Veronica Stanton
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Veronica Stanton’s “I’m No Good” Is a Dreamy Americana Tune About Mental Health

Veronica Stanton’s “I’m No Good” centers on mental health and healing. The Nashville songwriter reflects on her dreamy Americana tune.

Veronica Stanton represents sheer Nashville can-do. Moving to Music City from Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, in 2016, she immediately dove into its songwriting scene while taking vocal lessons with Erin Rae. One connection led to another, culminating in a stellar debut EP, 827 Miles, produced by Dan Knobler (Caroline Spence, Lake Street Dive) at his Goosehead Palace. Now, Stanton is returning with a debut full-length release set for 16 September, Caught Up on a Feeling. Its dreamy Americana might just put Stanton a head above her contemporaries.

“I’m No Good” is Stanton’s latest single. Opening with ethereal, harmonic layers, the arrangement invites a string collective. Pieced together by stems from Connor Vance in Los Angeles, Stanton remarks, “To me, the instrumentation reflects the content of the lyrics, and I think the strings mimic how it feels to have a flurry of thoughts in your mind.” On its harmonic content, she says, “I’ve always loved harmonizing, so I had so much fun in the studio arranging and recording the layered vocals that start the song.”

The tune builds into a stirring crescendo, Stanton’s warm vocals naturally lending to its emotive core. Her intrinsic storyteller’s notion lends itself well to this first-person narrative. She says, “I wrote ‘I’m No Good’ when I felt frustrated about my mental health. I’ve always been an over-thinker, but it had gotten to a point where I was spending hours a day ruminating, and sometimes my mind would take me to some dark places. At the time, I couldn’t really see how things could get better, and I was scared, but writing this did help me get through it. I hope it reaches people who may struggle with mental illness and that it helps them feel seen, loved, and a little less alone.”