Episode 30: Natalie Stovall

Natalie Stovall is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, from Nashville, TN. She’s also an old friend of mine as we met years ago in college.

Natalie has been playing on a stage almost her entire life and made her Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 12. She has performed everywhere from the White House to The Oprah Show and more recently was a contestant on The Voice. Natalie tells us about her time on the show, and you’ll hear us talk about being two of the only girls during our time at Berklee College of Music!

This was such a fun conversation that takes us many places. She shares about having been a bit heartbroken by music, and finding her way back to a new place with it. On navigating social media as an artist. Her most memorable concert experience that still gives her chills. How she uses gratitude to turn a bad day around. And, it was also so nice hearing her love for her best friend Ruthie Collin’s artistry.

Natalie radiates joy and warmth and if you don’t already know her I know you’re going to love getting to know her a bit through this chat.


Where to find Natalie:



Episode 29: Holly Miranda

Holly Miranda is a singer-songwriter who grew up Detroit but left home at 16 to pursue music.

We speak on forgiveness, inter-generational friendships, healing through singing, grief, Ibiza, chosen family, moving through feelings of not belonging, stage fright, how to protect yourself from negative energy and more. Holly has an incredibly powerful story and her resilience and depth continues to inspire me.


Where to find Holly:



Episode 27: Pico Iyer

Pico Iyer is a travel writer who has been to over 80 countries, the best-selling author of many books, and he has given TED talks that have reached millions. More importantly, he is one of the most genuine, generous, kind-hearted people I have ever come across. I had the honor of sitting down with him recently in Santa Barbara, California. It was one of the most special conversations of my life, and I’m so elated to be able to share it with you.

Pico talks about life without a cell phone, finding friends in books, losing everything he owned in a fire years ago, and how it brought him closer to the simple and beautiful life that he now has in Japan. We mused on the idea of home: how places can feel like people, and how we can be instinctively drawn to a place, as Pico calls them, our “secret homes.”

My friend Ayappa always says to me “quality recognizes quality” and those words rung in my mind as Pico recounted his friendships with the Dalai Lama, Leonard Cohen, Krista Tippett - and other incredible souls just like him.

Pico has long been one of my favorite writers but as I’ve gotten to know him he is quickly becoming one of my favorite people as well. Since I’ve learned so much from him, it feels fitting to have him as part of the “mentor series” of this podcast!

Pico is such a treasure and I know you are going to love hearing his story and all the wisdom he shares. Be sure to check out Pico’s interviews on Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations podcast and Krista Tippett’s On Being podcast as well.

Photo credit: Brigitte Lacombe

Photo credit: Brigitte Lacombe

Episode 26: Melissa Messer

Melissa Messer is an American realist oil painter based in Seattle, WA. I got a chance to sit down with Melissa in her beautiful studio last week. We were surrounded by her paintings, there was tea, some cat meows in the background... and it was just perfect.

We had a wide-ranging conversation and cover a lot of topics dear to my heart - including art and vulnerability. The gifts and challenges of being an empath. Putting your art out and allowing for criticism. Settling into yourself and the effects of that in art. We also talk about in-between times of life, and the beauty and fertileness of going through a season of uncertainty.

I’m such a fan of Melissa’s art and what she does with words. I teared up multiple times throughout this conversation because it made me feel so much. I hope it moves something in you, too!

Photo by Jen Crilly

Photo by Jen Crilly

Episode 25: Katie Jayne Earl

Katie Jayne Earl is part of the Los Angeles band The Mowgli’s. She’s also a fierce advocate and does so much good in this world. I’ve been lucky to know Katie for a number of years now and have seen that first hand.

This conversation was both fun and deep. Katie speaks on how grieving holds value. On why it’s important to her to use her platform to do something that’s greater than herself. She reflects on all the women in her life who make her feel like “the closet purest version” of herself,  and why simply thinking of her best friends can be the key to getting through a rough patch.

We chat about how dating random people can be really weird, and she shares how her relationship with her husband and band-mate came to be. We also get all girly and talk about hair for a bit.

As always, you’ll hear her “favorites”: book, record, place, and memory.

Photo by Arielle Kasulke

Photo by Arielle Kasulke

Where to find Katie / The Mowgli’s:

Instagram: The Mowgli’s and Katie


Episode 24: Aran Goyoaga

Aran Goyoaga is a cookbook author, photographer and creator of Cannelle et Vanille.

