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Linc Bradham Wishes He Could Turn Back Time with Debut Single, ‘Save You’

By Cynthia Gross

On March 11, Savannah, Georgia-born and DMV-based artist Linc Bradham released his debut single, “Save You.” The warm, melodic, and emotive piano-driven track explores, with care, the unexpected loss of a loved one and the memories that stay with us for a lifetime.

Bradham notes the song “was inspired after experiencing, first-hand and closer than I would hope upon anyone, the monumental and difficult reality that is death. Somehow, with all the turmoil that is going on around our world, it feels like this song finally being released in these times, is all the more poignant and right. There is healing power in music, and I hope that someone, somewhere, hears this song and remembers with fondness a loved one whom they feel was taken away too soon.”

“I wish that we’d reconnected sooner still / And maybe I could have stopped the thing that would kill / But all of these musings, they are too late,” Bradham sings in the final verse of “Save You.” Lyrically, the song has a nuanced poetic quality. The suspension of the verses into the chorus, as well as the use of assonance are especially noteworthy. “Save You” is the type of song that gets stuck in your head for the best of reasons – one that you later find yourself humming to on instinct.

Bradham’s lead single reminds listeners of the importance of making the most of every moment and cherishing the people you love. Despite the painful loss that inspired the song, it’s decidedly not a downer. In fact, an uplifting sense of melancholy emanates from the track, reflecting the perspective of someone who has not only processed a tragedy, but also learned from it. It’s impossible to change the past, but we can choose how we engage with the future.

In addition to managing his solo career, Bradham is a member of the prestigious Army Band, which he was accepted to after more than 12 years of active duty service, including time as an Arabic linguist. “Save You” features Linc Bradham (composer, arranger, producer, piano, and vocals; Bethesda, MD), Max Christman (drums; Savannah, GA), Darien Converse (bass guitar; Savannah, GA), Daniel Seriff (lead guitar; Asheville, NC), Collin Peterson of Manor Time Recording Company (tracking, mixing engineer; Kensington, MD), and Greg Lukens (mastering engineer; Washington, D.C.). 

While “Save You” is Bradham’s way of processing the loss of a close friend, the song has a broader appeal. “It was written for friends who had passed away due to the opioid epidemic in America, family members who passed away due to cancer, and individuals whom I’d never even met, but who had inspired me and also passed away too soon,” he shares. He hopes the song helps individuals to process “what is a very universal experience, the pain and aching that we feel when we lose those whom we love.”

“Save You” is a strong debut from rising talent Linc Bradham. If the song is any indication of what we can expect from his future releases, they are not to be missed. Follow our Alchemical Multigenre Mixdown playlist for more great music featured on the site.

Cynthia Gross

Cynthia Gross is a freelance writer and award-winning spiritual pop artist based in Maryland. With more than a decade of experience as an executive ghostwriter, she understands the power of each individual’s voice to create positive, meaningful change.

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