There is something so exciting yet terrifying about sharing my music with the general public. Now that my new album Liars is coming out this spring, I am trying to prepare myself for the limelight that will be shining on my life story. I realize that I will be exposing dark corners in my history and revealing my most difficult thoughts and experiences. There is some part of me that is relieved to finally open up about who I am behind closed doors. But with each day that passes, I start to recognize that in doing so, I will no longer be able to pretend that I am untouched by afflictions…that I too have secrets.
The title of Liars finally anchored down after I had written the song by the same name. It represented to me the entirety of what I wanted to convey through this album. Just like all my other songs, Liars stems from personal experiences. It was the one event in particular that I thought would break me that inspired me to write it.
People lie…whether it is a friend, a family member, a lover…and occasionally it is ourselves. Often times the lie affects the way we view ourselves, who we are, whether or not we are valuable. It redefines how we approach the world around us. Sometimes it is bitterness that controls us, other times it is fear. But no matter the feeling attached to a betrayal, it is so very difficult to rise out of the ashes after the fire has died away.
Months had passed since I had discovered the truth about someone I loved. I slowly started to awaken from the nightmare turned reality. In time, I realized I was healing regardless of my best efforts to hold onto my brokenness, my pain and my anger. I was moving forward despite my wounded heart and my life was a beautiful consequence another person’s lie. I was not shackled to what I had lost. I was free because I knew the truth. I woke up one morning with a jolt of motivation. What they had done could not keep me down. In fact, I had grown wings in their absence. Their actions had created a phoenix. And I suddenly could see that I was able to forgive without the need for justice because I had grown stronger than they could have ever imagined.
When I sat in front of my piano that day, I wasn’t angry or bitter. I couldn’t even say I was sad, for the tears running down my cheeks were those of bold liberation. I had purpose and value. No matter what suffering I had known…I was going to fly. And this is my hope for each one of you…that you find the strength to rise up higher than the liars.
“Liar, you can’t keep me down. Oh Liar, I took away your crown. I’m not ashes in the fire and I’ll keep rising higher. You can’t keep me down. You can’t keep me down…Liar.”
– Stevie Lynne, Liars 2015
My single, Liars, will be available online on March 1st. The album will be released Spring 2015. Thank you for all your support.