ALANA is a singer-songwriter living in New York City. ALANA has been strumming her guitar and writing songs since the age of 12, and pushed herself to release original music in 2019 with her debut single ‘American Honey’ drawing from the glamour of old-school Hollywood. Now ALANA returns with her newest single ‘Counting Sheep’, an airy pop track with savvy lyrics that offer a peek into her forthcoming EP. Alana’s vocals float effortlessly over gentle acoustic guitar and delicate piano, the track grows more emotive throughout as haunting strings and synths are introduced, evoking the feelings of struggle and contemplation that inspired the track.
ALANA on the inspiration behind the track:
“Counting Sheep is an escapist track that I wrote during a time when I really struggled with falling asleep. I was frustrated with the idea that counting sheep would ever help someone sleep since it never really seemed to work for me, so I channelled that energy into a song that embodies the dream state I so often wish I was in.”
ALANA worked alongside producer Joe Endozo (Ari Lennox, Charlene Kaye, Sean McVerry, Amira B., Hot Fun) to bring the song to life. Starting out as a diaristic poem that ALANA wrote about her struggles sleeping, she added a guitar melody and then took the song to Joe who helped build the sonic world of the track.
A big believer in the power of collaboration, ALANA has also developed her vision for her music working with producers Joey Wunsch (Norah Jones, James Bay, Grace VanderWaal, Lolo Zouai) and Guy Furious (ZAYN, Andrew Belle, Snakehips).
For the ‘Counting Sheep’ artwork, ALANA worked with installation artist Anna Warfield to create dreamy pillow letters that match the lyrics of the song. The beautiful creations materialize the feeling and concept of the track.
ALANA’s upbringing has made her the unique artist she is today. Growing up in a Brazilian household in New York, she was surrounded by the sounds of bossa nova and samba but credits Taylor Swift as the artist who made her pick up the guitar for the first time. She attended Cornell University, where she studied Film and English, which heavily influenced the cinematic energy and poetic lyricism behind her music.