Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.
Ginny Blackmore hasn’t had a quick ride to the position she’s in now — with a killer lead single making waves on the airplay chart and an album due out later this year on Epic Records. “This has been over an almost ten-year period,” she says. But in that period where she was honing her skills as a songwriter (writing songs for Christina Aguilera, like the Lotus standout ballad “Sing for Me,” and Adam Lambert, for whom she co-wrote the bonus track “By the Rules”), she became a true talent to be reckoned with. Accordingly, her single “Bones” is a modern pop ballad with ’90s R&B undertones, heart wrenching with a soaring chorus that’s tough to get out of your head.
From hanging in the studio with Christina Aguilera to her process as a songwriter, Ginny opened up to Idolator about her journey — and what’s up next for the burgeoning star.
HOMETOWN: Auckland, New Zealand
SOUNDS LIKE: A little bit like Skylar Grey (because she’s brooding), but also with Kelly Clarkson‘s melodrama — a classic pop star.
A THROWBACK SOUND: Blackmore cites the production of ’90s R&B acts as being pivotal to her artistic development: “The ’90s R&B era I think was amazing, and I know a lot of other people feel the same way,” she says. “Like, we wish that we were listening to ‘Say My Name’ and ‘Burn’ and TLC, all this cool stuff. Aaliyah — I miss the really thick vocal production. And I love that about R&B. That era was just amazing. I don’t know why. I think we should bring it back somehow.”
SONGWRITING, HONESTLY: “Most of my songs are very true to what I was feeling or thinking at the same time,” she says of her process as a writer. “The way that I like to write the most is with a producer that I really know and trust and whose music I really love, but to actually write the song by myself — in a room by myself where no one’s listening and no one’s judging what I’m doing, so anything could come out.”
A LOTUS PARTY: When Christina Aguilera was selecting tracks for her 2012 LP Lotus, she fell in love with Blackmore’s song “Sing for Me,” and flew her out to Los Angeles to spend some time in the studio. So how was it working with Xtina? ”It felt very female,” Blackmore reflects. “We had, like, super girly chats and had a glass of wine and talked about love and heartbreak and all that stuff. We had a really fun, girly time.”
HER SOUND IN A SENTENCE: “The album is definitely a pop/R&B album, but it has a singer-songwriter vibe — it’s very lyrical and emotional and all of that stuff. But every song tends to get quite huge at some point. I like anthemic sounds, so it’s… an anthemic pop R&B album from a singer-songwriter’s perspective,” she laughs.