That Other Roo Show ft. Bailey Bryan

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Nashville, TN


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That Other Roo Show ft. Bailey Bryan

with Tim Gent, GAYLE, Abby Cates

Bailey Bryan

“I’d gotten a text from a dude that was like, ‘You can come over if you want,’” she recalls. “That if you want makes everything worse. And it’s 11p.m., so no, I don’t want to go anywhere right now.” With a pulsing low end, Bailey Bryan’s new single “play w/ me” will rattle your speakers, but the cut actually began in the same fashion as most of Bryan’s songbook: guitar in hand, sitting on the floor of her bedroom. “I was already sitting there with my guitar—the one I got when I was 12—so I started writing it.” 

 Buoyed by warm, ‘90s R&B uplift and a skittering beat, the kiss-off to a guy who won’t quit playing games illustrates a remarkable pivot in musical perspective for the 22-year-old.

Bryan may have first broken out with an acoustic lean, but full-fledged pop runs deep for her: “This is the first time I can listen back to what I’ve written and feel like, this is stuff that I just went through,” she says. “And these are sounds that feel really cool—and really me—in this moment.” Bryan, a native of rural Washington State, first moved to Nashville in 2016 with dreams of Music City stardom and to pursue her passion of songwriting.

Following her buzzy debut single, “Own It,” she quickly became an Artist to Watch (Rolling Stone, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly) while earning praise from the New York Times for her “rich songwriting.” But the newfound confidence in vision on “play w/ me” was hard won. “I’ve hesitated and gone in circles about music before,” she explains, “sometimes for a really long time. I’ve done things that I thought other people wanted to hear so much that, by the time I’d have a body of work, it didn’t feel like it was all the way me anymore.”

Thinking about “play w/ me,” she adds: “This music is coming together exactly as it’s supposed to.” Bryan’s most recent EP, 2019’s sheeny and, at times, anxious Perspective, was written following a period of time that witnessed both the end of her first significant relationship as well as a huge creative block. “When I started writing music, it was literally the only thing I wanted to do in my free time,” she says by way of explanation. “And then it started to feel like a job. That became overwhelming.”

Taking a step back from both creating as well as from relationships proved transformative. Being single manifested into a new muse. “I allowed myself the space to feel my feelings,” she says. “And I’m so happy I get to put these experiences into words. I’m writing about dating around and upholding my own standards. I think you can be a sensitive bad bitch… know your worth, but still admit that your feelings can get hurt.”

The realization electrified her writing. “I’m coming from the most confident place I’ve ever made music from,” she says. “I have a clear vision of who I am and what I’m worth more than ever before.” To bring her vision to life, Bryan enlisted the help of production team the Monsters & Strangerz (Rihanna, Selena Gomez). “I was really adamant that I needed to get in the studio with them,” she says. “It was important to me that they could hear my ideas and know that I had a vision for this.” One particular note? “‘There needs to be a guitar.’” Together, they pitched an electric guitar up, fashioning it into a beat that now lines the song’s uber-sticky hook. “I need a real instrument,” she explains, “even if you can’t tell. That’s the common thread that makes this music me.”

The results fall naturally between what Bryan lists as her immediate influences—Post Malone, Kehlani, and Ella Mai—but it preaches the same don’t-let-them-see-you-sweat gospel as two of the great trios of the ‘90s: TLC and Destiny’s Child. “This was the most natural process of writing and producing a song that I’ve ever been through. Hearing ‘play w/ me’ finished as a track and it sounding exactly how I envisioned it felt like a confirmation that I’m on the right path.”

Tim Gent

Rallied from Tennessee. #CatchHeight


Fearlessly honest and undeniably magnetic, 17-year-old singer/songwriter GAYLE creates the kind of self-possessed pop music that’s empowering for both artist and audience. Since making her debut with the boldly confessional “dumbass”—a heavily playlisted track that premiered in early 2020—the Nashville-based musician has independently released a series of singles built on her unfiltered yet beautifully nuanced brand of songwriting. Newly signed to Atlantic Records, GAYLE is now gearing up to share a new batch of songs revealing her larger-than-life personality and willingness to expose her deepest insecurities and desires. 

 Her debut single for Atlantic, “abcdefu” arrives as a glowing example of GAYLE’s gift for fusing that raw sincerity with her idiosyncratic and sometimes-irreverent perspective. With its minimalist backdrop of jagged guitar work, the tongue-in-cheek breakup song explodes into a glorious free-for-all at its gang-vocal-fueled chorus (sample lyric: “Fuck you, and your mom, and your sister, and your job, and your broke-ass car, and that shit you call art”). But in a sharp contrast to its thrilling catharsis, “abcdefu” also telegraphs a refusal to compromise her own needs. “That song came from a place of trying so hard to be the nice, respectful ex-girlfriend, to the point where it was negatively affecting me,” she says. “It’s about asking, ‘Why am I being so nice to this person who completely took advantage of me?’, and allowing myself to express my anger about that.”

