Regan Stewart was born and raised in Alabama and then relocated to Starkville, MS after high school to attend Mississippi State. If you ask her about where her football loyalties lie she’ll say she cheers for both Auburn and State but when they play each other she’ll root for Mississippi State. Shortly after college she moved to Nashville to pursue her dream to be a singer/songwriter. She says one of her favorite things about Nashville has been getting to know other artists, becoming true friends and going to their shows to show support for them doing what they love. Regan has been writing songs since she was eight years old and is now set to release her EP this fall. Jam Catchers got to chat with this sweetheart to get to know more about what is to come from Regan Stewart and her budding career:
Do you feel you take more inspiration from your upbringing and life in AL and MS for college when writing or things that are happening in your life at this moment?
Regan: I think it mostly depends on what type of song I’m writing that day. If I’m writing more about growing up, a good ole country song in the back of a truck on a dirt road, (that’s not what I do on a day to day basis here [laughs]), I’ll pull from growing up. If I’m writing a more emotionally driven song or coming in with a fresh idea it’s mostly what I’m going through right now or what my family or friends or going through. I come up with ideas based off things they say.
Do you enjoy writing more about your own experiences or your family and friend’s experiences?
Regan: I think I enjoy writing my story just because when you sing it you can relate to it. When you share it with people and they love it you’re being vulnerable and sharing a part of yourself. When someone relates to something you sing it’s a surreal feeling you can’t really describe but it’s a great.
You just played your first Song Suffragettes! Congrats! What was that experience like being surrounded by so many positive strong women in the industry that all support each other?
Regan: It was so exciting! When I had first moved here I saw their show, 3 years ago, they had just started. I knew I had to sing at it one day. I actually didn’t know any of the girls before I sang with them and I’ve gotten to know some of them since. It’s a great feeling just even meeting new girls. People see the music industry as a whole as a competition with everyone chasing the same thing. Once you move here and get to know the right people you learn that even though you’re chasing a similar goal or dream you put that aside knowing you’ve all had difference and everyone brings something to the table. You can all support each other for your uniqueness.
If you could pick any song that you wish you had written yourself or been in the room while it was written because you feel like you can relate so well to it what would it be?
Regan: My favorite song is “Where Rainbows Never Die” by The Steeldrivers. People probably wouldn’t say it’s my story but I can relate to it in multiple ways. It was written by Mike Henderson, he plays at the Bluebird almost every Monday night. Chris Stapleton is obviously incredible as well. I got hooked on The Steeldrivers in college. It reminds me of my grandfather who passed away when I was in high school. There’s a line that says “young folks don’t pay me no mind,” and he used to say that all the time when he was older [laughs] he was like “nobody cares what I say” [laughs]. It reminds me of my faith. It’s a very positive song with an awesome vibe. I just would’ve loved to have been in the room with them when writing that song.
As an artist you are influenced and shaped by so many artists throughout the span of your career from all different genres and eras. If you were to pick who your musical mother and father would be, who would they be and why?
Regan: My mother would be Dolly Parton. She is one of my favorite humans, which is sad to say because I’ve never met her [laughs]. My dream is to have a sleepover with Dolly Parton, so maybe that will happen one day. She wrote most of her songs on every album solo writes which is incredible. She’s all about her family and faith. She’s kind in her attitude towards everything. She’s so genuine and true to herself.
My father would be Gary Levox from Rascal Flatts. First of all his voice is incredible, I love his voice. I loved Rascal Flatts growing up. Of all the music I’ve bought in my life, Rascal Flatts is the artist that I own the most of. You hear of him always supporting the Tim Tebow Foundation and going and singing for people in the hospital. Choosing the mother and father of music is about their talents and their gifts but also who they are as people outside of the music because that affects every part of their music.
Check out Regan’s FALLin In Love playlist for y’all below!