for immediate release:
Sean Cox Combines Spirituality,
Solace and Compassion in his Moving
New Single, “Further On Ahead”
July 30th, 2019: With his stirring new single “Further On Ahead,” Lancaster Pennsylvania-based singer and songwriter Sean Cox shares a message that’s certain to find a common connection with anyone dealing with anxiety or insecurity in the face of today’s challenging times.
The original composition finds Cox singing the lead vocal and playing guitar, backed by engineer/co-producer Lucas Gienow on keys, bass and occasional harmony vocals. It is, Cox says, about avoiding the tendency to project one’s lack of self worth onto others, and in so doing, allowing those negative feelings to linger on. The song’s sweet and supple melody -- think Amos Lee, Gregory Alan Isakov, Foy Vance, all of whom Cox calls influences -- underscores the quest and conclusion that the singer arrives from within, namely the fact that often times negative feelings are self-perpetuating and that those who are closest to us can aid in the search for confidence and clarity.
Or, as the lyric points out...
“I know that you'll lighten up the dark
You glow bright as any spark
I still remember those dark days
of blind stumbling and deep rage...”
Cox explains that the song arose from a deeply personal perspective, one borne from his efforts to find solace and spirituality. “I’ve made it a point in recent years to explore those avenues and beliefs that connect people today,” Cox comments. “It’s more than we’re taught in our average middle class environs. The quest I’ve undertaken has greatly impacted my writing, while allowing me to be more open and honest with myself. That, in turn, has given me a cause and ability to express my thoughts through my music. We often believe that happiness is just out of reach, but for me, ‘Further On Ahead’ is like a journal entry that details a very specific time in my life.”
Cox knows that scenario well. His initial EP, Letters To Light, was released in July 2017 and helped launch a tour that’s encompassed over 100 performances from Maine to Tennessee. The aptly titled “Further On Ahead” follows on the heels of “Dogma,” a single which appeared last October. Both tracks will be included on an upcoming EP titled Not the Only One, due to arrive later this year.
In addition to his musical pursuits, Cox hosts a live stream titled “Malty Music Mondays.” It finds him offering a weekly craft beer segment and sharing some songs, original compositions as well as covers.
Cox explains that his initial influences were spawned from his parents, who introduced him to southern rock, blues and R&B as a child. He first picked up guitar at the age of 13 and began writing original songs soon after. “I was addicted to performing and writing things that connected with other people,” he notes in retrospect. His initiation to live performance came with a band he connected with in college. However, following graduation, he opted to go solo and devote his time entirely to making music under a nom-de-plume, “Three Strands.”
His success has been building ever since. The CD release party for Letters To Light was a sell-out. A “Sofar Sounds Show” in New York City, one of eleven he’s done so far, found the audience not only singing along, but literally taking the lead on one of his songs. Likewise, when he first played the “Blue Plate Special,” a popular live music program broadcast on WDVX radio in Knoxville Tennessee, the audience received him so well he immediately felt at home.
“I try to avoid being typecast in any one particular genre,” Cox muses. “I love variety, but mostly I try to write lyrics that listeners can relate to. Spirituality and sensitivity are key components that steer me towards making music. My goal with this new single in particular was to convey the idea that nobody needs to feel alone. It’s best to find friends that will encourage and support you. That’s a far better investment in time and energy than that which comes from simply throwing your money on a church collection plate.”
To learn more information about Cox, check out his EPK:
For fans of: John Mark McMillan, Gregory Alan Isakov, Amos Lee
RELEASE DATE: August 30th, 2019
TAGS TO COPY/PASTE: The Marketing Mixtape, acoustic, folk, Americana, Three Strands
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