Singer-songwriter Ana Cristina Cash’s newest release, The Tough Love, sends a clear message of self-empowerment. Husband John Carter Cash recorded and produced it at the historical Cash Cabin Studio in Henderson, Tennessee. The EP showcases her broad vocal range that goes “from an expressive and resonating contralto to an amazingly high coloratura soprano, known to some as the ‘whistle register’.”
“Ever since I was a child, music has been my most trustworthy companion. I have always taken it everywhere with me. It fills me up completely and I’ve never felt alone. I remember feeling the music deep in my bones. I still do. When I began songwriting, I merged melodies and music to paint a picture of the inner workings of my soul. No matter the human framework of a tough, guarded exterior, the mind and emotions are dazzlingly complex. The Tough Love EP is my own personal sonic spectrum of these inner complexities.”
“Tough Love Woman” (co-written with Shawn Camp) is a song about loving yourself and making sure you get what you deserve. The tune features strong horns with a retro sixties vibe.
Cash has reinterpreted John Anderson’s “Seminole Wind.” Anderson’s song, with its haunting melody, is about the plight of Native Americans.
The couple, who are expecting their first child (a girl) in mid-September, co-wrote two songs, the dark ballad “Southern Roots” and the rocking “Move Along Baby.”
Cash was raised in Miami, Florida, by her Cuban-born parents. The bilingual artist released her first, self-titled, album in Spanish when she was just 16 years old. The Nashville resident was just 20 years old when she became the first Hispanic artist to perform the National Anthem at a Presidential Inauguration.
Her last studio album, The West Coast Sessions, was released two years ago. The 31-year-old artist’s next full-length album is due out this summer.