Tania Kernaghan’s Better Worn In is a powerful new single reflecting her positivity and self-acceptance. Written and recorded with Nick Wolfe, of The Wolfe Brothers, in his Tasmanian studio, and co-written with her sister Fiona Kernaghan, the track is an exciting new direction for the multi-award-winning singer. It epitomises her “glass half full” outlook on life and will resonate with music fans on many levels.
When Tania sings “oh it’s a beautiful thing when you feel all right in your own skin”, she is creating an anthem for anyone who has ever doubted themselves, and has now come out the other side. It is a powerful statement and one that is important to the Golden Guitar winner—the fact that getting older is a gift and one that has given her a different, sharper perspective.
“It’s the ultimate reality check,” says Tania. “I know I’m more confident and comfortable with myself now than I’ve ever been. I don’t obsess about the past much any more or worry about how much life has already gone by. I’m more wondering, ‘what else might life have in store for me?’ Its an ongoing conversation—once it’s on your radar, it seems to come up a lot, that peace and clarity that comes with age. You develop a different idea about what beauty is and even what sexy is. That’s really empowering. You realise that old Hollywood stereotypes are a joke, real life is way more interesting.”
Better Worn In isn’t just a track about feminine ageing either. It crosses sexes and it helped having Nick Wolfe open the track with Tania and Fiona, giving a male perspective. The message behind the song translates to feeling great within yourself. “To me, self-acceptance and a happy heart are qualities I really admire,” says Tania. “I feel so comfortable in my own skin. Every line tells a story. I’m proud of those lines. This is where I am in life. The glass is more than half full, it is overflowing. It is all about being positive. There is a great life out there to embrace—get on board everyone, it is going to be one hell of a ride.”
The track was the first time Tania has written and recorded with long-time friend Nick. The idea came about at Nick’s wedding last year, which Tania (who is a registered civil celebrant) presided over. In the studio they discovered a fresh sound that enabled the established singer–songwriter to explore a new direction, while still adhering to her country roots. “It is like I have shed a new skin,” says Tania. “It is a whole new chapter turning over in my life, I love Nick’s energy and talent. He is a musical genius.”