Nashville Music: Alana Springsteen Drops Second Single From Debut Album “When We Were Friends”

Nashville Music: Alana Springsteen Drops Second Single From Debut Album “When We Were Friends”

NASHVILLE, TENN. (June 16, 2023) — Today (6/16), Columbia Records NY/Sony Music Nashville artist-songwriter Alana Springsteen explores the singular sadness of lost friendship in her poignant new release, “when we were friends.” One of her most relatable songs to date, the vulnerable track is the latest from TWENTY SOMETHING: Figuring It Out (available July 14) – the second installment of Springsteen’s forthcoming three-part debut album TWENTY SOMETHINGListen to “when we were friends” and check out the visualizer.

Alana Springsteen by Lily Nelson.

“‘when we were friends’ is a reflection of how the growth and self-exploration I’ve experienced over the past few years has pulled me away from friendships that once meant everything to me. Part of growing is living life at a new frequency, adjusting priorities and mindsets, and sometimes that means outgrowing people who were once incredibly important to you,” shares Springsteen. “There’s so much beauty and sadness in that. Paths don’t always move in parallel lines, and we’re allowed to grieve that kind of loss too. ‘when we were friends’ honors those relationships while also recognizing the necessity of moving on from them.”

Co-written by SpringsteenSasha Alex Sloan, and Pete Good, “when we were friends” once again reveals her rare gift for turning the most nuanced self-reflection into songs with an immediately powerful impact. With its unforgettably tender vocal delivery, the heart-on-sleeve track finds the 22-year-old Virginia Beach, VA, native looking back on a broken friendship, threading her lyrics with colorful detail as she reminisces about their teenage misadventures: “Used to wear each other’s sneakers / Get drunk behind the bleachers / Raise some hell but we always said amen.” But while “when we were friends” contains an incredible depth of longing, confusion, and heartache, Springsteen infuses every moment with her insightful perspective, ultimately leading the listener toward a much-needed sense of acceptance.

Co-produced by Good and Springsteen, “when we were friends” showcases her highly sophisticated musicality, spotlighting her luminous piano melodies and acoustic guitar work. As the slow-burning song unfolds, Springsteen and her collaborators also intensify its raw emotionality by weaving in such elements as soul-stirring cello work, hard-hitting drumbeats, and gorgeously dreamlike textures. For Springsteen, the track was an undeniable fit for TWENTY SOMETHING: Figuring It Out – a six-song collection offering a real-time account of finding her way in the world (pre-save/pre-add here). To that end, the song bravely examines one of the most uncomfortable truths of life in your 20s: the fact that becoming our most authentic selves sometimes means outgrowing our most formative and deeply cherished friendships.

“when we were friends” arrives on the heels of her whirlwind appearance at CMA Fest – a turn of events that included making her massively anticipated stadium debut with a showstopping set on the Nissan Stadium Platform Stage. After flaunting her phenomenal guitar skills with a crowd-thrilling solo performance of “you don’t deserve a country song” (off TWENTY SOMETHING: Messing It Up), Springsteen turned to her piano to share a not-yet-released ballad called “amen,” for which audience members lit up the entire stadium with their cell phone lights – check out recap photos and video. Over the course of CMA Fest’s 50th anniversary weekend, she also premiered on the Chevy Riverfront Stage (see photos here) and headed to Spotify House to deliver a selection of songs from TWENTY SOMETHING – including her first-ever live performance of “goodbye looks good on you,” featuring a special guest appearance from Mitchell Tenpenny (watch here).

Last night (6/15) in Syracuse, NY, Springsteen kicked off her long-awaited tour support for Country music superstar Luke Bryan. For a full list of tour dates and ticketing information, please visit

Columbia Records NY/Sony Music Nashville artist-songwriter Alana Springsteen is TWENTY SOMETHING. Making her anticipated debut as a three-part album, her second installment, TWENTY SOMETHING: Figuring It Out, releases July 14. The follow-up to Messing It UpFiguring It Out delivers the tell-all title track, cathartic “chameleon,” and relatable “when we were friends.” Hailed by Billboard as possessing “a classic female voice packed with angst and determination,” E! News praises “one of Nashville’s most buzzworthy emerging artists,” as PEOPLE applauds Springsteen as representing “the future of country music.” Quickly nearing 100 MILLION streams, the 22-year-old is among the Class of 2023 for CMT’s Next Women of Country and MusicRow’s Next Big Thing; a Celebrity Ambassador for the Ryan Seacrest Foundation; and previously named a Country Artist to Watch by Pandora. Now supporting Luke Bryan, she’s appeared at the Grand Ole Opry and has already been spotted on the road with LANY, Mitchell Tenpenny, and Adam Doleac.


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