Meet Montana Modderman – an up and coming country music artist. She recently moved to Nashville to kick-start her songwriting and singing career. We’re excited to see where her career takes her as the sky is the limit.
Montana was gracious enough to take some time to answer a few questions for us. Meet Montana!
Where are you from and how long have you been writing songs and singing for?
I was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I also lived part of my life in Bradenton, Florida which is where I started writing at the age of 10. This is when I really fell in love with music. I sang before I could even talk, but when I started writing that was really it for me.
Let’s talk about your single “Didn’t Mean To.” It’s almost up to 100k streams on Spotify – congrats! It sounds like a very personal song that you sing with a ton of emotion – what’s the back story to the song and how you came to write it?
Thank you so much! It’s so crazy. I’m so happy people are enjoying it. I’m very thankful. It is a personal song. I wrote it out of a place of being blindsided by my own feelings. I like to call it my unexpected love song. I think the song really tells the story of falling for someone you didn’t expect to ever fall for.
Talk to us about your songwriting. What is your process for writing songs? Are you someone who needs to hunker down and crank it out? Do you like writing with others?
For me, every song is different. Sometimes I start with a lyric, other times I start with a melody, sometimes it’s just a title and I build the song from there. The main thing I try to focus on is being honest. I’ve actually only ever written by myself. Where I’m from I didn’t know of many people that wrote music, let alone country music. Which is why I am so excited to be in Nashville. I really want to start writing with other songwriters.
What are you most looking forward to doing now that you’re in Nashville and getting your career started?
I think what I’m most looking forward to is learning. Nashville is full of so many talented writers and artists. I’m just excited to be here, learn, write and play.
Who are some of your favorite country singers that you grew up listening to? Or singers from other genres you get inspiration from.
Faith Hill, Shania Twain and Taylor Swift. All incredibly talented women. I look up to them so much. They really have influenced my career.
Are there any particular songs that stick out to you that influenced your love for country music? Do you by chance remember what your first country album was?
Yes, so many. Basically every song on Shania’s Come On Over album. “Mississippi Girl” by Faith Hill, “Love Story” and “Tim McGraw” by Taylor Swift, “Something Like That” by Tim McGraw, and “Dust on The Bottle” by David Lee Murphy. I could go on for a while.
I believe my first country album was Shania’s Come On Over.
What country songs are on your playlist at the moment?
I actually just made a playlist the other day titled “For The Girls” with all my favorite songs by female country artists. It includes Keeper of the Flame by Miranda Lambert, I Hate Love Songs by Kelsea Ballerini, Slow Burn by Kacey Musgraves, Make Him Wait by Abby Anderson, If I Were You by Jillian Jacqueline, Space by Maren Morris, Somebody’s Daughter by Tenille Townes and so many more.