When writing it, did Brisbane’s freshest singer, songwriter and budding producer, Oh Bailey, know her aptly named new single Stuck Up, would get seriously stuck in people’s heads? Regardless, the third track from Jessica Elliot’s solo synth-pop project sure does.
Drawing musical inspiration from indie-pop icons, Maggie Rogers, The 1975 and Beabadoobee, Oh Bailey has been carving out a name for herself in the last 18-months, playing Mountain Goat Valley Crawl (her first festival!), and becoming a finalist in the QUBE Effect competition, which previously helped launch Brisbane’s May Lyn, Pink Matter and Fight Ibis.
Jumping onto the radar with her first single, Free Fall, in December 2019, Oh Bailey spent 2020 honing her craft and releasing her warmly received second track, Tamagotchi, which Triple J’s Nkechi Anele described as a “wonderous dreamy track…making the world sparkle.”
A long-term idea that had been ruminating, Oh Bailey said of her upbeat new single, “Stuck Up is about how you never really stop loving your first partner, no matter what you go through together. I wrote the chorus lyrics back in high school, then stumbled across them again and wrote this song.”
This sense of persistence seems to permeate Oh Bailey’s spirit in her personal and professional life, coming across as an artist who doesn’t seem to let anything get in the way of her progression.
“My parents decided to let me start singing lessons around 7-years-old and I never stopped singing since! All of my singles were created on my phone in Garageband, which I later upgraded to Logic Pro, then collaborated with my producer, Maximo.”
When asked what she’s learned from her self-taught roots and organic growth, Oh Bailey said, “Being myself, writing whenever I can and just remembering why music is important to me are the biggest lessons I’ve learnt so far… and to enjoy all achievements, big or small!”
With her small steps already making a big impact, and her first EP in the works, this fresh face is definitely one to stick by.
STUCK UP – OH BAILEY