Steven A. Clark is trying to be better to the people he loves. As a self-described, self-constructed and, in a sense, self-destructive Lonely Roller, the 25-year-old North Carolina-born, Miami-based R&B singer/songwriter hasn't always maintained the healthiest relationships. He's used to making the journey alone; His lovelorn dramas played-out in detail within his cinematic R&B pop-blended album, packed with 10 rich heart-melting tracks that have already been unleashed in North America and are set for release throughout Europe on November 13.

He's an introvert, yet his voice is vibrant and inviting on record as The Lonely Roller manifests itself into a sonic blockbuster with Steven at the forefront, as a type of soulful urban cowboy. But even cowboys have their steeds and the Lonely Roller is learning how to make up for lost time with the people that have been there all along.

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When was the first time you referred to yourself or acknowledged this persona of the Lonely Roller in your life?

The first time I acknowledged it, I was probably halfway through the album. As all the songs started to come together and the stories developed, I kind of just realized that, obviously the songs are about me, but the character fit my personality.

Who is The Lonely Roller as a persona in comparison to Steven A. Clark, the introvert from North Carolina?

There's not much of a difference. All the stories on the album are things that I've went through. So I've always been like that. I've always been quiet and did things on my own. The title, I just stumbled upon it after I wrote the song 'Lonely Roller.' The title then made sense to me to refer to myself as that. It clicked. I was envisioning this character but it's me.

You've spoken previously about growing up in North Carolina and how it was artistically supressing. When was the first time that you felt artistically liberated?

Going to college and seeing other people and other kids doing music and rapping, writing, and singing. All these kids from all over the place, just coming together and it helped me realize I can do what I want. It's my life. These kids, they're coming from big cities. They had access and they showed me and I just picked up on it. It all kind of happened pretty naturally.

What did you go to college for?

Oh man, I had like six majors. I could never really settle in. The last one I was doing was criminal justice. But I could never own a gun, so that didn't really work out either.

That's interesting, because the Lonely Roller, for me, kind of sounds like this soulful urban cowboy type of character so that's kind of ironic you couldn't own a gun. But to continue, you mentioned before that as a kid, you were so introverted that the people who knew you then would never be able to predict you would be an artist. So what was that transition like?

My mom always knew that I could sing a little bit, but outside of that, she didn't know that I had any ambitions of being a singer. I didn't even know. So I guess, as you grow and move around, I moved to Miami and I was going to college, you break down walls. You have to break down those walls to discover who you are and what you want to be. All my friends were picking careers in business, I was like, man, I'm not into any of that. As I broke down the walls, I started to realize that my calling was music and it just came naturally. It felt so good to do it, to be releasing it. The songs are like therapy. It felt so good to doing it. I just stuck with it and it had nothing to do with me being shy, besides being on stage. But other than that, music is therapy. That's why I keep doing it.

You had previously stated that making the album was a three to four year process. How did you mature and evolve during that process and how did you know that both you and the album were ready?

I turned the album in a few years ago and it just wasn't sounding the way it was supposed to. I had to let go to some of that fear of having other people involved so I could accomplish what we were trying to get. In that aspect, I've matured a lot. I'm really open to certain collaborations with people. I learned not to be as fearful with my music.

The album is obviously deeply relationship based and carried by your personal experiences, some of which are three to four years old. At the moment, what is the most important relationship you have now and how does it impact you creatively?

I guess the name, the Lonely Roller, it sounds cool and everything but it can restricting. You box yourself in a lot of times. All my relationships at this point since the album is out, I'm trying to get myself better so I can have better relationships with anybody, because I was so blocked off for so long. I'm trying to keep the right people around me and strengthen those relationships. That's what I'm trying to do now. I don't know how much the music is going to change, but I know personally, it's important to be better at certain things and that's what I'm working on now.

In an interview with NPR, you said that you would probably never be able to write a happy love-based conceptual album because you're drawn to darkness and that fear is a big part of your life. Where did that fear come from?

I think it's genetic. My family doesn't get overly excited about things but they are really big worriers. I just come from a long line of worry and fear. The fact that I left home and quit school and moved to Miami, I was conscious with trying to break that cycle, but I still have a lot of fear. The older you get, the stronger the fear can get and sometimes you have to fight harder. I think it's just genetic.

Now that you have put out the album and you know that you can do it, what are you scared of now?

I'm a small-town guy so I definitely have a fear of flying. That's my next battle, because we're getting ready to go to Europe. There's going to be some long flights so I've got to get ready for that. Outside of that, I need to focus on letting loose, relaxing and enjoying the moment. Being on stage and being in the moment, I can't control how people are going to react to the music. I just have to be strong and know that I can't control everything. I just have to enjoy it.

You've been quoted as saying that music is the closest thing to freedom for you. When you're between projects like right now, what offers you peace of mind?

I really enjoy performing but also just being with my friends and family and having the right people around me. What I'm working on right now is just strengthening those bonds. I started messing around with music already, but once I get into it, I hopefully have some of those same feelings when I made this one and make another great album. It's about discovery and self-discovery. I don't even know if my next album will be about relationships or love. I think it's about taking time and making sure I'm enjoying it. It's just the journey.