Meghan Linsey transports listeners to New Orleans within the first 10 seconds of her new song, “Sunshine in My Soul,” making good on her promise to reflect more of her Louisiana roots with her career rebirth. After a booming horn section and snare drums caffeinate the tune’s short intro, the singer-songwriter’s voice packs its own one-two-punch with rasp and a range reminiscent of iconic soul singers of the Sixties.
Ironically, Linsey began writing the tune with her ex-fiancé and former Steel Magnolia singing partner, Joshua Scott Jones, along with Patrick Davis, and finished it with her current boyfriend (and producer), Tyler Cain. “It’s one of the most positive songs I’ve ever been a part of writing,” she tells Rolling Stone Country. “It’s really about loving yourself and being content with what you’ve got.”
“Sunshine in My Soul” is Linsey’s second single since placing second on The Voice back in May, and it’s the first song released from her new EP, Believer. The six-track set will hit GhostTunes on July 27th and other outlets July 31st.
Believer marks the singer’s official jump from country to pop and soul, though her country catalog with Steel Magnolia certainly reflected her eclectic musical influences, as well. As a newly solo singer, Linsey believes she now has the platform to put more of a spotlight on her Big Easy musical background. She and Cain used just three musicians in the studio, allowing the powerful voice that got her so far on the NBC singing competition show to really stand out. She also took the reins on most of the EP’s songwriting, unleashing her vulnerable side.
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“I wanted to write about what I’ve been through,” says Linsey. “I haven’t always been confident. I’m still not always confident. I struggle with feeling balanced and good enough. . . I’ve been through some hard stuff, and I’ve come out on the other side and am stronger than ever.”