Like a lot of girls in their early 20s, Kait Weston fell in love with Leonardo DiCaprio in 1996’s Romeo + Juliet. But it was actually a trailer for this year’s Carlo Carlei-directed adaption that inspired her to pen “Til Death Do Us Part” in two hours late one night.
“I really didn’t think anything was going to come of it,” she says.
But it did. Shortly after showing the song to her manager, it found its way into the hands of the film’s producers. And eventually, it landed on the soundtrack and got an official music video.
Weston started her music career the same way a lot of emerging artists of the modern age do: making YouTube covers. But she wanted to try her own original material out, and was suprised to find a positive response when she put it out for people to see. She credits a lot of her inspiration to Jessie J, especially the song “Who You Are.”
“I was in a very insecure time in my life and that song kind of lifted me back up,” Weston says on the song. “[It] gave me the inspiration to be like, ‘Maybe I can write songs that other people can be inspired by.’”
Weston hopes the next year will come with a tour where she can meet some of the fans that have been supporting her. She’s also aiming to keep writing, put out an album, and maybe even sign to a label.
“There’s been some interest, but I’m doing the independent thing right now,” says Weston. “I want it to be that perfect, comfortable place.”