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listen hear! song of the day: Nicole Atkins previews new album with the empowering song "Promised Land"

Gina DiMaio

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Memphis Ice, the new album from Nicole Atkins, features reimagined renditions of nine tracks originally released on her previous album, Italian Ice. Her new single, “Promised Land,” is a powerfully empowering song which Atkins recorded for her 2020 LP but decided not to release. We're glad it's finally seeing the light of day!

She recorded the cabaret-style Memphis Ice live at Memphis Magnetic Recording with pianist Dan Chen, violinist Laura Epling and cellist Maggie Chaffee. The one-day session was documented for a full-length performance film premiering with the album release on December 12.

"'Promised Land' is a song about losing your sense of self and finally having the courage to go find it again," says Atkins. "Even if it meant losing people and places you loved. I wrote this song a long time ago. I was living in someone else's dream and becoming a shadow. I've recorded this song a few times and it always felt too encumbered with a full production. When we went in to record Memphis Ice, I realized it was the perfect place and time to record 'Promised Land.' Raw and performative. Nothing to hide behind."

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