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INTERVIEW: Jacki Stone

Hi Jacki, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’m doing well, thank you! I hope the same for y’all!

Can you talk to us more about your latest video “Wishful Drinking”?

Definitely, thanks for asking. I really wanted this video to be raw, like the song itself, and to portray the nostalgia that this song embodies. I am so grateful for the way it turned out, for Henry – the videographer – and the fun that we had while shooting it!

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

My co-writer, Don Massie, laid these lyrics down in front of me the first time we sat down to write, and I knew then that I had to sing this song, and that he and I were going to be great writing partners. We touched it up a little, and he, Scott Spray and I arranged it to be the way it is now.

The single comes off your new album Like Hell It’s Yours – what’s the story behind the title?

The title of this album came from a huge, and unexpected, shift in the right direction out of a very difficult time in my life. I realized it was time to take my artistry back, and to finally speak my truth, unfiltered. Walking into the studio one day while writing the songs for the album, I noticed a little label sticker stuck to the door.. It read, “like hell its yours”. It couldn’t have been more perfect for me in that moment. I titled the album that day, and we wrote and finished the song within the following two weeks, haha.

How was the recording and writing process?

I was blessed with the opportunity to write with some amazing writers on this album, and each process was so beautiful in its own way. Recording with Vic Steffens on the board, Michael Caplan steering the ship, and a plethora of incredible musicians flowing through and laying down their magic, was unlike any other experience I have had in studio – in a ‘send me to the moon’ kind of way!

What role does California play in your music?

The California that raised me is kind, honest, hardworking, and open-minded (like country itself), so I do my best to incorporate that into all of my music, and into my everyday life.

How do you get to blend the Cali sound with Country? Was it an easy task?

Honestly, the California-Country sound is just who I am, and blending the two came naturally to me.

What aspect of hope did you get to explore on this record?

The light at the end of the tunnel… It sounds corny, haha, but it’s true. There is a reason they say that – there really is light at the end of it, always. This album is a representation of the light that I was lucky to find when I did.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, and those plans are in the works!

What else is happening next in Jacki Stone’s world?

Writing, singing, writing, writing, and more singing! Haha.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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