Joy Chapman urges wallflowers to take a romantic leap with her upbeat country-rock single and video Could’ve Been Yes — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
“At first glance, the message of this song is focused on a guy not being brave enough to ask out the girl he really wants to,” Chapman offers. “Ultimately, he never does. From there, I was thinking about how many times people don’t go after what they really want. It’s usually out of a fear of rejection — but if you don’t have the courage to ask, you’ll never know. Because of that, I think the message of the song can be taken further and applied to any aspect of one’s life when you’re not going ahead and giving something a try.
“It’s that great hockey analogy: 100% of the shots not taken won’t make it into the net,” she says. “As a musician, I’m getting used to the rejection — but I don’t care anymore. I just keep sending in and trying. What’s the worst that can happen, really? I get another ‘It’s great, but…’ rejection? I always stay focused on the fact that, if I don’t try, maybe it could’ve been yes.”
Going for it is a notion the B.C. singer-songwriter is more than familiar with. Over the years, she has honed her vocal skills to the point where she can sing everything from high soprano to alto, tenor, and even bass; she even holds the current Guinness World Record for lowest female vocal note, a feat which landed her on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and earned worldwide headlines.
Could’ve Been Yes — already being played on radio through Canada and beyond — is the latest single from her album Footprint In My Songs. The 15-track LP showcases the multi-talented artist’s inventive, genre-bending country sound and unique perspective on life and love, with lyrics that range from introspective to extroverted.