British singer-songwriter Lucie Silvas started her career with a successful major label debut in the Britain and writing songs for other British pop acts.

After crossing the Atlantic for Nashville, she’s found her voice again as a skilled and independent retro pop stylist.

Silvas, born in the Britain but raised in New Zealand, said that after the second record came out in the Britain in 2006, she was already feeling like she was moving in a different direction from her music label. She found a new musical community in Nashville, where she’s been welcomed by the city’s songwriters and artistes.

“It felt like running away at first,” Silvas said. “What I found that I had either missed or wasn’t finding in the UK at that time was just a musical community, or a feeling I could get back to writing and just singing songs without feeling like I had to be something, that I had to be on a particular path.”

Even as a non-country artiste without the backing of a major label, she’s been opening for country stars like Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town and Miranda Lambert.

E.G.O. is the second record she’s put out since moving to Nashville, and she explores pop music’s soul and rock origins with lyrics crafted as a seasoned storyteller.

“I love all things ‘70s,” Silvas said.

“With the album, I wanted to bring something like that in. But I don’t want to be so throwback that it doesn’t feel new and new to me and new to anyone else.”

Silvas teamed up with longtime friend and British producer-writer-artist Jon Green to draw on various musical inspirations, including Motown, the Beach Boys and Bonnie Raitt.

The title track, which stands for “Everybody Gets Off”, is an “anti-pop pop song”, Silvas said.

It’s a tongue-in-cheek takedown of celebrity culture and egotism in the age of social media.

“It’s become so convoluted having your normal life on social media and it’s really bothered me for a long time and yet I’m completely part of it,” Silvas said.

“Because there are days when you feel like you’re invisible if you’re not posting something or you’re not being seen. That’s a real problem.”

Similarly, she addresses the pressures of living up to unreal expectations, especially for women, on the song Black Jeans, a Fleetwood Mac-inspired dreamy rock ballad with harmony vocals.

“I’m not here to keep up with a trend,” Silvas said of the meaning of the song. “I’m not here to be judged on my appearance or anything that appears to be a success or failure.” — AP