Singer/songwriter April McLean played the music biz game for a few years. She had a cut with mega Christian pop singer Susan Ashton and was courted for her own recordings, but something happened on the way to fame and fortune — she couldn’t play the game anymore.
McLean, a Berklee College of Music graduate, was in turmoil over the fluffy material the Christian recording industry was trying to force on her when she really wanted to sing about her own personal truths and turmoil, which often had nothing to do with praise music and everything to do with the darker side of her psyche.
The result was an abandonment of the industry for personal reflection. She worked at a pottery store, temped and made ends meet while her publisher Todd Moore continued to facilitate her growth as an artist. McLean not only developed, she blossomed into one of the most literate, melodically talented songwriters in Nashville’s local pop scene.
With her debut album Becoming, McLean tackles questions of faith in “Father God,” romantic expectations with “Superhero,” emotional abuse in “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and personal redemption in the title cut. Each emotive melody hooks you in, whether it be vocal or McLean’s understated piano accompaniment. And the production’s crisp and clean sound lifts the songs to a level few attain without a blizzard of instruments and effects.
"Superhero” has already been featured on the hit television show Felicity with "Me" and "Becoming" slated to appear in next season’s episodes as well, demonstrating McLean’s obvious commercial appeal.
While the era of the female singer/songwriter is waning, the possibilities for a seasoned artist with McLean’s talent and perseverance remain viable. For more information visit www.aprilmclean.com.
Review of "Becoming", April's debut indie cd