Selena Garcia

Selena Garcia

 New York City, New York, USA
BandRockSoul

As a music reviewer once said - "Move over Sara Bareilles! If Amy Winehouse cleaned up her act and Fiona Apple took anti-depressants, you'd get Selena Garcia".

Biography

Two years ago, Selena Garcia quit her job. She sold her belongings and packed up her cozy life in Los Angeles to hit the road for the unknown. Over the next nine months, she drove across the country -- playing shows, meeting with producers, and soaking up everything that her new environments had to offer. Her travels took her to Austin, Nashville, New York, and as far as London. Eventually, she settled in New York City.

“I loved every city, but had no doubt that New York was the city that was going to push me to be my best. LA was my home base for several years before I knew that in order to get better, I needed to leave my comfort zone,” says Garcia.

Four years after the release of her debut EP, Garcia rolled up her sleeves and got to work on the album’s follow up. She enlisted the help of the community through the use of a Pledge Music campaign and began searching for the right team. A recommendation from a friend paired Garcia up with Philadelphia-based Lance Davis who took the reigns on producing the album.

“I was looking for that gut feeling and that’s exactly what I got with Lance. After six months of back and forth to/from Philadelphia, we have finally finished my new eight song EP, which will be released this fall.”

In addition to Davis, Garcia attracted renowned arranger, Larry Gold (Lana del Rey, The Roots, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake) who composted strings for the release. The legendary Lurssen Mastering (Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Jacob Dylan, Ingrid Michaelson) also came on board to master the album.

Garcia’s forthcoming release takes on more of an indie direction than her previous material. “I’m excited, but I’m also pretty scared because I took some creative risks,” she adds, labeling the project as “west coast pop meets east coast grit” and revealing that early listeners have deemed it “soul rock.”

The self-titled project explores themes of heartbreak: letting go of love, fighting with a love, and being scared of love all together. “The first three songs on the EP are pop based but by the fourth song, things take a serious turn. It represents my journey from west coast to east coast and you can hear this from track one to track eight,” explains Garcia. The EP also includes several blues-inspired tunes, one that was recorded live in the studio that unexpectedly made the album.

Of all the songs on the album, Garcia pens "Brother" as her favorite. “It's the most cathartic,” she explains. “It's gritty and the heaviest in terms of rocking out.” The soulful tune was co-written with bassist Daniel Shuman and inspired by some discouraging news. “I was on my way to Daniel’s house for a writing session when I found out that my brother was being incarcerated. We had not had a relationship for some time due to our different lifestyles and that was tough news to receive. He’s serving quite a bit of time,” adds Garcia.

The New York-based vocalist is also drawn to several other tracks on her forthcoming EP. “There is a song called ‘Careless the Girl’ that I thought Lance would for sure throw out of the running to be on this EP. To my surprise it was the song that he flipped out over the most. He even insisted that we use the demo vocal track. The EP version is a mix of the demo and his production. There is no big chorus, just vibe.” 

Another track, which was inspired by Michel Gondry’s romantic drama Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, is set to be the EP’s first single. “I got the idea for ‘Eternal Sunshine’ after catching my friend at the gym (who was going through a terrible breakup at the time) running on the treadmill like it was the only thing that would save her. I had spent time there myself a month before ‘working out’ my own heartache, so I imagined hearts splattered all over the floors and walls of the gym. Because we cannot erase someone from our memory, we do our best with the tools we have. For many, it's working out,” she exclaims. Garcia describes the track as an upbeat tune that carries a relatable message.

As a child, Garcia split her time between Northern California and Washington State, spending summers with her mother in Alaska. It was during those summers that she first began to experiment with writing songs. Between her mother belting out Barbara Streisand around the house and her father’s affinity for Motown, music was in her veins from a very early age.

“When I was a kid, all I wanted was to be like Cyndi Lauper. I watched a VHS live concert she did over and over until the tape was worn completely through. At 5 years old I even did a lip-sync to Jem and the Holograms for my grammar school talent contest.”

Garcia eventually enrolled at California State’s Music Business program and began singing in the university’s A-Capella and jazz choirs. During her senior year, she performed her first solo show. She bravely took the stage in front of a crowd of 500 and was quickly noted as one of the top standout performances of the evening.

