Beverly McClellan Talks "Fear Nothing"
Wed, 07 Mar 2012 09:35:38
"Being in your 40s is the new 20s," smiles Beverly McClellan.
There's a youthful energy coursing through the fabric of McClellan's fifth album, Fear Nothing. It's a powerful and potent collection of songs propelled by the singer's impressive and irresistible vocals. There are unforgettable moments of pop, soul, and rock on Fear Nothing, and they all belong to McClellan alone.
Hot off her success on the first season of NBC's The Voice, McClellan spoke to ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino about Fear Nothing and so much more.
Did you approach Fear Nothing with one vision?
There's a definite thread that ties it all together. That would be my soul. I've lived all of the things you're hearing. Every little emotion you hear on that is mine with the exception of the Nina Simone song. I pay homage to that great, beautiful, sassy lady as well. I discovered her in the movie Point of No Return with Bridget Fonda. She's an assassin, and she says, "I need some Nina Simone". I heard that, and I just related to "Nobody's Fault But My Own". If I die and my soul is lost, it's nobody's fault but my own. It was definitely easy to relate to that and sing it. I don't do things like the artist, but I can do it my own way. I think she'd be proud of it.
What's the story behind "Precious Times"?
That goes back like ten or 15 years. I took that from my first album, which isn't available online. There are so many good songs on my first two albums, but they weren't recorded in the proper way. At first, I put them out indie to give my fans something. It's hard to be a struggling indie artist, trying to get this all done myself. People will still appreciate the new dress on the old girl, because it's quite a beautiful message. You can't forget the precious times, man. You can't replace your memories, your love, or the things you cherish. You'd better remember them. It's not a picture. It's a picture in time.
What else inspires you outside of music?
People and my friends…I wrote "Come to Me" right after The Voice. Watching 77 of the most talented people in the world be cut, some of them were friends. They'd come to me and express their emotions and sadness. I was like, "You guys can come to me. It doesn't matter if you feel broken. I'll tell you the truth. I'll always be your buddy. Singing competitions aside, I think you're a gem". This song is really to my Voice family and anyone who has ever felt broken. You've got to have compassion no matter what kind of situation you're going through. I was like an Ant Bev to Raquel. She's like a baby coming into this, but she's got fire and she's totally going in the right direction. Maybe God said, "16 is a little too young, but we'll let you get in there and get your due on TV and the whole world will know you. However, we're going to hold on for the big time because you're still just a baby?" We don't always have those answers. We just have to try to be the best people we can be and be proud of who we are so we can sleep at night .
Which artists shaped you?
Etta James, John Lennon, Dolly Parton…I like Norah Jones, The Black Keys, Band of Horses, Coldplay, and Merle Haggard too. Good music is good music. It doesn't matter what genre it is. Adele has got that fire in her too.
Have you heard Fear Nothing?