The music business is not an easy industry to break into, especially for women. While many artists are discouraged by the continuous “no’s” that come with building a career in music, singer/songwriter Delacey has never allowed anyone to stop her dreams.
At just 28 years old, the California native has co-written songs for a variety of hit artists, including Demi Lovato, Chainsmokers, and Sabrina Carpenter. Ahead she talks about career, influences, and the importance of resilience in the industry.
When did you fall in love with music?
“I think I first fell in love with music, super young when my dad played his vinyl records. I just remember the Beatles, and Bob Dylan, and I don’t know. I just fell in love.”
Growing up in Orange County, Delacey did not have many connections in the music industry. However, that did not deter her from desiring to be in the creative space and share her stories through music.
“I was always creative as a child. I knew I wanted to write. I knew I was really passionate about music.”
After graduating from high school, the California native made the bold decision to move to New York City. It was in New York, where she came into her womanhood and discovered her purpose in music.
“New York was a really important place for me actually, because that’s where I grew up. I stepped out of my comfort zone. I was there by myself. Didn’t know anyone. I didn’t really know what I was doing. I was really lost in life and just writing a lot of music.”
Delacey spent much of her time in NYC writing music, and began networking and making connections within the city. It was through those connections that she met her manager at a publishing label.
“My manager has been my rock through everything. I couldn’t do anything without him. It’s funny because at that time of my life, I was really young and really new in the music industry, but I had been through a lot in my life, so I was a really tough girl, I feel those tough times prepared me.”
“I got my first publishing deal as a songwriter, when I was very young, and so, wow I’m songwriting and this is a career, and I didn’t even know that (songwriting) was a thing.”
“I got a big placement with Chainsmokers from a song that I wrote when I was living in New York called NYC. I wrote that song by myself and it was really cool that it got to be released. It was really big, and that was my big break into the songwriting world.”
With much success as a songwriter, Delacey has always been passionate about making her own music and recently decided to step into her brand as an artist. A decision that wasn’t an easy one, given the many naysayers who tried to prevent her from breaking into her own singing career.
“You have to have such thick skin (in the music industry). People were telling me that I wasn’t talented. I can’t co-write, I can’t sing, I don’t know how to dress. Just constantly berating and cutting me down.”
“As a female, you know you’re sitting at a table with 12 men in a room, all berating you, cutting you down and you’re just like damn, are they right? I just always knew they weren’t right.”
“I always had confidence and this fire inside of me that I could do and accomplish anything. I’m such a fighter. It’s almost like I had something to prove at that point, and I was extra motivated to prove them wrong. I told myself, I was born for this. I’m super talented. They’re wrong.”
Whether it was her natural born talent or the desire to prove the naysayers wrong, or a combination of both, Delacey used her confidence to put herself on the forefront. The transition from songwriter to singer began. Earlier this year, Delacey signed a deal with HITCO Entertainment, home to many incredible artist. In March, she released her first official single “My Man,” which explores jealousy and natural insecurities that come with dating men in your 20’s. A feeling that many women can relate to.
“When I write, I try to just be brutally honest with myself and what I’m actually feeling, and not what I think people want to hear from me or what I’m not embarrassed to say, or what would be the classiest thing to say. I just try to write exactly how I’m feeling in that moment. As humans, we’re going to be vulnerable, insecure, feisty, and bratty.
Inspiration Behind My Man:
With “My Man,” Delacey revealed that the story is her own firsthand experience. “I was really going through that and I wasn’t embarrassed to say I was threatened by this dope girl, and I was super in love and I was scared to lose him, and I just I thought it was really important that you know it’s okay to admit that.”
“Because….sometimes in music, we filter ourselves too much. It’s weird. At the end of the day, it’s not about being weak or strong. It’s literally what you’re going through in that moment and that’s what beautiful about music.”
For the video, Delacey takes us to a beautiful house in the hills with oceanside views as she sings through her many emotions. The video was her first time working with a woman director.
The director of My Man, Chasity Hill is from New Zealand. She’s just like me, and when I met her, we immediately connected so intimately. That’s so important with art and collaborating. She understood me and my vision. It was clear she could relate to the song as a woman. It enjoyed doing the video with so many amazing women. It was such a cool experience, because I’ve never worked with a female director before and it gave me so much more confidence.”
So, what can we expect from Delacey in the near future?
“I just hope that I get to keep releasing music and people want to hear it. Some people have goals of being at the Grammy’s. I just want people to sing my lyrics. I’m pretty simple. I think that would be sick.”
Watch the music video “My Man” below and stay tuned for more new music from Delacey.