Day is no stranger to performing herself: she’s an actress who’s appeared on film and television, and her experience on stage and screen has helped her grow as a songwriter. “The worlds meld so perfectly,” she says of the connection between acting and music. “With music, it feels a lot more personal. Obviously, when I’m in a film or television show, I’m getting my own emotions out through someone else’s words. In that sense, it feels very different, because as soon as I step into anything musically, it’s very, very personal.”
Below, Day dishes about her conversation with Musgraves at ACL Music Festival, why she wanted to be a part of the Empowered by Bumble Bizz experience and more.
You’ve had an exciting day here at ACL Music Festival! Let’s go back to the very beginning: when did you first become interested in music?
I wrote my first song when I was 10 -- that’s when I first discovered songwriting. It’s one of those clichés: I’ve been singing since I came out of the womb (laughs). I don’t remember not singing, but I do remember discovering songwriting. That’s my favorite part of music. I can’t fall asleep to songs, to music if it has lyrics, because I’m too focused on that. I picked up guitar when I was 14, and that’s when I really started writing a lot.
As a working musician, did you have a big break moment before this one with Bumble Bizz?
I recently played the Troubadour, and the [renowned L.A. venue] is the coolest thing ever. I’m a big fan of Carole King and Elton John, so playing there and getting to walk down those stairs onto the stage -- it was a dream come true. I also played Sundance and opened for Rita Wilson, which was really cool! Tom Hanks came up to me, and he said, “We’ve been prepping for this show all week! We’ve been listening to your music and we love it!” I thought to myself, “Oh my GOD, I’m gonna have a heart attack, because Tom Hanks is standing right there, and Rita’s right there watching me!”