Indie folk rock singer-songwriter Alice Brightsky is taking her solo career to new heights with her new focus track “Up Up and Away” from her debut solo album Box of Me, released independently in 2013. The upbeat track features Brightsky’s enticingly soothing and emotional vocals, captivating lyrics along with a full band including horns.
Being heavily influenced since her teens by the likes of Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake and Ani DiFranco, Brightsky writes intelligent lyrics that come from a very personal place. “Up Up and Away” is one of the brighter tracks on her 12-track album that describes her attempt to rise above the mundane in love and life, recognizing how easy it is to get “stuck on the ground.” Brightsky sings:
I’m not gonna bring you down
So don’t you bring me down
Onto the ground with you…
Up Up and Away
Didn’t really wanna stay
With everybody else on the ground
The Deli NYC describes Brightsky’s Box of Mealbum as having “the emotive import and lyrical punch of Miranda Lambert with the melodic range of Jeff Buckley.” The composing and release of the album was a cathartic process for Brightsky, who completed Box of Me after a three-year hiatus from her music. After walking away from the music business in 2009, feeling “overwhelmed by creative and logistical roadblocks to completing her solo debut”, Brightsky completed the album in 2012 with friend/producer Brandon Wilde who helped her finish “Up Up and Away”, the last track she was struggling with.
“The songwriting for this album was a way of pulling out those emotions that I would otherwise have tucked away,” says Brightsky. “I dove into the box to deal with those things and I’m in a good place right now because of it. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.”
Off her Box of Me album – available now on iTunes