Singer-songwriter Kevin Goodwin an artist who skillfully navigates the corridors of time with his evocative compositions. His newest release, “Forevermore,” is a poignant testament to the artistry and passion that define his musical prowess as he bares his soul in an attempt to rekindle a romance that has lingered in his heart for years.
“Forevermore” serves as a gateway to an emotional expedition, inviting audiences to lose themselves in the seamless blend of melody and storytelling that has become synonymous with Goodwin’s work. While this song is written for a specific someone, a raw and emotional testament to love and longing, it’s a departure from his typical creations that historically resonate with a broad audience. “This song is very different from anything I’ve written before,” says Goodwin. “All of my songs are pulled from personal experiences I’ve had, but I usually write with a larger audience in mind and try to make songs as relatable as possible. With Forevermore, I wrote the song for an audience of one.”
The hopeless romantic is heavily influenced by 2000s pop-rock, which is evident in his previous releases including his most recent EP, One Hell of A Night, including his hit single “Best Damn Time.” Diving into the artist’s world, listeners can see where each note is a brushstroke on the canvas of time, and each lyric narrates a story that stems from Goodwin’s personal experiences.
In our interview below with Kevin Goodwin, we aim to unravel the layers of inspiration behind “Forevermore” and gain insights into the creative process that breathes life into his musical visions.
How would you describe your own music?
Kevin Goodwin: “I often tell people that my music sounds like whatever would have been popular 20 years ago. My sound is definitely influenced heavily by my favorite time in music, 2000-2010. You know, anything that would be playing in a dentist’s office or at a Harris Teeter. That’s what I love.”
Tell us about your most recent release: what was your experience of making it? What went on behind the scenes? Any notable moments that stand out?
“Writing and recording ‘Forevermore,’ my newest single, was a very exciting (and also a very nerve-wracking) experience. It’s a song that’s much more vulnerable and raw than anything else I’ve written before. While writing and recording it, I wanted so badly to convey the feelings I had as vividly as possible. It took some rewriting here and there, and a long vocal/yelling session in the studio to get it to where I wanted it to be.”
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
“There are so many artists I’d love to work with. That being said, the top spot would have to go to Norah Jones. I’ve always adored her voice, and I’m a big fan of her writing. She’s one of those artists that is so unique and recognizable right away. My life may well be made if we were able to do a duet together. Norah, please call me.”
If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?
“The involvement of record labels. It seems unnecessary to me to still have record labels around in the traditional sense in modern times. The ability to record and release music is so accessible now (which I think is a great thing), but I’ve learned over the years that it’s still very difficult to get access to certain parts of the industry without having a label behind you. Press, touring, and radio all seem to be aspects of the industry that often give preferential treatment to artists on labels. I see no reason why it shouldn’t be more based on what people are enjoying and actually listening to/connecting with.”
What do you like most about playing music?
“Connecting with people. My favorite thing about music has always been how it can capture a feeling that so many people share and then bring them together. There are these things in life that we can’t express fully with words alone, but when a song does that, it’s magic. To see someone enjoying the same music as you is more than just knowing that you both like something, it’s knowing that you’ve both experienced something, that you both feel the same things.”
What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened at one of your shows or on tour?
“A bra was once thrown at me while I was playing “Clocks” by Coldplay at a show. I don’t know if there’s ever been a less appropriate song to throw a bra during.”
Do you ever get stage fright? What’s your solution for it?
“This is something I talk about with people who are new to performing music a lot. I used to get very nervous before getting on stage to play. Sometimes, so much that I’d be shaking a little bit when I’d get up to perform. I no longer get nervous, but that’s because I’ve performed so much over the years. It took a lot of time to get to that point. My advice is always to just start doing it and to face that fear head-on. It’s a hard thing to do, but it gets easier the more you do it.”
Do you receive a lot of support from your local scene and fans in general?
“I do, and I am eternally grateful for that. I recently moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and I love it here. I released a record shortly after arriving here, and was contacted by a local radio station (shout out to 97.9 The Hill) that told me they’d been playing the lead single and asked if I’d come in to do an interview and play some songs. Folks have been super welcoming out here, and I’ve already met some great people that really connect with my music. It’s lovely.”
Is there anywhere you would like to go that you have not been?
“Absolutely. There are quite a few places in Europe where I have some listeners that I’d really like to get the chance to play a concert at. Frankfurt, Germany and Warsaw, Poland, in particular. I’m working on it!”
If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only take 3 CDs with you for eternity, (assuming there was a solar-powered CD player) what would they be?
“August and Everything After by Counting Crows, Any Given Thursday by John Mayer, and Everything In Transit by Jack’s Mannequin. If anyone reading this hasn’t checked out these records, I hope you will. They just might change your life.”