Rising Singer (and Clover Reader!) Premieres Her Debut Single
Three years ago, when Mae Krell was just 14, she self-published a fantastic book called All The Things I Never Said. It's part journal, part poetry, and entirely worth reading (you can still snag a copy on Amazon, after you read all fifty glowing reviews). The New York native has always been the type to make things happen. She wanted to write a book, so she did it. She wanted to read a cooler teen magazine, so she started one. And now? She wanted a music career, so she recorded an album.
The published author, Instagram-famous photographer, Tongue Tied magazine founder, and your next favorite singer-songwriter is releasing her debut EP. We’re premiering the first single, called “Scars,” which is raw and beautiful and will make you feel feelings you maybe don’t want to feel but will ultimately be happy you let ‘em out. Here's what she has to say about the song (the ridiculously cool cover art needs no explanation).
I started writing music relatively recently, maybe a year and a half ago, so it's crazy to me that release day for my first single (ever!) has come so quickly. I grew up making mistakes in the ways that I expressed myself. I didn't choose the right type of expression, I didn't speak to the right people, and I definitely didn't say enough.
Now, though, after a while of taking left turns, I'm starting to learn what's right, and for me, that's playing and writing music. "Scars" is one of the more recent songs I've written, and it has a funny backstory to it, actually. I had this one-liner that I really liked— "I'm no captain but I can tell when a boat is about to sink," and I wanted to write lyrics around it for a song.
I sat down to write it, and "Scars" is what came out of it—completely and absolutely different from anything I had ever imagined. It’s real. It's also raw and personal, which is how all my music tends to be. Life is crazy, and hard and amazing at the same time and my songwriting is just a way to try to balance it all out.
I look at being honest as an accomplishment; speaking up is hard as it is. I'd say that "Scars" is somewhat of a personal anthem—every time I play it, it reminds me that it's OK to look down at my skin and not love it—and that me not loving myself doesn't mean someone else won't.