Charley Furey – Gold (Interview)

February 26, 2021
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Hot night, alone
Sweat dripping down your body
Just take me home
I won’t tell anybody
I’ve got a crush
And I can’t fight the feeling
I need the rush
But you need time for healing

And I don’t wanna play pretend
I wanna be more than just your friend
‘Cause I think about you all the time
Wanna feel your body close to mine
‘Cause baby, when I think of you at night
I can taste your lips, wanna take a bite
And I know we’ve both been hurt before
But baby, we just can’t deny it anymore

I know you’re going through some shit
And baby, I don’t even know the half of it
But the way you feel is out of my control
But I don’t wanna lose your love
So baby, If you ever want my love
I’ll be there to make you feel as good as gold
As good as gold

You’re like a drug
And I’m intoxicated
Baby I can’t get enough
I know it’s complicated
But I can’t fight
The way I feel about you
I’ll be alright
‘Cause life goes on without you

And I don’t wanna play pretend
I wanna be more than just your friend
‘Cause I think about you all the time
Wanna feel your body close to mine
‘Cause baby, when I think of you at night
I can taste your lips, wanna take a bite
And I know we’ve both been hurt before
But baby, we just can’t deny it anymore

I know you’re going through some shit
And baby, I don’t even know the half of it
But the way you feel is out of my control
But I don’t wanna lose your love
So baby, If you ever want my love
I’ll be there to make you feel as good as gold
As good as gold
And I know you feel it too
But I don’t know what I’m supposed to do
If every time you let me in, you push me away
And I don’t wanna sound insane
But the day we met it felt like fate
And I know we’ve both been hurt before
But baby, we just can’t deny it anymore

I know you’re going through some shit
And baby, I don’t even know the half of it
But the way you feel is out of my control
But I don’t wanna lose your love
So baby, If you ever want my love
I’ll be there to make you feel as good as gold
As good as gold

And I know you feel it too
But I don’t know what I’m supposed to do
If every time you let me in, you push me away
But I don’t wanna lose your love
So baby, If you ever want my love
I’ll be there to make you feel as good as gold
As good as gold

Charley Furey - Gold (Interview)

Interview

Thank you Charley Furey for being here today.

Tell us about yourself.

I’m Charley Furey! I’m 25 years old from Toms River, NJ. I write, sing, and produce my own music in my bedroom. I love pop music and dance music and I think both are such an art in-and-of themselves.

We would like to know your history as an artist.

I’ve been doing music in some way, shape, or form ever since I was a kid. All through high school. I was always especially inspired by the craft that went into producing songs, so I bought Logic in high school and started messing around with it and just making EDM inspired instrumentals and writing songs. Most of them were garbage, but you have to start somewhere. I never really sang or performed publicly until I started theatre and choir halfway through high school on a whim, but I ended up falling in love with it and getting my degree in Musical Theatre. I struggled a lot with my sexuality and my identity up until about a few years ago, but coming to terms with it had a big impact on my artistry. All of the music I loved; dance, pop, and Lady Gaga, I listened to in private because I was scared of how people might judge me, but I’m not scared of it anymore. Pop and dance music comforted me through it all, and as an artist, I want to do that for other people.

Tell us the story of this song.

I wrote this song back in the fall, but it started out as just an instrumental. I was listening to "Bad Friend" by Rina Sawayama on repeat, and that inspired me to create a piece of synth-pop that, in my own way, conveyed that same sense of longing that Rina’s song gave me. I didn’t actually write any lyrics until the production was finished, which is unusual for me, but it was just such a specific emotion that I had to sit with it for a while to find the right story to tell with it. I ended up writing about this guy who I’ve had a crush on for a while. Without giving away too much detail, at some point in the past, there was established mutual attraction, but neither of us acted on it, and then when I did, it almost felt like a push-and-pull, and it just didn’t pan out for reasons I couldn’t control, but nobody was at fault. The song is about having this indescribable feeling that you’re supposed to be with someone, while also knowing you have to give them space. I can’t change how they feel about me, no matter how strongly I feel about them, so at the end of the day, all I can say is "if you want my love, I’ll be there."

Tell us a funny story from your career.

Back in 2013, when I was in high school, I wrote this song called "Never Enough" right after going through a bad breakup. I brought it immediately to my friend Lea, and she wrote a verse, I did the production (very poorly), and we made a demo. Four years later, Lea actually ended up getting the song professionally produced and released it herself. Just last year, in 2020, we signed a sync licensing deal on the song. In the process of working that out, she texted me that she still had our original demo, with both of our vocals on it, from 2013. I find it funny in hindsight because we thought we killed it; we thought it was fully done and ready to release in it’s demo version, and it just sounded so atrocious. Just to give you an idea, I had been singing for maybe one year altogether when we recorded it. Fortunately, it was a good song at its core, and once we had the proper skills to make it great, we did just that. The vocal demo may never see the light of day, but my terrible 2013 instrumental is unfortunately in the depths of the internet where I can’t take it down.

Also tell a story of overcoming.

I have had five vocal surgeries in the past year and a half. Ever since I started singing in high school, I always had trouble accessing my upper range throughout theatre school and my local ENT had told me there was nothing wrong. About two years ago, I finally went to my current doctor, and was diagnosed with a partially paralyzed vocal cord. It was a relief because it was likely something I was dealt before I ever started singing (it can literally happen from a cold virus), but it did leave me with some scarring. My first two surgeries were to help with some of the scarring on my vocal folds and those went well. My third surgery was to get vocal fold implants to help them function properly. There is a very small chance that your implants can move in the weeks following your surgery, and so of course it happened to me and I had to have a fourth surgery to have the left one removed. That was in September 2020. When I healed, I had some excess scar tissue build up that interfered with my voice, which I had removed at the start of February. This was hopefully my last surgery, but it’s really taught me to appreciate my voice when I have it. All the voice rest made me that much more grateful to have my voice when I was allowed to speak and sing again. I recorded "Gold" in between my last two surgeries, and while I don’t know for sure that this one will be the last, it has made me want to work that much harder towards my dreams.

Leave a message for your fans.

I’m so thankful for each and every one of you! I’d really love to form a community with you all so don’t hesitate to make yourselves known.

Charley Furey we wish you success.

And see you in the next interview. Bye!

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