This week is shaping up to be a big one for Caroline Glaser. The Missouri native -- and contestant from season four of "The Voice" releases her debut EP, "Caroline Glaser, Vol. One" this week. She started her week with a performance at a place she knows very well: the Fox Theatre in her native St. Louis. "I have been there so many times in my life," she related o Billboard. "My first show was there. It was Aaron Carter. Now, I got to be up there, and it was so wild!"
We are pleased to present an exclusive stream of the EP, and Glaser says she can't wait for fans to hear the music. "I am so excited to get my EP out there to the fans. I've never recorded an original song before, so it's a very exciting time for me."
The songstress co-wrote two of the three cuts on the EP, including "Money Tree," which she said was a recent addition to the catalog. "We recorded it over Thanksgiving. We wrote it after a show in Tennessee. That's the one I think I am most excited about probably, because I wanted to keep it open to interpretation for those that hear it, but it's so relatable to the stage I'm in at this point in my life with my music."
The story song "Rosalee" was one that was close to both her heart, and her co-writer – Pistol Annies member Angaleena Presley. "I wrote that with her a few months ago in Nashville. I was so nervous going into that co-write, because I've never had a co-write with someone that successful before. She's worked with everybody, but is such a sweetheart. I always like going into writing sessions with an idea of some sort, and I had one verse written. I was reading this book that was about this old woman that was blind for about eight or nine years, and her name was Rosalee. She had this disorder with hallucinations where she could see, but it was this crazy kind of reality, and she basically went nuts. But, her husband was with her the whole time. I just thought it was a sweet story, so I just latched onto that. I brought it to Angaleena, who was going through some family stuff, and she related to it. So, it's a very special song to the both of us."
Glaser says she definitely feels consumed by the writing process. "I can't stop writing," she says smiling. "I am so eager to get back into the studio. This is just Volume One, and I have two and three figured out already."
When asked about her reflections upon "The Voice," she didn't miss a beat. "It completely changed my life. Before that I was doing little open mic nights -- 15-minute sets, with 30 to 40 people once a week at this little coffee shop in my hometown. That was as much experience as I had with performing, so ‘The Voice' was a huge transition. It showed me that music was what I wanted to do with my life. Being able to sing in front of so many people week after week really opened my eyes."
She admits that being in front of the cameras on a constant level was something she wasn't ready for, but she feels it all turned out fine. "It was very weird. It's scary to be in the spotlight. Obviously, there's going to be people on the Internet that don't have the nicest things to say, so I was new to all that stuff and the criticism. But, I also got some very positive feedback as well. I was blown away."