Caroline Spence didn’t actually move to Nashville to make it as a songwriter—that came later. But when she did start playing out around town, her beautiful, misleadingly simple songwriting caught on quickly.
Indeed, Spence is a master at making deeply nuanced lyricism look easy. Her subjects are timeless things like love and loss, but she tackles them from a perspective that appreciates the complexity of commitment. Her melodies feel like they’ve always been around, and the relationship between her singing voice and her pen seems flawlessly connected.
I was excited to talk with her about all of this and more, including what constitutes a truly great song, in this latest episode of Why We Write with Kim Ruehl. Enjoy!