Anita Spring returns with a new single "Midnight Train", the perfect start to a new year after the turbulence of 2020. Anita says: "Midnight Train is about the current state of our world and deciding to escape the scariness of it all by, choosing to have an optimistic outlook".
"Midnight Train" moves along with the gentle chug of a late-night locomotive, elegantly produced by Anita and Steve Welton-Jaimes (Holly Valance). It was recorded in Sydney, London and in New York, and mixed by the incomparable Pete Keppler (David Byrne, Katy Perry, Bonnie Raitt, David Bowie). It has the right feel for the sentiment it presents. Anita says: "I've been feeling lately that we're all in a parallel existence. We need to find a way to back to reality and to that place we all were before 2020, I'm hoping all the craziness will come to end in 2021 and we'll all find our happy place once more."
Anita came to the country scene after a life changing trip to the USA in 2017. It was a road trip with girlfriends to Nashville, following a charity conference in Atlanta, Georgia that proved to be a major turning point for her. The trip inspired her so much that she wrote songs every day on her return to Australia and she went back to Nashville in 2018 on a song-writing trip. Collaborating with some of Nashville's best songwriters, Anita found that her abilities as a songwriter had evolved and deepened. In 2020 she released two songs, "This Ain't Pretty" and "Still a Child", written and co-produced by Anita.
The experience has clearly paid off for Anita. "Still a Child" reached #7 on the AMRAP Regional Airplay Charts and #2 on the Australian Country Radio Charts, spending #8 weeks in the Top Ten. Her single "It Ain't Pretty" had a strongly emotive feel and reached #2 on the AMRAP Regional Airplay Charts.
"Midnight Train" is a strong follow up that is certain to continue her recent success. The video for the song was produced by Apollo Films Brisbane and directed by Anita. She says: "It's a video that explores the dangers of city life and the decision to start fresh again in the country. It's a metaphor for the craziness of our current world and choosing a much less crazy existence by not listening to external noise. I believe the world in which we live is riddled by power struggles. Everyone wants to be top, not matter who they hurt. It's teaching our children such tough lessons and not the best lessons. Logical common sense must rule and that's exactly what Midnight Train is all about. Packing up your baggage and leaving it out in the rain to deteriorate, moving on and not looking back, a no-nonsense approach to life".
Anita has had a long history of working with some of the biggest names in show business. She cut her teeth in musical theatre and has sung on many TV shows including Sunrise, Hey Hey It's Saturday, Good Morning Australia and The Midday Show to name a few. She has worked with many industry luminaries such as Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet), John Holiday and Trevor Steel (Escape Club), Grammy Award winning Doug Gills and Mark Narmore (Reba McEntire, Shenandoah), Peter Keppler (David Bowie, Bonnie Raitt, Katy Perry, David Byrne), Gary Barlow, as well as being a back vocalist for Powderfinger, Vanessa Amorosi, Tina Arena and Christine Anu amongst others. Anita believes that all her experience working alongside such accomplished people in the music industry and her experience working in the charity sector has made her the artist and songwriter she is today.
"Midnight Train" is Anita's first release for 2021. It's a musical journey to bigger and better things – not just for Anita, but for all of us. It is a plea for a better world, delivered with her uniquely emotive storytelling approach. It's a song about finding your place in the world and loving every moment of it. Anita says: "In a world where there is so much disarray and uncertainty, all we have is hope and we must believe that everything will work out fine." It is this character that will define her as an artist and defines "Midnight Train" as one of the brightest new releases for 2021.