Nashville-based pop singer-songwriter Calla, aka Callie Prejean, introduces her brand-new single, “Too Nice.”
Calla explains, “‘Too Nice’ describes what it feels like to be treated right in a relationship for the first time. After being treated wrong for so many years I was caught off guard when I was shown respect and kindness.”
Produced by Austin Heller, the song was written by Maria Abraham, Paula Winger, Austin Heller, and Callie Prejean (Calla) and recorded in Nashville.
Originally from Houston, Texas, Calla essentially grew up on stage, performing in singing competitions, shows, and dance teams as a world champion hip-hop artist. In her interview with Voyage Magazine, when asked how she navigates life, Calla shared, “I try to live my life with intention and be bold enough to step out of the lines.”
“Too Nice” opens on a gorgeous, low-slung piano topped by Calla’s luscious, smoky tones. A measured rhythm enters giving the tune graceful heft. As the song takes on resonance and thick, plush leitmotifs, Calla’s deluxe voice imbues the lyrics with poignant caution, echoing her uncertainty in the face of thoughtfulness.
“Too nice / Tell me why you gotta be / Just right / It’s kinda scaring me cause / I’m used to guys who don’t call when they say they will / Chase me catch me let me go for the thrill / Sorry I’m / Just not fucking used to it / Too nice / Don’t know what I’m gonna do with it.”
A final piano-laced breakdown shifts the harmonics, followed by moussing up to the glossy melody full of lush washes of sound, at once dark and gleaming. Vulnerable yet potent, Calla’s captivating voice infuses the song with delicious aching timbres.
Emotionally moving and bewitching, the highlight of “Too Nice” is the evocative, haunting voice of Calla as she reveals her intimate thoughts.