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Grace Potter Releases New Album Daylight on October 25th – Listen To The First Single

On October 25th, 2019 Grace Potter will releaseDaylight, her second solo LP and first for Fantasy Records. Daylight arrives after a turbulent, life-altering 4-year hiatus from music that had the acclaimed singer-songwriter contemplating whether she would ever record another album. Cathartic and emotionally raw,Daylight is the result of that arduous journey, the most emotionally revealing, musically daring work of her career.  Watch the clip for Daylight‘s passionate first single “Love Is Love” HERE and pre-order Daylight HERE.

“I’ve always aimed to write songs from a universal perspective; so that anyone who heard my music could relate, but that actually made it harder for me to take ownership of my own perspective. These songs were written so I could process – and be accountable for – my own life experience,” Potter says. “I had just pulled the ripcord on my whole life. It was an incredibly jarring, private experience. When the dust settled a bit, the last thing I wanted to do was tell the whole world about it through song. It was a very gradual process of re-framing music and its purpose in my life. So, when I finally started writing songs again – it had to be for myself and myself alone.”

Produced by her husband Eric Valentine, Daylight took shape in the Topanga Canyon home they’d recently settled into. Unsigned and entirely free of any pressure to appease, Potter slowly carved out ideas and the two began laying down tracks. Moving to Valentine’s Hollywood studio, Barefoot Recording, the songs came to life with the help of longtime Potter collaborators including guitarist Benny Yurco and drummer Matt Musty, friends Benmont Tench and Larry Goldings on keys and supreme vocalists, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of the indie band Lucius.

On the powerful album-opener and first single “Love Is Love,” Potter fully surrenders as her voice shifts from fragile to soaring. It was the first track written for Daylight and she found the process so unsettling, it temporarily put her off from attempting any further self-examination in song. “‘Love Is Love’ is so confessional, it was terrifying. After we recorded the demo, I had no desire to keep on writing because the feelings were still too raw,” she says. “I was scared to dig any deeper.”

Throughout Daylight, Potter imbues her songs with equal parts aching vulnerability and unapologetic self-possession. In many ways, the stark piano balled “Release” is the album’s centerpiece. Sorrowful but redemptive, its resolution lies in a lyric by co-writer Mike Busbee (“I hope that someday/The sun will shine again/And you’ll release me too”).

While much of the new album mirrors the emotional chaos of her recent past, Daylight also channels a soulful wonder on songs like “Every Heartbeat,” an acoustic-guitar-laced serenade for Valentine and their infant son, Sagan. And on “Desire,” Daylight drifts into an impulsively playful mood, serving up a sweet celebration of unabashed lust.

Having endured a painful divorce and the breakup of her band- as well as far more joyful events like a new marriage and the birth of her first child, Grace Potter reached for Daylight and delivered a commanding statement of power and purpose.

Pre-Order Daylight HERE

Track Listing:

  1. Love Is Love

  2. On My Way

  3. Back To Me

  4. Every Heartbeat

  5. Release

  6. Shout It Out

  7. Repossession

  8. Desire

  9. Everyday Love

  10. Please

  11. Daylight

Grace Potter on Tour: 

August 22 – Syracuse, NY @ Great New York State Fair

August 31 – Nashville, TN @ Live On The Green

September 14 – Burlington, VT @ Grand Point North

September 15 – Burlington, VT @ Grand Point North

September 21 – Louisville, KY @ Bourbon and Beyond

November 15 – Harrisburg, PA @ Harrisburg University, The Forum Auditorium

About RJ Frometa

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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