Over the past few months, Johnnyswim has become one of the buzziest bands of the year. The duo, comprised of Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez, formed in Nashville in 2005 but their new EP, Heart Beats, is finally getting them the recognition they deserve. Fans of Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers are picking up on this duo’s sound that combines folk, soul and blues. The You Oughta Know artist recently sat down with VH1 for our ongoing Track-By-Track series to give us insight into the creation of and inspiration behind their new EP.
Part one of the two part series will dive into the EP’s first three tracks: “Heart Beats,” “Don’t Let It Get You Down,” and “Adelina.”
1. “Heart Beats”
The duo explains that this song of hope came out of death. Prior to writing the song, Sudano’s mother and grandmother passed and Ramirez lost his father.
“It was kind of this moment of going through a really rough time and the process of feeling like you can’t deal with it to begging God for mercy to realizing that strength is available to you,” says Sudano. “And there are people that are there to support you and realizing you can get through it and it’s going to be okay.”