Cari Elise Fletcher, popularly known as Fletcher, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress who made her first acting debut in 2010 as the lead role in the film “How Katie Howard Found Herself”.
While she didn’t fit in the conventional “cookie cutter” pop star mold, she rather chose to take a more creative turn in life by writing and singing a narrative that belonged to her. The unique special proposition about her songs is their inclusivity, relatability as well as unconformity with the set standards.
“Growing up, the antiquated pop star stereotype was all that I had as female representation, and I didn’t ever really see myself in that.”
Fletcher’s music is intense enough to dig into the hearts of the listeners so deeply that her songs leave an enriching impact as they are filled to the brim with emotions and sensitivity. She very finely details the pains and aches that a broken heart suffers from over synths and pop beats.
“My music really focuses on the female perspective and the human perspective.”
Her iconic breakout song “War Paint” originated when Fletcher moved to New York City to attend – The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU. Her quintessential song went viral on Spotify to such an extreme extent that it eventually made its way to a deal with the Capitol Records.
Not only did NYU give Fletcher a reputed degree, but it also unknowingly provided her with the inspiration to come up with her upcoming LP, “You Ruined New York City For Me”.
“When I moved to NYC I fell in love for the first time and I had my heart completely broken into a bazillion pieces, and it was kind of like a toxic situation.”
On being asked the reason behind not using pronouns in her music considering today’s time and people’s unfavourableness towards being subjects of constructs, Fletcher responded that it is her distinctive synergy to come out with the best results by experimenting with the emotions of heartbrokenness and sadness. She believes that nobody is really willing to tune in to songs about happiness as well as emotional and financial stability because such emotions are quite unrelatable. Not using pronouns in her music is very crucial to her as she doesn’t want people to feel taken out of a song or being unable to relate to it.
“Often Times, music allows you to express things that you maybe wouldn’t be able to actually vocalize, especially in terms of songwriting.”
When Fletcher released her song “War Paint”, it led to frequent conversations revolving around her sexuality. While she was a nerdy queer student who involved herself in theatre and music, she was scared to expose her sexuality to the world at large.
“I think because of where I came from, I was really scared about depicting sexuality and being anything other than what people expected me to be.”
But it was with time that she realized her strengths and the importance of living one’s own truth by initiating conversations about it in order to make this world a more inclusive and progressive place to be in.
“The fact that I am digestible and palatable for the white cisgender masses of America—I have to use that privilege to be able to say things and have conversations like this.”
On being asked to enlist few people in whom Fletcher believed that tried to represent her concern, she mentioned that she looked up to Patti Smith, David Bowie, Lady Gaga as well as Madonna, who always attempted breaking the conventional social shackles and pushed themselves out of the boxes of monotony.
“Those people have really been huge inspirations and my saving grace. Even now, there are so many artists who are out there living their truth and speaking it boldly and unapologetically.”
Fletcher’s latest song “Undrunk” creates a scenario of it being five in the morning when you resist texting a particular person. On being asked of alternatives to sending such uncalled and risky late-night texts, she laughingly responded that handing over your phone to your best friend and firmly asking her to not let you text that certain person is the best escape route in such a situation.
“You just have to surround yourself with people that make you feel like the best version of yourself, distract you, and take your mind off that person. Get out of your head, and get out of the house.”