McCormick creates haunting melodic love songs, and rollicking rock tunes infused with a bracing honesty and a tone that’s sometimes, breezy and sometimes breathtakingly heartfelt. The upbeat tunes on the record are solid, but for me it’s the ballads like “Wreck,” and “Oh My Love” and “Honest Words” that really deliver.
Born in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, McCormick was raised in Wasilla, Alaska. She entered college at 16 after receiving a performance scholarship at East Tennessee State University. Her song “Bullseye” landed in the Emmy-Award nominated Prayers for Bobby featuring Sigourney Weaver.
Right now, the openly gay McCormick is touring all over the U.S. She’s in New York tonight and then Iowa, Virginia and Pennyslvania. Check her tour schedule and please catch her soon.
AfterEllen.com: Congrats on the release, Honest Words. You rock out on the guitar, and you also deliver some great heart-breaking ballads. Which comes more naturally to you?
AE: This must change frequently, but right now, what’s your favorite song to perform from Honest Words?
AE: For someone who’s not yet heard your album, how would you describe your sound in a sentence?
AE: You went to East Tennessee State University; how did your time in the hills there influence affect your music?
AE: What’s one essential bluegrass album anyone should own?
AE: What’s the first music video you ever remember seeing that made you think – “Wow! I wanna do THAT!” or that just affected you greatly?
AE: Finally, you grew up in Wasilla, Alaska. What’s a great thing about your hometown that the rest of us don’t know? And what’s it like being gay there?
AE: And to be nosy, are you in a relationship right now? How’s the love life? Does that affect how you write songs?
When you’re happy you want to go all the way to heaven to spread the news, and when you’re on the other end (where rationality can be scarce) you can’t find enough ways to express the displeasure. Yeah, I’m single! Ha.