Teigen Gayse says new single ‘Messed Up’ represents her as a country artist (exclusive) – Celeb Secrets Country
Being in love is a beautiful thing. It sometimes makes you feel “angry” in the best possible way, and the Canadian country singer Teigen-Gayse describes this feeling in his new single entitled “Messed Up”.
The upbeat and bubbly country track, which is available to fans now, was produced by Jimmy Thow and Jordan Oorebeek. Just months after its release, Gayse received major support from music critics and streaming giants, as the track landed spots on Amazon Music’s Breakthrough Country, Fresh Country and Brand New Music; as well as Spotify’s Live Country and New Music Friday Canada.
Writing during the pandemic, Gayse tells Celeb Secrets Country that she wanted to “create a song that made [people] feel happy and uplifted.
“I came into the writing session prepared with song titles and storyboards. We found the title ‘Messed Up’, but revisited it, explaining that being so in love with someone can make you feel ‘angry’ in a good way,” she says.
Credit Taylor Swift, Shania Twain, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Morgan Wallen and Parker McCollum as musical inspirations, Teigen says her new track is a great representation of who she is as an artist, setting the bar high for more music to come.
“As a singer/songwriter, I feel like I have to do my best to tell the story I wrote by expressing all the emotional highs and lows,” she shares. “I really feel that [song] represents me well. I’m pretty easy going and love the journey that life can bring.
After picking up his first guitar at age 13, it wasn’t long before songwriting became a passion for Teigen. It was the ability to tell his own story, in his own words, that started Teigen’s love of country music. The desire to create pushed her to obtain a diploma in sound engineering before launching her own account as a full-time musician. She continued to nurture this passion with multiple trips to Nashville and co-writing with several industry veterans, including Brian Howes, Phil Barton, Patricia Conroy, David Thompson, Chris Buck, Jimmy Thow, Chrystal Leigh and Jordan Oorebeekto name a few.
After working hard, Gayse started to see real results. She made waves online after releasing her single “I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love Anymore” last year, which has around 3 million views on TikTok so far. She even earned Stingray Radio’s Trending Track honor while reaching No. 43 on the Billboard Country Music charts and amassing over 350,000 streams! An impressive feat for an independent artist, her follow-up single “Blame the Wine” reached No. 46 on the Billboard charts and is currently on the rise.
As for what’s next, the budding country singer says she “writes a lot” and hopes to release more original music soon. “I’ve written an entire disc of songs and I’m in the process of selecting songs to go into the studio to record,” Gayse shares.
His ultimate goal, however, is to perform live for fans on a stadium tour. “I would like to do a stadium tour…it’s a big deal but I’ve been super focused on it,” she added.
Keep scrolling through our full Q&A with Teigen below and let us know if you like the “Messed Up” video by leaving a reaction at the bottom of the post or sending us a tweet at @CS_Country.
You can connect with Teigen by giving him a follow on Instagram at @teigenxo.
Celeb Secrets Country: Who is Teigen Gayse? Could you tell us about yourself?
Teigen-Gayse: “I’m a singer/songwriter born and raised in northern British Columbia, I love pugs, movies, music, food, adventure and my family. Fun fact, before music , I was a professional figure skater.
CSC: What are your musical inspirations?
XL: “Taylor Swift and Shania Twain have always been a great inspiration to me. Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Morgan Wallen and Parker McCollum are also great musical inspirations for me.
CSC: How would you describe yourself as a singer-songwriter?
XL: “As a singer-songwriter, I feel that I have to do my best to tell the story that I have written by expressing all the emotional highs and lows. The connection with my audience is very important for me. I love to play, whether it’s with a live band or stripped down with my guitar.
CSC: What was the inspiration behind your new single “Messed Up”?
XL: “We wrote this song during the pandemic… life was difficult for a lot of people. I wanted to create a song that makes you happy and uplifted. We came up with the title ‘Messed Up’, but we revisited it, by explaining that being so in love with someone can make you feel ‘angry’ in a good way.
CSC: Walk Celeb Secrets Country through the writing and recording process.
XL“I like to come prepared for a writing session. I have a list of song titles and storyboards. Sometimes I have a melody in my head…it all depends on who I’m writing with because we all have different strengths. I’m super open to other people’s ideas and I’m generally enthusiastic about the whole collaboration process. When we go to record, I have a hot herbal tea in my hand. Make sure I’ve warmed up my voice and I’m in the zone. I try to visualize the story we wrote about in order to feel what that person would be going through at that time. My hope and goal is to deliver a voice the listener can feel and relate to.
CSC: Do you believe that this work represents you as an artist?
XL“I actually feel like it represents me well. I’m pretty easy going and I love the journey that life can bring.
CSC: How would you like your fans to feel when they listen to “Messed Up” for the very first time?
XL“I want the upbeat fun of this song to create a mood of happiness. As if they need to drive with the top down in the car singing it out loud. Hope it brings them joy!”
CSC: What was it like working alongside industry veterans like Brian Howes, Phil Barton, Patricia Conroy, David Thompson, Chris Buck and many more?
XL: “It was amazing! Every time you step into a session with someone new, you learn something. We all have different writing styles and this is the best education you could hope for. I love all these amazing humans and feel blessed to have them in my life.
CSC: Do you think your success on TikTok catapulted your country music career?
XL: “Yes. TikTok has given me another platform to reach fans. They hear the song and hopefully pick it up and that results in more streams. It helps raise awareness of who I am and I pray that this translates into bigger shows in the future.
CSC: What’s it like to rise through the ranks in the country music genre as an independent artist? What is one thing you learned about yourself or the industry?
XL: “Honestly, I feel very lucky to be able to have my music heard as an independent artist. I have learned that I have to be patient. I always push myself to do more. I know that you have to work very hard and if you sacrifice enough, things will work out eventually.
CSC: What are your other objectives for 2022?
XL: “I would like to do a stadium tour.. it’s a big deal but I’ve been super focused on it. I’ve written a lot, so I would like to have some cuts on other projects.
CSC: What is one thing you would like your fans to know about you?
XL: “How I appreciate them! I love hearing from them and will respond to each one.
CSC: Since we are Celeb Secrets Country, do you have any secrets about the single “Messed Up” or any upcoming projects?
XL“Yes! I’ve written an entire disc’s worth of songs and I’m in the process of selecting songs to enter the studio to record. I can’t wait to share it with you.