As she gears up for the release of her sophomore EP Full Cup, out October 8th, soulful singer-songwriter Juliana Riccardi has released her new single, “Hold For Your Woman.” A fierce call-to-action, the track offers a different look into the introspective record and sets an edgier tone with an anthemic chorus and searing guitar solo as Juliana demands that women be accepted for their strength, wisdom, and confidence. PRESS HERE to listen/stream “Hold For Your Woman”
“'Hold for Your Woman’ is about holding space and grounding for your woman or partner, in a deeper, enduring way. Embracing their dynamics, emotional depth and powerful energy without feeling threatened,” shares Juliana. “The attributes that make women insanely desirable are continually used against us when convenient for others. We’re labeled as weak, unstable and entrapping. These ideas describe an antiquated fear of something wildly dynamic and enduring. A powerful mind that digs deep, a heart that beats loud and bleeds easily, a soul that wants to journey. That’s a woman to me. She’s someone to hold on for.”
A project of reflection, Full Cup details a variety of moments from self-destruction to self-acceptance, hindrance to inspiration, and the importance of a strong foundation in the relationships we have not only with others, but also with ourselves. In search of truth in her expression, the Los Angeles based artist and burgeoning producer unveils a new dimension of her dynamic sound on the 7-track EP through songs like “Hold For Your Woman” as well as tender ballad “In My Soul” about the importance of starting anew, the rock-tinged “Wire” which speaks to cutting the cord on a toxic relationship, and title track “Full Cup” — mixed by nine-time GRAMMY Award-Winner Darrell Thorp (Beck, Radiohead, Switchfoot, Jenny Lewis, Metric) and recently featured on Spotify’s Healin’ Blues and DittyTV’s Ditty Dozen playlists — where Juliana answers the age-old question of do you view life as a glass full or empty? Full track listing below.
Throughout Full Cup, which was recorded live at Dreamland Recording Studio and bonds analog and digital effects to create a textural firestorm, Juliana reveals an intimate portrait of her most vibrant self, creating a serene and reflective soundscape indicative of her foundational East Coast expression and newfound West Coast clarity. The EP combines aspects of her native New Yorker grit with a number of styles that have impacted her authentic energy — including her background in Jazz Performance, connection to blues and roots, and influences of the 60s and 70s (Stevie Nicks, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Bonnie Raitt). Accompanying Juliana on the EP is a critically acclaimed ensemble of longtime creative associates and dear friends including Will Hensley [guitar, pedal steel], Jeremy McDonald [bass], Nick D’Agostino [drums], Todd Caldwell [keys], Wayne Tucker [trumpet] and Runson Willis [harmonica].
In some measure, each song on Full Cup expresses a shift Juliana felt in her personal life as well as her artistry. “I’m at an age when I don’t care that my musical gesture comes out as more than any one style. It’s my style. And I’m proud of that. I’m proud of this record being a heightened version of myself.”