Resilience over suffering is the empowering theme of Ashley Monroe’s fourth album, Sparrow, arriving April 20.
Working with some of her closest collaborators, Brendan Benson and Waylon Payne, Monroe co-wrote the 12-song collection of orchestral masterpieces that explore all of the emotional sides of a woman who is unashamed of her scars. She recorded the new music with producer Dave Cobb at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A while she was pregnant with her son, Dalton William Danks.
“To me, this record is about acknowledging past hurt, forgiveness and freedom to move forward,” she says in a press release. “The most terrible things that happen to you are the most beautiful songs. That’s what I respect most about music.”
The first song released from Sparrow is the sultry “Hands On You.” The new album follows her 2015 Grammy-nominated album, The Blade.