“Me Or My Hometown” dropped on all music streaming platforms this past Friday (March 10th), and it is truly a must listen, evoking raw emotions that all listeners can relate to.
In an exclusive interview with Celeb Secrets, the budding country star revealed the true meaning behind the hot new track that reflects on her hometown and big move to Nashville, Tennessee in 2019.
According to Mason, “Me Or My Hometown” is about “just like the nostalgia and, you know, just kind of the feeling of everything’s changing and there’s nothing [you] can do about it.”
“When I first brought in the idea of ‘Me Or My Hometown,’ I had just gone home for the first time without any of my friends being there, just being at my parents’ house alone, and it made me realize how it will never like be the same as it was,” she shared. “I’ll never have that like high school, you know, era back where you see your friends literally every day.”
Mason moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2019 to attend Belmont University and pursue country music, however, her move from her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina was “very hard.”
“I don’t do well with change,” explained the songstress. “I didn’t know anyone when I moved here either, so I felt very like alone, scared and vulnerable.”
She continued, “It was emotionally draining, but I am thankful because now I like have my people and my team and I have really great people around me. It’s been worth the uphill battle, but I’m in a really good place now and I’m honestly happier than I’ve ever been.”
To make the release of “Me Or My Hometown” even more exciting, Mason also announced her debut EP! Honeydew & Hennessy is set to release on April 14th, and we seriously can’t wait.
“MY DEBUT EP HONEYDEW & HENNESSY IS OUT 4/14 😭😭😭” the fast-rising star wrote on Instagram. “My first project ever I actually can’t believe it :’) pre save is in my bio now 🤍🤍🤍”
The EP will feature pre-released hits like “Holy Water” and “Trust Fund Cowboy,” as well as unreleased songs “Montana Fantasy,” “Red Ruby Boots” and more. Within these tracks, the vocalist proves that she is far from a surface-level writer, as they will explore relatable themes like self-discovery, heartbreak, and more. The debut project is sure to show listeners who the talented musician is at her very core.
“The EP is basically kind of my journey, like this whole past year of like, you know, finding myself, finding my sound, finding the people I love to work with creatively,” she gushed. “I feel like this whole project that I have coming out speaks to a lot of like my sound and who I am and, you know, where I’m going as an artist… It’s very exciting and I’m very excited for everyone to be able to hear it.”
“It’s different, but it’s me,” she shared with a grin.
The singer continued to touch upon the overall message of the project and hopes that her devoted fanbase “feel something.”
“I just want people to feel like the way that, you know, ‘Rumours‘ by Fleetwood Mac makes me feel,” she said with a beaming smile. “Just like feel all the emotions, you know? That’s what I want it to be. This like emotive piece of work.”
Be sure to connect with Leah Marie Mason on Instagram @leahmmason and TikTok @leahmmason to see everything leading up to the highly-anticipated release of her debut EP, and check out our full interview below for more behind-the-scenes secrets.
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With writing and reporting by Melanie Rooten.