Getting into a relationship can take a lot of time, patience, and hard work, but getting out of a toxic relationship can be even harder. Rising country artist Spencer Crandall wrote the breakup anthem that perfectly describes what it’s like to finally escape this situation and reflects all the “red flags” that have been blinded by love.
“It’s a chance to raise your middle finger and say to yourself, ‘I’m coming out, I’m breaking this toxic relationship cycle once and for all, and I’m not looking back.’ It’s actually hard work to do, so I wanted a song that matched the energy of that.
Crandall makes it a point to write music about how he feels right now, to keep his music authentic. Sometimes that means love songs that show his romantic side and emanate the emotions of someone in a happy relationship, and other times he ends up with something like “Red Flags.” He teased that the songs he is currently working on will dive deep into the realm of mental health.
“I wrote ‘My Person’ and ‘Things I Can’t Say’ close together because I felt those two things were very close to each other,” Crandall said. musical chaos. “Same with the breakup stuff, you write that kind of stuff when you’re going through it. Even on this next project, we have more sanity or songs about my life and what I’m going through. That comes with certain seasons where i feel extremely anxious or i feel addicted to work or i’m making the wrong decisions in my life and i’m vulnerable and i put that in a song so i show up and i try to write about what I actually feel.”
This single was co-written on zoom with him and two songwriters in Los Angeles. One of them brought a track to the writing session, which immediately sparked Crandall’s idea for the chorus. The lyrics are about the personal growth that comes from being able to finally get out of the relationship that was probably doing more harm than good in the end.
“It was so vibey, I was like ‘woah’. I had this hook on my phone that said, ‘I took off the rose-colored glasses, now I can see your red flags.’ was a cool way to say, “When you’re in, you can never see what’s wrong. It takes time and distance. When you do, I’m sure we’ve all felt that, you’re like, ‘I went out with this human? What was I thinking, what was I doing?
Crandall was humble enough to share what some might consider his relationship red flags. For one thing, he doesn’t like pickles, which could be a major factor for any pickle lover. He also views himself as a workaholic, which can often make it difficult to devote enough time and effort to make a relationship work. It’s a struggle that Crandall can definitely relate to in his personal life because of his passion and drive in his career.
“My girlfriend and baby are this music career. I’ll even turn off a good thing when it happens because I’m like, “oh that’s annoying”, which is toxic, that’s a big red flag.
Her soulmate-oriented single titled “Made” is what Crandall calls the “sister song” to this breakup track because one is about the beginning of a relationship while the other is about the end.
“‘Red Flags’ is the hard work to get out, and ‘Made’ is the hard work to get done,” he explained. “It’s the hardest part of my personal life…it’s hard to know who you have to sing ‘Red Flags’ to and who you have to sing ‘Made’ to. There’s a very fine line, so I want to giving people those two emotions because I feel those two things, and I think that’s my job as an artist.
While on the road with Lauren Alaina for her Top Of The World Tour, Crandall was able to open his set in Chicago, IL with this new song for the first time, and the crowd was just thrilled the track dropped. By the end of the song, audience members had already taken up the catchy chorus.
Crandall revealed that he and Alaina had become “quick friends” since learning they would be spending a lot of time together, traveling from town to town performing their music. It’s no surprise, given their bubbly personalities and great passion for music.
“She’s a ball of energy, it’s like Red Bull is a person, she’s a singing robot from the future, she’s like the best singer I’ve ever heard in my life, but it’s is just a lovely human being. They’re also really nice to us and really accommodating. Lauren is the least famous kind of person, the most famous person, she’s just awesome.
Launching his career on social media, Crandall got quite used to performing in front of his fans through a screen, but now he finally has the chance to feel the energy of a live crowd again.
“It’s amazing. You build this thing on the internet and you never know what it actually means,” he said. “The fact that people show up to a VIP early, the fact that we’ve had that 6 year old boy who came in early tonight and was crying is something you can never dream of until it happens. It’s so surreal, it’s amazing to see it translate from a TikTok thing to a streaming thing, to a radio thing, to a thing that people show up and sing the lyrics to you. This is the exact reason why I got into music.
@Spencer Crandall kicked off his set tonight with his brand new unreleased song #RedFlags which is destined to be a smash hit! 📷: @Maddyoconnell
♬ Red Flags – Spencer Crandall
The Top Of The World Tour will run until April 15, when they will reach their final stop in Charleston, South Carolina.
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