Rising singer and so singer and songwriter Brynn Cartelli releases a new live version of “If I Could“
Returning to her hometown of Longmeadow, MA after the surreal experience of winning NBC’s season 14 of The Voice and touring with Kelly Clarkson, Brynn became hyperaware of getting back to her normal life as a teen. Based On A True Story is a snapshot of the time she spent reconnecting with friends, being observant, and really honing into what being young is about.
Brynn shares, “I loved diving back into this song and creating a dreamy visual world only I saw while writing If I Could, now brought to life at Babe Studios.”
“Imaginary Stranger” fulfills a wish she held for years, vividly detailing her connection to her grandfather who passed away from lung cancer six years before her birth. Then, there’s the piano-driven “Love You In My Mind,” which is based off a collection of stories from fans who were obsessing over crushes.
Blossoming from an acoustic intro into a bouncy refrain, the buoyant “We Belong” captures an idyllic moment of teen freedom and friendship in lines like, “We didn’t get invited to the party it’s fine, so we’ll sit around the fire and we’ll talk about life.” As the final addition to the EP, “Jane” pairs a powerhouse vocal performance with lullaby-style instrumentation that sees Brynn imagining what it would be like if she was someone else – specifically choosing the name Jane because that’s almost what her mom had named her.
Her single “If I Could”, which has seen over 11 million streams, is Brynn’s message to a friend in a one-sided relationship, “If I could do it for you, then I would say, ‘Goodbye’.” She originally shared a snippet of the song through a post on Tik Tok that has amassed over 9 million views and performed the track on The Kelly Clarkson Show.