Langley's Karen Lee Batten new single, video, and album was kicked off with a bang last week - a very literal one.
As part of the shoot for the video for Cause a Scene, a car was blown to bits on a rural Langley property.
The song is about a scorned woman causing a ruckus as her ex marries the woman who stole him away.
"The girl gets her heart broken, but she doesn't want him back," said Batten, a three time BCCMA female vocalist whose career was kicked off with a top-10 finish on Canadian Idol a decade ago. "She's just showing up at the wedding to cause a scene."
The new tune is "a little rocky, country rocky," Batten said.
It will be the title track of her new album, and the lead off single will be hitting the airwaves in a few weeks, followed by the video.
It's the first music video shoot for Batten since the one for Hearts on the Run for her last album, Every Moment.
On Thursday, she was excited to be shooting on a big property near Telegraph Trail in rural Langley.
"I love it," Batten said.
The property was decorated for the faux wedding, with Batten set to crash the property.
Stephano Barberis and David Angelski, creating the video, came up with a great treatment for it.
"Stephano is unbelievable," Batten said. "I said, 'This is cool, I love it.'"
The scale of the shoot is sizeable, and includes a professional crew as well as friends and family members, some of whom would be playing guests and wedding party members.
"When do you get to do something like that?" Batten said.
It's been five years since her last album, and while her voice remains the same, Batten said that the type of songs she's chosen, and her reasons for picking them, may be a little different.
Emotion is at the core of her writing and choosing of songs, she said.
"When you get up on stage, what are you trying to say?" Batten said.
She spent a lot of time thinking about what to include on this record.
"Those 14 songs are going to be songs that you're going to sing for the rest of your life, so
you better love them," Batten said. Her influences are diverse.
you better "My iPhone has so many types of genres, it's ridiculous," Batten said. Her selections range from classic rock to Mozart.
Lately she's been going back to some old favourites.
"I love Melissa Etheridge, I love Alanis Morissette," she said. In terms of newer country artists, she's a big fan of Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton.
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