Growing up outside Dallas, GAYLE first started singing at the age of seven after learning about jazz vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald in school. “I went home that day and wouldn’t stop scatting,” she says. “I loved the idea that you could just sing things on the spot to make everything a little less quiet.” Thanks to her mom, GAYLE next discovered to classic soul singers like Aretha Franklin, whom she still considers her number-one inspiration. “From the first time I heard Aretha, I felt like I didn’t need anything else in the world—I just needed to sit and listen to whatever she had to tell me,” she says. Within the next few years, GAYLE had taken up piano and guitar and started writing songs of her own. “I’d always have a notebook with me, and I’d write in it obsessively,” she says. “Because I was so young, I was mostly talking about emotions I’d never experienced—a lot of times I’d watch a movie, and then try to write a song that created that same feeling.”

Determined to take her songwriting to the next level, GAYLE made her first trip to Nashville at the age of 10 and soon began playing in bars around town. “I very luckily found some people who were willing to write with a 10-year-old, and fell in love with the whole process of collaboration,” she notes. After nearly two years of traveling back and forth from Texas—at one point averaging 90 gigs in six months— GAYLE and her family relocated to Nashville, where she started booking up to five co-writing sessions a week. By the time she was 14 she’d crossed paths with famed pop songwriter/publisher Kara DioGuardi, who promptly took on the role of her mentor. “Kara always pushes me to be the most honest I can possibly be,” GAYLE says. “It’s completely changed my writing, and taught me to really show my vulnerability rather than trying to hide it.”

A perfect embodiment of that approach, “dumbass” marked a major artistic breakthrough for GAYLE. “I’d gone through a phase where I was focusing all my writing on a boy or something else external, so that I didn’t have to write about myself or my own emotions,” she says. “But then one day I saw this quote that said, ‘Your fear of looking stupid is holding you back,’ and I realized I needed to stop worrying about putting myself out there.” Co-written with Jesse Thomas and Grant Averill, “dumbass” took shape from GAYLE’s improvisation of its unforgettably forthright opening lines: “I do this thing where I close off/My feelings, and I take my clothes off/So I don’t have to open up to my boyfriend.” “I remember Jesse saying, ‘Maybe that’s more of a second-verse lyric’—and I told her, ‘No, we need to start the song like that,” GAYLE recalls. Her instincts proved right on target, with “dumbass” landing on coveted playlists like Spotify’s New Music Friday and TIDAL’s Rising: Pop soon after its arrival in January 2020.

As “dumbass” gained traction online and inspired remixes from The Him and Ashworth, GAYLE made waves with her follow-up singles “z” (an up-close-and-personal commentary on Generation Z), “happy for you” (a heavy-hearted exploration of a toxic relationship), and “orange peel” (a dreamy piece of R&B-pop that flaunts her fierce wordplay on lines like “I can make a man go, like a motherfucking mango”). Her breakout success quickly caught the attention of Atlantic, who signed GAYLE in May 2020, right around her 16th birthday. “Atlantic was Aretha’s label so it was my dream to sign with them,” she says. “It’s the best birthday present I could’ve ever asked for.”

Now at work on her debut project, GAYLE is intent on making music that offers her listeners a certain emotional freedom. “After ‘dumbass’ came out, I had a lot of people telling me how brave I am,” she says. “I thought, ‘I’m talking about something that almost everyone has gone through at some point—is that really that brave?’ With all my songs I’m just writing about my own experience, with the hope that it’ll give people space to feel more comfortable with their own emotions. I just want everyone to do what makes them happy, and be more confident in who they really are.”

Abby Cates 

Abby Cates is a singer/songwriter from Cincinnati, Ohio currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee. Cates started performing in musicals at the age of seven and plays a variety of instruments including guitar, piano, and ukulele. After competing on The Voice in 2018, she continued to pursue music, uploading covers and snippets of original music to social platforms such as Instagram and Tik Tok.

After garnering an impressive and loyal following on socials, Cates released her debut single, “roadtripsong” in June 2021. When she’s not creating music, Cates spends her time in class at Belmont University and enjoying the outdoors, from where she finds most of her inspiration.


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Bailey Bryan

Tim Gent / GAYLE / Abby Cates