Collaboration Brings Song “Jilted Bride: What You Coulda Had” To Life For Iris Carter: Music Video Debuts Saturday
Greensboro, NC – Nearly everyone can relate to drama in a relationship, but when Iris Carter’s daughter relayed a friend’s experience, the tale inspired lyrics for a song.
“I don’t consider myself a songwriter,” said Carter. “However, this just seemed golden.”
The story went like this: The girl, who lived with her fiancé, was upset when he went out with his buddies one night. When he came home, his bride-to-be was sitting on the sofa, wearing her wedding dress and sobbing. An empty fifth of Jack Daniel’s Whiskey was in her lap. She glared at him through her tears and said, “Look at me, at what you coulda had.”
Carter’s imagination provided the rest of the story.
After the lyrics to “Jilted Bride: What You Coulda Had” were written, the jilted bride read them and was astounded, Carter said. “She wanted to know how I knew all the details.”
That was 12 years ago. Since then, Carter has shared the lyrics with several musicians in hopes of finding someone to compose music for them.
“I could hear the song in my head, but I didn’t feel confident with my limited musical abilities,” she said.
Thanks to connections made through the Greensboro 48 Hour Film Project, part of an international film making competition Carter organizes annually, she was guided to reach out to David Cortello.
“David is a faculty member with Catawba Valley Community College and has scored short and feature-length films,” Carter said. “I gave him carte blanche, and he produced the perfect tune, matching what was in my head.”
The next challenge was to find a singer with the right presence to match the tale.
“I knew I needed someone with strong vocals that could belt out the tune with confidence,” Carter said.
A friend saw Carter’s plea on Facebook and recommended Glad Gratton Douse. An accountant by day, Douse takes the stage at night with her band, XcentriX , covering a wide range of rock and soul tunes. Douse liked the concept and agreed to record the song in Cortello’s home studio.
“Just having the song be brought to life was a dream,” said Carter, but she didn’t stop there. Every song today requires a music video to introduce it to the market. “I had to see what I could do to get the video made, so I reached out again.”
Julie Whitis of Hickory stepped up to the challenge. An award-winning filmmaker, Whitis went to work finding actors and worked closely with Carter on production details.
Jessica Barret, an award-winning actress from Johnson City, Tenn., was available to take on the title role. The boyfriend was portrayed by Jeremiah Wood whom some may recall from CBS’s Survivor Cagayan (Season 28), or from his modeling ads with Abercrombie & Fitch and Calvin Klein.
“They were a perfect match and did a fantastic job in the video,” Carter said.
Whitis also brought in Hickory residents Bobby Pimentel and Kristen Cubbage to help with the project. A frequent collaborator, Pimentel served as assistant director, and Cubbage acted in the video.
The video release is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 15. It will be available on YouTube and promoted on Facebook and various social media platforms. A link can be found at www.IrisCarter.com/JiltedBride