I am generally really fond of music artists who are brutally honest about their songwriting and what inspires them. This month I am yet again surprised by someone new on my music radar. Her name is Ivory Layne. I don’t know much about her except to say she originally hails from North Carolina and is now based in Nashville. Seriously, what is it about Nashville-based musicians at the moment that I am captivated by their heart-on-sleeve approach to music? Anyway, with a little further digging I discovered Ivory Layne has increasingly been making waves over the past five fives or so. Interestingly, a few years back she signed to Justin Timberlake’s Villa 40 artist development group. Of course this sort of exposure isn’t always going to guarantee success. In truth, I’m not so sure she needs it. She seems to have the ability to grab people’s attention all on her own, especially with her otherworldly vocals and poetic lyrics.
The latest Ivory Layne single that seems to have everyone talking at the moment is called Heaven, a great follow-up to Boy Loves Me, which has been described by Atwood Magazine as ‘an intimate prayer for strength’. In an exclusive with Atwood, Ivory Lane said the following about Heaven: “Heaven’ was written as a broad-spectrum prayer, something I could sing at any moment to remind myself of a more glorious, large perspective. There have been times in my life when I’ve needed prayer walking through a dark, lonely place — and contrasting moments when I’ve stood in the midst of heady celebration, yet still felt something was missing. This song was designed to be sung in the midst of “I don’t know” and offer words in situations that seem to be without. It is one of my favorite, most therapeutic songs to sing live.”
Anyway, here is Ivory Layne’s soulful Heaven, a song not so much about our preoccupation about heaven, but a song that I believe uses heaven as a metaphor in our search for inner strength. Enjoy!