EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE PT. 2: Chappell Roan Transcends Age Boundaries In “Die Young” Acoustic

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Photo Credit: Catie Laffoon

Here at Ones To Watch, it’s not common practice to execute a series of premieres for one artist. Then again, it’s also not common for an artist to sign to a major label before completing high school. Meet Chappell Roan, the exception to the rule. The now 19-year old songwriter unveiled her acoustic video for “Good Hurt” in December and returns with a stripped back rendition of “Die Young” today.

In the same vein as “Good Hurt,” “Die Young” embraces an inherent paradoxical nature – embodied both within its title and in Roan’s stunningly airy vocals crooning of less than positive lyrical themes. As we take in her undeniable talent, we also realize that the young artist transcends her age with an evident sense of wisdom gained through hardship. She shared with Refinery29 on the track’s music video,

“It was hard to go back to the place and really feel the emotions of the song because I wrote it when I was 16. It’s been a few years now, so going back into that mindset and doing the video was really hard. But the whole concept of water, of going under water, has always been there for me. That’s how I was feeling. I couldn’t breathe.“

The track seems to turn a new, brighter leaf around 3:20, after Roan proclaims “I think I know now what I really want” – “to be loved” and to “find love.” The live acoustic adds a new layer of emotion, as themes of teenage soul-searching, love, and heartbreak are all fully expressed in Chappell Roan’s wistful eyes.

2018 is also looking bright for Chappell Roan, as she’s currently preparing for a two month tour alongside Declan McKenna, followed by (hopefully) more music. In the meantime, dive into her debut EP School Nights. 

+ See upcoming tour dates below:

All Dates w/Declan McKenna

JANUARY

31 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s

FEBRUARY

1 – San Antonio, TX – Jack’s Patio Bar

2 – Dallas, TX – Three Links

4 – Memphis, TN – Growlers

5 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge

6 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic (2 shows)

8 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar

9 – Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall

10 – Gainesville, FL – High Dive

12 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

13 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern

14 – Vienna, VA – Jammin Java

16 – Asbury Park, NJ – House of Independents

18 – Hamden, CT – The Ballroom at Outer Space

19 – Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall

21 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall

22 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met

24 – Albany, NY – The Hollow

25 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon

27 – Millvale, PA – The Funhouse

28 – Akron, OH – Musica

MARCH

2 – Newark, OH – The Ballroom at Thirty One West

3 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache

4 – Lansing, MI – Mac’s Bar

6 – Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome

7 – Evanston, IL - SPACE

9 – Evanston, IL – SPACE (Society for the Preservation of Art & Culture)

10 – DeKalb, IL – The House Café

11 – Madison, WI – The Majestic Theatre

13 – Burnsville, MN – The Garage

14 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck

16 – Fort Collins, CO – Hodi’s Half Note

17 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep

18 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre

20 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue

22 – Seattle, WA – Vera Project

23 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall

25 – Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk

26 – Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone

28 – Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones

29 – San Diego, CA – Music Box

30 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room

31 – Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge

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