Deborah Allen. Photo courtesy of Deborah Allen

Grammy-nominated country artist Deborah Allen chatted with Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos about her new album “The Art of Dreaming.”

How did you approach the song selection process?

I was practically born singing and I’ve always been a dreamer. When I was about 19, shortly after moving from Memphis to Nashville, it was Shel Silverstein who opened my eyes to the world of songwriting. Since then, I have dedicated my life to writing songs and creating music, which has resulted in a huge catalog.

When my friend, Chuck Rhodes from Audium-Nashville-BFD, who I had worked with in the past, came up to me and said, “You have such a great collection of music and it needs to be heard!” I was delighted. To start, I picked and paired about 50 of my favorite songs, followed by several listening sessions with Chuck, my manager/husband Raymond Hicks, and me. Eventually it all came together into a cohesive yet eclectic landscape of music and influences, resulting in my new album, “The Art Of Dreaming”.

Were you going for a certain theme?

The title track, “The Art of Dreaming”, has always been a special song for me that reflected my philosophy of life. But, this album is only thematic in the sense that it is one more step in my journey towards these dreams. In this new album, my Memphis rockabilly soul roots are prominent, but also my Nashville storytelling and classic country influences, as well as a pinch of southern gospel.

What is your favorite song and why?

Oh my God… I love them all for different reasons! It would be impossible for me to choose just one. However, I certainly have some personally cherished gems in there; “Shameless Love” “All or nothing at all” “Memphis Rendezvous”, “Last time for everything” “Someone like you”. And, I mentioned my affinity for “The Art of Dreaming.” On the other hand, I’m always a sucker for a sad story song and my heart breaks again when I think of the main character of “A Girl Like That”. I love the vibe of “Run Baby Run”.

And my sassy side is having so much fun with “Blue Collar Baby”, “Lyin Lips!” and “It’s Only Goodbye”, which turned out to be a little rock anthem for forgetting someone and moving on. Last but not least, I love how “Patsy Cline Crazy” seems to transport me to a classic country era.

What are your plans for the future ?

In 2022, I will write my new book, also entitled “The Art of Dreaming”. And, I’ll be touring, working on new music, creating and loving life to the fullest! Living the dream. This is my project!

What does the word success mean to you? (My favorite question)

I believe that God places dreams in our hearts and our greatest gift in return is to nurture those dreams and use our gifts and talents, whatever they may be, to bring joy, love and happiness. to others. So I would say doing something you love and being able to shine God’s light on others along the way is my idea of ​​true success in life.

What would you like to tell our readers The art of dreaming? What is one thing you want them to take away from this album?

It’s my greatest hope that your readers will enjoy the songs, feel the music and know when listening to my new album that they will get a piece of my heart and soul and experience the true proof that “The Art of Dreaming… is Believing.”

To learn more about Deborah Allen, visit her official website.