52 Songs Of Happiness artist Bean is set to grow to become a pop music icon

Welcome to 52 Songs Of Happiness, a collection of unique music from around the world brought to you by Coca-Cola. Each of these amazing new acts has crafted a one-off song for Coca-Cola based around a treasured location, as well as a Placelist with the music that makes that place so special.

We reach the halfway point on our journey with our 26th contribution to 52 Songs of Happiness, from Nashville pop star in the making Bean. Her electrifying song ‘Carnival Ride’ is a perfect sweet slice of pop to celebrate this milestone! We met the singer to discuss her track, and her choice of Placelist.

Hi Bean, thanks so much for getting involved in 52 Songs of Happiness! How would you describe your music?

Hello! My songs are very happy and each one is three-ish minutes about different events that have happened throughout my 22 years. I would say my music fits into the category of ‘sophisticated pop’ if there is such a thing. A Taylor Swift vibe lyrically and production wise, but with a dash of soul! The lyrics behind my music contain 100% of my heart and the production is what makes it fun and bubbly, and my goal is writing what my heart feels down on paper, and to relate to those whose ears hear my music. To let them know that in any life circumstance, there is someone else out there at any given time that can relate to their situation. 

Tell us where you wrote your song for 52 Songs of Happiness? 

I wrote ‘Carnival Ride’ after my very first visit to the pier in Santa Monica in California. The beautiful lights illuminating the waves crashing against the sandy beach while the sun says goodbye. There was magic there… and so I grabbed a pen to write what is now 1/52 of the 52 Songs of Happiness :) 

You have an eclectic taste in music, but when it comes to your own songs and your inspirations, who are your top three musical heroes?

Three of my top musical heroes would be… firstly, Chris Martin, because Coldplay will always be my favorite band of all time. Nuff said. Secondly, Katy Perry, because through years of being broke, figuring out who she is as an artist, and keeping the determination and endurance, she never gave up on her dream, and now she’s a mega star. Boom! And lastly but certainly not least, The Beatles, the originators of pop music in my opinion. The best chord changes my ears have ever heard, and just the hottest British group ever - simple as that. Of the current generation of artists, I’d love to collaborate with Bruno Mars as he is a lyrical genius and from what I've heard he's just a fun fella in general. Wow, this may very well be the hardest question I've ever answered and it's difficult to name just a few!

Away from music, are there any people that have inspired you?

Most definitely, my mother. Mom is the most inspiring woman I've ever met as no matter what life has thrown her way, she's kept the faith. It baffles me at times, as if I was in her shoes I'd want to pull my hair out and give up! But she simply takes a deep breathe and realizes that, “this too shall pass" and everything is going to work out how it should. She is an inspiration, letting me know that everything is happening with perfect timing and patience is the very best quality to possess 

Tell us about the location you've chosen for your Placelist? 

Santa Monica, and in fact California in general, are such magical places! While visiting the pier in Santa Monica for the first time, I was inspired to write a song and couldn't stop. I put the pen to paper and was completely motivated by what my eyes laid upon, and since then Santa Monica will always be one of my favorite places. So I’ve dedicate my Placelist to this special location.

Click here to listen to Bean’s Placelist