By Aaron Wagner
One of the things that country fans love most about country music is the authenticity of the songs and how the songs are about real life. And that’s exactly what we get with country riser Krystal King’s newest release “Slow Love.”
Krystal wrote the song with John Hemingway. Krystal herself has been married for 2 years, while John has 40+ years of marriage under his belt. On the surface, one would think it would be difficult to find commonalities between the two marriages to include in a song, but they came together and crafted a song that many people can relate to.
The song has a great message and I love how you can just tell with Krystal’s vocals that this song is special and she sings it from a place of love. We caught up with her to chat about the making of her latest release and what she wants fans to takeaway from it.
Raised On It: What was the inspiration behind writing “Slow Love?” What was the songwriting process like?
Krystal: As in most co-writes, we started tossing ideas for songs, titles, and lyrics to see what resonated with us that day. John mentioned this song title and we started reminiscing about our past dating experiences and how dating has changed over time. I’ve been married for a little over 2 years and John for 40+. He shared his best secrets to a happy marriage and I shared about how my best friend became my husband. The song title just really spoke to both of us and we sort of wanted it to be a song about our experiences and values when it comes to a relationship. It’s not about rushing to the finish line but about building a lifelong love and continuing to learn new things about each other even after 50 years have passed.
Raised On It: Are there any artists that come to mind that you think have influenced who you are as an artist to make a song like this?
Krystal: I grew up listening to a lot of 90’s country artists- Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill- and also a lot of artists such as Miranda Lambert and Sugarland. The song is definitely more contemporary country than my other releases. I loved that we were able to combine more traditional country sounds and instrumentation with a more contemporary back beat and quick phrasing. I think it also helps the song to be relatable in today’s sound and tells the message of slowing down in a fast paced world. The upbeat tempo sort of shows the natural rush of love- racing heart and butterflies in the stomach.
Raised On It: What emotions or feelings do you hope people experience when they hear your song?
Krystal: I hope they feel excitement and happiness. It is meant to be a driving on a back road, summer country song while also having a message that is meaningful. I hope it also feels warm and familiar. I think that’s the best kind of love- it’s exciting and new while also feeling like it’s always been.
Raised On It: What are 3 words that you would use to describe this new song?
• Country or down home – not only in the sound but in the imagery
• Exhilaration or Excitement
• Warmth or affection
I guess that’s more than three!
Raised On It: Anything else fans should know about the new song?
Krystal: Be on the lookout for my first music video as well!