by Thomas Bedward November 06, 2021
A Utah-based folk-meets-Americana singer-songwriter whose music pulls back the veil to reveal everyday vulnerability, Alicia Stockman songs are written like intimate moments, drawing listeners into a relatable emotional journey.
Her debut ten-track full-length album is entitled 'These Four Walls' and is a collection of "songs to make you feel and feel seen." The album says, “I see you. I've been there. I understand.” Written over a three year period,These Four Walls is a luminous roots release infused with gritty blues rock guitar licks and attention worthy melodies.
The first track on the album, 'Stay Between The Lines', was written during a long drive home from New Mexico and the highway inspired single discusses how we all can sometimes “dance between right and wrong and personal limits and boundaries to keep life interesting.” The reverb drenched guitar and wild west twang make 'Stay Between The Lines' an alluring listen.
'Halfway to Houston' is a token break-up song where Alicia recalls a painful memory of lost love. The song is poetic and emotive, laced with soaring vocals and intimate lyrics that express feelings of suffering and melancholia. “I wrote the chorus of this song while hiking a trail network near my house. It was a healthy way to process the end of this relationship while my ex-partner moved out of the house.”
In the album’s title track, 'These Four Walls', Alicia hopes to destigmatize the conversation on mental health.She confides, “I wrote ‘These Four Walls’ to help me process a former relationship in which my partner had severe depression/anxiety disorder. This song was my way of unpacking all that and finding a way back to myself.”
'Lonely Together' is an Americana-dipped folk song with witty lyrics about finding love and connection at the grocery store. With gospel backing vocals under Alicia Stockman's soulful chorus and vibrant harmonica riffs, 'Lonely Together' is a relatable and irresistible track for all the singles hoping to find love.
Recognized for her unique songwriting and performance formula, Alicia has received accolades from several performing songwriter competitions including Songwriter Serenade, Tucson Folk Festival, Suzanne Millsaps Songwriter Competition, and the Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival.
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