EXCLUSIVE: Jamison Alley's Foot-Stomping Debut Single "Still Kickin'"
Age is nothing but a number... but damn if Jamison Alley isn't gonna celebrate it. Years ago, Charleston-based singer-songwriter Jamie Lupini and her wife Pam McManus penned a track called "Still Kickin'" in honor of their best friends turning 50. Pair it with a line-dance choreographed by Jamie herself, pull together a talented team to produce it, and jampack it with foot-stomping percussion, and you've got Jamie's debut single released under her solo music persona, Jamison Alley.
Today, we're exclusively premiering her new track along with some major insights from Jamie herself about the process. "Still Kickin'" oozes with bluesy grooves and Southern twang, a supremely catchy anthem for the powerful, no matter their age. Jamie hails her music as "therafusion," a genre-bending blend of fun fusion rhythms designed to make people happy -- a seemingly simple, but honorable, ambition from the singer-songwriter who doubles as a music therapist when she's not throwing down pop-rock vibes with Jamison Alley.
The official music video for "Still Kickin'" is a black-and-white farm fest, tons of Jamie's friends gathering on beautiful property to watch Jamie perform solo -- armed with just her acoustic guitar and her cowgirl hat -- and accompany her with that signature line dance. Perfectly framed shots find Jamie "kickin' and stompin' and hootin' and hollerin'" in a creaky empty barn while other shots focus on rustic movement: fun on ATVs, lake-side relaxation, weekend activities with family and friends.
The song itself is led by Jamie's country twang vocals, remaining steady throughout the track as the arrangement pulses with thumping percussion, funky guitar strums, and distant vocal echos. "Still Kickin'," like its creator, is an upbeat celebration just begging to dance with you.
The song was written by me and Pam McManus. We wrote the song for our best friends who turned 50 back in 2012. We talked about the fun times we had together, the fact that they still think they are 20 years old, and the power of positive thinking. Pam and I had a surprise party for them at our house (a carnival!) which included all of our families and a good bit of friends, game stations, prizes, tickets, popcorn, a saloon photo booth, and yes... a mechanical bull. My cover band sang the song for them at the end of the evening as we informally gathered around. Pam initiated the songwriting with her line “50 is the new 40” and then we took it from there.
"Still Kickin’" was written in July of 2012 and six years later, it came to life. After playing the song for everyone at the party that night, I decided to include it acoustically into my solo sets. In the meantime, I worked on the drum tracks and bass tracks on computer and later began using them live as well as backing tracks. The song was getting a pretty good response so that's when I started to toy with the idea of recording it. In the meantime I also decided that I needed another angle... there are so many great country songs out there, and new country artists, so I asked myself how I could really get the song noticed. Thus, I made up the "Still Kickin’" line dance, but I didn’t want to record it until I had found my perfect recording match... and then he came along. Chris Blackwell took my tracks and re-recorded them live as well as adding the guitar parts and helping with the arrangement. He also mixed and mastered the song.
Now, I had to find the perfect place to shoot this black-and-white country line dance video. What place is going to launch this music into another dimension? The Parker Farm in Latta, SC immediately came to mind. Stan and Denise Parker are great friends and allowed us to use this space. There were countless hours spent by Pam’s family and our friends getting this venue ready for the shoot. We set the date, the family and friends learned the line dance from my instructional video online (and even a WORD document) and an occasional phone call. We set the final video scenes the night before with all of the props that everyone brought to use. We all trucked up there for the day and everyone was prepped for the video shoot.
I will forever remember the feelings I encountered that day -- it was amazing. Paul Chelmis produced the video and it was filmed by Coleman Sawyer. Since some of my family from out of town were unable to make the shoot, Paul agreed to insert some clips so that they could be
included. The video hopefully captures the meaning of having fun, no matter how old you are.
Your mind is very powerful and we have to remember to find the positives -- “in your heart, in your soul, let your mind take control” -- and everything else will fall into place.
I am very excited to share this debut release and I hope my genre of “therafusion” will continue to allow me to change lives. A huge thank you to all involved, including Tyler Boone and Sean Carpenter of Artist Formula who have done a great job of promoting this track!