Multi-award-winning Americana Blues artist, Francine Honey has unveiled her new single, “Lightning”.
There’s palpable electricity in a kiss between two people meant to spend their lives together, and Honey draws from her very own moment of romantic epiphany on this track.
For Honey, that life-changing moment happened 10 years ago during a train trip through the Canadian Rockies with a friend who had been, at one time, more than that.
“We started the trip as old friends with no expectations of anything other than to have a travel companion on this once-in-a-lifetime trip on the Royal Canadian Pacific Express 1800’s steam train,” she recalls. “As the train weaved its way through the mountains and into the spiral tunnels of Yoho National Park, it was clear the old flames were still alive.”
The two shared a pivotal, emotionally charged kiss, and the realization they should be together forever hit them like… Well, lightning.
“This song is about the exact moment of the kiss that changed it all,” the Leamington, ON-born, now Ottawa, ON-based Honey explains. “That magical moment when you ‘know’…
“You are swirling in the clouds,” she continues. “You have been seized by a force, and heat enters your veins that is stronger than both of you. ‘Lightning’ embodies that moment when love takes hold of you, and there is no going back.”
“Lightning” lands ahead of the much-anticipated release of the prolific singer/songwriter’s forthcoming fourth — and fifth — albums, set for release this Fall 2021 and Spring 2022, respectively; both are recorded and mixed in Nashville by GRAMMY-nominated producer Neilson Hubbard at Skinny Elephant Studios.
Speaking of Nashville, this hauntingly beautiful and cinematic new track features the area’s cream of the crop players — including Megan McCormick on lap steel and singing backgrounds, Will Kimbrough on guitars, Danny Mitchell on keys, Dean Marold on bass, and Hubbard on drums.
The intimate and elegant video for “Lightning” features Honey dressed in a beautiful midnight-blue gown, performing the song at an antique upright piano with dramatic lightning and smoke effects interspersed throughout the clip. Filmed in Kentucky, just prior to the first pandemic lockdown, the video was executive produced by Honey and directed/edited by Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard of Neighborhoods Apart Productions.
“It was the last time I got all dressed up,” Honey recalls. “I remember feeling like a princess — as I did on the train in that moment.”
Honey celebrated the video release with an online video premiere and livestream open to the public, and with a lead-in, private VIP Zoom Party for her Hive fan club members; it’s access to the artist her 20K+ fans are fondly familiar with, as she regularly performs online shows called “Honey in Your Coffee” for her followers around the world.
Check out the video below, and stay up to date with Francine Honey via her socials.
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