Following the death of friend, actor Scott Wilson in 2018, Emily Kinney had just cut her Oh Jonathan tour short, and began penning “I Went Looking For You” as a tribute to her on-screen father on The Walking Dead. Marking the onset of deeper reflections into her own life, and career, Kinney unraveled it all on her fourth album The Supporting Character (Jullian Records).
“From that point, I started coming up with this whole concept,” shares Kinney. “I had sort of been reestablishing my connections with a higher power and God. I was also thinking about Scott and how much of his life was shaped by his dedication to his career, so, I just started coming up with this concept of the album, the reflections of my life through the scope of being an actor.”
Rooted in her more public roles, The Supporting Character goes deeper into the person, revealing a storyteller’s life behind, and beyond, the screen. Produced by Benjamin Greenspan, The Supporting Character spans grief and loss, and a deeper struggle juggling a career and time with family and friends through Kinney’s bare deliverance, from the folk-driven “Omaha Hotel,” tackling regrets and reevaluating her career’s direction. Written following the funeral of her uncle and returning to her home state of Nebraska.