Sheridan Reed Appears on Bachelor Spinoff Listen to Your Heart

Local singer unpacks love triangle & makes picks for tonight’s finale

When the Bachelor launched a music-themed spinoff, sourcing from the live music capitol seemed likely. Repping Austin, R&B-pop presence Sheridan Reed and fiddler Ruby Jane Smith competed on The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart, a chaotic mashup of looking for love and American Idol-style performances. Spoiler alert:

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Although the Cali-born Reed won’t be crooning in tonight’s finale, he embodied his adopted home base by calling his long hair and flat-brimmed hat the “typical Austin look” circa episode one.

Austin Chronicle: What’s your pandemic situation like?

Sheridan Reed: I’ve been in my South Austin apartment. It’s nothing big, but it’s enough for me. I spent the first month of quarantine taking some time for myself to decompress and process the state of the world – reading educational nonfiction, learning to paint, tending to my plethora of plants, and getting out to the Greenbelt as much as I safely could.

Besides that, I’ve been continuing to dive into music. It’s been a great time for reflection and catharsis through writing. I’ve been fortunate to work digitally with my production team, Lock & Key, so our workflow hasn’t been interrupted too much.

AC: How did you end up on the show?

SR: A relationship had recently ended, and a friend told me about a new show for “singer-songwriters looking for love.” I figured I would give it a shot!

AC: What was your strategy going in?

SR: To be as open as possible to forming a genuine connection with someone. Even if I didn’t find the right person for me, I would at least have an incredible experience to create, interact, and form deep friendships with some amazing musicians.

AC: You were in a sort of love triangle with Julia Rae and Brandon Mills. What’s your behind-the-scenes take on that situation?

SR: The situation with Julia, Brandon, and Savannah [McKinley] was complicated. A lot transpired that the audience didn’t have a chance to see – [like] conversations that brought certain people together. It was tough for all of us. I made the decision to pursue Julia, but I also wanted to allow her the space to figure out what she wanted – which was ultimately Brandon – but I don’t regret how I handled any of it.

AC: Should musicians date other musicians?

SR: I think so! Working with your romantic partner in your creative endeavors can yield surprising and unexpected results. You can definitely connect with your partner in a different way than just another writing session or performance.

“I made the decision to pursue Julia, but I also wanted to allow her the space to figure out what she wanted – which was ultimately Brandon – but I don’t regret how I handled any of it.”

AC: Which couple do you hope comes out on top in the finale tonight?

SR: Rudi [Gutierrez] and Matt [Ranaudo] have such incredible stage chemistry, as well as music chemistry. Their voices sound phenomenal together, but their relationship is a bit rocky. Chris [Watson] and Bri [Stauss], on the other hand, have had a solid relationship since they got together – in addition to putting on a hell of a performance. For me, it’s a toss up between those two couples.

AC: Do you have any new music projects coming up?

SR: I just released my latest single, “Coming Back,” last week. I wrote it during my last day on the show, over the period of a few hours. It was a unique experience letting the audience see my entire creative process from inception to creation. I’m glad so many people have really connected with it.

My next release, “Feeling You,” will premiere at the end of May. While “Coming Back” was definitely more of a ballad, “Feeling You” is part of the next progression for my sound.

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