The second single off of his upcoming LP The Boy From The Bay, ‘Pearly Gates’ provides a glimpse into what it took for him to ultimately pursue his artistic passions.
Billy Woodward’s newest track ‘Pearly Gates’ is pensive Americana at its finest. Out 20 May, the track details the struggles of mental health, comparison and the strength to find another way. “Driven by eleventh hour introspection and that unnerving urge for change, ‘Pearly Gates’ is a sort of rally cry for the soul,” he explains. He shares that this song was inspired by a difficult period of Woodward’s life wherein he worked an “unforgiving job” and found that as a result, his “desires and dreams” were withering away. “My feelings of discontent and the stripping of my artistic self were alarming and increasingly difficult to ignore,” he says. Knowing that this moment lent itself to a “crossroads” in his life, Woodward took a risk and followed his intuition. “Either I continue the route of security in trade for the fire in my heart or I take the riskier path through the weeds and trenches in order to tend to my pilot light.”
Listeners can stream ‘Pearly Gates’ on all major streaming platforms May 20.