CrushedVelvet is a veteran Rock & Roll artist who recently breathed new life into her music career. The Boston based singer first got her start in the 1980’s. The young rocker was the frontwoman of her own band and even landed a record contract. However, she soon learned the first of many hard lessons to come about the down side of a sometimes very dirty business. After refusing the sexual advances of an executive, she was dropped from her contract.
Years of similar setbacks followed. As a black woman singing Rock music, CrushedVelvet faced racism and sexism at every turn. The music business is a different animal in the 2020s than ever before. Independent musicians have more power than ever to take charge of their own careers. CrushedVelvet is doing just that with her appropriately titled new EP “Better Late Than Never.” The record is a collection of new material and older songs resurrected and remastered.
It’s kind of a retrospective of all my years in music, and I think it holds up.CrushedVelvet
“Anthem” is the debut single “Better Late Than Never.” As the title suggests, the track is the singer’s own personal anthem. It is a statement of where she has been and where she is going. With its big guitar riffs, even bigger synths and driving Pop/Funk bass and drum groove, the track lands stylistically somewhere between Pat Benatar and Duran Duran. As that great retro groove rolls on, the singer looks wistfully to the past as she sings, “I’ve made bad choices in life.” However, she counters the regret with hope for the future with the fist-pumping declaration “I won’t slow down!”
Check out the “Anthem” lyric video below. You can also hear the song on the Deep Indie Dive playlist. And listen to the entire “Better Late Than Never” EP on your favorite streaming service. Follow the links below to connect with CrushedVelvet and join her on this new phase of her musical journey.