The last year has been exhilarating. It all started with a successful Kickstarter (which went beyond what I had expected!) and with the recording of my new album, BRIDGE THE GREAT DIVIDE. Shortly after, I made the big move to Switzerland, and then to top it off, I got married. You could say it has been a big year!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single LET IT BURN?
Yes, I am excited to share this one with everybody. It’s a song very dear to my heart.
It talks about a relationship that has come to a crossroad and the decision that must be made. Will the couple choose to rebuild things or will they go their separate ways? Whichever path they walk will not be an easy one.
Did any personal event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Life is all about relationships. Early on I learned a hard but very important lesson: some people come and some people go.
I wrote this song after a big fight with someone I loved very much. I wasn’t sure if we could recover from it. That’s why the song leaves the question in the air – ‘will you take my hand, start again – I don’t know’
How was the (recording and) writing process?
LET IT BURN is a collaboration with songwriters Kyle Cade, Kira Hooks and Sophie Ilys Spurling. I love working with other people because everyone brings their individual strengths and perspectives to a session.
It all began in a living room, during a writing retreat, talking about the idea of ‘fire.’ Fire is fascinating because it’s sometimes used to describe passion and other times to describe destruction: the beginning and end of a relationship.
The single comes off your new album BRIDGE THE GREAT DIVIDE – what’s the story behind the title?
Over the last year or so, I have been in and out of writing sessions with songwriters from all over the world. Working with such a wide variety of people has shown me that we have more in common than we think, yet there’s a societal, racial, and political rift that sometimes feels insurmountable.
This album is meant to be a conversation starter. If we talk through our differences and put our judgements aside, we have the chance to make a real change. So let’s BRIDGE THE GREAT DIVIDE!
What was it like to work with Marc Lacuesta and how did that relationship develop?
Marc Lacuesta is a true gem of a human, musician and producer! Working with him was very relaxing and fun. He makes it easy to be vulnerable which you need during the recording process!
A good friend of mine told me that Marc was the only right choice for what I had in mind and she was absolutely right. Wouldn’t have done it any other way!
We’ve become great friends and are planning on co-producing future projects for vocalists and writers in Switzerland.
How much did he get to influence the album?
Marc has an extremely trained ear and he came up with some great awesome orchestrations. He made sure LET IT BURN remained unique in its own way while still fitting into the idea and tone of the entire album, BRIDGE THE GREAT DIVIDE.
What I love most about Marc is that he sprinkles little musical surprises throughout each song. Moments that the audience won’t be expecting, but will most definitely fall in love with after listening.
What role did Nashville play on the writing of this specific record?
My goal was to write as much as possible over the period of a year. Once I had put together all of the songs for BRIDGE THE GREAT DIVIDE, I knew that recording in Nashville would give the album the sound I wanted. That city is legendary!
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Songwriting is storytelling at its best! What better story to tell then the intimate moments of my life and the lives of the people around me? Sometimes inspiration hits while I’m chatting with friends over tea or when I just can’t fall asleep. I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve been caught journaling in the middle of the night.
I’ll also admit that simply sitting in a coffee shop and listening to the conversations around you is a great way to hear some really interesting stories. Beware all those that sit next to me!
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes, 2020 concert dates are being booked now for Switzerland and its neighboring countries (especially Germany and France). I’m planning on going to Minnesota and California later this year as well so be on the lookout!
What else is happening next in Michelle Ariane’s world?
I’m releasing two more singles from BRIDGE THE GREAT DIVIDE on February 28th and March 27th before the full album release with a music video in April.
After that we’ll take the show on the road and get the music to as many people as possible! Can’t wait to sit in all those coffee shops. Those conversations are sure to inspire my next album!