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‘A better place’: Elle King settles into stardom, tours in support of sophomore album

Elle King is touring in support of her album “Shake the Spirit.” (Courtesy of The Green Room PR)

There’s a freedom that comes with turning 30.

Elle King is basking in it, having hit the milestone on July 3.

And it was a low-key celebration.

“I spent it with my family south of Nashville,” she says. “It was great, and we watched fireworks.”

Once the celebration was over, King was ready to head on tour as part of the “Heart: Love Alive Tour.” She snagged a spot in the lineup with legendary musicians Heart and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. The tour makes a stop in Albuquerque at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25.

King is also touring in support of her sophomore album, “Shake the Spirit,” released in late 2018.

There was some pressure on King, because her debut album, “Love Stuff,” catapulted her into the musical mainstream.

The three years during that album’s promotion took a toll on King.

“I partied harder than anybody and their brother and their brother’s cousin,” she says .”I was staying up later than everybody else and still getting up earlier than everybody else. I’d play a show, take a red-eye, wake up, do a morning show and never cancel a performance.”

King broke down a little and removed herself from that kind of lifestyle.

With a “friendly shove” from her record label, King began working on “Shake the Spirit.” It was a process that would take some time.

“I was in a very low place,” she says of beginning the album process. “Fortunately and unfortunately, I tend to make music out of my emotions. I wish I could sit down and write a song about whatever. The way I write music is that I can write through the experience. It gets a little weird when I’m co-writing, so I tried to stay away from that.”

The experience also helped King to grow closer to her band.

“It was an intense time in my life, and the confidence I gained as a musician and songwriter grew,” she says. “I don’t hold back anything on this record. It is basically a diary for me. Sometimes I don’t feel comfortable singing some of the songs, but it’s what I felt in that moment. Releasing it to the world helped me get to where I am today. I’m in a better place.”

The show will be King’s first in Albuquerque, although she has visited the city.

“One of my dearest friends is from Albuquerque,” she says. “The last time I was there was for a wedding, and I got kicked out of Sister bar. I think this experience will be better.”

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