‘Lessons in Falling’ by Faith Evans Ruch has quite a unique story behind it. The album came about as a love letter, but three days before the completion of the album, the relationship ended and Faith called her producer to cancel the session.
“I told him I was considering trashing the whole project,” she says. “But he convinced me to come do the session and not let go of the art we’d made. He encouraged me to find a way to make peace with my pain in a way that allowed me to still love and finish this record I’d worked so hard on.”
Just a few weeks later, Faith had to battle with a bout of meningitis that came close to ending her life, leaving her in hospital for a week and on bed rest for a month.
“I’d hit my low physically and emotionally, and I stayed angry and I stayed rolling around in that pain and misery for another couple weeks after I was discharged from the hospital, until I just couldn’t take it anymore,” she says. “I realized that I needed to decide if I was going to let this hold me back or hurl me forward.”
This album sees a return to the full-band treatment of her debut album 1835 Madison but introducing myriad new influences from soul and R&B to polished contemporary pop to the folk-Americana bones of her songwriting style.
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