Spencer Crandall is carving her own path in country music: “I really want success”

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Nina Long Spencer Crandall

Sitting on the left corner of Spencer Crandall’s merchandising table is a clear plastic container filled with hundreds and hundreds of crumpled pieces of paper. Some are named after a dedicated fan. Others hold a sweet message. And others hold a special song lyric or two.

But one day, all of them will become the sweetest of confetti.

“It’s the dream,” Crandall, 27, says from a cramped dressing room on a Saturday night in Chicago. “Every morning when I’m journaling, I just write down the words ‘confetti moment’. Our goal is to have all of the confetti pieces from every show we’ve played stacked up, and then when we play our first stadium show, they will all explode at the same time with all the names of everyone who brought me here.”

And as Crandall continues his tour with another firecracker Lauren Alainathose festive confetti start to pile up fast.

“We’ve got bags and bags and bags of it right now,” he laughs at the confetti created by his tight-knit group of fans who he lovingly calls “The Stadium Gang.” “I don’t want to come to this stadium one day feeling like I’m surrounded by strangers. I want to feel like we did this together.”

Crandall is, in fact, “doing it” right now.

He recently released his new single “Red Flags”, which he wrote alongside Gus Ross and Luke Eisner. Her current single, “Made,” has garnered over 12.5 million streams since its release in mid-September. Add that to the viral success of “My Person” and the ongoing love affair with his millions of social media followers, and Crandall certainly seems to have set himself up for country music success.

“I can write these songs in little rooms in Nashville and then you put them on your phone and hopefully it turns into something,” says Crandall, a former football player who grew up loving Garth in Colorado. Brooks, Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney, eventually moving to Nashville in 2016. “You just sit around hoping these songs are going to touch people’s hearts.”

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That mission has actually been accomplished, from people playing “My Person” at their wedding to fan auditions (“I’d Rather Call Them Friends”) who made the decision to avoid divorce simply because Crandall’s song lyrics have touched their collective heart.

“We really focus on ‘The Stadium Gang’ and the fans,” Crandall told PEOPLE. “I think that’s what’s going to get us there and what’s going to keep us there.”

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Nina Long Spencer Crandall

“There” symbolizes a multitude of things for Crandall in this moment, from finally standing on the stadium stage one day to hearing his name called at an awards show.

“I was watching the ACM Awards, and we have the streams they have and we have the fans they have,” Crandall says, failing to mention “they” who he’s referring to. “That means we can’t be too far behind. If there’s smoke there’s fire and I think there’s more than enough smoke now for people to realize we’re here…and we’re not going anywhere.”

Certainly, all these goals that Crandall carries in him push him towards professional success. But currently, they aren’t helping him much in the dating department.

And according to him, it’s fine.

“I really want to be successful and I really want to get married someday, but they’re both kind of out of my control,” concludes Crandall, who plans to release an entire album in 2022. “I’m just trying to focus on the best version of myself and I hope it attracts the right person. Should I probably go on a few more dates? Yes.” He’s laughing. “It’s definitely something I don’t think about as much as maybe other guys my age, I guess because I really like what I’m doing right now.”

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