Jaci Butler, also known as That Girl with the Green Hair, is a singer-songwriter and content creator. On September 22, Butler released a new single titled “Breakup Season”. After the song’s release, Showbiz Cheat Sheet spoke with Butler via email about his music career, “Breakup Season,” and his future plans.
This interview has been edited and condensed.
Showbiz cheat sheet: Before you started playing music professionally, how did you realize that you had an interest in music?
Jaci butler: Since I was able to speak, I was literally singing. I stood on my grandmother’s kitchen island and my family watched me perform songs.
Anyway, I always wanted to be on stage. I liked musical theater… Finally, I decided that I wanted to do rock music… then pop. Started a group, etc., etc.
Showbiz cheat sheet: You started off by founding Jagged Row in Dallas. Can you explain to us in detail what it was like to form a band and tour?
Jaci butler: I started Jagged Row when I was 12 years old. I found myself liking the pop-punk and pop-rock scenes and wanted to start playing. I told my parents about it and we auditioned from guys who inevitably became my best friends and writing partners for the next 8 years. We toured across the country and in Canada until I was 20.
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Showbiz cheat sheet: What prompted you to move to Los Angeles?
Jaci butler: After the band broke up, I started writing a lot of music on my own. I spent a lot of time in the studio in Nashville trying to decide what I wanted to be now that I was JACI BUTLER again… I ended up writing my songs “Color Me You” and “Bullet” during this time. .
I also started posting a lot on social media, especially YouTube and Musical.ly (now TikTok haha). I was growing up online and really wanted to get closer to the music scene I loved so much in LA. I was spending more than half of my time there anyway, and so in 2018 I decided to move here. This is my second home. I love him so much here.
Showbiz cheat sheet: Green is my favorite color so I just feel the need to tell you that I really like your hair. Why did you decide to dye it green and have the name “This Girl with Green Hair” be linked to your public identity?
Jaci butler: Ah! Thank you so much. I’ve had green hair for about 6 years now actually… it all started when I was in my band, Jagged Row. I had this custom neon green microphone stand made. At first I just started to match my nails or my clothes, but eventually the whole group designed our wardrobe around green! Eventually I dove in headfirst (pun intended) and on a whim while on tour, I made it to New York.
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Showbiz cheat sheet: What was the inspiration for your new song “Breakup Season”?
Jaci butler: “Breakup Season” was such a fun and emotional song to write. I was also able to reconnect with an old friend of American Idol, Avalon Young, on the song! I kind of took inspiration from every breakup I’ve been through for this – including my worst breakup – the band. It’s about that relationship we’ve all had where you both know it’s over, but you just keep hanging on. Finally, you have to let go and move on.
Showbiz cheat sheet: Do you have a favorite lyric from the song?
Jaci butler: Oh wow. This song is so special to me. Honestly, my favorite lyrics are “I spend so much time trying to make things right but I finally realize I’m fine without you.”
Showbiz cheat sheet: What do you want fans to take away from “Breakup Season”?
Jaci butler: “Breakup Season” doesn’t have to be about a relationship with a significant other only. It can mean the end of any relationship or phase in your life and the start of something new. For me, it’s all of those things – love, luck, life, the right time. My hope is that people can feel all of these same emotions when they listen to the song.
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Showbiz cheat sheet: You are also working on an upcoming EP. What can you tell us about the album?
Jaci butler: The project is called FORTUNATE, in part as a tribute to my incredibly supportive “lucky charms” fan base. I am so thrilled because this is my first full project as a solo artist. I truly feel like this is the most vulnerable I have ever been and I am excited and eager to share these parts of myself with everyone. “Breakup Season” really sets the tone, in my opinion, for the rest of the EP. That being said, the next single is a lot more of a “feel yourself” hymn than a breakup ballad.