The Voice season 12 runner-up Lauren Duski has released a new music video in which she opens up about her family life.
“The Weather” from the country singer’s new EP Midwestern Girl, is about her grandfather and how he dealt with the death of Lauren’s grandmother two years ago.
“I’ve definitely opened up about relationships; there’s a lot of transparency there,” Lauren told People in a recent interview, “But I’ve never been that transparent with my family.”
“The Weather” got its name based on the idea that whenever Lauren would ask her grandfather how he was, he’d answer “How’s the weather down in Nashville?” rather than sharing his grief with Lauren.
“I remember every time he’d ask me that, being like, OK well, he’s just not ready yet,” she said.
To keep the music video personal, Lauren filmed and edited the entire project on her iPhone.
“It’s such a personal song and personal video for me that I wanted to do everything on my own,” Lauren told People. “I wanted to create something that I could look back on and be proud of.”
Lauren was initially worried that her grandfather wouldn’t be comfortable in the process. But he saw it as a way to carry on the memory of his wife. “He kept saying, ‘All I want is for our love and for her to live on,’” Lauren said.
About the experience of filming “The Weather” video, Lauren said: “I think it’s really allowed me to slow down and just focus on the things that really matter. I don’t know how much time I have left with anybody, and that’s a deep, dark thought, but at the same time, it’s just kind of the truth.”
The clip was filmed in her grandfather’s home in Gaylord, Michigan, Lauren’s hometown and also at the Mackinac Bridge, a place that was “really symbolic of their lives.”
This fall, Lauren will be hitting the read as an opening act for Lukas Graham. She hopes to release another single that she recently wrote.