Local singer-songwriter Nancy Dawn Olson publishes …
Love can give you confidence and invigoration, and it can tap into your most raw insecurities too – but both extremes are worthy of a cathartic melody as well.
“Am I Still Your Baby” is veteran local songwriter Nancy Dawn Olson’s latest track, released on New Years Day. The song captures Olson in his most vulnerable, a moment nearly a decade ago that separated her from her music.
âI was having a bad day, so I wrote a song to calm my mind,â Olson said. âI didn’t feel safe in my relationship, so I wanted to turn those negative emotions into something positive the only way I know of, by writing a song. It’s really cathartic to express your feelings and to feel free from them.
The new recording features an upbeat 1960s vibe, with many subtleties in the instrumentation. The song features instrumentation courtesy of producer Chris Flores, who has produced works famous for Slash of Guns N ‘Roses fame.
Working in their Los Angeles workspace, The Rehab Studio, this is the third song the creative couple have collaborated on, following on from âI Don’t Want to Wake Upâ and âOne Wishâ – both released in late 2021. Local Radio Host Gary Schmaltz said the collaboration between the two brings a special quality to Olson’s music that it may not have been able to exploit independently.
âChris brings Nancy’s musical vision to life,â Schmaltz said. “He continues the musical conception of Nancy, and it’s wonderful to see his ideas come to life.”
Olson’s latest solo release continues a list loaded with musical endeavors, including the music video for âAm I Still Your Babyâ presented at the International Film Festival at the Pablo Center.
With three recent singles under her belt, Olson said the next steps for her would be to pack the recordings produced by Flores in physical packaging, while continuing to write original music.
âI try to write songs that people can relate to, whether they have experiences now or things that they remember,â Olson said.
Nancy Dawn Olson’s “Am I Still Your Baby” is out now on Spotify, Apple Music and all other major streaming platforms.