Gelsea Mae Launches New Single “Wildfire”

Canadian pop recording artist (and actress) Gelsea Mae has released new single: “Wildfire”. We caught up with her for an interview which we post below.

CMB: It has been nearly a year since your last single release – “Shoulda Known Better” which along with predecessor “Need You Now” generated some buzz around you as a recording artist. Could you highlight some of the successes you experienced with these songs.

Gelsea: “Need You Now” has continued being featured on top playlists by Spotify and Spotify Canada and spun on some radio stations across Canada including Virgin Radio, which I am very proud of. Both songs have also been placed on movie soundtracks, which I can’t talk about at the moment. Needless to say, both “Shoulda Known Better” and “Need You Now” have created an extremely positive platform for me as a newcomer and I am very grateful for the following that I have, who have continued to support me with my music.

CMB: You just released “Wildfire” on Valentine’s Day. Could you tell us a little about it – which came first, the lyrics or the music?

Gelsea: The lyrics, always.

CMB: And lyrically, what is the song about?

Gelsea: It’s about the exhilarating early stages of being in love, known as “The Honeymoon stage.” That crazy, passionate, kind of love that gives you that rush of adrenaline and excitement that feels uncontrollable. Like a “wildfire,” love is uncontrollable and in my experience, can happen very fast.

CMB: How would you describe the music in terms of the style or genre?

Gelsea: Top 40’s Pop/EDM. The Chainsmokers, Illenium, Zedd, Flume, Gryffin and Kygo, inspire me a lot on the producing aspect of things when i’m in the studio in terms of sound and vibe.

CMB: Any plans for a lyric and/or music video?

Gelsea: Yes, currently in pre production.

CMB: Behind every successful recording artist is often a good team. Could you mention some of the people behind the making of “Wildfire”.

Gelsea: A lot of people tend to think I have a big team behind me when i’m creating music, but once again, it’s just Ryan Stewart and I in the studio. I had a few sessions with other writers and producers, but it just didn’t feel right. I think Ryan really understands me as an artist and we’re really good at bouncing ideas off of each other and we just seem to click.

CMB: Are there any other planned releases in the near future?

Gelsea: I’ll be releasing another single called “High Again” on February, 25, 2018, my Birthday!

CMB: Besides working on new music, what else have you been up to this past year?

Gelsea: I’ve been busy filming. I shot 10 projects within the last year, 7 of them being Hallmark movies. I am grateful to be apart of the Hallmark family, playing Zoey on a series called “Darrow And Darrow.” I’ve also been busy traveling, blogging as an influencer and collaborating with a bunch of different companies. I recently just got back from a work trip to Bali and I look forward to traveling more this year.

CMB: Is there anything else you wish to communicate with your fans?

Gelsea: Stay tuned for more exciting news . . .

You can check out Gelsea Mae’s blog here
And of course don’t forget to grab a copy of “Wildfire” at iTunes
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Interview Time … CMB Presents: Gelsea Mae!


Ladies and gentlemen, more than 100,000 views have greeted the dazzling neon-themed music video for Ryan Stewart produced “Need You Now” by rising Canadian recording artist Gelsea Mae. Based in Vancouver, the pop dynamo recently launched followup single “Shoulda Known Better,” and it is with great pleasure that we present to you our recent interview with this delightful superstar in the making.

1. Gelsea, can you tell us a little about the process of writing and recording your new song “Shoulda Known Better”?

I started writing “Shoulda Known Better” 2 years ago, on a plane ride back from a trip I had taken to Malaysia. I remember those exact words just constantly repeating in my head, so I ended up writing them down, which eventually became the hook of the song. It was one of those difficult situations where you’re fighting between your heart and your mind and in this case I chose to go with my heart, which led to a broken one. When I got back to Vancouver, I approached Ryan Stewart with the song, who then agreed to produce it and the rest was history! The song actually took an entire year to finish, as we had left it undone and started working on “Need You Now,” which ended up being the first single we released.

2. The music video of your last song “Need You Now” surpassed 100,000 views. What is your response to this remarkable achievement?

I am pleasantly surprised with the amount of positive attraction it has gotten in the short amount of time it’s been released. I think by having Spotify Canada discover me and featuring “Need You Now” on their top pop playlists has definitely helped me with views and I am very grateful for their support.

3. What was it like working with Ryan Stewart who has produced many big hits?

Working with Ryan was amazing. He’s extremely talented, which is why he has been so successful with the artists that he has worked with. I remember the first time working with him, it felt like a therapy session because I introduced myself, showed him my song and then told him the entire back story of what happened, which was so personal. It’s such an odd but inspiring experience to be able to turn a negative situation into a positive one, which in this case, we ended up creating a beautiful song.


4. With your singles doing well, are there plans yet for an EP, or full-length album in the future?

Yes, absolutely! The past few months have just been constant meetings with different producers and songwriters from Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver, United Kingdom and Australia. I was trying to vibe out who I thought would make the best team and I feel like I have found it. I’m hoping to release an EP by the end of the year.

5. How would you describe your musical style to someone who hasn’t heard your music yet?

As of right now, my music is in the Pop category with a bit of EDM. I definitely want to stay in those categories, but I am still in the midst of discovering my sound and type of artist I want to be known for, which is what my EP will hopefully showcase.

6. The CMB focuses on Canadian artists, so can you tell us who are your favourite Canadian artists and what you admire about them and their music?

I grew up listening to Avril Lavigne and Shania Twain. I admire how unique Avril was. She knew who she was and didn’t care to “fit in” like many of the other pop artists in the 90s. She had her own brand of being edgy/ pop rock, which was a breath of fresh air. She was also the first concert I had ever been to and I remember just being in awe of how fearless she was on stage. After that, my Dad bought me my first karaoke machine and I pretended to be a rockstar, while singing “Complicated” on repeat. As for Shania, I remember hearing “Up!” for the first time and immediately became obsessed with her. It was one of the first CD’s that I had ever bought and as a kid I would just sit in my room memorizing her lyrics. As I grew older, I remember reading tabloids and realizing how she persevered through difficult times and beaten all the odds, ultimately succeeding in her dream and that’s something that I really admire about her.

7. Your fan base is growing rapidly. What advice would you give to other artists who are trying to succeed? Is it just a matter of having a magnetic personality or is there more to it?

There honestly isn’t a magic formula with success, I think a lot of it has to do with luck and timing. However, I do know that in order to stand out in such a competitive industry, you must have something unique and special to offer. Make sure you have really good material to showcase, know how to market yourself, be likeable and work really damn hard and be okay with failing.

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