For the past few weeks I’ve had one artist on repeat, Foley. We just recently discovered this talented fella and can’t stop listening! I can’t say enough good things about singer/songwriter Connor, lead singer of Foley. It was so refreshing to meet such a talented singer who is so humble and appreciative of everything that comes his way. We were fortunate enough to snag an hour of his time for an interview and left even bigger fans than we were to begin with.
Where do you get your musical inspiration from?
Honesty all over. I listen to lots of One Republic, and I actually got the opportunity to work with the keyboardist from the band and play some music. The entire band are all fantastic musicians and all really cool people to hang out with. Besides One Republic, for live shows I look at Mutemath because they are super energetic and try to get the crowd involved. I also listen to lots of hip hop and like be inspired by certain word play or certain beats.
When did you first start singing?
I’ve basically been singing my entire life. My dad bought me and my siblings the Tarzan soundtrack [when we were young] and we started to learn harmonies just from that because Phill Collins in a genius!
Which one of your songs is your favorite?
That’s hard… there are two that stand out. The first is “Nostalgia”. I’ve been trying to write it since I was 13 and didn’t finish it until I was 18. It’s about my Aunt telling me what it was like to lose the person she loves, her husband. She said it was the most difficult thing she has ever had to go through. But there came a point where she knew it was more important to remember the things she gained from him and that a part of him will always be with her. That helped her cope with [the loss], the fact that she would rather think of the good times with him rather than that he’s not there. She was later diagnosed with cancer and passed away when I was 14, so I’ve tried writing that song so many times because I wanted to make it perfect. “Nostalgia” is the closest [song] to my heart. I’ve learned so much from her free spirit and I like to think that I got my free spirit from her.
“Feels Like Home” is another, we had 2 hours of extra time in the studio and so I went into the room and started playing this song and it ended up staying on the album. There was a point [while I was playing] where I had forgotten not necessarily where I was but what was going on, and I forgot the chords and messed up but it ended up sounding awesome! That song is written about me going to Nashville for my first year of college and leaving all my friends and family. My family is really close and super tightknit and they are always there for me so [the song] was about leaving all that behind. I starting writing songs after that about life and not just about a girl. I didn’t want to be that person that just wrote love songs, I wanted to be the person that wrote about things that mattered to me, not just in the moment but that would always matter.
For people that have never heard your music can you explain your sound in just a few words?
That’s really difficult, I like everything with really catchy melodies. I guess I would say: Alternative-pop-rock-indie-something…
Do you ever get nervous performing?
I love performing! That is where I get in my element. I do get stressed out before because we had so many technical malfunctions before so I’ll have anxiety about making sure I have everything. Not necessarily nervous for the show but just if anything could go wrong. But once I’m on stage it all goes away. There is nothing more comfortable than being on stage for me.
It’s obviously how much he loves singing and performing and has a way of spreading that feeling though every room.
I highly recommend checking out his album and seeing if he’s playing in a town near you! In the meantime, you can find Foley on Spotify, ITunes, Soundcloud, and Instagram (@foleymusic). We promise it’ll make your ears very happy!