Kameron Marlowe And Ella Langley Explore The Complexity Of Love In New Duet, ‘Strangers’
“Couldn’t be more proud of this one,” Marlowe shares.
The just-released track has already earned the stamp of approval from fans who caught a glimpse of their collaboration through advanced snippets shared via social media, racking up nearly 2M views on TikTok alone.
How The Song Came About
The pair even took fans into the studio with behind-the-scenes clips and photos captured during the creative process of bringing this song to life. Marlowe explained that this collaboration came about after years of him and Langley crossing paths at various events. Then in March of 2023, they finally decided it was time they combine their talents with the help of songwriters Will Bundy, and Chase McGill.
“Ella and I had met at a show back in 2021. She was opening for me in Huntsville, AL at Sidetracks. We ended up being on the same songwriters event in Maui last January (2023) and we were saying how we needed to write together,” he shared. “‘Strangers’ was the first song we wrote. Ella came in with the title and a story in mind…Couldn’t be more proud of this one.”
Captivating listeners right from the jump with the electric steel guitar riff, “Strangers” finds the co-writers going back and forth, in an attempt to navigate the inevitable paradox of love and heartbreak. After putting an end to their romantic relationship, the characters at hand wonder how to best go forward in what remains of their deep connection.
Reflecting on the narrative, Langley shared, “We wrote ‘Strangers’ about a relationship that feels impossible to escape. Damned if you stay, damned if you leave. A good ole fashioned ‘catch 22’. What do you do when you can’t stay lovers because it hurts too much, or friends, because it hurts too much? The only thing left to do is to leave the relationship in the memories and walk away. But even that seems like it’d end with the same result – heartbreak.”
The North Carolina native added, “’Strangers’ is about a toxic relationship with the battle of breaking up or staying together. This couple is so twisted in their everyday lives that they know they will fall back into the trap if they see each other out on the town. I love how this song builds. I feel like you can really feel the energy.”
The relatable lyrics are challenged head-on through the seamless blend of Marlowe’s polished vocals with Langley’s passion-ridden touch.
“We can’t be friends / We can’t be lovers/ We can’t be weekend drinking leaning on each other/ We can’t be falling off the wagon talking about whatever/ Where does that leave you and me/ There’s too much love/ There’s too much anger/ We can’t be friends/ But we can’t be strangers,” they take turns delivering on the chorus.
In support of their new song, Kameron Marlowe announced his next headline run, the Strangers Tour, featuring Tucker Wetmore as the opener. The 13-date trek will take place in cities across the country throughout April and May. He’ll kick off opening weekend in Nacogdoches, Texas on April 4 and continue with stops at the legendary Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth (April 5), and Stillwater, Okla. (April 6).
Public on sale begins Friday, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. CT. To purchase tickets, visit kameronmarlowe.com.
Just before hitting the road for the Strangers Tour, Kameron Marlowe will join Lainey Wilson for the Australian leg of her Country’s Cool Again Tour in March.
Strangers Tour Dates:
April 4, 2024 in Nacogdoches, Texas at Banita Creek Hall
April 5, 2024 in Fort Worth, Texas at Billy Bob’s Texas – Main Stage
April 6, 2024 in Stillwater, Okla. at Tumbleweed Dance Hall
April 19, 2024 in Airway Heights, Wash. at Spokane Live
April 20, 2024 in Portland, Ore. at Crystal Ballroom
April 21, 2024 in Seattle, Wash. at Showbox SoDo
April 25, 2024 in Billings, Mont. at Pub Station Ballroom
April 26, 2024 in Deadwood, S.D. at Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel Casino
April 27, 2024 in Sioux Falls, S.D. at The District
May 9, 2024 in Springfield, Ill. at Boondocks
May 10, 2024 in Columbus, Ohio at KEMBA Live! Indoor Pavilion
May 11, 2024 in Franklin, Ohio at JD Legends
May 23, 2024 in Fort Myers, Fla. at The Ranch
Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.