From Detroit and now residing in Nashville Hannah Ayrault is a nineteen-year-old artist who released her first effort entitled Me Right Now. The young artist makes top 40s style pop that is competing with thousands of other female artists who are barking up a similar tree.
Ayrault has a great voice and the songs are well written but the major issue she faces right now is that the style and feel of these tunes mirror everything you hear when turning on FM pop radio. I have no doubt she has talent but she hasn’t found her niche, which really makes her music stick out amongst such an oversaturated market. The music is beautifully produced but also feels so prepackaged merely replicating the tropes in hope of finding a “hit.”
I think a large part of this maybe in fact to how young Ayrault is. Being nearly twice her age I know for a fact that you barely have a sense of who you are let alone how you want to define yourself as an artist.
Lyrically, the language is simple and direct. On the opener “Me Right Now” she sings, “All my old friends they've forgotten about me, loneliness proves to be quite satisfying/ I find new companion but i'm tired of trying/ I’m worried I just don’t relate.” The song doesn’t waste time getting to a huge sounding chorus that is packed with a good amount of instrumentation.
“Me Right Now” is a very grand song while “Mine” is a little more grounded. “Mine” is catchy and has a good hook but also contains no surprises. “New York, I Love You” is another grand sounding track due to the orchestral strings and chorus, which soars.
There is nothing inherently wrong with Me Right Now. Every note is crisp, Ayrault sounds like a top ten contestant on American Idol and the production is radio ready. It’s obvious that Ayrault wants success and I can’t stress this point enough - your chances will greatly increase if you are distinct and different. If you can make music that is memorable and distinct people will notice and you will create a fan base.
Ayrault has the talent but now she needs to do the hardest part, which is to figure out how she can separate herself from all the other young women who come to Nashville, team up with a producer and try to make her dream of becoming a star a reality.
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