Singer-songwriter and musician Randi Driscoll has explored the complexities of the human condition throughout her career. Gifted with an amazing voice, she channels the emotional highs and lows of life and love in piano-driven, adult alternative rock songs. She revealed an innate ability to connect with listeners through heartfelt songs and her trademark organic, acoustic sound on previous studio albums The Play, Lucky, and 365 Days.
Randi Driscoll returns with Glass Slipper, produced by Grammy award-winning producer, engineer and performer Larry Mitchell and her long-time musical partner Noah Heldman. Once again, the Southern California-based recording artist sings real lives and stories with her words. Her cinematic approach to songwriting is sharper than ever on her first full-length release of original music in six years. It’s simply undeniable on “The Rest” which opens the 11-track record.
“The song “The Rest” came to me one day, after talking with a friend going through a terrible break up,” Driscoll said in a recent interview. “It was the kind of break up that leaves you empty, and this friend was right there, in the thick of it.”
The inspiration for “The Rest” was external, but the subject matter hit a very familiar chord. “I immediately remembered going through my own, ugly break up,” she added. “It brought me right back, to that time and place.”
There are numerous breakup songs in her catalog, but nothing like “The Rest.” “This song is different,” she explained. “Maybe it’s because I’m in a better place now. I felt like I could explain, or narrate, the sorrow even more clearly. That made me realize, it doesn’t matter if you’ve come through it and somehow survived. Once you’ve been broken like that, you never forget the pain.”
Driscoll discovered a deeply hidden inner strength, and credits the unconditional love of true friends for her ability to survive that turbulent relationship. She includes former husband and creative collaborator Ryan Forbes in that small, reliable inner circle. The successful commercial and lifestyle photographer is among her most ardent supporters, and was the first to recognized the multimedia richness of “The Rest.”
“I’ve never directed a video before, but the powerful imagery conjured by this song made the experience very natural and organic for me,” Forbes said. “In a crucial moment of filming, I looked around to see tears in the eyes of several of the crew. At that moment, nothing else mattered.”
Driscoll also received immense support and professional assistance from her current husband, actor and producer Andrew McGinnis. He worked closely with Forbes throughout video project, first as set construction manager and later as post-production supervisor. Together with cinematographer Elliot London and a talented cast and crew, “The Rest” came to life.
Randi Driscoll will premiere the music video for “The Rest” at El Cid in Los Angeles, California on April 27. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the free event, and the mini-concert and video screening starts at 7:45 p.m. Driscoll will perform a full concert celebrating the release of the new video and album Glass Slipper at Martinis Above Fourth in San Diego, California on May 21. Tickets are available online in advance, and also at the door on the day of the show.