Alana Springsteen Channels Heartbreak in Latest Singles “Trust Issues” and “Me Myself and Why”


Alana Springsteen tries to find beauty in the midst of sadness. Taking her heartbreak and turning it into certified country gold, the Virginia Beach native is gearing up to drop her new EP, Breakup story (Part 2), the 15th of July.

The American songwriter met Springsteen (no relation to Bruce) at our office studio launch party in Nashville, where she got the party started by gracing our stage for a few numbers. Ahead of her performance, she talked about her latest project, the sequel to her 2021 EP, Breakup story (Part 1).

Second part sees Springsteen continue to explore his grief, taking the story one step further. Springsteen has already shared several songs from the project, including the scolding “Me Myself and Why” and the equally dark “Trust Issues.” For Springsteen, the songwriting sessions were some of the most important of his career, collaborating with friends and fellow songwriters Sasha Alex Sloan, Jessie Jo Dillon and Nick Bailey.

“This project for me was my way of dealing with these breakups and relationships that I went through,” Springsteen says. “These writing sessions have become my therapy in many ways. I learned so much about myself while writing this project and honestly, I just hope people can find a bit of their story there too.

The project’s latest single, “Trust Issues” is an upbeat acoustic offering, complete with sarcastic remarks, thanking her ex for all the lies and leave a scar. At the end of the chorus, she laments all she gave in the relationship (which, for the record, is “all her love” and “even the truck”) when all she got in return was a long list of trust issues.

An all-too-familiar sentiment to anyone who’s had their heart broken, Springsteen hopes her vulnerability in the track can also inspire others to move on.

“‘Trust Issues’ was one of my favorite writings that I got to be a part of,” she shares. “It’s one of the most honest songs I’ve ever released. I went through a very difficult breakup at the end of last year. I had all these feelings that I knew I had to talk about.

“Every time I came down to write about them, I just felt like I wasn’t ready,” she adds. ” I entered this day, and I knew it was the right part. The girls kind of had their own story similar to mine, so we started talking only about the real stories – the real lines.

With lines like thanks for the tears and unnecessary drama / I can’t believe I let someone like you around my mom, Springsteen wanted to say everything “clearly”. Except for metaphors and tropes, Springsteen means exactly how it is.

“We just thought ‘how can we say this so clearly, and just for the point’,” she adds. “I just knew because it was true for me, I needed to get out of my chest. I couldn’t help but think there were other people out there going through similar situations.

Another previously released track, “Me Myself and Why,” finds Springsteen still in the depths of grief. This time though, she shares the blame, holding herself accountable for staying in a relationship that just wasn’t working.

“It was that moment for me, where I knew he was wrong for me,” she says. “I knew it wasn’t something I needed to go back on but, against my better judgment, I came back and gave him more time to tell me more lies.

“Coming out of a situation like that, you end up with all these regrets,” she adds. “We just dug in when we wrote it, and it was the right way to start the next project.”

What these two songs, along with much of Springsteen’s buzz-worthy catalog, highlight is the connecting power of songwriting. Heartbreak is a usual suspect in all genres, but particularly in country music. Despite the number of songs written about it, every new song carries weight. Why? Springsteen seems to think it allows us to hold hands in tough times.

“We all go through so many of the same emotions and that’s what impresses me about songwriting – the way it connects everyone,” she said. “All of a sudden you realize you’re not as alone as you think.”

Springsteen made his CMA Fest debut this year, heating up the Chevy Vibes stage in the heart of the party alongside Frankie Ballard, Copper Alan, Josh Gracin and Nate Smith. Ahead of her performance, she spoke about the festival’s return after two COVID-related postponements.

“I’m really excited to play some of the new songs on this project,” she said. “I think I’m more grateful than ever to be in front of a live crowd. Having released music throughout COVID and not being able to have that direct interaction with a live crowd – Now that means more than ever previously.

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