February 20, 2017 by 1888media
Paige originally rose to pop stardom in the late 90’s with “Crush,” which sold 11 million copies and went #1 in 16 countries. Paige toured the world in support of her self-titled debut album and its follow up, Positively Somewhere.
Her third solo album, Best Kept Secret – featuring the hit “Beautiful Lie,” written and recorded with Nick Carter – came out in spring 2008, but it was what happened at the very beginning of that year that was profoundly life-changing.
In January 2008, shortly after Paige had relocated from Los Angeles to Nashville – where her parents also lived – her mother passed away. Two weeks later, her father had a heart attack and died unexpectedly. “They were my biggest supporters, always cheering me on,” says Paige, “and it just took the wind out of my sails.” At the same time, she was diagnosed with melanoma, and spent the year in and out of doctors’ offices, working for a full recovery, which eventually came.
For the first time in her life, Paige lost the desire to sing. “Music had always been such a great release for me,” she says, “but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue putting myself through the ups and downs of an artist’s life while feeling so raw.”
She turned to behind the scenes work, digging deeper into her songwriting skills, writing music for commercials and brand-related projects. “When I say I believe in the healing power of music, I know firsthand it’s true,” she confesses.
Over time, Paige felt the heartache subside, and in early 2016, she partnered with producer Jeremy Bose (Ingrid Michaelson, Joy Williams, Trent Dabbs) to create the groundwork for her first self-funded, fully independent album.
Written entirely by Paige and Bose, Starflower highlights the best of Paige’s impeccable pop songwriting sensibilities while ushering her sound into the modern indie pop world. The update is a remarkably fresh and hip compilation of tunes.
Tracks like the dark and churning “The Devil’s In The Details” showcase brooding synth-pop in the vein of Tove Lo or Erik Hassle, while the up-tempo standout “Forget Me Not” bathes in M83/Washed Out-esque vibes with its percussive, reverb-drenched production value. The new record also features a sparkling acoustic mix of her breakout hit “Crush,” breathing new life into an already incredible legacy.
“I’m continuing my story with new music,” Paige admits. “I feel like that’s what this album is about… going deeper, being more aware. I want to take it as far as I can go, and see what it leads to next.”
“The Devil’s In The Details” is available via SoundCloud, Spotify, and iTunes, with Starflower blossoming March 31 (via Tone Tree Music).