Trespass Music is pleased to release Loretta Hagen's new single "Not Now" to worldwide radio on April 1, 2021. The new single is in advance of Loretta's upcoming album to be released late 2021 and is the follow up to 4 critically acclaimed albums including Loretta's most recent album "Lucky Stars."
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Loretta Hagen – NOT NOW [4:10]
ISRC QM7M72151570 – ASCAP
Releasing April 1, 2021 - Industry links available March 25
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"Not Now" is a song about hope and the will to survive. Award-winning singer-songwriter Loretta Hagen wrote the song during COVID-19 after hearing the heartbreaking stories of people fighting for their lives, alone in hospitals.
"Each day I would hear news stations report the heartbreaking stories of people alone in hospitals around the world fighting for their lives without a loved one at their side. I can only imagine the terror for them. So many stories of loss: loss of life, loss of jobs, homes, loneliness. Normal life simply gone. But in all of that overwhelming despair and loss, there were also stories of survival." L.H.
"There is something subtly epic about this song. It’s the kind of epic-nature that can make a listener very pensive. Loretta Hagen has created a song that will tap into something deep within you.. The poetic imagery here is so poignant and it’s very relatable. Her lyrics also have an inspiring resilience to them, .. “Not Now” is a low-key folk song that features impressive songwriting and a unique voice from Loretta Hagen."
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Not Now (words and music by Loretta Hagen. © 2020. ASCAP - ISRC QM7M72151570 - release to radio April 1, 2021)
I am shipwrecked
On an ocean wide
I barely catch my breath
When the winds subside
Never been so lonely
As night closes in
I will either sink
I was side swept
In a hurricane
My knees hit the deck
With the pelting rain
I’ve been praying so hard
For God’s helping hand
I won’t let this be
Not now I’m not ready
Now to let go
Now I hear my family
Calling me back home
Now to hug my children
With all my might
Now they’re my reason
To fight for my life
I’ve been drifting
Under a moonless sky
I shout in the dark
But no one hears me cry
Maybe by morning
When a new day begins
This will all have been
Chorus: Not Now......
My Will to live
Is stronger than it has ever been
Chorus: Not Now.......
Musicians & Production
Lead Vocal, Acoustic Guitar – Loretta Hagen
Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Drumming Program – Gary Hagen
Background Vocals – Debby Maggiulli, Jackie Sierch
Bass – Teri Avella
Written by Loretta Hagen ©2020 ASCAP
Produced by Loretta Hagen and Gary Hagen
Recorded and mixed by Gary Hagen
Mastered by Scott Anthony at Storybook Sound
About Loretta Hagen
Reviewers describe award-winning singer-songwriter, Loretta Hagen, as ‘heart driven, soul-filling, Folk Americana.‘ With 4 critically acclaimed CDS to her credit, Lucky Stars (2017), Mud and Stone (2012), Sundown Till Dawn (2008), and Something More (2002), Loretta’s rich alto voice and strong songwriting skills have led her to win many awards, including a JAM Awards’ (Jersey Acoustic Music Awards) “Top Female Songwriter of the Year,” JAM nomination for “Album of the Year,” 4-time nominee Just Plain Folks Music Awards, 2018 PureM Magazine winner for Best Song and nominee for Best Album, winner of the NJ Folk Festival Songwriter Competition and 2-time designation as a CT Folk Festival finalist.
"Not Now" is a song about hope and the will to survive. Award- winning singer-songwriter Loretta Hagen wrote the song during COVID-19 after hearing the heartbreaking stories of people fighting for their lives, alone in hospitals.
"Each day I would hear news stations report the heartbreaking stories of people alone in hospitals around the world fighting for their lives without a loved one at their side. I can only imagine the terror for them. So many stories of loss: loss of life, loss of jobs, homes, loneliness. Normal life simply gone. But in all of that overwhelming despair and loss, there were also stories of survival."
Loretta's fourth CD, critically acclaimed by DJs and reviewers took the listener on a personal journey through loss, healing, and ultimately the promise of hope. Four years in the making, "Lucky Stars" brought Loretta's journey full circle, when faced with the heartache of illness, death, and going on without loved ones so cherished. She found solace in the promise of new beginnings, love, and the inherent knowledge that our Lucky Stars are watching over us.
Loretta's third CD, “Mud and Stone,” well received by DJs worldwide, debuted at #10 on Folk DJ Charts, consistently #1 on the Roots Music Report for NJ, #5 Top 50 Folk Albums RMR, and topped many best of lists. Five years later the album is still going strong, recently receiving 4 nominations for the Just Plain Folk Awards with awards being announced late fall 2017.
"This effort [Mud and Stone] is first class, top tier, a true contender as an artist to reckon with." John Apice ~ No Depression
Following her critically acclaimed CD Something More, co-produced by Pat McInerney (Nanci Griffith), Hagen released Sundown Till Dawn, a CD that garnered rave reviews and radio play across the country.
Sundown Till Dawn is extremely personal, with the title track written about her mother who suffered with Alzheimer’s disease. Loretta’s Mom passed away peacefully at her home. The emotionally charged ballad is included on the soundtrack of a film called “10 Mountains 10 Years” chronicling the journey of a group of mountain climbers who are raising awareness about the disease.
Loretta has performed at premier venues across the Northeast and Nashville, sharing the stage with Pete Seeger, Roger McGuinn, Sloan Wainwright, Steve Forbert, Richie Havens, Kim Richey and Marshall Crenshaw among many others.
Loretta performs primarily with her trio consisting of husband/guitarist Gary Hagen and djembe players Linda Lambiase or Curtis Kretz, or her band comprised of multiple players including Teri Avella on bass & Debby Maggiulli on drums. www.lorettahagen.com
“Loretta Hagen writes songs that sound like they can come from the Heartland, but they also really come from the heart.” - John Platt, WFUV 90.7 FM
"I've always enjoyed [Loretta Hagen's] music since I first heard [her] a few years back. [Loretta's] songs sound incredible. I love that!" - Ron Olesko, WFDU-FM 89.1, Traditions Radio Show
“Loretta's honeyed voice and uplifting melodies help us find a way through."
Joltin Joe Pszonek - Radio Nowhere
"Loretta has a magnificent voice and is a terrific performer!"
Jim Monaghan, WDHA-FM, All Mixed Up Radio Show
"[Loretta's been] blessed with ... an uncanny gift of being able to write songs about everyday life which tug on the heart strings" - Sol Zeller, Borderline Folk Music Club
"Loretta's manner and voice are imbued with such quiet, unassuming grace that you don't realize at first that she has completely stolen your heart!" - Laura Ford, Heights House Concerts
“Loretta Hagen’s songs just get better and better the more you hear them. Her music is intricate, unassuming… not what you’ve heard before. Her lyric is honest, heartfelt and quite funny at times. The musicianship between Loretta and her husband Gary is second to none. Quite good! I’m sitting here listening to her interview and performance on John Platt’s show on WFUV in NYC and wondering about the fairness in music. Loretta and her music should be BIG STARS! Alas, she’s as humble as she is good, and she’s very, very humble! I’ll have her at CoyoteRidge every chance I get!”
Bernie Stapleton, CoyoteRidge Music Series