About Veronica Stanton
The phrase “comes by it honestly” often refers to a trait or habit passed down to a person by the elders of their family; a like or a dislike, a knack for cooking or a sense of humor. In Veronica Stanton’s case, it brings to mind her gift of song and language of music which are as much a part of her being as walking and talking. Born the youngest of nine children in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, Veronica was encouraged by her parents to play music at a young age as a means of connecting with her family. In a home which fostered the love of music, the Stanton children passed their time away playing traditional Irish and folk tunes. Veronica chose the fiddle and played in the Stanton family band, occasionally performing at local events, though primarily playing with her siblings at home. In high school she found the strength of her voice in musical theatre, and began making up songs in collaboration with her siblings. It was in college, however, with the onset of independence and first experiences of young adulthood, that she turned to her familiar language of songwriting as a means to process life, this time all on her own.
She began sharing her songs with friends and sisters, and found that they were meaningful to others, not just herself. “I knew in my heart that I wanted to try to pursue music, so a year after I graduated I came down [to Nashville] because, you know, now’s the time”. Though at first shy to tell friends the extent of her dreams, Veronica boldly immersed herself in a scene of songwriters upon moving to Nashville in October 2016. She performed in countless writers’ rounds in town, and responded to an ad to begin vocal lessons with local musician, Erin Rae.
Veronica knew she wanted to commit to pursuing a career in music, but was unsure as to what capacity she wanted to do so. Being hired to record a vocal for another musician’s demo gifted her with clarity; “I realized I wanted to do this with my own songs that mean a lot to me.” In working through those songs with Rae, the vision for her debut EP, “827 Miles”, began to come to life.
Jumping in with both feet, Veronica connected with producer and owner of Nashville’s Goosehead Palace, Dan Knobler (Erin Rae, Michaela Anne, Caroline Spence, Lakestreet Dive). Knobler played acoustic guitar and brought in Anthony DaCosta on electric guitar, Dom Billett on drums, Danny Mitchell on keys, and Sam Howard on bass. They tracked the songs live while Justin Francis engineered. Erin Rae came in to track background vocals, a full-circle moment for Stanton. “Hearing the songs back was kind of surreal. Picturing other people listening to my songs is just the other side of writing that gives it a higher purpose, beyond just writing for myself.”
The title, “827 Miles”, the distance from Nashville to her hometown, only hints at the distance Veronica has travelled internally as well as musically. The most meaningful journey is the one we make within ourselves, and with this pure and genuine debut effort she has bravely begun hers; a journey that will no-doubt find a wide audience of listeners who remember or yearn for that journey inward of their own.