Photo Courtesy of Shanachie EntertainmentThere are some very distinct sounds Avery*Sunshine fans will notice on the singer’s third album, Twenty Sixty Four, that were not present on previous releases, thanks to, as Avery tells ABC Radio, having “five or six more dollars to play with.”
She explains, “We had live strings on the album and live horns, stuff I really, really wanted to incorporate on this album.” In addition, Avery says, “We have done some collaborations with some of my favorite writers. Eric Roberson is one of those writers. Carvin Haggins, who wrote ‘Love’ for Musiq Soulchild actually collaborated on ‘Used Car’ with us.”
Speaking of “Used Car,” Avery says that if she had had her way, that song — rather than her hit single “Come Do Nothing” — would have been released as a single instead. But she decided to listen to someone whose opinion she truly values: her kids.
Avery explains, “We’ve got three teenagers and we bounce a lot of stuff off of them. So, our daughter was listening to all the songs on the album and I said, “Ugh. They’ve chosen ‘Come Do Nothing’ as the single. What do you like?’ [And she said] ‘Come Do Nothing. That’s it, mom. That’s the single.'”
Avery laughs, “So we have to yield to the kids!”
Another surprise revelation from Twenty Sixty Four is the chorus of voices heard on the song “Abundance (Interlude).” Those voices include Avery and the rest of her blended family: her and her husband’s three children, plus, she says, “all four of our parents…my ex-husband, his girlfriend, his oldest son and [his] girlfriend’s daughter.”
You can pick up a copy of Twenty Sixty Four, now available everywhere, to hear Avery’s blended family and much more.
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