Accomplished Singer/Actress Alicia Witt Announces 15,000 DAYS, EP Set for August 24 Release
Accomplished Singer/Actress Alicia Witt announces 15,000 DAYS, her EP set for release on August 24. Billboard recently premiered "Younger," the first single off the album. Witt reflects on the track, "When we are younger, when we are 17 or 18, we kind of know exactly who we are. I think I'm a much more similar person to that version of me now than I was a few years ago. So I wrote the song, thinking of how to appeal to that side in somebody else and to have that little child version of you connecting, and letting that be your authentic self, as you go out into the world as an adult."
Witt is gearing up to perform 15,000 DAYS in select cities including: New York City at City Winery on August 28, Los Angeles at Hotel Café on September 6, and Nashville at Loft at City Winery on September 9. For tickets, go to www.aliciawittmusic.com.
15,000 DAYS is the length of time Alicia had lived when she recorded the album. The five songs that comprise 15,000 DAYS are rooted in the lessons learned during that life spent onstage, behind the piano, in front of the camera, in love, out of love, and en route from one destination to another. Combined, those songs tell the story of a journey - one that's both personal and musical, ultimately leading to a more mature perspective and fully developed sound. Grammy-winning producer Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Norah Jones, James Bay) brought an ethereal quality to Witt's work, beefing up the songs' arrangements with percussive loops, '80s keyboards, stacked harmonies, and even a string quartet. They worked fast, spending four days at Nashville's Blackbird Studios before wrapping up the recording sessions at King's own studio. Throughout the process, they remained true to Witt's talent as a first-rate instrumentalist and vocalist. With songs whose personal lyrics help shine a light on universal themes, 15,000 DAYS is Witt's most poignant material to date.
15,000 DAYS is the follow-up to Witt's last release, Revisionary History, which was produced by songwriter and fellow-piano pounder Ben Folds. The result was a collection of vintage-inspired songs that looked to the past for inspiration. Outlets like NPR Weekend Edition and the Nashville Scene loved it, with the latter publication calling the album "piano-pop gem that sounds by turns like 'Grey Seal'-era Elton John, an alt-universe Fiona Apple and a film-noir chanteuse notching her nights in cigarette burns on the fallboard." Building on that, with the new EP, she sources her influences from the contemporary world, working with producer King along the way.
While other aspiring actresses were waitressing, Witt, a classically trained pianist, supported herself with a recurring gig at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, where her repertoire included show tunes, big band numbers, and pop standards. The experience felt like an education in the best music of the past, giving Witt a steady foundation upon which to build her own songs. Meanwhile, her acting career flourished, which began at age 7 with the film Dune. Witt appeared in Twin Peaks, enjoyed a multi-year run in the TV series Cybill, and went on to earn numerous TV and film credits (Ally McBeal, Law and Order, Justified, The Walking Dead, Two Weeks Notice, Mr. Holland's Opus, The Sopranos). More about her acting career can be found here.