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article imageSylvia talks new album 'Second Bloom,' Vince Gill and success Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jun 28, 2018 in Music
Award-winning country vocalist Sylvia chatted with Digital Journal about her new studio album "Second Bloom: The Hits Re-Imagined." She also spoke about success and the digital transformation of the country music business.
On the concept for her new album, Sylvia said, "It has been a few years since I first recorded those songs in my 20's. Over the years, the songs have evolved and it was time to update everything that I am doing live, and bring it into today. I love the '80s era, but you want the songs to feel vital and relevant today, as they were in the '80s. A really good song can take different kinds of productions. It was just time to do it."
While it was difficult to select a personal favorite song on there, two that really tug at her heartstrings include "Tumbleweed" and the closing song "You Can't Go Back Home," where the latter tune was never a single, however, it was a song that she always felt should have been one. "I felt that 'You Can't Go Back Home' really fit the record. It's a ballad and I love stories that have strong imagery. Both of these songs are story songs, and as a singer, I feel I am a storyteller," she said.
Her plans for the future are to do more touring, in an effort to bring the new music to the fans. "I would love to launch a 'Second Bloom' today," she said. "Over the next few months, I am sure there will be more and more concert dates on my website."
"Success is something you define for yourself," she said. "For me, success is doing what I love, and doing it at the pace and with the balance of my personal and public life. Success is just being present and being fully here, and not waiting to live my life at some future date. Everything that is happening in my life is wonderful."
Digital transformation of the music business
On the impact of technology on the contemporary country music scene, Sylvia said, "Everything changes. Doesn't it? The music business is nothing like it was in the '80s, when things were really popping for me. With all change, there are things that are good, and there are things that are really challenging. As an independent artist, I can have access and connect with the fans in a way that I never could back in the '80s. Now, everybody can make a record, which is a wonderful thing, but it also means that there are a lot of CDs and too much content out there. Everything has its challenges, and we are trying to figure out the best way to get out there."
Sylvia admitted that she uses her iPhone recorder a lot. "Of course, we make records now, where we record them on the hard drive of a computer. It is so much different from a two-inch tape back in the day. All of these things have made things better. You can make the records sound more like you really want them to sound. You can get into the fine details of the recording process."
The acclaimed songstress listed Vince Gill and Mo Pitney as her dream collaboration choices. "I have always been a fan of Vince Gill. I love him. I think he is one of the most fabulous singers ever. Of the new artists, I like Mo Pitney. I think Mo has a really authentic sound, and I think he is amazing," he said.
Sylvia's new album is available on iTunes. "I think the fans will love these versions of the songs, as much if not more than the originals. We have all involved, including the fans. I think they will be pleasantly surprised," she said.
Read More: Digital Journal reviewed Second Bloom: The Hits Re-Imagined.
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