Alana Springsteen Unveils ‘Getting It Right,’ The Empowering Conclusion To Her Debut Album, ‘Twenty Something’
“These 18 songs are the reason I am the version of myself that I am today,” the singer shared.
Alana Springsteen; Photo by Lily Nelson
Alana Springsteen has unveiled the third and final installment of her three-part, debut album, TWENTY SOMETHING.
From Messing It Up, to Figuring It Out and finally, Getting It Right, each chapter of this project showcases the progression of Springsteen learning important life lessons in the midst of one of the most confusing and also amazing times of her life as a TWENTY SOMETHING. Throughout the vulnerable tracks, she navigates insecurities and heartbreak before coming out on the other side and entering into an empowering phase of self-acceptance.
Encapsulating all the highs and lows of these experiences that come with being in her twenties, this 18-track album offers the chance for young listeners to feel hopeful for what’s to come, for those in their twenties to feel seen and heard, and for those who have moved beyond this age range to reflect on that former chapter of their life.
When thinking about how much her music has impacted the different generations of her fanbase, Springsteen said, “For me, at the end of the day, the dreams that I inspire in other people are everything to me. That’s why I got into music and when I think about nine-year-old me and the artists that I looked up to, it was like Taylor Swift. Watching those people tell their stories and write songs, that gave me the confidence to know that I could do it too. So anytime I’m releasing music or playing a show, I’m thinking about who out there needs to hear this and the possibility that I could be the reason somebody decides to chase their dream or feels a little bit less alone because I’m sharing my truth.”
Springsteen went on to explain that the idea behind the title track came about during a writing session back in 2022. When asked if there was one song that she could play that would sum up where she’s at in life right now, the first thing that came to mind was TWENTY SOMETHING, an idea that had already been rolling around in her head for some time just waiting for the right chance to come to light.
“I hadn’t really had the guts to write until that moment ’cause I just felt how much it meant to me,” she admitted to Country Now. “But once we wrote that song, it really framed a lot of what I wanted to say and write over the next year.”
So over the course of the last two years, the rising female star has been putting her personal stories of raw feelings and valuable lessons on display in this collection of songs. As of Friday, August 18, she unleashed the last piece of the puzzle titled Getting It Right, which includes “taylor did,” “different kinda country,” “cowboys and tequila,” “thinkin’ straight” “look I like” and “amen.”
Springsteen admits that these final songs are the tracks that best describe her current stage of life.
“I think this last part is all about the moments where I’ve felt like I’m living my best life. I’ve gotten some things figured out and just that empowerment and kind of a mantra that I keep coming back to through this part is, ‘we don’t chase, we attract’. I actually have that as a little voiceover in my song, ‘Look I Like’ in the bridge moment and I think one of the most important truths I’ve learned is that what’s truly meant for you will find you and you don’t need to force anything in life. Like if you are getting to know yourself and doing the work, and living the life that was meant for you, everything else just falls into place. So this part of the album is all about that empowerment and those moments where we’re just exactly where we’re meant to be.”
The project opens with the fan-favorite, “you don’t deserve a country song,” and comes to a close with the harsh-reality of “amen.” Co-written by Springsteen alongside Delacey Amaradio, Derrick Southerland, Ido Zmishlany, Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis and Sarah Solovay, this stunning tune illustrates the freedom of breaking out of the confines of other’s opinions and finally being able to live out your truth.
“And I’m sorry to my mama / But I’mma live the way I wanna / So I know this life was mine in the end / And I give myself permission / To go and make some bad decisions / ‘Cause I’m only tryna find out who I am / Amen / Amen,” she delivers on the chorus.
“Writing that song was so healing for me and it actually started a conversation with my mom that I don’t know that I would’ve been able to have if it wasn’t for that song,” Springsteen shared. “Songwriting is how I’ve always communicated. I can say things in my music that I can’t say to my family, my best friends, it’s just a whole different level of honesty for me.”
