Shannon LaBrie displays emotional rawness in new clip
Leftovers of grief can strike when you’re not looking. When you think the pain has eased. When life feels like it can finally resume. It is this cruel fact, and the salvation that often follows, that inspired Shannon LaBrie’s new music video for her beautiful single “Raining Hallelujah”.
âThe lyrics to this song are so big I just knew the clip had to be big too,â LaBrie said of the awesome video, which airs exclusively on The Boot. “Colorado is the place where I feel most at home, and also where I have healed the most.”
Indeed, the life of the country singer-songwriter hasn’t always been easy, but it was in the mountains of Colorado that she began her journey to cope with a decade of her own grief and loss. her struggles, so it was in this specific landscape that she wanted to tell the visual story of “Raining Hallelujah”.
âThe lake in the video was the same lake I was baptized in,â says LaBrie. âAll the racing scenes were done on the roads I raced; these dirt roads are really part of my healing. What about Rocky Mountain National Park? Now, it’s just a place where you’re going to sit and cry and believe and seek. And so, every place we went to shoot this video was so personal. “
In one particularly touching shot, LaBrie runs up a hill, only to stop and put his hands on his knees – a symbol of both physical and mental exhaustion.
“How many times in our lives have we felt like everyone else is ahead of us and we’re just stuck in that part where we can’t breathe and we can’t keep going?” Says LaBrie, whose voice easily evokes comparisons to the mysterious, yet sultry, sounds of Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town. “For me that scene is one of the most important parts of the video.”
Originally written in 2019, âRaining Hallelujahâ doesn’t just live on LaBrie’s brand new LP, Building, it was also the first song she wrote alongside her good friend and fellow songwriter Tia Sillers.
âTia was coming out of a relationship, and she was telling me about that moment when she looked up at the sky during the storm, only to see a little shard of cloud open and the sun set,â LaBrie recalls. “I was like, ‘Oh my god, can we write this song now?'”
At the time, neither LaBrie nor Sillers knew what was to come – racial tensions, political debates, relentless pandemic – which, after the fact, made the message behind “Raining Hallelujah” both necessary and very timely.
“I think some songwriters are a bit prophetic, in the sense that they often feel like they have the pulse of what’s to come,” said LaBrie, who was critically acclaimed for her single. Firewalker âin 2020.â I just think creative people are kind of like that. But, yeah, I think we were writing for ourselves in the moment, and then the more we played it, the more we believed in it. the more I sang it, the more the reality of its truth struck me. “
Fans can follow LaBrie at ShannonLaBrie.com.
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