Niall Horan is gearing up for his ‘Nice To Meet Ya’ 2020 world tour. He’s just released tickets to the North American leg where his best friend Lewis Capaldi will be by his side. Joining them is up-and-coming American singer-songwriter, Fletcher. While some of you may be familiar with her, we want to introduce her to people who may not know who she is and why you should start to stan her before the tour kicks off.
She auditioned for the first season of The X Factor (US)
Anyone who is a fan of tv talent shows may recognize Fletcher’s face from when she auditioned for ‘The X Factor‘ back in 2011, where she performed as a member of the country-pop group ‘Lakoda Rayne’. They made it to week five of the live shows and continued on as a group, releasing their first single ‘Emergency Brake’ in 2012. They then announced in 2014 that they had disbanded.
She studied at New York University
Following her time with Lakonda Rayne, Fletcher then enrolled at the Clive Davis Institute at New York University. The Clive Davis Institute offers professional business and artistic training toward a BFA in Recorded Music, so that’s a pretty big deal.
She studied there for a year and a half before taking a leave of absence to move to Nashville to collaborate with producer/songwriter Jamie Kenney. She finished up her debut EP ‘Finding Fletcher’ before heading back to school in which her single ‘War Paint’ went viral in 2015, racking up millions of plays across streaming services. We wish our higher education was as exciting as that!
She’s bagged herself a Top 20 on the Billboard Charts
Her comeback single in January ‘Undrunk’ features production by Malay (Frank Ocean, Lorde) and landed Fletcher her first Top 20 on Billboard’s Pop Songs and also in the Mainstream Top 40 charts. Go Fletcher! The song is a pure bop, too, so are we that surprised?
She’s an ‘anti-popstar’
Speaking to Paper in an interview, Fletcher claims she is an ‘anti-popstar’. “I don’t want the glamorous cookie-cutter bullshit. Even from an artist perspective… in my music, I’m a songwriter first. I like to tell a story, and I like when people tell me their stories. I have to be honest about what’s going on, no matter how messy it is, to say something fucking impactful, even if that’s just by telling a simple story about something real that happened to you. You don’t have to be the president or cure cancer, but you can tell the truth. That’s a choice I can make.”
She’s totally unapologetically herself
Let it be known that what you see is what you get with Fletcher: 100% authentically herself. “I am not perfect,” she states to Harpers Bazaar.
“I’m going to make so many mistakes, I’m going to say shit that I didn’t mean to say, I’m going to trip on a red carpet. I’m a hot mess, in my life as a person, so I’m going to be that way as an artist. I’m not going to put on any façade or any act for anybody, and if you tell me to, I’ll tell you to fuck off.”
YES, Fletcher. We stan this mentality.
Her latest EP is the perfect antidote for a broken heart
‘You Ruined New York City For Me’ is full of utmost honesty in terms of her last relationship. It is home to her charting single ‘Undrunk’ as well other incredible tunes such as ‘If You’re Gonna Lie’, which sings about being cheated on.
“What I really want to do is just drop people into a really specific feeling. Undrunk’ is about that moment when you’re in a taxi, Uber, or ride home after the after party and there’s no more distractions left. No substance, no flirt, no fling, you’re just kind of fucked up in the back of your cab, and you’re just going home by yourself. And that person just crosses your mind and there’s nothing really that you can do about it. I’ve been in that position so many times,” she explains to Harper’s Bazaar.
She feels it is vital to highlight women in her music
Fletcher penned the song ‘I Believe You’ after working with a lot of different music and even donated a portion of profits from the track to Time’s Up for Women’s History Month.
“We talked about our experiences in professional and studio environments. I wanted to be able to give a platform and a voice to those experiences that they had been through and just based off my own personal situations.”
“Women are so underrepresented in music and in media, especially as a queer female. It’s really important for me to surround myself with other badass, powerful women. I’m lucky enough to get to work with so many badass girls. Women are multi-layered. We go through tons of different emotions and experiences and real shit. I just wanted to highlight real female stories, and what it means to be a woman, a queer woman in 2019.”
She’s all about queer representation
Following the release of her 2016 music video for ‘Wasted Youth’ in which she featured YouTuber Shannon Beveridge as her love interest, Fletcher was bombarded with questions about her sexuality, as if she owed people an official coming-out statement.
“As human beings, we have such a tendency to box people in, label things just so we can understand it. I even catch myself doing that, being like, “How do they identify?” I think in certain settings it is appropriate, especially when you want to ask somebody, “What are your pronouns?” because you should never assume anything about anyone.”
“We’re seeing so much more of a normalized portrayal of same-sex queer couples. In the past, it’s just been this dramatic struggle of people coming out and being kicked out of their families—which is still a very, very real thing.”
We are here for this!
She has new music coming out!
If you want to proudly sing along to Fletcher’s set at the ‘Nice To Meet Ya’ Tour, then keep your eyes peeled and ears open as she’s set to release more music between now and then! ‘One Too Many’ is Fletcher’s newest single which is out on November 15th, which you can pre-save here. We have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more of Fletcher before she joins her pals Niall and Lewis on the road in March 2020.
We are so in love with Fletcher and cannot wait to see what the beginning of a new decade has in store with her. Mark our words: she’s going to be huge. You should stan before she’s an international phenomenon.
How are you finding Fletcher? Are you loving her music? Will you be seeing her on tour? Share your thoughts down in the comments below or by tweeting us @TheHoneyPOP while we jam out to her entire discography until further notice.
Featured Image Source: Joe Perri Courtesy of UMusic
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