“Everybody is a work in progress,” says Wilson. “I don’t feel that we’re ever at the place we want to be. Just when you think you’ve got it made, something throws you for a loop. I know I’m not perfect, but I just keep trying—I’m out there, flawed, but trying my best. So I wanted to write about connecting to those parts of you that aren’t finished, they’re just ‘halfway to home.’ ”
Where last year’s acclaimed Bigger Picture was spare and intimate, Halfway to Home stakes out new sonic territory, the place where Southern California rock meets Nashville country. “When I was growing up,” says Wilson, “the thing that grabbed me in music were the stories—like ‘Ode to Billie Joe,’ which is full of mystery, intrigue and tension, or the Beatles’ ‘She’s Leaving Home,’ which made me wonder about each person in that story; the mother, the father, and the girl. In April 2020, Rita released a remix of Naughty By Nature's "Hip Hop Hooray" in support of MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. Now, stream her latest single, "What I Would Say".