WHM Playlist Series: Catalina


Chilean-born singer-songwriter Catalina is strong, determined, and so totally cool.

Now based in Nashville, Catalina is churning out statement-making new music and she's helping Musical Notes Global continue its Women's History Month celebration with a super strong female-only playlist that reveals the influences for her brand new single "Think You'd Fool Me."

Find out what she had to say about her playlist below and in case you missed it, check out the interview where she talks all about her new single here.

"This playlist was really hard to compile at first. As I was telling you before, I find it challenging to come up with songs that sound similar to "Think You'd Fool Me", and even though I mentioned some examples in our interview I don't think they're enough to fill a playlist. Besides, some of the songs that inspired my tune were written and performed by men, which is not a bad thing (but not today, boys, sorry). So I began by adding the HAIM, Lake Street Dive and Paramore songs that I had initially drawn inspiration from. Then for some reason the Drew Sidora song from the Step Up soundtrack creeped up from the deepest depths of my mind. Amazing because its drums in the intro somewhat reminded me of the verse drum pattern for "Think You'd Fool Me". This started my stroll through memory lane and the songs kept piling up!

"First off, the songs by Muddy Magnolias, Grace Potter, The New Respects, Lady Gaga + Beyonce, and Jessie J made it on there for their energy and spunk. They just seem to match the sonic tone of my single. 'Back & Forth', 'Short Court Style', and 'Brokedown Luck' have wonderful arrangements and instrumentation that really captured me. Tove Lo, Valentine James, Lianne La Havas, Jessie Ware, and Alicia Keys bring the chill vibes into this playlist with musical poise. From there, the meaning of 'Think You'd Fool Me' kept circling in my head so I made a few choices based on lyrical content. Songs like 'BYIMM' by Emily King, 'Independent Woman' by Destiny's Child and 'Sorry Not Sorry' by Demi Lovato are unapologetic female anthems. Check! Christina Aguilera, Tina Turner, and Madonna are in there just for being some of my childhood staples. Talk about amazing entertainers, that's three of them right there. My lovely Celia Cruz celebrating life in 'La Vida Es Un Carnaval' HAD to be included. Joined by some other amazing Latin singers, Natalia Lafourcade, Mon Laferte, Thalia, and Shakira. But also showcasing a little bit of hispanic culture through music, you have JLo, Jessica Hernandez and Camila Cabello. My girls, Sharon Jones, Adele and Susan Tedeschi are serving that sweet, raw soul, each in their own way, which gives our ears a wide spectrum of possibilities. 'Animal', 'Good Girls', and 'Los Ageless' are pure sassy grit, baby, and THAT is straight up 'Think You'd Fool Me' language. Last, but definitely not least, Kelly Clarkson and Rihanna. 'Love So Soft' has got them R&B main and back up vocals I grew up listening to. And 'Bitch Better Have My Money' speaks for itself.

"Suddenly 5 songs became 53 songs, and I think I'm gonna make something out of this. So I really want to thank you, Erica, and Musical Notes Global for inspiring me to make a playlist for women and for 'Think You'd Fool Me'. It's our time! Beyond the month of March, for years to come. Hope you enjoy the mix (you can show me by giving it a follow). And if y'all have any suggestions for the playlist, slide into my DMs through Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. I read the requests, I promise!

Listen to the full playlist on Spotify and support Catalina by checking out her performance tonight in Nashville and Saturday, March 31 at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta, GA. Get tickets here.

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