Country recording artist Sylvia – who had a string of hits in the ‘80s that included “Nobody,” “Drifter,” “Fallin’ in Love,” “Tumbleweed” and “Snapshot” – will perform at the Texan Theater in Greenville Friday.
In addition to her older songs, Sylvia – who was selected as the Academy of Country Music’s Female Vocalist of the Year in 1982 – will perform several cuts off of her 2016 album, “It’s All in the Family,” for which she co-wrote or wrote the lyrics for eight of its 12 songs.
“We didn’t really go in with any kind of a theme in mind, but the album ended up being very much about family and ancestry,” Sylvia told the Herald-Banner. “For example, the song ‘Immigrant Shoes’ is all about putting ourselves in the shoes of our ancestors and imagining what it was like 300 years ago, coming over on a boat to a strange new land.
“Most of the music was written by John Mock, who’s really a composer, but the music really evoked a lot of images that led to the lyrics we wrote to go with it,” Sylvia added.
About a year ago, Sylvia also released “Second Bloom: The Hits Re-Imagined,” which contains new recordings of her earlier work.
For the most part, the renditions of the songs don’t depart much from the original feel and spirit of the songs’ original versions.
“We really wanted to keep what people liked that made the songs a success in the first place,” Sylvia said. “Back in the ‘80s we used a lot of synthesizer sounds, which I loved, but we wanted to give the songs a chance to bloom again, and that’s why we named the album ‘Second Bloom.’
“A good song is great either way. We just brought the original heart, fun and spirit into today,” Sylvia said.
In addition to still being an active performer, Sylvia also works in Nashville as a life coach and formerly served on the board for Park Center, a non-profit organization that serves and supports people struggling with mental illness and substance abuse recovery.
This Friday, Sylvia will perform at the Texan Theater, located at 2712 Lee Street in Greenville, Texas, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at https://bit.ly/2kFuYlg for $99. Music from Sylvia’s two most recent albums, “Second Bloom: The Hits Re-Imagined” and “It’s All in the Family” and merchandise can be purchased from her website, www.SylviaMusic.com.
“We performed all over Texas in the ‘80s,” Sylvia said. “I can probably look at a map and point out playing in just about every town, so I hope that some of my fan base out there can make it to Greenville.”