Colorado artist Sunny Gable released her debut Americana solo album, Audience of One, on Friday November 29th. Harkening back to a simpler time, Gable’s music draws on personal stories creating an emotional pull that is honest and vulnerable at its core. We got the opportunity to sit down with the artist and dive deep into the meaning and stories behind her new album.
Audience of One is your debut solo album…. tell us about what inspired you to write the album?
I decided to create this album during the summer of 2018 while pregnant with my 4th baby – now 14 months old. The day I wrote “Audience of One” and decided to make it into a solo album was the day I found out my baby would be born with Trisomy 21. “Audience of One” was my acceptance of my new role in life and a new direction with my music – more flexible and on my terms. More about art, less about accomplishment and accolades.
Does the album have a theme or message that you hope listeners take from it?
I’d like to think the album offers a sense of hope in a sometimes difficult world. Hope that tomorrow can be better, that death brings new life, that love still exists, that memories stay with us but create space for growth, etc.
What is your favorite song on the album? Why?
“Rise” is my favorite song – this one just wrote itself and I think offers such a positive message while not being unrealistic about the trials life throws at us. I also love the simplicity of the melodic line and how it lends to the message.
What is your favorite lyrical line? Why?
“I spin oh I spin yeah I spin, round and round and round, on a carousel – but I hold it in yeah I hold it in because I don’t know where I should begin, so I hold it in, and it hurts like hell” – I love this line because it encompasses how I’ve held myself back when the answers aren’t clear and let fear take hold – and being able to see this is such an important step to growing and holding ourselves accountable for our own inaction.
Which song was the hardest for you to write/create?
“One of These Days” was the most difficult song not just to create but to perform. I was inspired to write this song after one of my best friends passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. I’d never lost someone I was so close to and was grappling with what life looked like without her. My favorite line in this song – the one that really encompasses what I was feeling is “there must be some version of me that exists with no version of you”.
Why did you choose the name Audience of One as your title?
Audience of One is representative of being content with what is around me – if that’s an audience of one, well that’s all I need to do what I do.
What is your past musical experience?
I grew up playing violin, guitar, trombone, tuba, and singing. I knew from a young age that I wanted to create music and went on to study music in college – specifically viola performance. I’ve been in several musical projects over the years including a few gypsy swing bands and several Americana bands. My current band is Sunny & the Whiskey Machine and we perform throughout the region, including Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. The decision to go solo was born out of the need for more freedom – both of time and expression. I play many of the instruments on the album and have always wanted to record this way.
What can fans expect next?
I’m working on a single that will be released at the beginning of 2020 with a video. The song is about inclusion and I’m excited to work with other parents of children with Down syndrome to create this project. Beyond that I have plans to release another solo album in 2020 – the theme I’ve been throwing around is “men behaving badly” since I have quite a few songs about what it means to be a women in a man’s world. I’m sure it will evolve as I continue to write and put this project together!