TROY Opens Up About His Recent Track- "Foolish"

Photo Credits: Sarah Olson

Hailing from New Jersey, this artist got his start in New York City musical theatre merely at the age of 12. Troy Doherty who professionally goes by the name TROY is back on the release radar with his recent single “Foolish”. A track filled with vulnerability on an intense level, TROY lets us into his heart, inspiring us to embrace that tender side of ourselves we too often keep bottled up.


The track signifies the revelation of the emotions bursting inside TROY’s mind after his difficult decision to break off a relationship. Through this emotional yet extremely powerful track, TROY tries to convey a positive message to the listeners that it is alright to experience an uncertain feeling of  foolishness after the end of a relationship.


Penned down by TROY and produced by Marti Frederiksen at the Sienna Studios in Nashville, Foolish is an assuring yet an immensely compelling track through which we can witness TROY impressively belting out his raw vocals with absolute perfection. 


We recently caught up with the talented singer-songwriter in order to discuss the process behind his phenomenal new track.

Photo Credits: Sarah Olson

Hi there TROY! Thanks for joining us on Deception! How would describe your sound in your own terms?

Thank you so much for having me! My sound is an amalgamation of Pop, Rock, and Blue-eyed soul! Except, I have Hazel eyes, so it’s got my own flair.


Let me start by talking about your recent track “Foolish”. Kindly walk us through the creative process of the song.

Before I wrote Foolish, I had recently broken up with my ex. One night she texted me, but I didn’t see it until the next morning. I was upset that I didn’t answer her. I thought that when I broke up with her that I would stop loving her, but it’s never that simple. I sat down at my piano and put everything I was feeling into the song.


Did you face any sort of challenges during the production stage of the track? If so, how did you overcome them?

I did! This was actually the first song I recorded with my wonderful producer, Marti Frederiksen. Because he’s such a legend, I was a little nervous. Haha. Recording in a beautiful studio like Sienna Studios was new to me! But after getting my first-day jitters out of the way, I felt more comfortable than ever.


When it comes to creation of music, do you need a specific setting to work in or do you consider yourself easily flexible?

I’d say I’m easily flexible. Some of my best ideas come at the most unexpected times and in the most unlikely places. My phone is my ‘go-to’ for capturing ideas that pop into my head. If the idea comes at a time that’s convenient for me to fully write, I’ll bang out the song right then and there. Other times I’ll come back to those thoughts, lyrics, or melodies in the quiet of my room or in a writing session.


What led you to pen this song down and is there any specific message that you are trying to convey through this track?

It was the day after Halloween, and I woke up feeling hungover. I checked my phone and realized that my ex had texted me the night before and I never texted her back. I felt bad because I didn’t get back to her. It was at that moment that I realized I still had feelings for her. I sat down at my piano and started writing… I hope Foolish helps people realize it’s normal to have feelings for someone even after you’ve broken up with them.


As we are facing this unfortunate pandemic, has the lockdown and isolation effected your creativity in any manner? (Positive or Negative)

Yeah, initially COVID put a damper on things like my performance plans. But it also gave me the opportunity to write and record more music. Actually, a few weeks in, I got the idea to start performing on my driveway for the neighborhood, all socially distanced of course.


The shows took on the name of the “Cul-de-sac Concerts’’ and the neighbors really seemed to enjoy them. I played something like 24 shows and I streamed them live to my Instagram and Facebook. And on July 4th, we did a special show on Bandsintown. So, it became a positive way to feel connected to one another even when we were far apart.


Where do you draw your major music inspirations from? If you could have the opportunity to collaborate with any one artist, who would you choose?

I’m a fan of all kinds of music, from Pop to Rock to Motown to Musicals. I love Queen, Elton John, Ed Sheeran, Huey Lewis and The News, and so many others…they’ve all inspired me in some way or another. Wow. If I had to choose one artist to collaborate with today? I don’t know… I’d say Elton John because he’s a living legend.


What’s next for you TROY? Any plans on your upcoming projects/collaborations that you would like to hint your fans about?

Oh yeah! I just filmed the Foolish music video. It’s about to go into the edit bay and then will be released! I also have an EP set to release in the next 6–8–10 weeks, lol. I’m really excited about that. I also have a bunch of new music that I plan to introduce to the world shortly after the EP release. 

I’m optimistic you’ll hear those songs live over the next few months as more venues open up — check my website for dates at Oh and I’m fully into the TikTok scene so follow me @troydoherty for some crazy fun and new music.


Lastly, is there anything that you wish to convey to your supporters?

I’m so grateful for all your amazing support!!! From all the calls, messages, and love you provide, you’re simply the best! My promise to you is that my best is yet to come! So, let’s keep going. We’re doing it! 

Words: Pankhuri Bhutani