After finding success online, Chicago-born singer-songwriter John Splithoff is enjoying his first radio hit with “Sing to You.” While John says the song is designed to put everyone in a good mood, it was inspired by his attempts to calm down some difficult people.
The verses of “Sing to You” describe a rocky relationship, with John singing, “I know you’re the type who’d throw my hopes away/You’d like to shake me up, to break me up night and day.” John says those lines were inspired by a woman he used to go out with.
“I went on a handful of dates with somebody who was not really nice to me,” he tells ABC Radio, adding, “The only time she calmed down is if I played her a song, like, sang her ‘My Girl,’ or something. And then she’d be like, ‘O.K.’ So I think that’s what [I] drew some of the verse lyrics from…the romantic aspect.”
But John says he also found out that his music could calm down other women who were upset: brides.
“Since I moved [to New York], I’ve played a bunch of weddings to pay for producing my music and rent,” he explains. “And I dealt with a couple bridezillas who were just, like, ‘Why aren’t you guys playing this music!?!?’ And I was like, ‘Relax! We’re gonna sing, it’s gonna be fun, don’t worry.'”
“At the heart of it, the chorus is about me trying to [put someone] in a good mood,” he tells ABC Radio. “I just wanted to be like, ‘Don’t worry about anything, let me make you smile.'”
John returns to Chicago to perform at the Lollapalooza festival on Sunday. On Friday, he’ll be singing the national anthem at a Cubs game at Wrigley Field.
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