“It was just really confusing to me, and I think you can hear in the album how confused I was about life,” he admits. “After the album came out and I started doing interviews and talking to fans, people were like, ‘Wow, this album is really sad,’ and I’m like, ‘Now that you mention it, it’s sad, isn’t it!’ But I didn’t realize that in the moment. Hearing people say that they found a lot of recovery and comfort in this album makes me feel really good, because that’s what I found while I was writing the album.”
4. He’s got some famous fans.
Speaking of Swift, Taylor herself shouted out Kid Krow and the song “Wish You Were Sober” on her Instagram story a few days after the album’s release: "Obsessed with this whole album, but THIS SONG RIGHT HERE is a masterpiece,” she wrote. “Not trying to be loud but this will be on repeat for my whole life."
More recently, Gray received high praise from Sir Elton John on the pop legend’s Apple Music radio show, Rocket Hour. “You are such a young, brilliant songwriter with a huge future ahead of you,” John raved to Gray during the chat.
Gray admits that it’s hard to wrap his head around artists of that caliber recognizing his music at this point in his career. “It’s so surreal, above all, and such an honor,” he says. “I never want to be jaded of that. [When that happens], it’s time to fanboy and text all your friends and stuff like that.”
5. He’s already thinking about his next move.
As “Heather” has been climbing the Hot 100, Gray has been stuck at home like everyone else in the pandemic, binge-watching TV series in quarantine -- so far he’s been riveted by Fleabag, as well as the adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People after falling in love with the book -- while also drawing upon his past and present for songwriting inspiration. At this point, Gray says he’s “mostly just sitting in my bedroom, working on whatever next thing I’m gonna be doing, whether it’s my second album or something else, I’m not really sure.
“I think everybody in quarantine right now is kind of frozen in time,” he continues. “And for me, it’s kind of been a moment of me having to, for the first time in a really long time, take in everything that’s happened, and also to comb through old memories that I hadn’t really had time to process yet. I’ve found myself writing a lot about the past, and also movie characters and book characters and things like that, because my social life is as dry as a bone right now. There’s nothing going on, I’m not dating anyone, I’m not in love or anything, so I kind of have been like, ‘What do I even have to say?’ But I have so much to say about my past and so many things that really took me by surprise in the quarantine.”