During the two years since Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas made her debut album, "Secret Evil," in west Texas, Detroit singer-songwriter never worried about whether -- after management and record company changes -- it would ever see the light of day.
OK, maybe she worried a little.
"Yeah, I think I had a lot of moments of (despair)," says Hernandez, 26, who also released an EP "There were so many things that just kind of threw a wrench into the whole process, so in the back of my mind I wondered if it was every going to happen.
"But at the same time we were so busy touring, recording other songs, writing, doing photo shoots, radio sessions...All that stuff distracted me from even thinking about the fact that maybe it might not happen. I think that was a good thing; even though the record itself was taking a long time, I didn't want it to slow me down. I didn't feel like I was losing momentum."
"Secret Evil" now comes out Aug. 19 on Instant Records, a label started by legendary music producer Richard Gottehrer. And though Hernandez feels like she and the Deltas have "grown" since they worked on the set, she's still happy with the songs and what they represent.
"I obviously still love them all, but I'm a little more removed from them now," explains Hernandez, who splits time between Detroit's Mexicantown and her boyfriend's home in Costa Mesa, Calif. "I think that's almost a good thing because two years ago when I recorded them, I was so nit-picky about every little thing...because it was too meaningful and too relevant and the songs were so important for me that I was over-analyzing everything.
"And now I think I can appreciate them for being done at that point and what I was going through at the time. It's like a snapshot. I wouldn't say I'm less attached, but I'm more willing to give them away and be like, 'Let me share this with you' as opposed to feeling it's way too personal."
Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas
7 p.m. Friday, June 27
Compuware 4th Fridays at Campus Martius Park, downtown Detroit
Admission is free
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