Stephanie Quayle hails from Montana, so you figure that cold weather is really no sweat for her. But the singer/songwriter is definitely feeling the chill of Nashville on a 40-degree, gray day that should be warm in comparison to her home state. She’s arrived at Country Radio Seminar in a stylish red leather jacket guaranteed to ward off all cold, including the bone-chilling variety.
In contrast to the weather, it’s been quite a sizzling year for Quayle, from an album release to a plethora of tour dates and some coveted endorsement deals. The momentum continues into 2018, as her latest single, “Selfish,” looks to be her most successful yet, reaching Top 40 on the Billboard Indicator chart and also climbing high on MediaBase. The song leads you on a different path than the title might suggest, certainly part of the reason why fans have embraced it so closely. “Selfish” is actually a passionate love anthem, inspired by Quayle’s own relationship with her husband of nearly three years, real estate developer David Couch.
“This song is right out of my life,” Quayle tells “Sports & Entertainment Nashville.” “I was simply wanting more time with my guy.” As the key portion of the song states, “I ain’t sharin’/Let me spell it out/I want you and no one else.” The singer explains that she and her husband are the true modern-day “commuter couple,” as he resides in North Carolina while she lives in Nashville. Her off days are generally spent traveling to their Summerfield farm in North Carolina, which also serves as an event center and popular wedding venue.
“He’s very busy with his respective work as I am with mine,” Quayle continues. “I went into the room with my co-writers with the idea that I just don’t want to share him. I was feeling pretty feisty that day,” she adds with a laugh, “and they said, ‘Let’s write it.’ It was one of those days where it all came together and the song just flowed out. It started with the word ‘selfish.’ And we just took a word that sometimes has a negative connotation and made it about wanting more time with the one you love.”
The single appears on Quayle’s 2017 album “Love the Way You See Me,” which also includes popular tracks “Drinking With Dolly,” “Winnebago” and the title tune. With that record, Quayle scored a significant artistic breakthrough, discovering the sound and style that worked for her. “The album is very much me, very personal,” Quayle notes with a smile. “I figured out what my sound needed to be. It’s a blend of traditional and modern. I hadn’t known how to pinpoint it until this album.”
Quayle was able to parlay “Winnebago” into a tour sponsorship with the company, a veritable gold mine for an independent artists like herself. Along with Winnebago, she partnered with KOA and Polaroid for her 2017 tour, which took her all across the country. “We played everything from campfires to big stages,” Quayle recalls. “It was amazing. America is such an incredible place. We really got to live out the lyrics to the songs.”
Come Valentine’s Day, Quayle will happily experience the real-life version of “Selfish,” spending the day of love with her husband. But they will have some company, at least during the evening. “We actually have crafted an event where we can both work and be together,” Quayle says. “At our farm in North Carolina, we put on a Valentine dinner and I perform for the guests. This is our second year of doing that. It’s a really intimate evening in our barn. We have a couple courses for dinner and wine and champagne. It’s just a lot of fun.”
At that, she lets go a grin and owns up to a little secret. “I used to think that Valentine’s Day was just a bunch of hype and a big commercial holiday,” Quayle confesses. “But I’m such a sucker for love now. I am all into the romance. I understand what all those love songs are all about.” Now, that’s not so selfish, is it?