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Alt-pop artist Natalie Carr shares groove-infused single 'Scraped Knees'

Charlotte, NC based Natalie Carr could easily be the next worldwide phenomenon. Receiving previous support from EARMILK, Out Now Magazine, Buzz Music LA, This is RnB, and Spotify editorial playlists, this singer-songwriter lives and breathes music. With over 500,000 streams on Spotify alone and 33,000 monthly listeners, Natalie Carr is a powerful artist with so much character. When she’s not writing music for herself, she writes for others in all genres. Returning with her second single of the year, ‘Scraped Knees’ is an alt-pop meets RnB number with layers of sass and produced by John McCall ‘J-Mac’ & Dillon Lawter.

Explaining her thoughts on ‘Scraped Knees’, Natalie Carr states, “Honestly, Scraped Knees was one of those songs I wrote that just kind of came out of me. I wasn’t looking to write about any particular thing or any given concept, and I remember free-styling parts of it (as I’ve done with several other songs). As the lyrics came together though, and I began to structure it, I knew it was about the futility of trying to please other people. In the first verse, I talk about getting sober and making tons of changes for a relationship that inevitably failed. It’s almost as if you become the person you think you need to be in a bad relationship just so that you can stay together, but as we are well aware, that doesn’t work. I wrote the hook, ‘scraped knees, jagged teeth, bloodshot baby’ about being emotionally broken and exhausted due to the stresses of preserving a bad relationship and being someone you’re not. ‘Don’t you worry about me… you never worried about me’ is in reference to (said person) coming back into your life at an opportune moment.”

Adding her further thoughts on creating the single, Natalie shares, “I started writing Scraped Knees over a sound (the Serum sound with the wobble you hear throughout the track). I free-styled “I gave myself a bad bleach job, in the tub, I cried a lot…” which is a line I’ve wanted to use for a while (I mean, a lot of us experienced DIY bleach hair fails in 2020). From there I continued with a (rough) AABB/CCBB rhyme scheme until the pre-hook, where it became more conversational and melodic.