Singer-songwriter and actress Kelly Monrow recently released her new single/music video, “You’re The Reason I Drink,” a song inspired by a painful breakup last year. The song is not only about the immediate heartache, but also about the journey to find yourself, heal and move on.
According to Kelly, “‘You’re the Reason I Drink’ is a cheeky song about celebrating how far you’ve come while getting over an ex.”
Originally from Texas, Kelly now splits her time between NYC and Nashville. During the pandemic, she discovered her musical muse. She has since released “Mama Said” and “I’m Alive”, followed by an EP, Pronoia.
In her other life, Kelly Monrow is known as Kelly Dowdle, the actress whose roles in Billions, Lucifer, American crime historyand the next movie Three days up made her a celebrity.
“You’re The Reason I Drink” unfolds to alternative country flavors tinged with delicious pop elements. An infectious rhythm and gleaming guitars support Kelly’s slightly haunting and haunting voice.
Guitar Girl Magazine sat down with Kelly Monrow to learn more about the person behind the music, her creative process and the type of guitar she plays.
What are three things you can’t live without?
My dog Cash is a Goldendoodle and my best friend. Human connection – my family and friends. My creativity – being able to create and write down my feelings connects me to my most authentic self and helps me get through whatever is going on in my life.
What inspired your new song/music video, “You’re The Reason I Drink?”
My ex texted me one night and all he said was “you’re the reason I drink” and I was actually in a writing session so I decided to poke fun at him and write a cheeky song about my joy that I was no longer with him haha.
What is your songwriting process? The melody first, or the lyrics?
Lyrics are a concept that always comes first; I’ll usually drop them on the train, in a car, on a plane, or while walking down the street, then later I’ll build a melody or vice versa, or I’ll hear a melody, and random lyrics will start coming out of me . The next two songs I have will be out my producer Sinclair and I wrote in less than an hour. When it’s good, it’s easy.
What do you hope your fans/listeners take away when they listen to your music?
I want my listeners to feel in their hearts and hopefully be moved by my lyrics. I want them to find a sense of belonging and to feel inspired or loved.
What kind of guitar do you play?
In acoustics, a baby Taylor.
What is your definition of tone? Has your tone changed over time?
I’m still very new to the process considering I only started music less than two years ago, but yeah, my tone has absolutely changed, and I think it’s changed over time with the confidence that I have become. My voice is a bit more relaxed and maybe richer as I have learned to believe more in my own words.
How did you start music? What’s the backstory there?
I was in crisis during the pandemic. I guess I was a bit depressed and one night I went on a psychedelic trip with mushrooms and had a vision to start the chanting process. and I saw myself recording and on stage so I decided to follow him and when I came out of this journey, I promised myself to follow him.
Which musicians/singers influenced you the most?
I really love the Rolling Stones, Dolly Parton and Stevie Nicks, and I grew up listening to my dad play Tears for Fears in the car, and Bono has been a huge inspiration to me over time.
Which artists do you think are killing it right now?
I would say Taylor Swift always kills. Blake Shelton has done really well for himself and people like Dua Lipa coming on the scene strong, but I actually admire all artists who don’t get a lot of attention but are still super consistent and super talented and could play in local spots for fewer fans. For me, it’s the people who really kill it.
You are also known for your acting talent, having played roles in Billions, Lucifer, American crime history, Blacklistand the upcoming movie, Three days up. If you had to choose between music or acting, which would win?
I hope I never have to answer that question because for me they go together and I think an artist’s ideas can be both multidimensional and multidimensional so I hope I can keep creating my whole life, dabbling in both television and film, singing, creating and writing, among other things, so I can never make a choice on that.
What are you expecting in 2022?
I have eight new songs coming out this year that I’m really, really proud of and that’s kinda all over the map as far as genre goes, and I’m really excited to continue sharing my heart with the world and I hopes to create a lasting Fanbase. I hope to have a very long career in music. For me, this is the very essence of a successful artist.