Justin Utley’s new song sums up the state we are all living in at the moment in two simple words: “American Nightmare”.
The fourth single from his Scars album is a different sound for the young singer who first rose to prominence in the alt-country pop realm. It is an industrial rock anthem, reminiscent of early nineties Kurt Kobain.
“This whole album has been about exploring edgier, darker themes that I’ve always wanted to take on but hadn’t because I was told to stay in my safe zone,” he explains.
The real target of “American Nightmare” is at conversion therapy, the discredited practice that aims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender expression, that Justin Utley tirelessly worked to abolish in Utah. Utah is now the 19th state to ban conversion therapy.
But “American Nightmare” also speaks to the coronavirus and America’s blind allegiance with the political parties that divide our union.
“Finding candidates who will work to unite the country rather than divide us is top priority this election cycle,” Justin says. “I have my sights set on November when hopefully, this nightmare will end.”
Born and raised in Utah, Justin Utley’s music career took off when he was selected to perform at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. This past fall, he released his third studio album, Scars. The album is one of the most heartfelt, brutally honest, thought provoking and vulnerable collection of songs he has ever produced and it has been embraced by fans. The album’s first single, “Survivors,” has now passed 100,000 plays on Spotify, and the album’s first three videos have received over a million views combined.
Justin Utley’s “American Nightmare” is available on Apple Music, Spotify and all digital platforms, along with the entire Scars album. Visit Justin Utley’s website @ Justinutley.com. Follow him on Instagram @ justinutley and Facebook @ justinutleymusic.