Nashville, Tenn. (AP) – Singer Elle King has never fit neatly into any one box. Her early years were split between Ohio, New York City and Los Angeles and her rock music was always banjo-based, increasingly drawing from elements of bluegrass, rockabilly and country.
Now raising her young son in Nashville, King is releasing her third album – a country album through a country music label – that perfectly ties together all the colorful threads of her life. It releases on Friday.
“As a resident and living here now, Nashville and country music reveal more and more layers to me,” said King during an interview backstage at Ryman Auditorium.
She named the new record, “Come Get Your Wife,” after a rude comment a man made about her fiancé, but instead of being angry, she was inspired.
The heavily tattooed singer-songwriter with a melancholy voice has spent years trying to figure out where she fits into music after breaking out with her hit “X & Oohs,” but motherhood has given her perspective and a mindset. Peace has been given. 1 hits on four different Billboard formats, including pop, alternative and country, but right now she’s happy to put all her eggs in this country basket.
Her 2016 duet with country star Dierks Bentley, “Different for Girls”, began her journey in country music, eventually earning her a Country Music Association Award. She’s now a regular at country award shows, went on tour with Chris Stapleton and Miranda Lambert, and her single with Lambert, “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home),” was nominated for a Grammy last year.
King said, “It’s like everything was thrown into the melting pot to make this country album, which includes all the things I love, soulful blues, southern rock and roll, fun country music.” Is.”
She wrote eight dozen songs on the record, which begins with an allusion to King’s own home state “Ohio” and touches on her faith and motherhood, along with humorous lyrics. “Try Jesus” is King’s humorous take on a return to his religious roots, and it gave him a great excuse to add a gospel choir to the track.
“I grew up with a very strong faith,” King said. “I’ve also had a wild rollercoaster of life. When I became a mother, I started thinking, ‘How do I teach him right and wrong?’
King’s son Lucky was born in 2021 after losing two pregnancies. That experience inspired the emotional song “Lucky” as she expresses gratitude. She called it her weakest song on the record.
“It’s really weird because so many people go through it, and it’s not something that’s comfortable to talk about,” she said of her pregnancy loss.
Producer and songwriter Ross Copperman, who co-produced the album with King, said that the singer’s son was in the studio during the recording of “Lucky” and that his child plays off the song.
Copperman recalled, “They were holding her outside the vocal booth while she was singing it.” “She was looking in his eyes that whole tone. It was the most beautiful moment I have ever seen in the studio.
King says becoming a mother has been transformative for her.
“The change she brought about in me, and the fuel and the fire she lit in me, to become the person I never thought I could be, or the joy and happiness I have in my life, I never Jan kya prapya ho, all came and started with him,” said the king.
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