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New single featuring haunting vocals of Kami Elrod offers hope in the face of emotional pain 

COLUMBIA, MD – There are a lot of people in the world living in pain – sometimes emotional, sometimes physical, and sometimes both. That deep pain is the source of inspiration for Julie Elrod and her new single “Bluebirds.” Featuring the ethereal vocals of her daughter, Kami Elrod alongside the creative flow of notorious rapper Lost Angel of Havik, the song explores the depths of pain and offers a new perspective for those who deal with it on a daily basis.

“I’ve had nine knee surgeries, a hip replacement, and two failed spine fusions in my life and I live in constant pain,” said Julie Elrod who also owns one of the biggest karate schools in Maryland. “The words in the song are based on how I feel a lot of the time. It’s a sad song because it’s about a guy who wants to be with his mom who has passed away, and he’s in emotional pain. People have pain they live with, and this is a song they can identify with. It hits straight to the core.” 

The song bounces back-and-forth between Kami Elrod’s singing and Lost Angel of Havik’s rapping. The lyrics were written by Julie Elrod with some additional writing credits from her son, Wyatt Wayne, and Lost Angel of Havik. The original beat was produced by Rock It Productions but was re-invented by Elrod, who had violin, cello, and piano tracks added in.  

Julie Elrod said she’s always had a love for writing music, and though the Karate studio has been her primary business for the past 36 years, she’s always dabbled in writing music. When the studio was forced to shut down because of the lockdown associated with the global pandemic, she put most of her time and energy into writing as many songs as she could. “Bluebirds” is the first but will be followed by other songs that she plans to release in 2021. 

“I want people to hit home and identify with my music,” she said. “I also want to showcase my daughter’s voice which is hauntingly beautiful. Kami’s voice is mesmerizing, and I love to listen to it over and over. But I also want people to relate to the words in the song and find meaning in it. I want them to know they’re not alone and that we recognize the pain and depression that so many people feel. A lot of people are in that same position. Just because people are smiling on the outside doesn’t mean you know what they’re going through on the inside.” 

To listen to “Bluebirds” or to follow the Elrods or Lost Angel of Havik on social media, please visit: 

https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/MX8S4

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