Artist: Michelle Malone
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Song: “Not Who I Used to Be”
Release Date: April 22, 2022
Label: SBS Songs/BFD/The Orchard
In Their Words: “When I recorded ‘Not How I Used to Be,’ I was so pleased with it because it went down so quickly. It was the first song we recorded when we went into the studio. I had this little experiment going where I decided to tune to 432 instead of the standard 440 just to see how it felt, and it felt better to me, so I stuck with that. And I used my D-35 Martin because I sold it afterwards. I wrote this song with Eliot Bronson, and he came in and sang a lot of backing vocals with me on it. It’s just beautiful.
“It just feels so good, mostly due to the rhythm section. The way the bass and drums play together, it’s very ’70s-feeling to me. And at the end of the day, it feels like a contemplative song, like I’m driving down the Pacific Coast Highway or walking in the woods with a lot on my mind. You know, those times when you just want to go for a drive to sort things out or just go for a walk. It has kind of that lonely feeling but it’s not a lonely song.” — Michelle Malone
Photo Credit: Jolie Loren Photography