LiWhile a little nontraditional, we've allowed Allison Leah to do a guest post #FeatureFriday to release her new song "We Can Still Sing'. We believe Allison's message behind the tune is inspiring, beautiful and what we all need right now - a little light in this time of worldwide darkness. Here is her story:
My name is Allison Leah and I am a folk-pop singer-songwriter based in NYC. I’m thrilled to share my new single, “We Can Still Sing” with you through #TheCrush. I wrote this song specifically about the COVID-19 pandemic to spread positivity in the face of hardship.
On March 12th, I was in Nashville, TN excited to head to Louisville, Kentucky to kick off my spring tour the next day. When I woke up on March 13th, the tour was canceled.
At first, I was sad, scared, angry, and confused. With nowhere else to go, I drove straight home to NYC. After a day or two, the gravity of the situation set in, and I refocused my energy to try and find a silver lining. I challenged myself to write a song every day to keep myself creative.
As I sat down to write on March 16th, I was scrolling through Instagram and saw one of the many viral videos of people singing from their balconies in Italy. For the first time in days, I felt a sense of unity and purpose. I started focusing on what actually matters: love, hope, kindness, and family. I had this in mind as I sat down with my guitar, and “We Can Still Sing” spilled out.
The night after I wrote the song, I recorded it through the Voice Memo app on my phone and texted it to my parents. Right after I did, my dad called me and suggested that I release it. He said that he loved the message and that the world needs some positivity right now.
The recording process for this song was very unique and ended up reflecting the themes it was written about. My dad, Jon Altschiller, and I came up with the arrangement and he produced it. I sang the lead vocal, tracked the guitar, piano, and bass parts, and my whole family did percussion. I even had my siblings sing background vocals! Usually, when we create music, there is a studio, a team, and other people to bounce ideas off of. This time, it was a living room, a couple of mics, and a family.
To bring the process full circle, my friend Noah Chichester lives in Spain and has been performing concerts out of his window, just like the folks in the viral video that inspired me in the first place. As you listen, you will hear a chorus of voices, including Noah’s, as heard from the windows of A Coruña, Spain.
“We Can Still Sing” is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, and all music platforms. Listen below!
Connect with Allison Leah @allisonleahmusic on all social media platforms, and visit allisonleahmusic.com for more information.
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