Springsteen’s delicate narrative gives the listener permission to do what’s best for themselves and what makes them happy. At the end of the song, she added an extra-personal touch when she incorporated a snippet of a voicemail from her mom checking in and letting her know how much she’s missed and loved.
She continued, “I think in your twenties, you always feel this pressure to make everybody happy and people please, but at the same time, you feel the need to chase your own dreams and live on your own terms. And that’s a constant battle within myself. I’ll never forget playing this song for my mom for the first time. We were both in tears and she was like, ‘I never wanna put that pressure on you. I’m so proud of you.’ We just had the best conversation and I felt like having that little voice memo in there kind of hinted at that.”
Ultimately, “amen” serves as a time capsule for Springsteen as it represents all she has accomplished as an artist and as a person in this period of time.
“I know I’m gonna look back at this time in my life and just realize how much it built me as a person and I wanna remember it by ‘amen.’ I feel like that sums up where I’m at in life right now. When I look back, I’m gonna be really, really proud of how far I’ve come the past couple years.”
Another standout-track is “ghost in my guitar” off the second installment – TWENTY SOMETHING: Figuring It Out. Not only does this song carry incredible emotions and daringly clever songwriting, but it also features Chris Stapleton. However, it’s not Stapleton’s vocals that were recorded for the track, but instead, he lets his mind-blowing skills as a musician lead the narrative.
“Instead of making this a traditional duet between me and another person, it’s a duet between me and this guitar that’s representing the ghost of my ex,” Springsteen explained. “And we rooted it around this guitar riff that continues throughout the song. So once we decided it was gonna be on the record, my wheels were spinning on who was gonna play the song because it had to be such a specific tone and it had to evoke a lot of emotion, like as much emotion as a vocal would.”
Fast forward to Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa festival which takes place each year in January, Alana Springsteen was tapped to perform the same night that Chris Stapleton was headlining. While watching his show from side stage a lightbulb went off for the songstress and she instantly knew the “Tennessee Whiskey” singer was the right one for the job.
“I think most people are usually coming to him for vocals because obviously, the best vocalist, but I think people forget that he’s also equally as incredible of a musician. So we got the song to him and I get a call one morning, my phone is like blowing up from my entire team and they’re like, ‘Alana, Chris is going into the studio today to cut guitars on this song. He loves it. He believes in it. He wants to be a part of it.’”
She continued, “Chris called me later that day and he was like, ‘how do you want me to approach it?’ And I was like, ‘dude, approach it the way you would a vocal. Just put that much emotion into it, put that much personality into it.’ And he freaking slayed, obviously. Listening to those guitar tracks, the first time he sent him back was an out-of-body experience. I mean, he brought the song to life and I’m just so grateful that he took a chance on it, took a chance on me and believed enough in that song and in me as an artist to be a part of the song.”
Alana Springsteen wore many hats while putting all the moving parts of TWENTY SOMETHING together. Even though she served as a vocalist, a musician, a co-writer and a co-producer, she admits making this project never felt like hard work because of how much she enjoyed the creative process.
“I loved the late nights in the studio with my co-producers, and it’s so much fun to not only write these songs but also get to see the vision through sonically. Like in the guitar tone choices, in the vocal takes that we use, I get really specific and nuanced with all of that,” she explained. “I think it just allows me to tell the story even further, but I love that process. I think I’ve found parts of myself too in the studio that I wouldn’t have if I wasn’t a co-producer on it.”
Since she allowed herself to be so hands-on and so authentic in her storytelling, the “I Quit Drinking” singer found that learning new things about herself was also a big part of the process.
“These 18 songs are the reason I am the version of myself that I am today. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been, and I think coming out of that history of breaking up era, I had to take some ownership, you know, because I think a lot of those relationships ended because I wasn’t truly giving myself the love that I deserved and just seeking validation in all these other places, but myself. So I’ve learned to trust myself again and to trust my gut and my instincts.”
Alana Springsteen recently wrapped up her time on the road in support of Luke Bryan’s Country On Tour. Next, she’s scheduled to make her way abroad with shows in the Netherlands, the UK, Ireland, and more before returning to the U.S. in the fall.
Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.