There’s a wistful element to Carly Ritter’s “Princess of the Prairie,” a highlight of her self-titled album arriving in stores on Tuesday (Aug. 27). As she vividly describes her surroundings — horses, laurel trees, sunshine — you get the feeling she’s singing to someone special. And that turns out to be the truth.
“I wrote ‘Princess of the Prairie’ for a certain little girl whom I adore,” Ritter tells CMT Edge. “I think it actually grew out of the years when I really struggled with my sense of self-worth. It’s easy for us to believe that we don’t matter or don’t measure up. We forget that we have a whole kingdom inside us.”
Ritter is the daughter of actor John Ritter and the granddaughter of Country Music Hall of Fame member Tex Ritter. Along with traditional country music, which she says she became obsessed with in college, she credits 1960s- and 1970s-era California pop as a significant influence.
Yet, she says that time spent in Colorado played a key factor in writing “Princess of the Prairie.”
“I know for me, spending summers in the mountains of Colorado always helped me remember who I am and who I want to be. I was able to locate my self-worth when I felt it in the context of this staggeringly beautiful land,” she says. “So I wanted to write a song to tell this child — knowing that she will have to go through any number of challenges as she grows up — that this is her world. The sun shines and birds sing just for her, and no one can take that away from her.”
Enjoy the CMT Edge premiere of Carly Ritter’s “Princess of the Prairie.”