Season 12 The Voice runner up Lauren Duski hasn’t been shy about taking time to release vulnerable music after her run on the competition show. More than a year passed after winning The Voice when she dropped her first single “Costume Party.” Shortly after that, earlier this year, the country singer + songwriter released her debut EP Midwestern Girl Part 1. We spoke to Duski earlier this year about her honest songs and her inspirations. Read our full Swag Spotlight here.
“Chasing Me (Voice Memo) was released on Friday, December 6th. Duski recorded the emotional, sensitive voice memo in a bathroom at the House of Blues in Chicago on November 6th, 2019 while out on tour opening up for Lukas Graham. Ironically, the song features a picture of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a bite taken out of it, gently resting next to a butter knife on a paper plate as the album artwork.
The single begins with Duski admitting the comfort in leaving the dream behind and heading back home, simply because that’s the easier thing to pursue. She sings: “I’ve asked myself, again and again, why don’t I pack it up and then? // Move back home and settle down // Find a good man back in my hometown” She proceeds to realize that this dream is everything she’s ever known and everything she’s ever wanted.
“But I’ve got songs I wanna sing / The new ones, the old ones and the in betweens / This dream keeps chasing me / Like the birds and the bees in the yard back when I was a kid / Like my little brother on his BMX / I ran and I ran ‘til I was out of breath / I tried for a while to deny who I was always born to be / I swear I’m not chasing down this dream / This dream’s been chasing me”
Duski shared on Instagram shortly after the release, “I released a new song today called Chasing Me” and it wasn’t supposed to come out yet. It was supposed to be “produced perfectly” but to be honest, after feeling the way it connected after every show I didn’t want to wait any longer. So I recorded it in a bathroom in Chicago on my iPhone. I’ve tried to run away from this music thing my whole life. I’ve tried to go back to school. Every time I do though, something keeps tapping me on my shoulder saying, “Nope. Not yet.” Maybe this is just an inevitable process we go through as young adults, searching for meaning or trying to find ourselves? I have no idea. Here I am at 28… still no answers and I’ve tried to pray it away at least once or twice a week for the last few years. The one thing I do know is that the closest thing to any purpose I’ve ever experienced is standing up there on stage and getting an opportunity to be vulnerable with you all. I’m so grateful for the relationship I have with all of you. Thank you for accepting me and this song with all its imperfections. No turning back now. A massive thank you to @nathanchapmanofficial and @emily_landis for writing it with me.”
“Chasing Me (Voice Memo)” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently music here on our “New Country Music” playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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