Colorado-based singer-songwriter Antonio Lopez is releasing his latest album Roots and Wings on January 1. The album comes highly anticipated as over 300 supporters backed the funding with over $21,000. Lopez’s honest and timeless musical influences are heard throughout the album. From smooth rhythms to the artist’s welcoming voice, every track is an easy-to-consume song, but they encompass meanings deeper than one can understand upon first listen. Lopez is known for his powerful lyrics – critics have said “His words may be physically quiet, but spiritually they are louder than a riot” – (Taste Culture)
“I am a bridge builder. In a world divided, I use music as a unifying force to bridge the gap between racial, economic, and cultural divides. Music is the common ground. The meeting point. A place to both share who we are, and to put aside who we are.”— Antonio Lopez
Even though these events happened before Lopez was born, they are an important part of his story. In his own words Lopez says “I choose to share this story with you because I feel the past informs the present. However, I believe the future is not defined by the past. Each of us alive right now are the thread that connects the past with the future. It is now our time. My songs come from my ancestors. My ancestors still exist because I am here. They exist inside of me. They exist through me. Basically, I am their dream. The life that I am able to lead is a life they could only dream of having. When I sing, I’m adding my voice to their voice. Joining them in both words and actions for a better tomorrow. A better tomorrow for me. A better tomorrow for you. A better tomorrow for ALL of us.”
Antonio Lopez will be celebrating the Roots and Wings release with Stone Cottage Studios with a livestream event on Saturday, January 9 at 7pm MT. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit Sound Bridge Music, an organization that empowers and uplifts local musicians. Tickets can be purchased through Stone Cottage Studios here.
How have you utilized live streaming into your performances?
The onset of the Pandemic back in March happened right before my annual Winter of Woodshed Concert. At this show, my band and I usually debut new material I had written over the winter. That show was among the first wave of cancellations, so I decided to do a Facebook live-stream instead. For 13 Thursdays in a row, I live-streamed from my home. The tips from my friends, family, and fans during these virtual shows were paramount in keeping me afloat financially as so much of my work was lost. Since these first streams, I have primarily taken a break from virtual shows. My band and I are performing an album release live stream from Stone Cottage Studios in Boulder on January 9, 2021, at 7 pm MT. This show will feature Hi-def 1080p video and studio-quality audio. The live-streams from Stone Cottage Studios are of the highest quality I’ve seen anywhere on the internet, so I am thrilled that this will be happening.
Do you want the optimistic or the pessimistic answer? (Interviewee laughs) I believe things will worsen before they get better, but we can’t mourn a broken system’s loss too much. We have to move on and build something better. In some ways, it is even liberating. We are freed of the gauntlet! Things we took as the de facto, “That’s just the way it is,” we now have an opportunity to improve. Fortune favors the bold. The artists who evolve and adapt will have a leg up on those who have a negative attitude about the current situation.
A good song, a good performer, and a good audience will always be the Holy Trinity of music. The relationship between these three components needs to be honored and respected, not exploited. I do foresee that the connection between artist and fan will become increasingly more direct. Many of the “middle-men” roles in the industry pre-COVID will go the way of the dinosaur.