Much of the Love, Save The Empty
album was co-written and produced by Jamie Kenney. McCarley told Laist how she met the producer: "We met through a mutual friend in Nashville. I had worked with a couple of different producers and had just not found the right match. It was so important to find a good producer—I don't know if I wasn't confident enough or if I simply didn't have the skills to be able to use the technology. But what I found in Jamie was someone who could bring out the vision I had in my head, understand it and make it better than I ever thought it could be. It's been amazing.
At one point, I was living in San Diego, and he came out to LA to check out a band. We had dinner and I played him some songs. What he spoke to that—what he saw in the music—sounded right along the lines of what I wanted.
So he said, 'You don't have to give me any money. Come to Nashville, we'll work for a week, I'll get a bunch of studio guys out and we'll see what happens.' So I went out there and the first songs we did were 'Pony
' and 'Sleepwalking' and it was pretty amazing. From the first moment of working together, we knew it was going to be something pretty special."