The young and the restless songbird Cait Fairbanks (Tessa) is no stranger to lending both her vocal and songwriting talents to the sudsser. She struck gold by writing and performing the original song “Next to You” during Victoria (Amelie Heinle) and Ashland (Richard Burgi) wedding. The song earned Fairbanks its third Emmy nomination. What was Fairbanks’ process for writing love long?
“I think it was about a month or two before they were like, ‘Hey, you’re going to sing at Victoria and Ashland’s wedding. We would like you to write with Brad Hatfield“, shares Fairbanks.
Fairbanks reveals that Hatfield wrote extensively for the number one soap opera of the day. “He does a lot of jazz standards and beautiful orchestrations. We met on Zoom for about two minutes. He sent me recordings and I practically messed up the chords he sent me. I made them very simple. I was like ‘I can’t play this, but I’m going to try to play this!’
The self-deprecating star explains that she and Hatfield then received comments from Y&Rthe musical supervisors of . “They were just watching over us. They kept making suggestions, “What about this? Where?’ That was really it. It was so hauntingly simple.
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Fairbanks offers a glimpse into what it’s like to perform her original songs on the soap opera. “You know what’s so funny? I have to lip sync when I sing on the show. So it’s always a bit awkward, especially when it comes time to shoot the performance. I always go out alone, and the whole cast watches with me. I’m like ‘I hope I don’t ruin this because I don’t want to extend the day.’ They really only did one take of me performing the song. It was a really fun day. I love photographing weddings, because the whole cast is there. “
Speaking of marriage, how does Fairbanks feel now that Tessa and true love Mariah (Camryn Grimes) are finally wife and wife? “I really feel like I’m getting married,” the actress raves.
According to Fairbanks, saving Teriah’s marriage was a Herculean effort. “It was really long. The first day of filming was like 17 hours! We wanted it to be really special. It was really important. It was so much fun because we had all the young cast together. We didn’t we’ve never really had the chance to all be together because of COVID. So the fact that we’re all together has brought it all to life.”
Tessa and Mariah may be happily married, but things haven’t gone smoothly for the couple. Their plans to have a baby were put off by a medical crisis for Tessa. Will the soap resume their baby story? “It’s possible,” Fairbanks surmises. “I think they brought that [adoption] high in history. I imagine that can happen. It won’t be a standard adoption, because it’s a soap opera. It must be extra juicy. Maybe we’ll adopt a murderer or something?