24-year-old pop-country recording artist, actress, and mental health advocate Arizona Lindsey has most recently been in production for her highly anticipated new album “The Process” which is set for a Spring 2021 release. “The Process” drives the listener through the experience of lifechanging trauma and the process of trauma recovery. Lindsey’s debut, “The Castle You Built Me” premiered in July of 2018 to critical acclaim.
In support of the album, her new single, “Anxiety” was pre-released in February 2020. Arizona followed up the release with a live performance and media tour including; but not limited to The Grindhouse Radio (iHeartRadio), WUSB 90.1 FM and WHPC 90.3 FM (where “Anxiety” had been receiving regular airplay). Continuing her tour schedule prior to the pandemic – Lindsey made countless appearances throughout New York (encompassing the Hudson Valley and Westchester County regions, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island), New Jersey, North Carolina (Jacksonville & Charlotte), and winding down in New Orleans, LA. Ari was nominated for two NY Readers’ Choice Awards in the 2020 Chronogram Magazine: “Readers’ Choice of Activist/Advocate and Local Artist” garnering new fans in the Mid-West. It’s no wonder that Arizona Lindsey has been captivating audience’s attention worldwide; as she approaches her music with a sweet-sounding voice, passionate vocal performances, and powerful, heartfelt lyricism.
Arizona has become a regular featured artist on East Coast Radio including Last-FM, Blast-FM, WUSB Homegrown Long Island, Granite Coast Entertainment, Inc., and WHPC Rising Stars to name a few. Once Lindsey opted to take her dynamic message from audio to video, she teamed up with seven-time Emmy Award winner, Chris Sassano to film the video for the single, “Close the Window” which quickly became a fan favorite. Her video for, “The Desired Way” has been in rotation on IndieArtist TV (Roku Music Streaming Channel) and has seen great success.
As a passionate mental health advocate and growing public figure, Lindsey also works to de-stigmatize mental health – promoting wellness and empowerment. She aims to reach others about these important messages through her lyrics as she writes about mental health as well as conducts open conversations with her fan base on social media. She speaks openly to her audience about her goals and experiences, stating, “I want to open conversation in communities about mental health, wellness, and how to build stronger support systems. No matter what it is you are going through, you’re never alone. It does get better, but it’s certainly a process. My work as an advocate and artist is to help people through that process; for the good parts and the really challenging ones.”
Lindsey was crowned the winner of the Gold Coast Arts Center’s Your Big Break Competition, and performed for major regional annual events including the Montauk Music Festival and the Hudson Valley “Music Networking Conference.” Furthermore, she was hand selected by former VP of Warner Chappell Music, Judy Stakee, to be a songwriter for her company’s songwriting retreat. Moving forward, Arizona has been building her advisement and production team that includes L*A*W ( Planet 12 Productions / Amy Winehouse Band), a 7-Time Grammy Nominee, 2 Time Indie Award-Winning singer, multi-Instrumentalist, Producer, writer, choreographer, and dancer; as well as her advisor – Brimstone, an internationally renowned entertainer and entrepreneur.
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- When did you start playing & singing, and who were your favorite artists growing up?
I have been writing music and singing for as long as I can remember. Growing up on Long Island around tons of live music, I have very vivid memories of me going up to live bands as a very young girl and asking if I could sing with them. I must have been about 5 years old! Where that confidence went… no idea! Haha… but, I started my first instrument (the drums) in 2nd grade and my first songwriting experience was singing and playing Drumset. My dad called me Ringo as a nickname for a long time!
I picked up guitar, piano, and classical percussion in middle school (among other instruments later on) and used everything I was learning to keep writing. Going through the many experiences I did as an adolescent, music was my only honest outlet for what I was witnessing and experiencing around me, and within me. I was very influenced by artists like Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift. I was also influenced by Sarah McLachlan, Alanis Morrissette, Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts and Pink.
- When did you decide that you wanted to do music full time?
When I was really young and people would ask me what I wanted to be, I would say “a famous singer like Faith Hill” – I remember saying this at the earliest age I can remember. I was quickly pushed through my environment to pick a more “reliable and realistic” career. Since I adored band and playing as a classical percussionist, I decided in forth grade I wanted to be a band teacher and be a songwriter for artists on the side since I “couldn’t sing”.
I kept to this plan until college. I worked my butt off so I could get into the schools of music that I wanted to. And I did, I got in all my top music schools! But I quickly realized that after all of the experiences I had been through growing up, I wanted to help people more than this. This is when I changed my focus in academia to psychology (and later attended graduate school for clinical counseling). I simultaneously decided to pursue my music career rather I was good at it or not- so that I could talk about what I was learning in school and what I had went through growing up to try to help other people. Less than a year later I started production on my first album “The Castle You Built Me”.
I first want to say to everyone, especially young artists, that music does not need to be your full time job to be your passion. For me personally, music slowly became my full-time job until I was literally trying to manage having two full time careers. When that felt impossible and like I had no work-life balance (rightfully so), I did a personal inventory and decided which path I would take at this moment in my life. My music career is something that makes me happy and for as long as I can, I would like to continue to do it as a career and a passion.
