Brynn Cartelli Drops “Last Night’s Mascara” But Not Without Controversy

THE VOICE -- "Live Finale Results" Episode 1519B -- Pictured: Brynn Cartelli -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

The Voice season 14 winner Brynn Cartelli debuted her new single “Last Night’s Mascara” on The Voice finale Tuesday night (Dec 18)

Winning the title last May as part of Team Kelly Clarkson, the 15 year old singer has since signed a management deal with Kelly’s husband Brandon Blackstock. She also ditched her prize–a deal with Republic Record– to sign on with Kelly’s label Atlantic.

“Last Night’s Mascara,” co-written by Brynn, tells the regrettable tale of a young girl who hooks up in hopes of forgetting a heartbreak.

Pretty racy stuff for a 15 year old? Kelly makes it clear that Brynn isn’t telling a personal story. “So proud of you @BrynnCartelli and #LastNightsMascara Telling other people’s stories with your words is such an advanced place to be as a singer-songwriter!” writes Kelly on Twitter, “Can’t wait for the full record.”

Brynn adds: “I did write the song about a girl I saw at a party…. It’s not about my actions. Its called writing in character. My music tells stories and I’m dang proud of it. Hope this cleared up your confusion.”

The singer also returned this tweet: “How about we let the artist and her team, handle the type of music she is putting out there. If you’re a parent you should know what your kids listen to and monitor your own children and not an artist. #simplefix”

Ha ha. Oh boy. Not surprised there is some backlash. Because Brynn sings the song in first person, it’s understandable that folks are making assumptions. Although harassing the artist is NOT cool. 

In any case, it’s a solid, boppy little pop tune with potential. Will a winner from The Voice finally achieve pop stardom? Will Atlantic get behind their new artist by promoting her first single to radio? So many questions. 

In the meantime, check out the studio recording of “Last Night’s Mascara.” The song is available now on streaming and download platforms now. 

And here’s Brynn performing “Last Night’s Mascara” on The Voice Finale.

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