catchy and singable it is.
What is your goal for this new single?
To stick with people to sing along and enjoy.
Who's helping you build your artistry and your sound?
As an artist, what do you want to accomplish?
I would like for the audience to feel or relate to something in their life or past experience with my music.
What is the best advice you've ever received?
You have to get told no so many times, until you get that one yes. So keep working hard until it’s your time to shine.
In your opinion, what would make the world a better place?
I would say positivity. Smiling and being generous to others and spreading joy to others can do a lot. You never know what someone is going through. Being put in a positive environment can do wonders for people. More than you know.
What biggest lessons have you learnt as a human being and as an artist?
People can be rude and will try to put you down, but as long as you keep your head up and work hard, they can’t stop you from being the best you can be and that’s all that matters.
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