Country singer-songwriter Shy Carter to rock stage at Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam in PCB

Savannah Evanoff
Northwest Florida Daily News
Country singer-songwriter Shy Carter will perform his debut single, "Good Love," at Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam in Panama City Beach.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Shy Carter has been social distancing for a while now.

It’s a Monday morning and the country singer-songwriter is staring out the window of his home — quite a bit more than six feet outside of Nashville, Tennessee. Outside he sees horses eating grass and walking to the pond to drink — the kind of setting you write songs to.

Carter is responsible for writing many hits, such as Charlie Puth’s “One Call Away,” Kane Brown’s “Heaven” and Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue.”

“It’s just peaceful,” Carter said. “You feel closer to God like that.”

Carter finally has his own music; his debut single, “Good Love” is circulating country radio. He will perform at the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam on June 4-6 at Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach.

For more information, visit GulfCoastJam.com.

Carter has made music for a long time. The process is organic, he said.

“I try to sing a melody, just whatever's in my soul, in my heart at the time,” Carter said. “The lyric might come from something that somebody has been going through or a title somebody wrote down one day, or just something that we talk about in the room. I like to just talk and then just see what happens.”

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Carter’s music industry break was through Nelly, who asked him to produce songs and write hooks. Then, he got a chance to write a song with Rob Thomas; “Someday” was his first No. 1 song.

After visiting Nashville since the mid-2000s, Carter became interested in country music. In 2010, he got a chance to write a country song. It ended up being Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue.”

“I was just beatboxing on the track, beatin’ on the guitar, and it was something real different for a country radio,” Carter said. “It opened up the doors for me to be able to come to Nashville more, and since then, I've just been able to work with so many different artists — some pop artists, a lot of country artists. I’m having a wonderful time living out here in the country, outside of Nashville, just making jams.”

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Carter is “super excited” to release original music, he said.

“I’ve been really working towards this, hoping and praying that I would get a chance to get some of my own music out,” Carter said. “I'm really excited to share with people.”

Good Love” is one of Carter’s favorite songs. He knew it would be special when he first heard it in the studio while with his brother and friends.

“We actually sat there and just talked for a while and kind of let the music play,” Carter said. “I soaked up the vibe of the song, and then we started talking about real life things. A lot of the things in the verses that we talked about were something that one of us was actually going through or had gone through, so it came definitely from the heart and we just wanted to make something positive out of the hard and tough experiences that life throws at you.”

In contrast, Carter calls “All Night,” a “little sexy jam.”

“(It will) make you feel good, make you want to get you somebody to hang out with,” Carter said. “It’s just something fun, make you feel some feelings. Maybe I might have been thinking about somebody beautiful, wanting to get to know and hang out with her.”

“Boom in the Boondocks” reflects his real life. He and co-writers, Tommy Cecil and Craig Wiseman, had fun writing it.

“I live in the boondocks for real, and my speakers are so big and so loud,” Carter said. “I got the loudest speakers in the whole Nashville area. So it’s boom, boom, baby. We literally putting the boom in the boondocks, playing loud music, having parties and having fun, just living the country life with a little bit of a twist to it.”

Carter has been itching to perform his music. COVID-19 postponed that.

“We were just getting ready to start doing more shows, because I've been in the background, writing,” Carter said. “I'm super excited we’ve got some stuff on the schedule. I'm so excited to come down to Panama City, check it out and have a blast, and rock the stage baby.”