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Title - 'Goodnight, Lover'
Artist - Sweetlove

For those not in the know, in late 2017, Sweetlove was beginning to work on new original material when she was faced with three devastating losses - her oldest friend, Matt, her long-time love, David, and her cousin, Teddy, all passed away within one year of each other.

She funneled her grief into collaborations with writers such as Jay Stolar (Selena Gomez, Trevor Daniel, Aloe Blacc, G-Eazy, Demi Lovato), Evangelina, Zach Berkman/The Heart Of (Ron Pope), Garen Gueyikian, and Adam Tressler, resulting in a collection of songs about “grappling with loss, coming to terms with it, missing someone, wishing you had known you weren’t going to have more time, and how to find joy again.”

Sweetlove has found her own refuge in songwriting after years of helping others showcase theirs. She sang backup vocals for Grammy-nominated and Tony award-winning artists, paying dues on huge stages.

The daughter of a preacher and a teacher, she grew up in California’s Simi Valley and experienced music as a natural part of life – not as a pursuit or a practice, but an extension of just being.

Childhood Pentecostal religious services began with songs often sung by David’s bearded, raspy-voiced father. “I grew up with his voice,” Sweetlove says, before noting that many of his children – David’s siblings – became professional musicians.

Now, after living in West Hollywood for the last 15 years, Sweetlove has drawn from her time sharing stages with superstars and that resonant voice that readied worshippers for interpreting tongues to create something that is entirely, beautifully hers.

Produced by Justin Glasco (The Lone Bellow), her brand new EP Goodnight, Lover puts Sweetlove’s twin devotions to her earthy pop and the people she loves on magnificent display.

Written with Stolar, the title track nods to the bluesy swagger of Shelby Lynne as Sweetlove sings to a new lover, from a distance. Then, just one month later, David died – and Sweetlove’s world and the songs she would write, all changed.

1. 'Devil On Your Shoulder'
2. 'Goodnight, Lover'
3. 'The House'
4. 'Did You Even Know'
5. 'Before The Devil Knows You're Dead'
6. 'Things I Didn't Say'

Opening with arguably the only happy song on the EP, the one-two beat step of 'Devil on Your Shoulder,' Sweetlove urges self-acceptance with heartwarming confidence, and backs that up with the yearning, country twang reach of the title track, and then we get the low slung, layered ballad 'The House.'

Next up is the Americana-pop of the troubadour-imbibed 'Did You Even Know' which she backs up seamlessly with the lazy, hazy country balladeering of wishes for outrunning demons within 'Before The Devil Knows You're Dead,' closing on the lovelorn 'Things I Didn't Say' (a song written about Sweetlove’s last time in Portland with David).

Listening to Goodnight, Lover, a truth emerges: Sweetlove isn’t merely working through her own hurt. She is singing these songs to the ones she still misses, addressing them with tenderness and love.

She is interested in the potential of music therapy to assist others – from veterans with PTSD to those dealing with loss – and she hopes these songs can be a balm to anyone who hears them.

“I think David would be really happy to hear that I took this terrible thing and made something beautiful out of it – something that can touch others,” Sweetlove says, quietly. “I hope listeners take what they need from it to comfort themselves or maybe feel less alone.”

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