Few things inspire achingly beautiful songwriting like loss, heartbreak and transformation. And it is a gifted, generous and courageous musician who can turn something profoundly personal into the universal language of song.
‘Everlasting’ is the much-anticipated second solo album from Melbourne singer songwriter Rebecca Barnard.
“I decided to record this album in New York with one of my oldest friends Barney McAll – I felt I needed to be displaced and unfettered, but to work with someone I was really comfortable with.”
Recorded at Tony Bennett’s famed studios in New Jersey, New York, Barnard’s trademark soulful pop embraces the jazz heritage she inherited from her renowned father, Len, and references the jazz greats she grew up with on the stereo; Pinetop Smith, Billie Holiday, Fats Waller and opera legend Gladys Moncrieff, our Glad.
With a warm nod to her past with Rebecca’s Empire and solo work , Barnard’s creative voice has reached a new level of maturity, confidence and the independent spirit of a woman coming into her own. ‘Everlasting’ has one eye over its shoulder and the other fixed firmly on the road ahead.
Much loved in her hometown of Melbourne, Rebecca Barnard has penned a collection of songs reminiscent of the unbridled honesty of Martha Wainwright, Iron & Wine and Josh Rouse.
Lyrically rich and heartfelt, ‘Everlasting’ is much more than the sumof its parts. Barnard’s songs speak of real life experience – of love and loss, of heartbreak and hope and of resilience and renewal – and its effects are… ‘Everlasting’….