Everything that Aran touches holds so much beauty – her photos, her food, her words. One of the things that makes Aran so special is her genuine care and honesty. She isn’t afraid to talk about the messy parts of being human, including as she says her “shadow side.” We go deep in our conversation and talk about everything from searching for and the claiming of identity, to feelings of not belonging, eating disorders, depression, the incredible power of gentleness, and learning to listen to intuition. You’ll also hear us talk about our shared Spanish roots and I loved hearing Aran speak about the ways her father and whole family have deeply influenced her.  

Aran’s salient and empathetic advice, artistic sensibility, and stories are full of so much meaning, truth, and they sparked many moments of inspiration for me. I’m so grateful for this conversation and am elated to share it with you all.

Photo by Belathée Photography

Photo by Belathée Photography

Where to find Aran:


Website(s): http://www.cannellevanille.com/ and https://www.arangoyoaga.com/

Pre-order her new cookbook “Cannelle et Vanille” here !

Episode 23: Jeffrey Martin and Mick Flannery

Jeffrey Martin is an internationally touring singer-songwriter based in Portland, OR. Mick Flannery is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Ireland.

These two share a deep appreciation for each other, many similarities, and a tour van occasionally. It was great to sit down with them while they were on tour recently and catch a glimpse into their friendship and hear their unique stories.

Jeffrey tells us about his decision to walk away from full-time teaching into full-time music. Mick shares about his own turn towards music as a career after working in a completely different profession. They discuss the transition from touring back to real life, and what - in addition to beer - helps them get through rough patches.

We also chat about Steinbeck’s tenderness and their “favorites” - books, music, memories and more!


Where to find Jeffrey:

Instagram and Website

Where to find Mick:

Instagram and Website

Episode 22: Rachel Demy

Rachel Demy is a music photographer who honed her craft while on the road with various rock bands over 10+ years as a tour manager. She’s from Portland, OR and now based in Seattle.

Our wide-ranging conversation takes us everywhere from panic attacks, to the romance (and heartbreak) of friendships, to taking leaps of faith by following your instincts, to learning how to live in the grey.

This is one of my favorite conversations - on or off the podcast - ever. Maybe it’s because Rachel is so raw and vulnerable (which allowed me to be the same), maybe it’s because we cover topics that are heavy on my mind lately, or maybe it’s just because Rachel is so darn wonderful. I know you’re going to love her (and all the wisdom she shares), too!


Where to find Rachel:


Instagram: @racheldemy and @racheldemyfilm

Episode 21: Peter Mulvey

Peter Mulvey is a folk singer-songwriter and all around wonderful human. He is a deeply curious person who loves poetry, so I already knew we’d be fast friends and have a lot to talk about!

We got a chance to sit down together in San Francisco, and we cover a lot of ground during this conversation.

He tells us about a time he was living alone in an empty house in a little town, and the profound encounter with a fox he had during that time that led to beautiful lyrics. He talks about the important distinction between solitude and isolation, and I love how he unpacks the feeling of grief.

He talks about what tools have helped him get through darker times, including being as he describes a “very persistent half-assed meditator”, nature, community, and looking after other people. I’d like to add an exclamation point on that last bit: if you’re going through a hard time, I can’t emphasize enough how useful it is to do something - however small - to make someone else feel better when you’re down. When I’m going through it, this is the one thing that consistently helps me get out of a funk. And I was happy to hear Peter say it too.

He also tells us some of the writers and musicians whose creativity moves him. And wow - I got goosebumps all over when he describes his favorite memory – it’s a good one.

Everyone I know who is friends with Peter says he’s one of the best humans they know, and I can see why.

Photo of Peter by Rodney Bursiel

Photo of Peter by Rodney Bursiel

Where to find Peter:



Episode 20: Beth Mathews and Daniel Ellsworth

In this episode, I’m talking to my good friends Daniel Ellsworth and Beth Mathews.

Beth is a graphic designer but also spends her time working on many impactful social justice projects, including The Mom Bag, a non-profit she started to help refugee mothers.

Daniel is a musician in the band Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes.

We touch on so many topics throughout this conversation - everything from dogs, their creative inspirations, to feelings of guilt, and anxiety. And speaking of anxiety - Beth has a super awesome “anxiety manual” she created to help those who struggle with it, and you should check out - it’s definitely helped me!

There are so many nuggets of wisdom throughout this chat as I knew there would be, because Dan and Beth are two of the best people I know.

