New York-based singer-songwriter Allison St. Rock recently released the single “I Wanna Feel Better” ahead of her 2021 EP entitled ‘Whirlwind‘, which has caught the attention of listeners from across the globe.
Allison has taken some time to speak with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution about her latest single release. Check out what she had to say below.
Hey Allison, thank you so much for this interview. Can you start by telling the readers a little bit about yourself?
Allison: Thank you so much for having me! Well, I’m originally from Connecticut, but I’ve been in New York for almost 9 years now. I play piano, ukulele, and guitar, and I’ve been writing music since I was fourteen. I’m a proud queer woman, a gemini, a wine lover, a tap dancer, an ordained minister, and a cat mom.
When did you first discover your passion for music & knew that it was a career that you wanted to pursue?
Allison: I always loved to sing and dance as a kid, and I studied musical theatre in college as a performer. But I really found my voice as an artist when I began writing for musical theatre, and I’ve written and composed two full length musicals at this point. I wanted to translate the honestly and emotion behind that style into pop music, because I love pop music!
How would you describe your musical style to someone unfamiliar with your music?
Allison: If I had to choose an umbrella genre, I would say Pop, with shades of other styles. I definitely pull from my musical theatre instincts and training when I write, and I do love a piano ballad. But I also love to dance, and I feel like a lot of Pop music today can give you both, which I really love.
You recently released your first single “I Wanna Feel Better”. How did the idea to create this song come together?
Allison: Like many songs, this one was born from a breakup. I was just having a really tough time processing my emotions, and it came down to just letting myself be sad for a bit, rather than just throwing an affirmation over my feelings. This song was me saying, ‘Okay, yes, I’m letting myself be sad, but I’m over it. I just want to feel good again. I just want to feel better.’ It came from a place of being frustrated with myself that I wasn’t over it yet, which I’m sure other people can relate to.
How did your family & friends react to your recent release?
Allison: Everyone has been so supportive! I’ve heard that it’s “such a bop,” which makes me smile. I just wanted a song that would make people get up and dance and feel good, and it seems like that’s been the reaction!
What does the song personally mean to you?
Allison: This is the first single I’ve officially released, so it feels amazing. It actually is kind of surreal when I can just play it on Spotify, or ask my Google Home to play my song on my speaker. Dreams do come true!
If listeners could take away one thing from this song, what would you like it to be?
Allison: Oh wow. I mean, there are times when you need to sit and cry and really feel your feelings, but there are other times when you just need to shake it off and dance it out! And that’s what this song is. A chance to dance!
Do you have any further releases planned that you can currently tell us about?
Allison: I’m working on recording and producing my EP Whirlwind, which will hopefully release by May of 2021. I may have another single coming out before that, so stay tuned!
Finally, is there a message that you would like to share with the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Allison: I’d like to share my favorite quote, by Gabby Bernstein: “Obstacles are detours in the right direction.” There is no greater example of that for me than this EP.
You can check out “I Wanna Feel Better” on Spotify below.