Nashville-based country-pop singer-songwriter Erin Gibney has just released a new single, “Exit Signs (Acoustic),” a song she co-wrote with “American Idol” winner Kris Allen. Gibney sat down with @skopemag to talk about this heartfelt nod to the end of a relationship.
@skopemag: Tell us about your amazing single, “Exit Signs (Acoustic).”
Erin Gibney: My new single “Exit Signs (Acoustic)” is a reimagined version of its original I wrote last year. This song tells the story of me leaving my relationship of five years and all the confusion and heartache that went along with that. It was a huge period of transformation for me, and this song helped me work through every feeling I had. I am excited to give it new life with its acoustic version!
@skopemag: Are there lyrics in the song that resonate for you?
Erin: I think, “I’m hitting the brakes while you’re speeding/Feels like we’re bound to crash,” really resonates for me. With this relationship, I had come to terms with the fact that I was ready to leave but my partner was not. I felt a lot of guilt for wanting to walk away, but I knew that things wouldn’t work even if I stayed. It felt like being between a rock and a hard place, and I think these lyrics really describe it.
@skopemag: What is one word that you would use to explain how you feel about releasing this single?
Erin: I would choose the word peaceful. The first time I released this song, I felt like I was still at the height of my emotions. It was the first time I released a song about the breakup, and it felt confusing and exciting and guilt-ridden and triumphant. This time it feels like I am closing a chapter with gratitude and excitement for what’s to come.
@skopemag: What else is coming up next for you?
Erin: I have new music coming in 2024 that I am so excited about! This music is really aligned with where I am in my life and feels like the perfect next step for me in my career.