Lyrics

Don't Worry It's Not Love

Written By: Selena Garcia & Jim Roach

You’re looking down at me when I’m by your side
You use that tone with me as if you’re justified
It is ok for you but not ok for me
Chose the same avenue but judge me differently

I’m harder on myself than you will ever be
Don’t need your disrespect or weak apologies
We shared a night so what, you didn’t have to call
A little honesty is all I’m looking for

CHORUS:
Don’t worry it’s not love I’m feeling
Don’t worry it’s not love, just because
Don’t worry it’s not love I’m feeling
Don’t worry it’s not love, love

I’ll take the higher road by asking you to meet
Say what you may not know or care this is for me
The hands that held you close have quickly turned to fists
After you burned my trust and checked me off your list

CHORUS

BRIDGE:
Walk away, I know
It’s so much easier said than done
When things are left unsaid
It nags you to the bone

CHORUS

100 Pictures

Written By: Selena Garcia & Drew Lawrence

How about that I think I see what’s wrong
Seems I’ve been the problem all along
Been good at making a mess & never knowing why
Nothings right on the outside, unless it’s right inside

PRE:
I’ll start with my heart
The thoughts in my mind
Pick them apart
Leave the shadows behind
I am alright sleeping alone tonight

CHORUS: -
I’ll place 100 pictures
Of candle lighted dinners
Of you and I in winter
Sharing the warmth

Upon the walls and ceiling
So I don’t lose that feeling
When my hopes turn to seeing
You walk through that door

How about that I think I see what’s wrong
Seems I’ve been the problem all along

PRE:
I’ll start with my heart
The thoughts in my mind
Pick them apart
Leave the shadows behind
I am alright sleeping alone tonight

CHORUS:
I’ll place 100 pictures
Of candle lighted dinners
Of you and I in winter
Sharing the warmth

Upon the walls and ceiling
So I don’t lose that feeling
When my hopes turn to seeing
You walk through that door

CHORUS

Never Say Never

Written By: Selena Garcia & Dave Yaden

I didn’t want to run
You wanted me to come upstairs
Shame on you
I knew she’d never know
You knew how weak I was
O’h my, shame on me

I could have walked away
You wanted me to stay
I shouldn’t have

CHORUS:
I did what I said I’d never do
Had to eat my words when I woke next to you
Now I feel like a fool
Cause I broke my own rules
Don’t know the girl in my reflection
Oh no, I did what I said I’d never do
I’ll never say never again
I’ll never say never again

I used to think I knew
What I would never do
Oh my, was I wrong
I knew you wanted me
I didn't care that she was yours, all along
Cause I should have walked away
You wanted me to stay
I shouldn’t have

CHORUS

Sunny Days

Written By: Selena Garcia & Dave Yaden

Who am I, I’m not alive
Can they see I’ve lost my mind
Shame on me I’ve lost my mind
Act the part, live the lie
Play along, smile while I try to hide the madness in my eyes

CHORUS:
Excuse me I don’t mean to complain
But I’ve lost my hope been feeling insane
I can’t see the sun on sunny days

Help me friend could you lend me a hand
I’ve lost my way I forgot how to stand
I’m on empty I can’t help myself

As soon as I open eyes
I am me, I don’t like me
Colors fade but I can’t hide

What a sham, this can’t be it
I don’t believe in all this shhh
It can’t be real, sure feels real

CHORUS:

I don’t know how I fell
I don’t know when things went wrong
I don’t know what will happen
But I’ve been down
Been down so low
I can’t take this anymore

CHORUS

Can't Wait For You

Written By: Selena Garcia & Drew Lawrence

Leaves are turning
Can’t believe it’s been two years
Distance never mattered
It’s letters that brought us here

We could go, round and round again

CHORUS
You will always be
More than words to me
But I can’t wait for you

You don’t believe
That what is meant to be will be
We live our decisions
And yours is not with me

Still you claim, to feel the same

CHORUS

Da, da, da, da, da
Da, da, da, da, da,
Da, da, da, da, da, da,

CHORUS

Discography

*New EP Coming this Fall!*

Don't Worry It's Not Love
100 Pictures
Never Say Never
Sunny Days
Can't Wait For You
Settle Down

Set List

A typical set is 45min to an hour.

Current Set:
Don't Worry It's Not Love
100 Pictures
Never Say Never
Not So Fast
Sunny Days
Can't Wait For You
Settle Down
Eternal Sunshine
Wish I Had A Boy

Covers:
Dirty Diana (Michael Jackson)
Ain't No Sunshine (Bill Withers)
Breakdown (Tom Petty)