Angela Predhomme brilliantly shines in the late summer night sky.
The metro Detroit soulful pop singer-songwriter serves as an inspirational North Star for lifelong love on her latest poignant single, “Changeless Sky,” which dropped Aug. 28 via all streaming platforms.
“I’ve been married for a lot of years, and it’s really different than people who are popping in and out of relationships. If you’re in a long-term thing, then it’s the ups and downs of being there and sticking it out and growing together. Everything else changes around you, but you’re there for each other,” she said.
Throughout the glistening, peaceful monogamous track, Predhomme weaves soft piano with passionate, uplifting vocals as she sings, “No matter the sun and shade passing by/The world might be twisting, thrashing right outside/But I am your changeless sky.”
“I had the idea for the title and thought those were cool words, and it’s about this enduring, never-changing thing. I took that title and just made it a love song,” said Predomme, whose latest single is the lead track on The Stratton Playlist.
Predhomme wrote and recorded “Changeless Sky” late last year in her home studio after releasing her eloquent fifth album, Love. The tender track is the second in a series of new monthly singles from Predhomme’s uplifting, expansive multi-genre catalog, which dates back to her 2008 self-titled debut.
In July, Predhomme dropped her luminous, laid-back ode to authenticity, “So Good to Be Free,” which fuses jubilant acoustic strums, upbeat maracas, rhythmic bongos and vibrant electric guitars into an infectious Bo Diddley-inspired beat.
The shimmery single also beautifully showcases Predhomme’s signature optimistic outlook as she sings, “I don’t need the look or the trend/I’ll be the least cool of my friends/You can have all that/I won’t please the pack/‘Cause I’m free/To be whatever I choose to be.”
“It’s probably more ‘me’ than a lot of the other songs I’ve released. I used to worry about how I looked even when I went to the grocery store, and now I go in sweats and no makeup. It’s good to be free and not worry anymore about what people think,” said Predhomme, who collaborated with Nashville guitarist Cheyenne Medders on the track.
“It’s also freeing about the way I write music now. When I started, I was trying to send songs to Nashville, and I thought I was too old when I was in my 30s. I was sending songs thinking maybe some major artists would sing my songs, and I got no bites. When I started singing and releasing them myself, people started picking them up for licensing.”
Predhomme delightfully captures her increasing sense of self-awareness in a new sun-drenched video for “So Good to Be Free,” which features five friends frolicking on a blissful summer day. She hired director Claire Radecki to film, edit and animate the video on clear, radiant July afternoon.
“I feel like sometimes you have to let people who are the experts in something take the reins. That was all her idea, but I told her I wanted movement, color and fun. She came up with that, and I thought it was really cute,” said Predhomme, who also created a dolphin-themed lyric video with her daughter for the track.
Predhomme also shares her sunny, sonic disposition across 12 uplifting, hopeful tracks on Love, which dropped last fall. The multi-genre, piano-centric album seamlessly weaves refreshing flavors of reggae, pop, blues, jazz, gospel and soul wrapped in warm, delectable melodies. She spent four years writing Love’s tracks, including six singles, after releasing Will in 2015.
“I like all the genres I do. It’s part of the freedom – ‘So Good to Be Free’ is totally different than ‘Changeless Sky.’ Honestly, I would get bored doing all the same things; it would be like having the same thing for dinner every day. I like to mix it up, do different things and keep it interesting for me,” she said.
“I’m a melody writer, and the melodies are usually first for me. I could do something with guitar, I could do something with piano and that’s how they end up being different because they all start as melodies. I feel like everything underneath is just supporting the melody and the lyrics.”
Predhomme provides easygoing, captivating vocals on the slow bluesy jam, “Hey Mr. Sunshine,” with Lansing guitarist John Patrick Peters as sorrowful electric strums, somber intermittent drums, delicate bass and light cymbals give downtrodden listeners a much-needed pep talk. She confidently sings, “Hey Mr. Sunshine/With your sparkling kiss of gold/You got all that fiery passion all hot and aglow/Simmer down now/Come around and say hello.”
Another confidence-booster includes “Beautiful Truth,” a romantic ballad about finding internal strength to overcome life’s constant barrage of obstacles. Glistening piano and gentle drums invigorate listeners as Predhomme encouragingly sings, “Only you can be who you are/Only you can give what you do/Tune in to your whispering heart/Let your own sweet self come right through.”
“I want them to feel inspired in themselves and feel more confident and peaceful. I also want them to have renewed hope for themselves and for their lives. I could write songs about being mad or something, but why? I put a lot of hours into writing, recording and producing, so I want to feel good, too,” she said.
One of Predhomme’s most uplifting Love tracks, the heavenly, gospel-inspired “Top of the Mountain,” which features a mesmerizing collaboration with the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club and soaring arrangements from Peters.
The spiritual ballad track blends vibrant piano, jazzy cymbal taps and smooth bass with Predhomme’s soulful vocals as she reflects, “Taking the risk feels like freedom/I’ve had enough worldly chains/Breathing this cool air that fills up the sky/I’ll find heaven before I die/Yes, I’m ready/‘Cause I’ve conquered this climb.”
“John helped me out with how to play the organ, and I did organ in the background of some of those songs, including ‘Hey Mr. Sunshine’ and ‘Top of the Mountain,’ and the notes are more spread out. I learned a lot from John due to his diverse musical background,” she said.
Starting Out and Moving Up
Predhomme developed a diverse music background while growing up in Plymouth. She learned how to play piano at age nine, took up clarinet in middle school and listened to Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Ray Charles, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
By her 20s, she picked up guitar and jammed with her older brother, who now plays drums on her singles and albums. Predhomme also spent years teaching English as a second language through local universities before penning her breakthrough 2009 track, “This Might Be Good,” which is featured in the 2011 romantic comedy, “A Wedding Most Strange.”
Today, Predhomme’s moving tracks are heard by millions through TV, film, public and college radio, retail locations and streaming services. With five heartfelt albums and a growing roster of singles, Predhomme will continue writing, recording and releasing new material later this year and into 2021.
“It will culminate into an album next year, and that works best with digital in terms of releasing singles first. These new singles will be part of the new album, which is tentatively called As Is,” she said.