When Cari Fletcher returned to New York’s Webster Hall for the final show of her North American tour, things came full circle for the rising pop star.
“There’s something cathartic about ending in New York because I wrote all this music about this city and about the people I dated who broke my heart in this city,” the director said. singer-songwriter at “Nightline” backstage in April in front of her. To display. “I went to NYU and lived in the dorm across from Webster Hall and walked past this sign every day on my way to class… It’s an iconic place and to be here tonight with my name on it is right craziest thing ever.”
The past year has been a busy one for the singer, known to her fans simply as FLETCHER. She performed sold-out shows around the world, linking her North American tour with European and Australian tour dates while working on her debut album “Girl Of My Dreams”. The album is a departure from his previous EPs or extended play records; now she’s diverting others’ attention to herself, while giving fans a brutally honest look at her life through her lyrics. The title track brings the realization that FLETCHER, herself, is the girl of her dreams.
“The last two and a half years have been really, really difficult. It was the first time I really had to look in a mirror and face myself… making this album came from such a place of truth and knowing myself in a way that I’ve never known before.
The result? FLETCHER says it’s a feeling of freedom, something that hasn’t always come easy for the 28-year-old NYU graduate. She said that growing up as a young queer woman, she didn’t always feel represented in the artists she followed and whose images she described as “picturesque” and “perfect”.
“There weren’t a lot of examples of artists and people speaking authentically about their struggles and their mental health, and their experiences, and in particular mine coming to terms with sexuality,” FLETCHER says. “And so for a very long time, I thought I could never be an artist… all I do to this day is be the artist I needed when I was a little girl.”
FLETCHER has always found solace in singing. Describing herself as a socially anxious child, she said she started singing before she could speak, her mother signing her up for classical singing lessons when she was 5 in her hometown of Asbury Park , New Jersey. She said singing helped her verbalize things she couldn’t just speak.
“Still to this day, even through my writing…it’s, like, you ripped a page out of my diary and I just read all the things that maybe I shouldn’t say out loud. I just felt really misunderstood as a child… and it was a way for me to share and feel understood.
Very quickly, singing proved to be more than just a refuge for the young FLETCHER. At the age of 17, she found herself competing on “The X Factor” and made it into a band under the mentorship of Paula Abdul before being dropped from the show. But that didn’t stop the young talent, who went to New York University’s prestigious Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music after high school.
And it was in New York that FLETCHER began to find her voice and learn more about herself, falling in love with a girl for the first time and being heartbroken. The experience led her to write lyrics as raw as they are applicable to anyone who has been through heartbreak, regardless of sexual orientation. The highlight was his 2019 debut EP “You Ruined New York For Me”. The EP featured his smash hit “Undrunk,” which spent several weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, earned No. 1 on Spotify’s Viral Chart, and became the fastest-running pop song by a new artist in the world. over the past five years. years.
Through her music, FLETCHER has strived to change the way queer stories are viewed.
“I think a lot of times in the media, gay people are portrayed as having this really intense struggle… And it’s, like, no, people are just humans who just want to love, and that’s the point of all of us here.” Adding: “Something that I really want to represent for people is self-expression and freedom. However, it is that you identify with yourself…know that there is a place for you.
And it’s not just a sentiment FLETCHER preaches, it’s also how she gives back to the community. Last June, she raised $50,000 for GLAAD through her “Meet Her At The Bar Pride Month Experience,” where she performed acoustic sets at queer, female-owned bars across the country. She even spoiled her fans at the final event: while performing at the Henrietta Hudson bar in New York, FLETCHER announced the title and release date of her new album “Girl of My Dreams.”
“To announce it [the album] during Pride… and in New York where I started, where I wrote my very first EP “you ruined New York City for me”, it’s really that loop moment and it’s really, really cool that I can do it here and all of these things coexist at the same time.
FLETCHER, still striving to be the artist she needed to see as a child, added: “I think one of the most radical things you can do in a society that wants us lock up – all of us – is to make waves.”