Singer-songwriter Seth Glier to play new music in Ann ArborWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
“Things I Should Let You Know,” the beautiful, haunting title track of Seth Glier’s forthcoming disc, stays with you — and piques your curiosity.
“I think I was writing that when I was getting into a relationship and realizing that things are getting serious,” he said.
“And it wasn’t so much that I had to be real in the relationship or with the other person. The song is more about just being real and honest with yourself, and sometimes the relationship brought that out.”
The singer-songwriter started the track in his Massachusetts apartment, worked on it while touring and finished the song on a San Francisco rooftop.
“I have this little portable recording studio that fits into a backpack essentially, and I threw that in the car because we were touring so much last year,” he said during a call from his home.
“That was a song that I literally kind of stitched together in every state that we played in; sometimes I was recording vocals, sometimes I was recording guitar. And it definitely changes the process because your perspective is so representative of where you are.”
Glier will play songs from “Things I Should Let You Know” when he stops at The Ark in Ann Arbor for an 8 p.m. show Jan. 11. Tickets are $15. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
His second disc, “The Next Right Thing,” received a Grammy nomination for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
Glier recorded all his vocals himself, and was assisted by three engineers to finish the music on the CD.
“I was watching ‘Family Guy’ at the time and someone congratulated me on Twitter. I had no idea; I thought it was just a joke,” he recalled about the nomination news.
“I feel so lucky. I just turned 24 and never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that a Grammy nomination would be part of my career.”
He’s been earning accolades. USA Today said his “exquisite tenor echoes Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel.”
“I’m just trying to be me, and I’m trying to write what interests me and hopefully touch people along the way,” Glier said.
“Things I Should Let You Know” is slated for release on MPress Records Jan. 29.
“For me, the ultimate goal whether I’m making a record or whether I’m performing live, I want to leave people completely 100 percent transformed,” Glier said.“That’s beyond being entertained; it’s beyond just having them forget about their life and problems for a while.
“At the end of their escape, they can face all the things that they were afraid to face and just be fearless.”