Juliet Simms has independently released an EP All or Nothing on February 3, 2015 and was produced by Aaron Sprinkle (OneRepublic, Anberlin, He Is We). The six tracks on the EP signal that the music industry rollercoaster that she’s been riding might finally be leveling out on the upswing. Birthed via a very successful PledgeMusic campaign that raised far above its original goal and was released just last week, the EP impressively landed at #1 on Billboard’s New Alternative Artist and #4 on Top New Artist charts.
“All or Nothing speaks volumes about who I am as a person… that I am a survivor, that I’m not gonna give up, I’m not gonna stop…. Wait, that’s Destiny’s Child,” laughs rocker JULIET SIMMS about her new self-released EP. In a lot of ways, this child’s destiny is not only as a music industry survivor but also as a testament that when you have that creative spirit and fire, you really can’t be stopped. “In all honesty, the EP represents strength, perseverance, never backing down and owning who you are and never being afraid to voice it at the top of your lungs.”
“This EP and its songs really represent coming back from the ashes and rising like a phoenix,” she says reflectively. Originally breaking through as the mastermind/songwriter behind Warped Tour veterans Automatic Loveletter and then again when she came in second place on NBC’s The Voice, her rise was hampered by industry dysfunction and false promises just as her star began to shine brighter. “About two years ago, I went through a really rough time,” she reflects. “I was no longer with a label, I didn’t really know what was next for me, and I have to admit, I went through a really dark period. These songs represent waking up, realizing it’s not over and you can keep going and do this.”
From the opening call to arms “All or Nothing” (“This song is for any person who’s ever felt less than, that they didn’t fit in, or felt not believed in then taking that emotion and turning it around into an unstoppable fire”) to the anthemic rocker “Mystified” (“It’s about being so hypnotized and overcome by something that you’re not yourself anymore, you’ve gone so numb you can’t even feel the coals you’re walking on”) to the plaintive ballad “Not Broken Yet” which features her partner-in-crime-and-love Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides on backing vocals, All or Nothing shows a whole new side of Juliet – confident and defiant but still very much alive. “In many ways, I felt I haven’t been able to truly achieve that stylistically until this EP. This is the music I was born to make.”
Instead of turning her back on her past, she’s returning to her roots as a featured performer on this Summer’s Vans Warped Tour. “I’m just so excited to get out there and play on stage with a full band again,” she says. “The Vans Warped Tour is my VERY favorite tour to be on!”