New Jersey is known as the Garden State for its variety of people, industries, and landscapes. When pop-country crossover artist Lacey Caroline opened for the legendary rockers of Bon Jovi in their shared home state, it certainly lived up to its name.
And that's the heart of Lacey's story. She puts a fresh spin on the common country theme of the "American Dream" by drawing on her own metropolitan experiences. Her new EP, "Song Bird", spans across a buffet of genres but emerges organically. Lacey's recipe is peppered with the everyman lyrical prowess of Ryan Adams and Jersey-icon Bruce Springsteen, a dash of Hillary Scott and Kimberly Perry's vocals, and a touch of Kasey Musgraves' and Sheryl Crow's gutsy style. The result? A country-pop-folk-rock-singer-songwriter sound that's undeniably Lacey.
Planting her music in the roots of her own life and in a rootsy sound, Lacey makes country fans out of everyone from New York tri-staters to Nashville's finest. Born in northern New Jersey, she was never the prototypical "Southern Belle," but the daughter of a union worker who scratched pennies together to support his family. She began writing fairytale-esque stories as a preteen, focusing on strong heroine characters. In an attempt to make this a self-fulfilling prophecy, Lacey taught herself to play guitar and recorded her first EP at just 15 years old. Soon after, she jumpstarted her career as the vocalist of upbeat pop-punk sensation "The Best Week Ever." Yearning to better align her music with who she is, Lacey traded in these energy infused riffs for the more sincere songs heard in her latest release. She's grown into the fearless female she once depicted, stamping the music scene with her own artistic thumbprint.
The album is a multidimensional showcase of talent with consistent lyrical work that shines as a raw reflection of her life. Her upbeat tunes feature cheery guitar lines and catchy, creative percussion, keeping your heart open and your toe tapping. Her livelier songs are balanced by haunting ballads, framed by melancholy vocals that drip with a quiet power. Regardless of dynamic, the whole album breathes an intense, genuine air.
"Both New Jersey's attitude and country music are very bare bones," said Lacey. "Dramatic arrangements and flowery metaphors just wouldn't be me. I'm a dedicated, hardworking embodiment of the American Dream. My music is as straightforward as my lifestyle."
A signature collection that's distinctly hers, you'll grasp onto her unfamiliar fusion of elements, but still find her music on your road trip playlist or heart wrenching mix tape.
For more information, contact Kate@ArchitektMusic.com or log onto www.laceycaroline.com
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