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Juliana Hale’s Introspective New Dream-Pop

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Juliana Hale is back with a new single, and this time offers a glimpse into her softer, more introspective side. Regular readers of The Static Dive will remember the emerging Nashville pop singer/songwriter from previous tracks like “Good on my Own” and “Dollhouse“. She is a talented genre-bending singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist whose star is rising fast.

Since her 2018 debut, Juliana Hale has clocked millions of streams on Spotify and YouTube, charted on iTunes, and even warmed up from Snoop Dogg. On her latest single, Hale transcends traditional pop subject matter and structure with an alt-pop examination of isolation, connection, and mental health. She wrote the song whilst staring out the window on a recent cross-country flight.

“I was observing the world around me without the confidence or energy to actually partake and put myself out there, feeling as though people did not want me around.”
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Juliana Hale

“Head in the Clouds” is the brand new single from Juliana hale, released worldwide via all major streaming services on May 10, 2024. Ambient synths and pulsing bass tones open the track on an ethereal vibe. The singer steps to the mic and the beat lands on a percussive and syncopated downtempo groove. Amid that dream-pop scene, Juliana offers softly and soulfully her melancholy soliloquy.   

Check out “Head in the Clouds” below. you can also hear the song on the Deep Dive : Pop & Rock playlist. We had the chance to chat with Juliana about the new song. Check out her answers to our 8 questions below. Follow the links at the end of this article to connect with the artist.

8 Questions with Juliana Hale

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Where are you from?

I am from Southern California originally, but I am based in Nashville, TN.

How long have you been making music?

I have been writing songs and playing instruments since I was around 9 years old, and I have been doing pop music since around 2019.

Who are the musicians involved in your project

Myself and Adam Box from Brothers Osbourne has played drums on several of my songs. Producers on my project include Earl Cohen, Chris Liggio, Derek Minor, Charles Ferrar, Chris Rizzo, Justin Johnson, and previously Skidd Mills and Jared Lee Gosselin. “Head in the Clouds” specifically was produced by Earl Cohen.

Who are your biggest musical influences?

Hozier, Halsey, Dua Lipa, and Silk Sonic.

What is your greatest non-musical influence?

My mom. I was raised by a single mother who is also a successful business woman and she inspires me every day. She has always supported my music career and has played a pivotal role in my story.

What inspired you to create this project?

Life inspires me daily. I cannot imagine a day going by without creating music.

“Head in the Clouds” is a sonic representation of the isolation that mental illnesses like depression and anxiety can bring. I wrote this song at a time when I felt like a complete outsider trapped inside of my own mind, looking out through glass walls of my own making. I was observing the world around me without the confidence or energy to actually partake and put myself out there, feeling as though people did not want me around. 

I got the concept for the chorus as I contemplated all of this in a window seat on an airplane. I looked down and realized that I was living my life in the clouds, floating above reality and the harshness of life on Earth. The hook explores the idea of using your mind and creativity as an escape from the harsh realities of the world. To put it simply, it is easier and lighter in the clouds, escaping mentally from the struggles, emotions, and rejection.

What are your plans for the future (musically)?

I have a slew of singles ready for release this year, including a collaboration with Darius Rucker which will be my first country pop song. I am planning a handful of shows as well, so stay tuned for those! There will be a video for “Head in the Clouds” that features me painting a piece inspired by the song.

Is there anything else you would like to say?

Thank you for the opportunity to share my music!