The 16-year-old country artist, working on her debut album for Big Machine (home to Taylor Swift and The Band Perry), was invited, like many artists, to submit songs for consideration for the Hunger Games soundtrack.
Having become a fan of the first book when she read it in eighth grade English, she penned “Girl on Fire” — inspired by heroine Katniss Everdeen’s nickname — with her producer Seth Bolt of the band Needtobreathe. Though it didn’t ultimately make the track list, Bowen is releasing the song to fans in the hope that those who loved the book as much as she did will enjoy it.
Bowen tells EW she and Bolt described these sounds as “underwater percussion,” and they thought this contrast of fire and water was intriguing
Then there’s her voice, which has an urgency beyond her years. “I just want that fight for something to come through when I sing,” she says. And it does, especially in the chorus: ”Lover hold me/Fighter join me/Whose side are you on/Oh, when the lines are drawn/Fear that blinds me/Faith that burns me/Lost and confused/Through all the smoke and the blaze of you/The flames are getting higher/Girl on Fire.”