“Another shot of whiskey, I’ve seen that look before”, is the opener 6-time British CMA country artist Gary Quinn sings in his latest single, “Complicated.” This opening line sets the tone for the rest of the song, which explores “that age-old story of one person wanting to cross the line of friendship and explore something more in the belief the other person is on the same page.” (Quinn). A situation many have been in at one point in their lives, making this song very relatable. Later on, in the song, there’s the catchy, repeated chorus hook, “Baby stop saying, it’s complicated.” As Quinn explained, “We sometimes make things far too complicated when they don’t have to be” (Quinn). A statement that rings true for many of us, who tend to overthink instead of going after what we desire. Melodically, the song is a slower one, which places more emphasis on the lyrics. In regards to the instrumentals, the acoustic guitar takes centre stage. This lyric & instrumental pairing makes for a more heartfelt and genuine delivery of the story being told.
The song was co-written with Arizona-native Alec Petford, during one of Quinn’s trips to Nashville before the pandemic hit. Richard Alex took the production reins once again on the project having previously delivered ‘Tip Of My Tongue’ in 2019 and most recently ‘Nobody Somebody’.
Complicated is also the second release of a three-single project Quinn is set to release in the first half of 2021, which followed up his last single, “Nobody Somebody”. The latter reached “#1 on the UK Country Chart, as well as an add on Apple Music’s “Today’s Country” and Spotify’s “Wild Country”, “New from Nashville” and “Fresh Finds Country” playlists”. Complicated is showing a lot of promise for the artist as well. Within its first week, it garnered 10,000+ streams, a feature on iTunes as one of their “hot songs” and adds to Apple Music’s “New in Country” and “Today’s Country” playlists (Quinn).
Stay tuned for the much-anticipated release of Quinn’s third single release of this project.
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Be sure to stay up to date with all of Quinn’s upcoming releases via his website & socials below:
“GARY QUINN ANNOUNCES FOLLOW-UP SINGLE – ‘COMPLICATED’”. Feb 12 2021. Press Release.
Hanson, Sofie. “Featured: Country Artist Gary Quinn. Photo Credit: Sofie Hanson. Photo courtesy of Gary Quinn”. Photo courtesy of Gary Quinn. Accessed Dec. 20 2020.
Hanson, Sofie. “Official cover art for Gary Quinn’s single, “Complicated ”. Photo courtesy of Gary Quinn. Accessed Dec. 20 2020.
. “Huge thanks to everyone thats been streaming and listening to #Complicated since it’s release last Friday ” Instagram, Feb 26 2021, https://www.instagram.com/p/CMC_JTLh_7T/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link.