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Shirlé Hale Drops First Solo Single ‘Lullaby’

Shirlé Hale starts her solo career with the release of ‘Lullaby’, the premiere single from her debut solo album, The Silver Garden.

Shirlé Hale looking down on a bright, yellow background. In the top right corner is Shirlé Hale in black cursive, and a Lullaby right below that in red cursive lettering.
Lullaby album art, courtesy of Shirlé Hale

The formerly Baltimore based, now Portugal based artist has spent years in the music industry, first entering the scene in the mid-80s. After more than 30 years, Shirlé Hale has re-entered the playing field with her first solo album, The Silver Garden. The album is an ode to aging, and all the beautiful and hideous things that come with it. The first song off the album dropped on July 28th, ‘Lullaby’, is a bittersweet rock ballad. Hale wrote the song with bandmate Sei Petersen about the recent death of their mutual friend, successfully trying to honor their memory.

“It’s a sweet song that comes from a place of remembrance, of youth that knew no end, and a consideration of where we all are now,” Hale says in the description for the music video.

Shirlé Hale is standing in a background with silver foliage around her.
Shirlé Hale in her Silver Garden, photo courtesy of Shirlé Hale.

The music video introduces us to The Silver Garden that Hale centers the album around. It features Hale, sitting alone, in this glimmering garden of almost metallic plants. She sits alone at her piano, playing to no one but herself. The atmosphere is a grim, bittersweet sort of joy, a great representation of the celebration of life this song dedicates itself to. She sings to her piano and the camera, effectively inviting the audience to celebrate their own friends that they have lost to the world. 

Keep an eye out for more news on The Silver Garden by following Shirlé Hale on Instagram.

This song is available now on major streaming platforms like YouTubeSpotify, and Apple Music.

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Percy Sampson, New Orleans born and Virginia bred, is finishing up their time at University of Mary Washington, where they are double majoring in English and Theatre. A passionate writer, they spend most of their free time working on (mostly horror) scripts and short stories.

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