Abby K is an amazing singer-songwriter from Seattle, WA. Her latest release “It’s Okay (Not to be Okay)” came out on June 12, 2020 and was influenced by her musical heroes, Fran Healy of Travis and Michael Stipe of R.E.M. Read on to learn more about the visual representation Abby chose for this new track – we know you’re going to love this empowering anthem!
Tell us the story of this song, why did you choose to visualize this song specifically in this way?
Written just before brewing chaos changed life as we know it, “It’s Okay (not to be Okay)” was born in Cambria, CA while on my January West Coast Tour of my latest album. The song reflects current authentic human feelings of anguish and fear I observed in the world driving along the W. Coast. It’s okay not to be okay. It’s okay to have hard times and bad feelings. And not only is it okay to talk about them, it’s necessary and time. This song is my way of expressing that along with my virtual, giant, ambient hug.
What was the inspiration behind this video (visuals, storyline, etc.)?
Authenticity. I wanted nothing less than real; one-hundred percent. No professional footage or stock photos. Humans sharing their emotions in real time during the most unprecedented times ever existing in our lives. A patchwork documentary.
What was the process of making this video?
Robin Chow, the video project editor, asked me to reach out to my network requesting small video clips showing themselves in their lives today; quarantine. All I gave them for inspiration was the title of the song. I received over 80 clips from friends, family and fans from all over the world! It was one of the more heartwarming moments of my 2020 to date. Connecting on personal levels with so many while experiencing the exact same thing worldwide. Robin’s editing is brilliant. The perfect visual package to the songs’ sentiment. I hope the song reaches the world in any, even small, significant way.