Music Premiere: Brina Kay Rips off the Band-Aid with New Single “Rather Hurt You Now” (feat. Justin Love)

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Nashville singer-songwriter Brina Kay’s new single “Rather Hurt You Now”  (feat. Justin Love) releases tomorrow, but you can listen to it a day early exclusively with Guitar Girl Magazine. You can listen to the single here.

Brina Kay to release her latest country pop single, “Rather Hurt You Now,” a narrative separating herself from a friendship before things become something more.

“‘Rather Hurt You Now’ is about choosing to face an uncomfortable conversation with friend who likes you rather than string their heart along. Having been strung along before, I always try to lead with respect first and tell people the truth, even when it’s inconvenient. It’s better to be up front with people about these things so that they don’t waste their time and energy on something that will never be. Instead, they can use that time to go out there and find a reciprocated love they deserve.” – Brina Kay

“Rather Hurt You Now” begins with a twangy guitar, as Brina Kay opens up about her affections and doubts. As the chorus begins, blends of guitar and smooth drums build to create an impactful, emotional rollercoaster. Brina Kay can feel the connection between the two. However, her apprehensions cause her to think of the negative, would it be worth it to ruin the friendship if things don’t work out? Brina Kay’s velvety voice vocalizes, “Fight or flight in my mind, I know it’s time to face it/There’s a clear line between wrong and right, so please don’t complicate it/I know that you think it’s worth the risk, but I know what the outcome is.” The blend of twangy guitar and smooth drums creates a sonic landscape that perfectly matches the track’s theme. 

Brina Kay’s first release out of Nashville, “Horizon” charted on the highly acclaimed She Wolf Radio, which has featured rising country stars such as Tiera and Lainey Wilson. Kay’s next two singles followed the same success, with “Heat of the Moment” reaching number eight and “Into the Sun” reaching number one. Brina has been featured in numerous publications and news outlets, including Chicago’s Daily Herald and WGN News. Her music has regularly featured on iHeartRadio country station Chicago’s Big 95.5. 

Kay was voted 4th place for Artist of the Year (alongside Gabby Barrett and Miranda Lambert) and 2nd place (to Kelsea Ballerini) for Music Video of the Year in The Women of Country’s Best of 2020 Awards.

On TikTok, Brina has gained over 22K followers sharing her music and content.

Brina Kay will be releasing her debut EP this spring, ‘Dandelion,’ with the first single “Rather Hurt You Now” to release Friday.

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Country-pop artist Brina Kay is fearless, accomplished, and ready to take on her next chapter as a flourishing singer-songwriter in Nashville. With influences such as Natalie Maines of The Chicks, Kacey Musgraves, and Taylor Swift, Brina Kay’s music is empowering and thoughtful, with lyrics that will move you and make you reflect. Her fusion of pop, country, and even dramatic musical theater stylization makes Brina stand out as an artist in the vast genre that is country music. 

Brina got her start in entertainment growing up in Illinois, where she learned to play the violin. She then went on to pursue her education at The University of Nebraska Lincoln, where she collaborated with bands and found her true love for the arts through literature and music.

“I have always thought that music is what we turn to when words fail. I feel like it is something innately human, something that we’ve done across cultures for thousands of years. It brings people together, it helps people feel less alone, it’s something we turn to at the height of our happiness and the pit of our despair. I want to be a part of helping people feel that.” – Brina Kay