Photo credit: Josh Roden

We all make mistakes. However, if we only focus on what’s happened in the past, we’ll definitely miss the present; we can’t successfully move forward if we’re only looking back. With “See In Color,” the first single from his forthcoming debut album, Chattanooga, Tennessee-based singer/songwriter Ben Strawn examines struggling with past mistakes and choosing to move past them.

“‘See In Color’ was actually the very last song I wrote for the album, but I knew as I was writing it that it totally encapsulated everything that I wanted the album to say,” he explains. “This song, and album as whole, is really about healing. It’s about choosing to move forward and not dwelling on your past mistakes. Over the past couple of years, I struggled a lot with self-comparison and selfish desires. I was so inwardly focused that I lost sight of really mattered in life. I wrote ‘See in Color’ as a charge to myself: to choose to see the beauty in the ordinary, to accept myself as I am, and to hold on to what is true,” he continues. “I want people to know that it’s okay to feel bad and to go through seasons where you don’t really know who you are, but there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.”

“I know it took me long enough, and oh God I tried, to find every little thing to waste my time. I only saw in black and white but now see in color,” he sings. With a style reminiscent of bands like Rogue Wave and The Shins. Strawn’s voice cuts through the noise and beckons the listener out of those dark tunnel shadows into the vibrant light of day. We can’t wait to hear more.

Without further ado, East of 8th proudly presents “See In Color” by Ben Strawn:


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