NORMAN — Singer/songwriter Maggie McClure is loathe to let time pass her by. The Norman native and now Los Angeles resident worked hard bringing new album “Time Moves On” to fruition.
The Justin Glasco-produced record of nine new songs dropped earlier this week. McClure will be performing all these compositions and more at a CD release party scheduled for Feb. 21 at the Will Rogers Theatre in Oklahoma City.
“This album is very dear to my heart,” McClure said. “The songs were written throughout the past few years with the majority just recently.”
The process began about a year ago with writing new material, searching for a producer and developing an overall game plan. It wasn’t lost on McClure that she and partner Shane Henry had relocated to the entertainment capitol of the world that is L.A. Daily reminders of potential career opportunities, even when encountered randomly, impressed on her the need for any new work to be the highest caliber possible.
“I wanted to put a lot of thought, heart and soul into this project and give it the time it deserves,” she said.
Her original inclination was to make an EP, which generally includes only 3 or 4 songs. McClure’s new publicist Krista Mettler of New Jersey-based Skye Media and Design advised her against that notion in favor of a traditional length album. Mettler’s accurate reasoning was that media promotion is more likely attained for a full-length LP rather than just a few tunes. It wasn’t easy for McClure to choose which tracks out of around 50 possible inclusions would make the cut, but she finally narrowed it down to nine songs.
“Each one is so personal and I’m connected to them all,” she said. “Shane and I tried to be subjective about it, so we compared notes and made a list of top choices. The ones we picked are songs that I know people can relate to.”
Nearby Eagle Rock Studios was selected as the delivery room for McClure’s new CD baby.
“It’s only 20 minutes from our house so it was easy to go there any time,” she said. “My previous projects involved going to Dallas for one and Nashville for the other, each for two weeks at a time.”
This go around the work was spread over a couple of months with time to listen to each song intently and make changes as necessary.
“It was a really good experience in terms of being eye-opening and as a way to get new music out for people to listen to,” she said.
Glasco engineered the disc as well as playing instruments. Shane Henry, Brandon Walters, Steve Miller and Christopher Wray all played guitars for the recording. The “Time Moves On” name refers to McClure’s current focus on adapting to and thriving on change.
“Whether things are positive or negative you have to cope with it and move forward,” she said. “The title sums it up and is a good representation of all the songs on the album.”
On the CD case’s back cover (art design by Jesse Owen of Oklahoma City) there’s a photo of pretty McClure holding a time piece necklace and gazing resolutely into the camera lenses. She said the little round watch stays set to Central Standard Time as a reminder of her Oklahoma roots. It’s also a reference to track no. 8 titled “Central Time” about that very watch and their move to the Golden State.
“I’m strong enough to stand in California underneath these sunny skies/ But my heart’s in Oklahoma/ Not letting go of Central Time,” McClure sings on the record.
The “Time Moves On” CD release party will be a full band performance with Shane Henry opening.
“I’ve spent a lot of time planning this show because it is in my home state and I want it to be successful in every way,” McClure said. “I like the Will Rogers Theatre as a venue a lot. It’s very classy with a multi-million dollar light and sound system. It will be the first time I’ve played these songs with a full band. It’s going to be fun and I’m really excited to showcase the new material in Oklahoma.”
Maggie McClure’s CD release party performance is scheduled for 8 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Will Rogers Theater, 4322 N. Western Ave. in Oklahoma City. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. VIP tickets are also available. For more information on purchasing tickets visit maggiemcclure.com
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