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Where to find Daniel and Beth:

Instagram: Beth and Daniel

Websites: Beth and Daniel

Episode 19: Meera Lee Patel

Meera Lee Patel is an illustrator and writer, whose work is focused on mental health and helping people feel more connected to themselves. She is the author of My Friend Fear: Finding Magic in the Unknown, and two beautiful journals: Made Out of Stars, and Start Where You Are.

In this episode, we chat about pushing through fear, and the freedom that comes from both being wholly yourself and learning that not everyone is for you and that’s OK.

She tells her story about when she realized most of her time was being spent in a way that wasn’t meaningful to her, at the same time she found herself feeling free in paining and writing. She shares her journey on how she moved towards her creative vocation full time.

We talk about physical and emotional scars and the ongoing process of being brave enough to show them to the world. And I love how she notes that talking about her own scars “brings me closer to myself but also to other people.”

Meera also speaks about how the artist process is so similar to the human process, what it is about reading both fiction and non-fiction that help her through a hard time, and much more.

I loved getting to know Meera a bit through this conversation and I know you’ll find her to be a beautiful person just as I did!

Where to find Meera:    Instagram    Twitter    Website

Where to find Meera:




Episode 18: Emily Katz of Modern Macramé

Emily Katz of Modern Macramé is an artist (in many forms!) based in Portland, OR.

This conversation is woven with so many nuggets of wisdom from Emily. She tells us about her beautiful creative story, and I really loved how she calls out that even though on the outside it might look like everything “just happened” and fell into her lap, that while yes there was a kismet magic to her story, that it’s all about what you do with it. And she really has done so much.

She also shares some of her coping mechanisms for when she’s going through a rough day including her go-to activity to lift her spirits. She speaks about those moments that happen to all of us - as she puts it “even if you have everything that you imagine and dreamt up, you can still feel terrible” - and about learning to forgive yourself when you do feel that way, remembering that we all do sometimes.

We cover a lot of ground in the episode! I think Emily is so inspiring and lovely, and I know you are going to really enjoy hearing her story.

Where to find Emily:    Instagram     Website

Where to find Emily:



Episode 17: Griff Goldsmith of Dawes

Griff Goldsmith is a Los Angeles-based musician in the band Dawes. In this episode, we chat about his life as a touring musician, and his love of books and dogs.

He shares how introspection and mindfulness help him get through moments of stress or unease. We also talk a lot about the mind-body connection and how being mentally unhealthy can manifest itself into the body. He tells his own story about what he describes as a “revelatory experience” around his back pain.

He also shares the invaluable lesson his brother Taylor has imparted on him, and a whole lot more!

Where to find Griff (and Dawes):    Instagram    Twitter    Website

Where to find Griff (and Dawes):




Episode 16: Misty Boyce

Misty Boyce is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She is part of the band Lord Huron and has an incredible solo career to boot! Her latest album is called "Get Lost" and touches on the hard stuff in life including tragedy and loss, depression, and what can be the emptiness of fame.

In addition to her solo career, Misty has performed and toured with many notable artists including Sara Bareilles.

I got a chance to catch up with Misty in her home studio in LA and I loved this conversation so much. Misty is a new friend, but someone I connected with instantly. We talk about getting through the lowest of lows. Moving from devastation to freedom. On tackling body image issues as women. On pushing through fear, and as she so perfectly says, “When you tackle the heavy, dark things, they become light...do not run away from them.”

She also talks about her incredible path in music (which started when she was nine!), shares some special musical moments (like being in the vocal booth with Sting!), how meditation has been life-changing, and so much more.

Plus, she shares her “favorite” list, including her go-to song to sing in the shower!

Where to find Misty:    Instagram    Twitter    Website

Where to find Misty:




Episode 15: Sara Forte of Sprouted Kitchen

Sara Forte is the creator of the award winning food blog Sprouted Kitchen, as well as the author of two cookbooks - James Beard nominee Sprouted Kitchen and Sprouted Kitchen Bowl + Spoon. She is based in Southern California.

I first stumbled onto her blog some years ago and before I even tried any of her recipes I fell in love with her writing, and the way she wrote so truthfully about life stuff. In this episode we talk about her love of journal style writing, and how she writes more of the story of the “why” behind the food rather then “just about the tomato sauce”.

I really loved her response to my “how do you move through a bad day” question where she talks about pivoting towards an action step to move out of it.

