New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Rising singer/songwriter Maeve Steele hasreleased her new single and music video for "Shimmer," adance floor ready, synth-pop gem delivered with the plainspoken poetry and intuitive empathy of a natural born storyteller. Inspired in part by Joan Didion, who once said that her writing came out of "images that shimmer around the edges," Steele wrote and rewrote the track over and over as she played with light and energy to craft a romantic, impressionist vision that landed somewhere between reality and fantasy. Recorded with multi-platinum producer/mixer/engineer Brian Malouf (Michael Jackson, Madonna), Steele's songs are bittersweet meditations on growth, change, and self-discovery, profound works of introspection wrapped in effervescent pop packaging that belies their true emotional depth. She draws on everything from roots music to disco in her writing, and the juxtaposition of such wildly disparate sonic influences only serves to heighten the boundless sense of freedom and curiosity at play in her lyrics.
"When I wrote 'Shimmer', I was in the process of really learning how to be happy as I was entering a new stage of life. Overall, this song was born out of the mindset that to a certain extent, I can find joy or excitement in most situations depending on how i look at it…anything can shimmer," shared Steele. "This song represents opportunity and optimism about the future, both creatively and in my personal life, as trying to establish my voice as a songwriter has come in hand in hand with finding out who I am as a person."
Born and raised in the Bay Area,Steele developed her voracious musical appetite and distinctive fashion sense at an early age, inspired in large part by the Haight-Ashbury scene of the late 1960s and early 1970s. While Steele's formal introduction to music came through classical violin lessons that began before kindergarten, her family's home was regularly filed with the sounds of folk, Americana, and country records. The evocative lyrics and indelible melodies proved irresistible, and by the time she was in elementary school, Steele was teaching herself to play guitar and beginning to write her own songs. Hungry to learn more about the business side of things and eager to surround herself with other likeminded folks, Steele moved to Nashville for college, where she studied literature during the day and honed her craft at night. Though she initially envisioned a behind-the-scenes career writing for other performers, her plans quickly changed once she got her first real taste of being onstage. "I was 19 when I started doing these songwriter rounds in Nashville, and something clicked where I realized I didn't want to just churn out songs and then give them away," she explains. "I realized that I needed to see my songs all the way through, that I needed to be an artist rather than just a songwriter."