“Queen of Echo Park” by Alicia Blue ft. Lauren Ruth Ward
Indie singer/songwriter Alicia Blue draws inspiration from the shared experiences with her friend Lauren Ruth Ward to craft the gem that is “Queen of Echo Park”. With this soundscape she invites us into their world and gives us the chance to not only get to know her but Lauren as well. It’s personally, a really unique and refreshing experience as the verses and melodies really show a more human and down to earth yet magical side to this uber-talented artist with whom she shares a friendship. The track is soothing, charming and so intoxicating as it speaks to us all and plays with our imagination telling us about a being that we crave to get to know. Alicia is a supernova of talent and seeing such support and camaraderie is really exciting and refreshing. So dive into this soundscape and enjoy the ride!
“…When I first saw Lauren Ruth Ward 2 years ago at a Sofar Sounds show I knew I was going to become friends with her. Her unapologetic lyrics and vocal agility was in many ways the opposite of me, but also inside of me. Somehow we became fast friends this past year and she invited me over for a co-write. We tried a bit but ended up just getting to know each other better. She baked me sweet potato fries and we had drinks and we talked about boring music vs music that “works”, as in, music that works though life, issues and the times. That asks tough questions or at least expresses what is usually not kosher to say. Especially as a woman. I went home and told her i’d elaborate on our co-write, but I couldn’t do it. When I started the lyrics I could only begin to describe the joy this person brought to me, as an artist, as a friend, as a sort of spiritual inspiration. And the beauty and mystery and larger than life experience I had with her, and continue to have. There’s a magical quality in which she chooses to live, and I really couldn’t let that go unknown. I needed to be the one to tell the world about this magic, especially since so many others (her fans and friends included) would relate with it. I needed to paint the picture of what we all felt. Lauren has lifted up so many of us in the LA music scene, it felt silly not to comment on this energy flowing through us.” – Alicia Blue
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