Alt folk singer-songwriter, Brit Drozda shares the lyric video for “Spotlight” premiered by Audiofemme today. The song is from her upcoming EP, Seashells & Stories produced by Scott Jacoby (Coldplay, Vampire Weekend, Sia) due Oct 9.
The nuanced lyrics and engaging quality of Brit’s vocals culminate, rendering “Spotlight” as an anthem for the truest bond of friendship and tells the story of unwavering support. Musically, the song features percussive claps of cheering sounds to celebrate bravery. Brit shares, “I had a very close friend share a truth with me that allowed me to see her in a whole new light. Watching her come into her own, made me so proud and happy for her. I felt like I was watching her step into a spotlight and own this stage of her life.”
Brit will be performing in-person and livestream at the Spirit Square for their Sounds on the Square program in Charlotte on September 18 at 7pm. The event is free to the public with social distancing guidelines and limited to 50 people, more info here.
The 6-track collection Seashells & Stories artfully mingles acoustic and electronic elements with soulful and profound lyrics. In discussing the EP, Brit said, “the purpose is to invest in human connection and to learn from interactions,” she offered. “Lyrically, each song is inspired by a different human emotion and responses to life experiences … What moves people and what speaks to them is really important to me.” She continues with “I feel like this EP is an evolution for my sound, and that my music is going to move forward in this vein from here on out,” Brit concluded. “This is exactly what I was envisioning.” [Pre-order the EP here]
1. Seashells & Stories
3. I Don’t Want to Dream Without You
4. Rose Colored Glasses
6. You Were Right
Brit Drozda’s Seashells & Stories EP mulls the connections that stretch and strain between us with singular melodicism and rare lyrical lucidity. Almost born into music, Brit witnessed a Michael Jackson concert from the womb and was attending shows with her parents even as a toddler. Growing up in Purchase, N.Y. music was at the center of most family outings. Broadway shows ignited her joy in singing, which the 6-year-old Brit honed on a cassette karaoke machine. Classical piano lessons were a constant from kindergarten through college. She began singing and putting words to her older brother’s compositions, and by high school had made her first solo recording: a song written for her dying grandfather.
Brit minored in music at Davidson College, including a summer program at Berklee College of Music. Meanwhile, she was listening to the likes of Ingrid Michaelson, Regina Spektor, the Wallflowers, and especially Coldplay. She toured in a band with her brother that she describes as “The Killers meets No Doubt.” But then there were more folk-flecked influences, like Nickel Creek and The Weepies.
“I’ve always had extremely eclectic musical tastes,” she said. “The constant that runs through is that very rarely do I find songs truly interesting and moving without some sort of lyrical component that kind of jolts me.”