Autumn may be on the horizon, but Zealyn wants to hang on to summer for just a little bit longer with a special acoustic performance of her song "Summer Day," premiering exclusively for Billboard.
Backed by two acoustic guitars, Zealyn strips the song -- originally released on the alternative/electronic flavored EP, Limbic System, to the basics -- focusing on the song's poetic lyrics as she sings: "The young still have their ways/ Foolish and fumbling through their days/ Until the winter of their summer love/ But without you a colorless pane."
The decision to go acoustic was inspired by a late-night phone call, Zealyn tells Billboard.
"About a month ago my friend, Brent Campanelli, reached out one night telling me he had some free time and asked if there was any song he could film," she says. "I jumped at the opportunity, hopped in the car with my two guitarists, drove to the top of a hill and filmed it that night."
Zealyn -- who previously enjoyed a pop career as Angie Miller on season 12 of American Idol -- says the Los Angeles backdrop served the mood of the song well.
"There was something special about how raw this performance was," she says. "It's quite different than the EP ... and as much as I love singing with a full band and tons of energy, being outside with the view of L.A., and no mics, and nothing even plugged in, just felt right for the moment."
Limbic System is available on Spotify.