1) Who are your top three female inspirations in the music industry? What do you find most inspiring about them?
Brandi Carlile, Neko Case, and Carol King. All three of these women have found their own sound. Each have a unique voice unlike any other artist and each writes compelling lyrics with memorable melodies. All three women are inspirational and reminders of the kind of artist I strive to be.
2) In your opinion, how has living in Seattle influenced your music?
Since moving to Seattle eight years ago, the biggest change in my music overall is collaboration. Be it the actual writing or production elements, collaboration has made my music stronger. The talent in this city is immense.
3) What is your favorite part of the songwriting process? Your least favorite?
My favorite part of songwriting is actually writing the song. Having an idea come to fruition and flushed out in some form is incredibly satisfying. It’s like finishing a 10,000 piece puzzle.
My least favorite part is editing it and making the song tighter and stronger. It’s also the worst when I realize my listener is not understanding what seems perfectly clear to me.
4) Writer’s block - everybody experiences it at one point or another. What do you do to break out of a block?
I learned a brand new technique this year while touring my last album in January which is how I ended up writing my latest single, “It’s Okay (Not to be Okay)”.
Taking a favorite song from another artist, I wrote down all the chords and then rewrote the lyrics to the existing melody. I felt really strange trying this approach. But I stuck with it and learned how to rearrange and change things up after the fact. By the time I worked on it and found new ways within the existing framework, I had myself a song! Over the next few months of playing it, as with most songs I write, things changed and slowly developed into its own unique song with a nod to the original song I used for inspiration.
5) What is the main message you want listeners to know about your latest release “It’s Okay (Not to Be Okay)”
Written just before brewing chaos changed life as we know it, “It’s Okay (Not to be Okay)” was born in Cambria, CA while on my January West Coast Tour of my latest album. Influenced by my musical heroes, Fran Healy of Travis and Michael Stipe of REM, the song reflects current authentic human feelings of anguish and fear surrounded by a giant ambient hug. It’s okay not to be okay. It’s okay to have hard times and bad feelings. And it’s okay to talk about them.
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Interview by Jenn O'Hagan
From event coordination and marketing, to community management and performing, the PR Director of Cyber PR , Jenn has glanced behind-the-curtain in many areas of this industry. Well-versed in all things Cyber PR, Jenn works with artists to identify if they’re a perfect fit for our company and if so, which services will be the best match. Find out more about Jenn and Cyber PR here.
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