Since moving to Nashville in 2016, up-and-coming country star Spencer Crandall has had a lot of success in his three short years in Music City. Recently releasing his EP More, which cracked the top 20 on iTunes and earned over a million streams on Spotify in less than a month, along with his previous release 52 Eighty Acoustic Mixtape taking the No. 1 spot on iTunes just last year, Celeb Secrets Country is eager to see what’s next for the singer-songwriter.
We caught up with Spencer during the 2019 CMA Music Festival last month to talk about how he balances his personal/musical life, and what fans can expect to hear from him for the first time in his upcoming music!
Take a read at our full conversation with Spencer below — you can also catch him playing shows across the US, including upcoming shows in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. For dates and more information check out spencercrandallmusic.com. and follow along on Facebook and Instagram.
CS Country: Let’s talk about what we can expect to see from you in the next year. Any new music coming?
Spencer Crandall: “Yeah that’s the goal. We just put out a nine song album so we’ve just been hustling on that. We had a song get on the new ‘Boost Playlist’ and hit a million streams which has been really fun and a goal of ours. Now we’re already back in the studio writing and getting stuff ready to go. I’m really excited. We’re also playing some more shows and we’re working really hard in town to find some partners to pair with in Nashville. We just really believe in putting out music in volume that we’re really proud of and trying to come back to the same places to play shows to fans who are really excited.”
CSC: You’ve performed with Dustin Lynch, Chris Lane, Morgan Wallen, LANCO, Big & Rich, Scotty McCreery, and other big names. Is there anything in particular that you’ve learned from these big names that you bring into your shows or your life in general?
SC: “All those guys are a little bit different but something that definitely spans across all of their careers and all their live sets is just great songs. It starts in the writer’s room and I’m just really passionate about writing songs. It’s probably my favorite part of the process and I think those guys have really put the time in to make sure they’re writing and selecting the right songs for their fans and their audiences for what they want to say.”
CSC: So you have 200,000 monthly listeners on Spotify and 1.2 million total debut record streams in the first 4 weeks. How do you make time for Spencer?
SC: “It’s a struggle, sometimes I’m really good at it and sometimes I’m really bad at it. It depends if I’m on the road and what we’re doing. My mornings are kind of my time. I’m a grandpa so I go to bed at like 10 or 10:30 and then I get up early, I workout, I listen to a podcast, check emails, I might start a song or something, it’s kind of my ‘me time.’ And then from there I play shows and that kind of stuff. But if I have that couple hours I’m usually pretty good.”
CSC: Are you a big coffee guy? What’s your go-to?
SC: “Oh yeah. Tall Americano with a splash of almond milk and two Splenda’s from Starbucks. I live about 100 yards away from Starbucks so it’s taken all my money.”
CSC: Since we’re Celeb Secrets can you give us a behind the scenes secret from creating the music that fans wouldn’t know just by hearing it?
SC: “For the first time ever, l played the guitar on a couple of songs. I couldn’t really explain it to my producer so I was like “I’m just going to do it.” And I’m like not a guitar guy, that’s the last thing I learned how to do. It’s not necessarily my strong suit but it’s kind of cool. There’s a song that’s about my parents and their love story that I get to play the guitar on and I also wrote it and sang it. So little things like that are kind of fun if you’re a real Spencer fan.”