Regan Stewart: I wrote Stereotypical Girls with my two friends Melissa Sheridan and Rich Karg. Two amazing dudes that have been producing my new music are Andy Sheridan and Dwayne Larring. It is so fun to make music with the people you love.
What was the process of writing the song — did it begin with a particular lyric or a particular melody?
Melissa and I write a lot together. Not only is she one of my closest friends, but also one of my closest co-writers. She just knows a lot about me and what kind of songs/ideas I can really relate to. On that particular day, she walked in and said she had this idea called “Stereotypical Girls”. I was like, I don’t know. But then she sang a couple lines and the hook, and I was hooked. haha. I thought it was so clever and very much relatable to every girl, including me.
Where did the inspiration for the song come from?
Melissa makes up songs in her minivan, so that is where the song originally started. Then, the three of us were just talking about when you ride in the car and the song on the radio is the only thing that understands the way you are feeling. No matter what has happened, whether that be something joyful or sad, there is always that song that helps you through that time. It’s crazy how much music can do!
What were some influences on the sound/production of the track?
I love danceable tunes. “Stereotypical Girls” is very much a roll your windows down, hair blowing in the wind kind of song. We wanted to give that vibe. Just a fun, worries free song to turn up this summer.
My favorite lyric is “dial into an old friend, her melody’s a medicine.” I know personally that I turn on the stereo to feel something. I love songs that take me back to when I was growing up. I love songs that remind me of my family. I love songs that make me wanna dance.
What does the song mean to you?
It is very easy for women and young girls to compare themselves to others. I feel like in many relationships, people are afraid to be real. People don’t want to be considered different or an outsider. This songs is saying that we all can relate to each other. We all go through things. We all turn up that one song on the stereo. We can have things that are different about us, but at the end of the day- we are all just trying to live life. We can celebrate that together.
Why did you choose to release this song as your debut single?
The first song I released I wanted to be fun. I wanted it to be a song that everyone could just sing and dance along to in their cars. Don’t get me wrong, I love story songs. Stereotypical girls is a song though that reminds me to not take everything so seriously. Life is suppose to be fun. Smile. Laugh. Have a good time with your girlfriends. Do something silly. I love that.
Listen to “Stereotypical Girls” below.