Today’s song is “Big Plans” by Juliana Madrid. The singer/songwriter hails from Dallas, Texas, and has been playing music since the tender age of 9 years old when she learned guitar.
Soon after she enrolled in a local music program called School of Rock. There, she found her voice and also discovered her knack for songwriting using music as a creative outlet to express herself.
Since then, Juliana and her guitar [which she named “Earl”] have been inseparable, working tirelessly to refine her craft.
In August of 2022, she released her self-titled EP. Written by Juliana and produced by GRAMMY-nominated artist Benjamin Ruttner [ of The Knocks], the EP explores themes of relationships, religion, and the existentialist feeling associated with growing up.
On the heels of the deep-sounding, “Afterlife” this is the second single off her upcoming sophomore EP via Neon Gold Records (release date TBA).
“In ‘Big Plans’ I explain how my behaviors are acting as a catalyst for distance, even though I long to be out in the world and with the people I love. I have always been introverted, even a recluse during some lower points in my life, but when I listen to or sing this song – especially the chorus – there is this ephemeral glimmer of light airy hope, and it feels good.
I hope when others listen to this song, they can catch that feeling and hold onto it as long as they can. ‘Big Plans’ was one of those miracle out-of-thin-air ideas that happens pretty much never for me and artists alike. It’s like my subconscious had been working on it for weeks, and was just waiting for me to play the right chord progression.
Once I found it the core melodies and lyrics came out of me like a magic fountain. Immediately I put it into my voice memos and continued to edit it with my producer Ben Ruttner. This is also the song I think that made me fall in love with the sound of the MS20. I am obsessed.”
“Big Plans” offers laudable and bright sounds that are further cultivated by her signature soft vocals
Next month she will also be hitting the road for an East Coast tour opening for labelmate Joe P (see dates below).
Juliana Madrid live dates supporting Joe P:
Tue May 2 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
Thu May 4 – Amherst, MA @ The Drake
Fri May 5 – Albany, NY @ Empire Underground
Sat May 6 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
Sun May 7 – Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
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