Video Premier: Angela Easterling’s “Grow Old” Reminds Us To Build The Future We Want To See

[Cover photo credit to Sandlin Gaither]

Americana singer/songwriter Angela Easterling released her latest album, Witness, in 2022 covering a span of songwriting and of life experiences that took in the birth of a child, the pandemic, and reflections on substantial years of making music. The title of the album and the the title track relate to the idea of a person being a “witness” for their faith, but instead finding themselves being judged. But the title also relates to Easterling’s observational approach to songwriting, paying close attention to this world that we live in.

Today, Wildfire is very pleased to premier Angela Easterling’s official music video for “Grow Old”, a track from Witness. The song came from a moment of great clarity during the upheaval in the world where she was able to touch base with her deepest desires for her future and that of her family. With characteristic directness and emotive detail, Easterling shares her vision for the future via “Grow Old”. By sharing it she also conveys her determination to build the future of her dreams.

Easterling’s video for the song doubles down on her personal message featuring universal sentiments by blending live play with footage of her three sons, Harrison, Miles, and Rory Turner, spending time together and with Easterling. This creates a snapshot of what prompts her desire to see their future unfold and reminds us that the future we want to experience is something that we start building right now.

The video is a Hanvey Time Capsule Video that was filmed and edited by Curtis Hanvey with the assistance of Donna Michelle Gregory.

Angela Easterling shares:

I wrote this song in the early days of the COVID pandemic, as I found myself at home with my three young children, all of my shows and plans canceled for the foreseeable future. I didn’t know what was going to happen – if my live music career I had been working so hard to establish all these years would ever come back. One day, as I was pushing my newborn baby son in his stroller, I asked myself, “What do I want from my life now?” The answer came to me so clear: I want to be able to see my children grow old. This song (and video) is both my tribute to them and an expression of the hope I hold most dear for their lives and mine.

Easterling, who lives with her longtime musical partner, Brandon Turner, and their three sons on the Greer, S.C., farm that has been in her family since 1791. In creating Witness, Easterling collects songs that not only deal with the “trials, tribulations and joys of parenthood but also tackle subjects of widespread societal importance, including gun violence and gender identity.”

Easterling has toured the U.S., both solo and duo with Brandon Turner, and has appeared with her band The Beguilers at numerous concert series and music festivals throughout the Southeast, including Shakori Hills, Fall for Greenville, NC Apple Festival, Strawberry Festival, Albino Skunkfest and more.

She has opened for or appeared with The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sarah Jarosz, Elizabeth Cook, Lucinda Williams, Charlie Louvin, Robbie Fulks, Mary Gauthier, Ray Price (at the Birchmere), Suzy Bogguss, Ellis Paul, Tom Brosseau, Eilen Jewell, Radney Foster, Will Kimbrough, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Lori McKenna.

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