Denitia has officially announced her next project! “Highways”, a country album, will be out later this year. "I went from Texas to Tennessee to New York and now I feel like I'm coming home. Home is where you want it to be, and this album is a collection of letters tracing my past to my now - the Highways of my life. Hearing other folks relate to my journey is really special because it's just more evidence of how music brings people together. And that's a special thing to be a part of. Music makes me feel connected to people and to my humanity too. And I'm excited about the ride I'm on and the road ahead." The singer-songwriter put out the title track, “Highways”, as a single in March 2022, and another single, “White Lights”, is out today.
The Texan born artist started writing the title track at the beginning of the pandemic, when she started writing in her notebook and playing her favorite records. “I hit up Brad Williams, a good friend of mine who is an amazing guitarist and producer. We started writing songs together years ago and the songs we wrote - I always felt like they were country songs. “Highways” is my first release in the genre. My whole family is from the Houston area in Texas, and we love country music. Today, with the presence of more country artists of color, I feel like the genre has the potential to better represent how it started. Between the Black folks with the Blues and Gospel and White folks with Celtic and Appalachian music, they all interacted with each other in some ways and the genre was born from those crossroads. This music is for everyone.”
Denitia listens to every kind of genre, but when talking country, her favorites at the moment include Midland, Kacey Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson, and Brittney Spencer, and her overall favorites like Dolly Parton and Joni Mitchell. “I also love Joni Mitchell. Joni takes you with her in her pocket. Her sound and her voice are so distinct. With Dolly, she has this poetic feel in her lyrics. She paints these pastoral music landscapes... I do think it is important to know the history of this music. And this was the first genre that I was inspired by”.
Denitia grew up in small rural towns all around Texas. She started writing songs at just 12 years old. “My family and I went to the Houston rodeo every year. It was my first cultural obsession. I was just so obsessed with the music that I got a Walmart guitar and a keyboard. The singer-songwriter eventually packed up, and was headed for Nashville, Tennessee in her late teens. “I played all around town and would listen to bands up and down Broadway.” She was in Music City for 10 years, and now resides in New York City. “When I got to New York, I experimented with sounds and electronic music, but I always had country in me. People have asked me “Why are you switching genres? I tell them, “I’m following what feels right. And it feels like I'm coming home. Music feels spiritual to me and the experience is not about me or y’all, it’s about the songs."
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