The Pilot Mountain, N.C.-raised singer and songwriter isn’t down on the industry. That whole Tomatogate scandal? She used it as motivation to be sharper, more melodic and more impactful. Green is a signed songwriter seemingly on the verge of a breakout hit. The #LetTheGirlsPlay movement is amplifying her voice.
“Sometimes it really blows my mind to think about how many great, great songs are just buried under the depths of like the Nashville machine, that just kind of moved on without them for whatever reason,” she says. It’s not a critique of the way business is done in this town as much as it is a statement of how many songs are produced every single day in writing rooms up and down Music Row.
Green grew up in a musical family. Her father is her musical hero, while her sister is also a talented singer and musician who opted for a more traditional career path after college. Green graduated from University of North Carolina with degrees in religion and music (she jokes that she’s virtually unemployable outside of music) and played music through college. She was a performer long before she became a songwriter and insists doing both is the ultimate dream. She may hide behind a notebook or guitar when feeling vulnerable, but she wants to be on stage just as badly.
There’s a humble confidence about this young artist that’s both disarming and inviting. She’s honest about where she’s flawed. She knows becoming an even better guitarist will open up more melodies and ideas, and she’s working at it. Green realizes a songwriter’s obstacles, but doesn’t cower in their shadows.
“The challenge for me in songwriting is finding that sweet spot between oversimplifying something, and overcomplicating something,” she says.