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Lottie is originally from Montgomery, Alabama, and she is now based in Nashville. She previously released an EP called Leaving the Labyrinth. "Pretending" is the second single from the forthcoming follow-up album. The single will be released on Friday (March 16), but you can hear it right here, right now. I was drawn to the clean production and the gentle soulful, country music.
After the jump, I have additional information about Lottie and a stream of the song, "Pretending"
Thanks to AGD Entertainment for turning me on to Lottie and this song.
Over the past year, Nashville’s Lottie has navigated her soul towards the end of a tireless maze. A metaphor aptly in line with her debut EP, Leaving The Labyrinth, Lottie has finally escaped the dark, menacing walls looming over her, and has been greeted by beautiful, breathtaking sunlight and skies.
Where Labyrinth saw Lottie successfully grappling with her inner demons, her forthcoming release tells a story from the perspective of a survivor who has emerged victorious from a battle. A triumphant reckoning emerges from the dead-ends and uncertainty, with imperfections evolving into graces, and fear giving way to courage.
Growing up, Lottie split her time between both Chapman and Montgomery, Alabama, getting a taste for the city during the week for school, and staying tied to her extended family in the country on weekends and summer months. She credits her mother’s taste in “just good music” for helping shape her songwriting style, and it was a cousin’s guitar style that helped awaken a more upbeat sound. Now in Nashville, her music shimmers with Music City’s signature polish, but continues to twang with the soul of the deeper south. Raised in a familial tradition of strong women, Lottie carries this legacy proudly with tunes that stand tall, while remembering where they learned such poise.
Lottie’s newest movement is connected by the theme of “place,” like a travel log for her soul, with roots grounded in her southern hometown and upbringing. Lottie’s mother and grandmother are as significant of influences as Alison Krauss and Carol King, and she aims to make her hometown of Chapman proud with this release, especially. Her fans will hear a sound that moves from Labyrinth’s spiritual exploration and exorcism to one carrying the triumph of survival, with an energy that bounces more than it rolls--her prodigal spirit has come home.
Bolstered by a talented new band who have helped bring her vision to life in unexpected ways, Lottie has written songs that have equal footing in her past and present. For all her influences, authenticity is critical for Lottie’s songwriting, as she writes about real events from her life. It’s a brand new day outside of the Labyrinth, and it’s a beautiful one.