Having released her third studio album, titled 'Shining In The Half Light,' Elles Bailey's latest ten-track record is a reflection on the isolation, uncertainty and worry prevalent in society throughout the past couple of years. An album of self-realisation, realism and positivity, 'Shining In The Half Light' is inspired of those who spread love in a time of heartbreak, happiness in a time of fear, and connection in a time of loneliness. Inevitably marking a new milestone in her career, her latest offering is an exceptional blues album and a truly fantastic record!
Here at The Lowdown, we had the opportunity to speak with Elles Bailey about her latest record, the work that went into the album behind the scenes, her plans for 2022 and more. Keep reading to check out what she had to say!
You have recently released your third studio album, 'Shining In The Half Light.' What has it been like for you to get new music released?
"Although I have been actively releasing music over the last few years, it's been a long while since I released a full studio album. It's been such a joy finally being able to share these songs, and tell the full 'Shining In The Half Light' story."
How long did the album take to come together, right from the initial writing stages?
"I started writing this record before 'Road I Call Home' was even released in 2019, with 'Who's That' being the first song written for this with Brett Boyett in Nashville in June 2018. I subsequently wrote over forty songs for this album, but these were the ten I felt told the story. The album was finished in May 2021, so it almost took three years in the making."
Do you have a favourite song or lyric from the album?
"The opening line of 'The Game' - 'I've always danced to the beat of my own blues.' Although I have many lyrics I love, I feel this is the one that sums me up!"
For you, what does this album personally represent?
"It is about finding the silver linings when your whole world is turned upside down. Personally, it is about getting to know who I am without the show, the stage and the splendour, unravelling the layers and being okay with them, and learning to love each and every version of myself. It has been about finding a new way to do things, and seeing the blessings I have right in front of me."
For anyone who hasn't heard the album yet, can you sum it up in a couple of words?
"Powerplay called it 'joyous and optimistic,' which I like, but I do actually think it's a bit of a rollercoaster, so buckle in and enjoy the ride!"
Was there any specific message that you wanted to convey with this album?
"I don't think there was a message per se. I just wanted to make a record that people really feel."
Going back to your roots, how did you first get into music? Has it always been something that you have wanted to be involved in?
"My Dad was in a rock and roll band, my Mum was a gospel singer, my brother played the guitar and I learnt the piano. Music was just an everyday part of my life. I don't know a time when I haven't wanted to do this. It has always been my dream to be an artist. I feel so blessed that doing this full-time is my reality!"
Who do you derive musical inspiration from? Do you feel that such artists have a bearing on the music that you release?
"I love loads of different music, and so many songs and bands inspire the music I make, but there are certain artists like Imelda May, Larkin Poe, Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples. These are some of the queens I look up to and who inspire me to be a better musician, write deeper and more empathetic songs, and play the heck out of the stage!"
What else does 2022 have in store for you that you can tell us about?
"A shed load of festivals in the UK and back into Europe, which is hugely exciting, taking to the high seas to play Joe Bonamassa's 'Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea' cruise, and joining the legendary Don McLean on the UK leg of his '50th Anniversary American Pie Tour.'"
Finally, do you have a message for all those who support you?
"Just a huge thank you for supporting this album and my journey - I am so grateful!"
Elles Bailey's new album 'Shining In The Half Light' is out now and is available to purchase and stream through all major music purchasing and streaming outlets.
By Rachel Dempster