When we heard Alice Wallace's latest single, "Elephants" we wanted to talk with her about the importance of its message (and its songwriter (a man!)).

Universal FanCon celebrates diversity, inclusiveness, acceptance and awareness. We see #fancon as a safe place to meet, embrace our similarities and discuss solutions about the things that divide us. So when we heard Award-winning Americana singer/songwriter Alice Wallace’s latest single, “Elephants,”  (Spotify: https://goo.gl/H5MtM1) we wanted to talk with her about the importance of its message (and its songwriter (a man!)). Not only did we find a new artist to follow, but we found yet another diverse fan who believes in Universal FanCon!

From “Elephants”
Hey baby, why you gotta be that way? 
Give us a smile, you got a pretty face 
There are things you do and things you can’t 
Live quiet as a mouse in a room full of elephants

RR: With the powerful context of the current #metoo and #timesup movements, “Elephants” addresses the experiences women have every day concerning sexism, objectification, safety and double standards – whether in the workplace, at home or during a girls’ night out. Why is that important?

AW: Women are taught from a young age that ‘boys will be boys,’ and therefore, it’s our responsibility to protect ourselves from that supposedly innate behavior. And that is wrong. This is such an important song about being a woman, and yet it was written by a man – an incredible songwriter friend of mine, Andrew Delaney. That makes it all the more perfect for creating opportunities for both men and women to start discussing the solutions together.

RR: When I talked to Andrew about writing “Elephants” and working with you, this is what he said:

“I had heard the same story over and over from so many of my friends who were women. I heard it enough times to know for sure that this was a universal experience. As a songwriter, you’re always looking for something universal to write about. And then to have someone such as Alice – with a voice like hers – to perform the song so beautifully and so passionately and for it all to happen in such a timely, but organic, fashion – it’s kind of magical. I’m really glad to be helping to get this message out there.”

AW:  That’s why I love working with Andrew — I really respect and appreciate his talent and perspective. We both love telling stories through music because it’s so powerful. Music is such an important part of our culture — it moves us, it heals us, it brings us together.

Live performance of “Elephants” on YouTube
https://youtu.be/BXANLsNn950

RR: You know, that’s what FanCon’s all about!

AW:  Yes!  I love that music is such a big part of the FanCon experience and that it also celebrates every fan of pop culture. At the end of the day, we all are trying to celebrate what binds us and find solutions to what divides us — with love, fun, acceptance, respect, inclusion, education and empathy. That’s why I make music.  That’s why I appreciate what you’re doing with FanCon.

RR: Well, thank you so much for believing in FanCon and sharing your talents with us all.

Wallace recently received the first-ever “TeX Award” for a female independent artist during South by Southwest 2018. She was named “Female Vocalist of the Year” at the California Country Awards in 2017. She also received LA Music Critics Awards for “Best Country/Americana Artist” in 2016 and “Best Country/Americana Album” in 2015. She tours constantly across the U.S., averaging close to 150 shows per year, and has shared stages with artists such as The Band Perry, Wynonna Judd, Lee Ann Womack, Ray Wylie Hubbard, JD Souther, Albert Lee, Jo Dee Messina, and Suzy Bogguss.

“ELEPHANTS” (full lyrics) 
Walk with a purpose through the parking lot 
Keys in your knuckles cause you ain’t got claws 
Remembering when your daddy taught you that 
Boys will be boys gotta watch your back

Sitting there drinking at the bar alone 
Sharks come circle, wanna take you home 
You better not play coy, better not be mean 
Cause boys will be boys and they are fragile things

And they’ve got names for the ones who talk back 
And the ones who wear those clothes 
They’ve got names for the ones who say yes 
And the ones who say no

Hey baby, why you gotta be that way? 
Give us a smile you got a pretty face 
There are things you do and things you can’t 
Live quiet as a mouse in a room full of elephants

Don’t he look so handsome in his Sunday best? 
He said he’s sorry, you know the rest 
You shouldn’t really blame him he’s just a kid 
And boys will be boys, don’t call him what he is

And they’ve got names for the ones who talk back 
And the ones who wear those clothes 
They’ve got names for the ones who say yes 
And the ones who say no

For more information: http://alicewallacemusic.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alicewallacemusicpage/

Elephants” is the first single off Wallace’s upcoming album, which will be released later this year on JTMMusic.

Ron Roecker is an award-winning writer and artist and head of PR for Universal FanCon.

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