To say that the third album is delayed is an understatement. But delayed it has been.
Throughout my counseling, journaling, and introspective time, it became apparent over the years that my art, music, and stories were pointing to a deeper story having to do with my birth mother and family. Over two years ago, I found and contacted my birth mother. It was an intense and emotional time - deeply fulfilling in many ways, and challenging in others. It will probably continue to be a pivotal experience for many years, as far as interpreting my world and how I go about interacting with it. I started writing The Mortal Veil before I found my mother Gina, with more intentionality than the first two albums. Songs were meant to communicate my longing the love and mirroring of my birth mom. I also started exploring songs from her perspective - a dialogue was created, and this gave way to the beginnings of the story.
"My favorite part of the writing/recording process for this song was how we would act it out."
When I first met Chrissy Lake, we had immediate chemistry. She won my heart on a sorrowful day, sitting on a grassy patch in her neighborhood, singing Harry-Connick-Junior-like tunes. I was smitten by her voice, energy, and transparency. Since then we found the time to hang out and see what we could come up with together. What followed was a surprising flavor for me - this was moody music! It really set the tone for the rest of the songs on this upcoming album, and it has been a pleasure and an honor to work with Chrissy.
Chrissy says, "The song "Shine" is very near and dear to my heart. It was a very long, intimate creative process. We wrote the song keeping in mind that we wanted to leave the meaning up for interpretation. This way many people could relate. For me, the song represents my transition to the light from a very dark, toxic place I was in after my Mother passed away.
Writing with Brian is an experience like no other. We think and create in the same kind of way, therefore, we understand each other. We wanted to make sure the song didn't just sound a certain way, but that it felt a certain way as well. My favorite part of the writing/recording process for this song was how we would act it out. He'd say, "How did you feel when you gave up?" I slid my back down the wall and "crumbled" to the floor. This is how we came up with many of the lyrics and I feel it really allowed us to properly translate the emotion behind the song to our listeners. I feel very lucky, for this is an experience I will always cherish."