Indie singer/songwriter St. Vincent recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's The Drop series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, St. Vincent discussed the making of her new self-titled album. St. Vincent also performed a brief set, including "Bring Me Your Loves" from St. Vincent.
"I wanted to make a party record you could play at a funeral," said St. Vincent regarding her new album. "I wanted to bring the groove aspect in because that's something that is so communal and is deeply human and unites us."
Born Annie Clark in Tulsa, Okla., St. Vincent attended Berklee College of Music after graduating from high school in 2001. After leaving Berklee in 2004, she performed with several groups, including Glenn Branca's orchestra featuring 100 guitars, the Polyphonic Spree and singer/songwriter Sufjan Steven's backing band, before releasing her debut album, 2007's Marry Me. St. Vincent followed with 2009's Actor and 2011's Strange Mercy, which peaked in the Top 20 on the Billboard 200. In 2012 she teamed with GRAMMY winner David Byrne for Love This Giant, which climbed to No. 23 and featured St. Vincent writing or co-writing 11 of the 12 tracks.
St. Vincent's self-titled album was released on Feb. 25 and peaked at No. 12, her highest-charting album to date. The album features 11 tracks written by St. Vincent, including "Bring Me Your Loves," "Digital Witness" and "Birth In Reverse."
On April 10 St. Vincent performed "Lithium" with the members of Nirvana at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York. On May 17 she will be the musical guest on the season finale of "Saturday Night Live," marking her debut performance on the show. St. Vincent is currently in the midst of an international tour with dates scheduled through October.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include The Drop: Ian McLagan (May 6), Spotlight: Dirty Vegas (May 7) and California Dreamin': The Sounds Of Laurel Canyon 1965–1977 (May 9).