Emily Kinney releases new single ‘Omaha Lodge’
Jullian Records and actress / singer-songwriter Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead, Showtime’s Masters of Sex, ABC’s Ten Days In The Valley) are pleased to announce “Omaha Hotel,” the latest single released Friday April 9th , Kinney’s brand new album entitled The Supporting Character (pre-order) will be released. Written after her uncle’s funeral in her home state of Nebraska, “Omaha Hotel” is an exploration of the life and experiences of Kinney through the lens of a busy actor.
“When I first moved to NYC, I didn’t often have the money to go back to Nebraska. And when I started getting big acting jobs, I didn’t have time,” says Kinney. “I was drawn to being an artist, spending time in big cities and living a temporary lifestyle – very different from the small-town farming communities I grew up in. I don’t regret it, but I know I do . ” miss other important things. “Stream” Omaha Hotel “on SPIN HERE and on YouTube HERE.Kinney has been busy over the past year, taking advantage of the endless days of social distancing and home time in 2020 to complete one of her most personal albums to date. The supporting character, produced by Benjamin Greenspan, touches on subjects such as heartbreak, loss, family history, creativity and personal growth, and finds that Kinney’s lyrical honesty approaches difficult issues.
While fans may know her best from her television and stage work, Emily Kinney’s career as a musician has always paralleled her career as an actress. By listening to her extensive discography, from early releases like Blue Toothbrush to 2018 Oh Jonathan, you can clearly see Kinney’s growth as a songwriter and artist. Her upcoming album, The Supporting Character, continues in that vein, underscoring her maturity as a musician while also shedding light on the aspects of her life that she is still learning to navigate.
Life in LA, for example, has always been associated with its own challenges. “It’s tempting to compare my progress with others, especially in a city like LA where so many people are doing so many cool things,” she says. When the Midnight Fireworks Start explores this tendency to compare and sees how Kinney evaluates her own creative practice as well. “This song really explores the fact that I know that I work slowly and evolve,” she continues. “I tend to cut things away bit by bit, but I still feel like I’m on the right track and that something special is going to happen in my creative endeavors in the future.” Other notable songs on The Supporting Character include “Omaha Hotel,” the album’s title track, and “Genetic Makeup,” a trio of songs that touch on family history and the importance of strong bonds with the people they know best. “For example, ‘The Supporting Character’ was written after a weekend with my father in San Diego before COVID,” she says. “I drove home on the 5 and remembered that I thought I was part of something much bigger than me. Life is really magical and goes by so quickly that I realized I had more time with my family and my friends and want to spend less time hunting my career. “In addition to songs related to family ties and grief, Kinney also features a brutally honest track about her struggle with body image and the pressures women – especially women in public – have to be thin. “As an actor, of course, I’m constantly aware of my size and appearance, and some days I regret how much time I spend thinking about it,” she says of the song “Skinny”. “The chorus talks about how I thought when you are smaller you do better, but I’ve found that I’m the thinnest when I’m emotionally doing the worst.” With multiple albums under her belt and more and more songs there on the go, Kinney is a prolific writer and an unstoppable force. Their heartfelt lyrics and captivating melodies can be seen on The Supporting Character – a captivating album by an artist that shows no sign of slowing down.
Listen to “Omaha Hotel” here: