Black Sheep

Album: Gravel & Wine (2011)

Songfacts®:

  • New Zealand singer-songwriter Gin Wigmore titled her sophomore album after a lyric in this song: "Making my own road out of gravel and some wine."

    She explained to Artist Direct: "It was during the final hours, and everyone was like, 'Gin, you need a title for your bloody album!' It was a cool lyric that popped out. As much as Gravel & Wine is a weird partnership, It's fitting for the record because there's a duality. You can have the roughness when you think of gravel. When you think of wine, It's soft, sentimental, passionate, and romantic and it puts you in a lounge room."
  • Wigmore describes "Black Sheep" as "a song about doing things your own way, not following suit. Having at your own path and being unique."
  • In our interview with Gin Wigmore, we asked if she has always been the nonconformist she sings about on this track. Her reply: "I can say that I have always been very independent and staunch in my life choices and decisions, even to my own detriment at times! But, at least I can only have myself to blame if it doesn't pan out the way I want, right?!"
  • The Australian director Sean Gilligan did the music video. He also did Wigmore's videos for "Man Like That" and "If Only."
  • In 2017, this was used in a commercial for the Nissan Rogue Midnight Edition where a child - the black sheep - rides a tricked-out tricycle.

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