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Somme tries to be ‘as honest as possible’ in songwriting

Somme has a few days off in Canada before resuming her tour.

“I’m going to rest a little,” she says in a recent interview. “It’s been a great tour so far. The drives have been good, as well.”

Somme, born Jordan Cantor, is making her mark in the music industry.

The musician will release the single “Broken Hearted Lovers” on Oct. 12. The single will be from her coming full-length album.

“It’s essentially a breakup song and I wrote it when I was going through a breakup,” she says of the single. “It’s about the moment after the breakup where you’re not heartbroken yet. I’ve been chatting with friends who are also going through this. It’s about the moment you realize that you are broken and the sadness and the darkness set in. Then there’s the freedom period. It’s about an experience with one person I had after my breakup and I was enamored with. That came and went rather quickly.”

Born in San Diego, Somme was drawn to music at an early age.

She taught herself guitar at the age of 6 and was writing songs by age 8.

By age 12, she mastered drums and bass, and by the time she started high school, she was in a band.

Somme’s process for music has always been solitary.

Yet with this song, she collaborated with another songwriter.

“This song is an exception,” she says. “Having that co-write with my friend Kyle was a great experience. The phrasing and melodies came to me while I was in the shower. That was the starting point.”

Over the years, Somme has begun to feel more comfortable at opening up while writing.

She used to struggle with being so vulnerable.

“I’m usually quite guarded, and that created a barrier for me in my songs,” she says. “I wasn’t able to get to an honest and truthful place. As my songwriting improved, I was able to get over that barrier.”

Somme also used to write in a vague, universal way.

“I’ve learned the more details I put in, the more universal it becomes,” she says. “It’s really important to be as honest as possible.”

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