Lyric Jones - Closer Than They Appear

From Lyric:

The title Closer Than They Appear serves as a motif inspired by half the fine print warning on the side view mirrors of vehicles: “objects in mirror are closer than they appear”. The symbolism of the phrase weaves a web connecting many things in my life, especially my music career. The title sort of speaks to the questions I’ve feared asking myself as I’ve grown older: Is a viable music career still attainable for me? Did I say all I have to say? Did I do all I was supposed to do?

We use those side view mirrors to guide us while driving. They’re vital and important tools, directly in front of us. I see myself as an object in the mirror that may be closer to my career breakthrough and self-actualization than I think (or even others may think). It’s almost as if I’m telling myself to keep going in the album title.

It all tied together when I connected with Phonte for this album. He’s one of my favorite artists ever and has been a huge influence throughout my career. Working with him seemed so far-fetched at one point. Meeting Phonte and discovering that he was already a fan of my work and had been interested in working with me boosted my confidence and renewed my fervor for my music career. Making this album, Phonte helped me break free from the “female rapper” box I’ve been trying to break out of for years. My goal was to steer clear of such titles by flexing my range as a songwriter, rapper, vocalist, conceptualist, and diving into genres outside of Hip-Hop.

Objects In Mirror
(Janelle Clinton, Phonte Coleman, Phil Beaudreau)
Produced by Phil Beaudreau
Vocals: Lyric Jones, Phil Beaudreau & Phonte
Jones 4 Lyric Publishing (SESAC)/Daddy’s New Bowtie (ASCAP)/Bad Direction Publishing /Peer Music (ASCAP)

Face To Face
(Janelle Clinton, Bianca Renee Rodriguez, Benjamin Carr)
Produced by Carrtoons
Additional Vocals: BeMyFiasco
Additional Background Vocals: Musinah & Phonte Coleman
Additional Strings: Chelsey Green & Shana Tucker
Jones 4 Lyric Publishing (SESAC)/Daddy’s New Bowtie (ASCAP)/BeMyFiasco (SESAC)/CARRTOONS MUSIC INTERNATIONAL (BMI)

Rock On
(Janelle Clinton, Dominick Lamb)
Produced by Nottz
Jones 4 Lyric Publishing (SESAC)/Teamsta Entertainment Music (BMI)

Crusin’
(Janelle Clinton, Phonte Coleman, Thomas Jones, Bernard Edwards Jr.)
Produced & Mixed by Focus…
Additional production: Mell Beats
Additional Vocals: Phonte & Rapper Big Pooh
Jones 4 Lyric Publishing (SESAC)/Daddy’s New Bowtie (ASCAP)/Funky Cold Creations SESAC)/Teamsta4he Ali3n Resident2Mus1cW0rks (SESAC)

Show You How
(Janelle Clinton, Phonte Coleman, Victor Mensah, David Hodek)
Produced by H0wdy
Co Production: Heilig Tomi
Additional Vocals: Vic Mensa
Additional Background Vocals: Phonte
Jones 4 Lyric Publishing (SESAC)/Daddy’s New Bowtie (ASCAP)/Sony/ATV Ballad/Cake Mensa (BMI)

Vic Mensa appears courtesy of Roc Nation

Angelina
(Janelle Clinton, Phonte Coleman, Phil Beaudreau)
Produced by Phil Beaudreau
Additional Vocals: Phil Beaudreau
Additional Background Vocals: Phonte
Jones 4 Lyric Publishing (SESAC)/Daddy’s New Bowtie (ASCAP)/Bad Direction Publishing /Peer Music (ASCAP)

Want To Say
(Janelle Clinton, Trevor Payne)
Produced by Blaaq Gold
Additional Vocals: Rah Digga
Jones 4 Lyric Publishing (SESAC)/SoundBoyMusic (ASCAP)

Once More With Feeling (Interlude)
(Janelle Clinton, Phonte Coleman, Benjamin Carr)
Produced by Carrtoons
Vocals: Sy Smith
Jones 4 Lyric Publishing (SESAC)/Daddy’s New Bowtie (ASCAP)/CARRTOONS MUSIC INTERNATIONAL (BMI)

Waitaminit
(Janelle Clinton, Gavin Cotton)
Additional Keys & Synth: Zo!
Additional Background Vocals: Phonte
Jones 4 Lyric Publishing (SESAC)/Nameless (ASCAP)

All Songs by Lyric Jones
Executive Produced, Mixed, Arranged, A&R: Phonte Coleman at The Autumn Attic, Raleigh, NC
Mastered by: Chris Boerner The Kitchen, Carrboro, NC
Photography by Justin Jackson at NoHo Photo Studio
Graphic Design & Layout: Chris Charles

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