Last Spring, I embarked on a great adventure. Packing my ukulele, a battery-powered keyboard, and my songwriting journal, and I spent a week alone camping in the remote red rock desert of Southern Utah. No internet, no cell phone service, and not a soul for miles – except for rattlesnakes (I saw three!) and a chorus of coyotes that howled every night. It was magical. Songs poured out of me, starting with an optimistic ukulele number called “Flying Machine.”
However, shortly after returning to my home in the mountains, something changed. The long, hot summer days felt colder as the climate of my country became increasingly charged with negativity. The atmosphere of divisiveness and fear found its way into the music, its sharp edges softened by my heart's longing for peace and unity.
I felt powerless and afraid. One morning, I woke up with a song in my head that I call “Slow The Devil,” a gift from the songwriting gods and the closest thing I’ve ever written to a protest song. I realized that the music was helping me through these dark times of uncertainty and disconnect.
This is not the album I set out to create. I had intended to write something quirky and desert-inspired, but the muses had something different in mind. This is not a collection of political songs – far from it. These songs are about Demons, Dreams and Duality. They're about Darkness & Light and above all, Unity & Division.
Blending electronic and organic instrumentation from producer extraordinaire Caleb Loveless, the tracks range from beautifully intimate to majestically epic. The album is a journey, beginning with the call to arms of “Slow The Devil,” to the battle cries of “This Means War,” holding onto our hearts through the bleak aftermath of “Fallout,” and bringing us all back together in the healing harmonies of “Bit By Bit.”
My hope in sharing this music is to help restore a sense of community and connection, by exploring these darker emotions, and through this process, finding solace and reconciliation.
I don’t believe that “Unity” means we should all be the same. For me, Unity is about celebrating diversity. My last album was about self-expression and loving what makes you different. This new music is about loving what makes others different.