Charlotte Sands is a storyteller at the core and her beautiful lyrics and acrobatic melodies just take you on the rollercoaster she describes.
“Rollercoaster” struck me the moment I pressed play. The grit of her alternative pop sound captures this feeling of a rollercoaster of a relationship that just plays with your emotions. Sands so clearly depicts this story of a toxic and cyclical relationship. It can become so easy to become hooked on highs and lows as emotions keep you engaged but it is exhausting and often painful to experience those rushes of joy and hurt. You can hear her frustration with navigating this balance, especially with someone who is older and should hopefully know better and not manipulate the emotions of someone who is all in. It becomes hard to leave because you’ve survived these moments together.
Rollercoaster is yet another fantastic example of the alt pop punch that Sands gives listeners without fail.
“Rollercoaster is a song about a relationship that’s stuck in a toxic cycle,” explains Charlotte. “It’s about being addicted to the highs and lows and the inability to leave someone because you’ve already survived so much together. This song was written about moments in my life and my own relationships and I hope it allows other people to feel less alone while struggling with similar situations and emotions.”
The prolific Nashville-based artist has also announced her first-ever national headlining tour dubbed the Love and Other Lies Tour, starting 9/6.
Charlotte Sands isn’t afraid to speak or play loud. In November of 2020, Sands leaked a song called "Dress" that she wrote about Harry Styles wearing a dress on the cover of Vogue. Within hours, the song became an anthem of self-expression for thousands (now, millions) of listeners across the globe. The electric-blue-haired singer/songwriter’s musical career didn’t start with the overnight success of a viral song. At 18, she stole her mom's car, found a roommate on Craigslist, and left her home in Hopkinton, MA for Nashville, TN, with a plan to take a year off of school before attending Berklee College of Music. She never went back.
She dropped 7 singles from her bedroom in lockdown. Alternative Press named Sands one of "11 rising artists who fine-tuned their sound". Spotify chose Charlotte for the cover of their year-end playlist, Fresh Finds: Best of Pop 2020 – her catalog amassing over 30 Million Global Streams.
In 2022, you can find Sands spending the majority of her time on tour, opening for artists like , , and . Sands’ personal mission to “create a safe space for people to feel accepted and celebrated for their weirdness and diversity” is something she takes seriously. And as evident by the overwhelmingly positive comments that flood her social media, her fans take pride in championing her as they recognize how she champions them.
9/6 Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
9/7 Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe at Old National Centre
9/12 Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
9/13 Milwaukee, WI - The Back Room @ Colectivo
9/15 Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room
9/17 Chicago, IL - Riot Fest
9/20 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
9/21 Salt Lake City, UT - Soundwell
9/23 Seattle, WA - Madame Lou's
9/24 Portland, OR - Holocene
9/27 San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar
9/28 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
9/30 Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
10/1 San Diego, CA - House of Blues Voodoo Room
10/2 Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
10/4 Dallas, TX - Club Dada
10/5 Houston, TX - White Oak Upstairs
10/6 San Antonio, TX - VIBES Underground
10/7-10/9 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10/10 Orlando, FL - The Abbey
10/11 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade Purgatory
10/12 Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre
10/14 Washington, DC - Songbyrd
10/15 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
10/16 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
10/18 Philadelphia, PA - The Foundry
10/19 Pittsburgh, PA - Thunderbird Music Hall
10/20 Columbus, OH - The Basement
11/5 Nashville, TN - Basement East
Charlotte Sands Socials
Review by Hannah Schneider