I love blogging here. I love talking Tony Stewart, and love especially love when I can hopefully introduce you all to something new – whether that be information, a product or whatever and there are even times when the blogging more for myself than you all (my readers) because I just have to write! But then again, there are some days when I am at work and things at work are just beyond crazy and then at the same time things are getting thrown out at me for the blog via email and social media that it can and does overwhelm me. Sometimes that means I miss things or I have to put things off until I leave work to respond or deal with. That happened to me earlier in the week when someone tweeted a video they wanted me to see. I was crazy-making busy at the work so I put it off until I got home but then when I got home and watched it, I was excited to be able to share it with you all. The video is a song called “Smoke Will Rise” and it is by Joanna Lower and here it is:
But instead of just sharing it with you and carrying on though I wanted to give you some information on the person who created this heartfelt song, and luckily for us all Joanna took a few minutes to answer some questions about the song and herself for us here at BadGroove to share with you:
BG: How long have you been a NASCAR / Tony Stewart fan?
JL: I’ve actually been around NASCAR my whole life. My parents and my brother have always been really big fans but I became a big fan about two years ago after watching a pretty intense Talladega race! I’ve always liked Tony, maybe because my brother (who ironically looks like Tony Stewart) has been a fan for as long as I can remember. To me Stewart is that driver that you just can’t help but love. He’s talented, he’s bold, and he’s always fun to watch on the racetrack!
BG: Who would you consider your biggest influences both musically and personally?
JL: Krystal Meyers and Britt Nicole are two of my biggest influences musically! Their lyrics are so powerful and bold, and I love that! Personally, I’d have to say my Mom is my biggest influence! She’s always been so supportive of my career and of everything I do! I don’t know where I’d be without her!
BG: Can you talk about what inspired you to write the song and why you felt compelled to do so?
JL: I’d been wanting to write a song called “Like a Phoenix” for a long time, just because the whole concept seemed very empowering, but I just couldn’t find the right words. No matter how hard I tried the song just wasn’t working. I finally sang the one small part of the song that I liked to my Mom and she said, “That sounds like you are singing to Tony Stewart!” In that moment, it was like something clicked. I thought about how Tony was going through so much and I wanted to write something that said, “You’re going to get through this. You will rise above everything that is coming against you.” I locked myself in my room and thirty minutes later I had a completed song! That’s when I changed the name to Smoke Will Rise!
BG: The song has a positive message that anyone can draw from despite it being specifically written for Tony Stewart. Can you talk about the how and why of this?
JL: I think anybody could really relate to this song because everyone goes through difficult situations. Everybody has been through a time in their life where they just need someone to tell them that it’s going to be okay, you’re going to make it, you can overcome the obstacles in front of you. What’s interesting is that when the song was finished, I started to notice other NASCAR drivers that this song could apply to. Trevor Bayne being diagnosed with MS, Brian Vickers and how he’s unable to drive right now due to health problems, Kurt Busch and everything he had to deal with not too long ago. I hope that anyone and everyone that hears this song is inspired and blessed by it!
BG: Talk about yourself here- anything you would like our readers to know.
JL: Well, I’ve been singing since I was about three and I just felt like God was calling me to sing professionally. I love writing new songs and creating something out of nothing! (Smoke Will Rise is actually my third original song on Youtube.The first two are called “Different Ending” and “Break the Masquerade!”) If you’d like to check out some of my other songs and find out more about me, you can check out my Facebook fanpage here: www.facebook.com/joannalower.fanpage
Thanks to Joanna for taking some time with us here at BadGroove and for sharing her song with us!