- What I love about your music is it’s honesty; was there a conscious effort on your part to write/sing “honest songs” rather than just “songs”?
Since I started writing music, I have always written about the things, people, places, and emotions around me or within me. Going into production, I do sometimes edit these things to make them vague. I think the more I have grown as a writer, I have learned how to sit in my own chair (as the writer and executive producer) but then do a chair reverse; and try to re-experience the song as the listener. This helps me sometimes figure out what may be missing (either a detail or an instrumentation build up) or even figure out what to take out to help keep things simple and more impactful. It can go either way! My goal though is to always write, edit, and produce with the integrity of the song at the front of the project.
4. You’re also a mental health advocate; and you do A LOT on your formats for people with mental health issues; can you tells us why & how that came about?
Unmanaged mental illness is unfortunately something I grew up around. As a survivor of childhood abuse, I can confidently say that much of my trauma resulted due to other individuals’ unresolved trauma. Often, victims of childhood abuse don’t just face one source of abuse. What I have learned in my own trauma recovery is that when children are abused or unprotected, they may not be taught healthy boundaries, healthy relationships, or how to say no (or that it’s okay to say no). This may leave them vulnerable to other environments that are also unsafe. Until these skills are learned, these people can remain vulnerable to more abusive relationships and unsafe environments, even into adulthood.
Think of it like someone giving you a quiz but never giving you the textbook. Future relationships and environments are the quiz, and the textbook is the skills you need to survive. This was the case for me. My goal is to use my knowledge from my own trauma recovery and what I have learned as an academic in the mental health field to help others in the mental health community.
5. Your new album; The Process, has been produced with LAW, who is a great friend of the station; how did that come about? How was it working with him?
My manager Brimstone was introducing me to some of the people in the industry that he thought would be good mentors for me or people I could turn to if I ever needed help with something. Brim told me about Law before we met, letting me know he had worked with Amy Winehouse and George Clinton doing back up. I knew before our zoom meeting that Law was an incredibly seasoned dancer, singer, writer, and well respected person in the industry. But, from the moment we hopped on the call we just clicked. I can’t explain it! He was the one who said it too! He said to Brim in front of me “I don’t know what it is about her but I like her, she’s got a great energy and a great vibe. Something great here Brim”. I am always anxious to work with new people… but I called Law about three weeks later and asked him to co-producer the record. And from there it was history!
- Speaking of the new album; can you tell us the story of “The Process”? Because like your songs; there’s more than just a title there.
“The Process” stands for “the process of entering and going through trauma recovery, or mental health/illness recovery”. As mentioned in my song “The Sinking Ship”, which best explains the origin of this title, “better” often becomes the focus of people who are struggling. I have personally learned that the term “better”, even when using it to compare where you are now to where you used to be, is not healthy. The reason why is because it negates the amount of work it took to get where you are. It also eliminates the context that contributed to where you used to be (why you weren’t “better” before). Therefore, it’s passively self-criticizing- even when meant to be used positively.
When you have reached a different place in “the process” of your trauma recovery, mental healthy recovery, or mental health management, you better recognize that 1. There are skills and resources you are learning (and are needed) to manage what it is you are dealing with 2. You are recognizing that there are more parts of the process ahead of you but there are parts of it that you have worked hard to overcome 3. You are acknowledging that even through lapses and relapses that you may just be in a different part of the process, but that you have been capable in the past (and therefore can be capable in the future) of moving forward again.
- Do you remember the first time you heard a song of yours on the radio? How was that feeling?
I remember hearing “Close the Window” on the radio! It felt really good! It’s always a true pleasure when people sing along too and send videos of them signing. That happened a lot when my first album came out and I am hoping that happens with this one too!
- Are there any artists you have on your wishlist to work with?
It is my absolute dream to work with Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift. They are both my biggest influences. Especially surrounding their writing styles, self-expression, authenticity, and…well, literally EVERYTHING else. When I say they have both influenced my life immensely, I mean that wholeheartedly.
- You have a Patreon for fans; can you tell us about that?
Yes! This is a new platform where fans can access exclusive content such as mp3s, videos, and even what it is I am working on next before anyone else. Additionally, topics for mental health videos as well as cover requests are always prioritized. Patreon fans can message me directly, get invited to private “Patreon fan only” events (such as the pre-release listening party for the album “The Process”) and can vote/make suggestions on work I am doing before I release it! This is the best platform to support me on as an artist and it is a super fun community to be a part of!
10. What’s next for Arizona Lindsey once The Process is released?
I will be doing an exclusive formal album release party that will be on Long Island likely at the end of April or early May. I will be doing two super fun music videos to songs on the album with a super fun production team on the Island as well! And most excitingly, I will be recording and releasing a single with the one and only Darryl McDaniels, DMC!
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