Years before kicking off her career as an indie-pop songwriter, 7-year-old Alicia Witt took her first classical piano lesson. She landed her debut movie role that same year, appearing in David Lynch’s science fiction epic, Dune. Decades later, Witt has built both passions into a thriving business, balancing an acclaimed string of movie, television, and stage appearances with solo records such as last year’s 15,000 Days.
Her fourth release as an independent songwriter, 15,000 Days is a sweeping, big-hearted record, its songs rooted in modern arrangements and timeless melodies. Witt wrote the material during a busy period that found her starring in the television series Nashville, stealing the spotlight with an appearance on The Walking Dead, and playing shows—including a performance on the Grand Ole Opry—in the wake of her previous album, Revisionary History. She had recorded Revisionary History with producer, songwriter, and fellow piano-pounder Ben Folds, resulting in a collection of vintage-inspired songs that looked to the past for inspiration.
The five songs that comprise 15,000 Days are rooted in the lessons learned during a life spent onstage, behind the piano, in front of the camera, in love, out of love, and en route from one destination to another. Combined, those songs tell the story of a journey—one that’s both personal and musical, ultimately leading to a more mature perspective and fully developed sound. With songs whose personal lyrics help shine a light on universal themes, 15,000 Days is Witt’s most poignant material to date.