She also shares her story on being self-employed as a creative, what it’s like being spouse, co-parent and creative partners with her husband, and we gush about why Trader Joe’s in so awesome.

She tells us what she likes in her salads, some of her favorite people, places and things, and a lot more!

Where to find Sara:   Instagram    Website

Where to find Sara:



Episode 14: Oh Pep!

Oh Pep! are indie-folk/pop duo Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs.

They are from Melbourne, Australia but we were able to catch up in person while they were on tour in the US (with our mutual friend Gregory Alan Isakov) in support of their new album I Wasn't Only Thinking About You.

We cover a lot of ground in this conversation (with lots of giggling along the way!).

They share the story of how they came together as a band, and tell us about something outside of music that they both want to do.

We talk about the grounding nature of journaling, the beauty and romance of handwritten letters, and some of the challenges (and benefits!) of a life on the road.

They also share some “favorites”, including their musical and personal inspirations, though Liv so beautifully adds that to her, it’s “more that there are moments that are really inspirational than people.”

I so enjoyed catching up with these two wonderful friends and I know you’re going to love getting to know them a bit!


Where to find Oh Pep!:




Episode 13: Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats)

Eric D. Johnson is a songwriter, musician and producer. He has been in The Shins, Califone, and his current musical project is Fruit Bats.

He’s also a really great guy, and I feel lucky to call him a friend! 

In this episode, Eric gives some solid advice to young artists, and tells us why failing (“hopefully not spectacularly”) can be a really good thing.

We talk about the good and bad of social media. He also shares some great tour stories, talks about the differences between joining someone else’s band as a “side guy” (as he did in The Shins) vs. doing his own thing, fan interactions (and how he wants to make a graphic novel about this! - I can’t wait), the book that had a major impact on him, and a whole lot more. 

Photo by  Annie Beedy    Where to find Eric:    Instagram    Twitter    Website

Photo by Annie Beedy

Where to find Eric:




Episode 12: Hollis Wong-Wear

Hollis Wong-Wear is a songwriter, musician, speaker, and community advocate based in Los Angeles. She is the lead vocalist of the electronic R&B trio The Flavr Blue, and was GRAMMY nominated for Album of the Year for her vocal performance of “White Walls” on The Heist by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

In this episode, Hollis shares why her intention of creating real impact through her art is so important to her, and tells her story of how spoken word poetry is where she first honed her storytelling skills.

Hollis shares a time in her life when perceptively everything looked good but on the inside she felt really down on herself. She tells us what helped her through that time and I think it’s so important to hear - not only because we all need to be reminded that perception is not reality but also because she shares really practical advice on how to get through those times we feel empty inside.

We talk about the collaborative and powerful relationship of mentorship, and a lot more!

Hollis also shares some of her favorites - a person, place, food, and book!

Where to find Hollis:    Instagram    Twitter    Website

Where to find Hollis:




Episode 11: Liza Anne

Liza Anne is a songwriter and musician based in Nashville, TN.

Her latest album is titled “Fine But Dying” and I love how raw and honest every song on that album is. In this episode, we talk a lot about mental health. She explains the duality of being introverted but also wanting to being around people. I really loved how she says getting older is “an eternal homecoming”, and how she describes what small talk feels like (as if everyone is "playing a part”).

Liza shares how she gets through life’s challenging times: whether just a moment or day, or much longer. We talk about the importance of finding a good therapist (go on a few blind dates with therapists until you find the right one!), and you’ll hear her talk about what the women in her life have meant to her.

She also talks about her love for Sex and the City, favorite album, favorite song, city, memory/feeling and more!

Photo by Roland Songco.    Where to find Liza Anne    Instagram    Facebook    Twitter    Website

Photo by Roland Songco.

Where to find Liza Anne





Episode 10: Tom Renaud of Lord Huron

Tom Renaud is a member of Lord Huron, based in Los Angeles, CA. He’s also one of my dear friends!

In the episode, Tom tells us how Lord Huron came to be, about curating a taco with his band, and his love of food, cooking, and travel. He also speaks about the post-tour come down that inevitably happens as a touring musician, what he does to manage stress on the road, and the one thing that clears his head. Tom has been a good friend of mine for years and I can tell you he is one of the kindest people I know. While interviewing him for this podcast, I actually learned some new things about him! I’m excited for you to get to know him a bit.

Tom also shares his favorite podcast, album(s), place, and more!

Photo: Nicole Busch for Goldenvoice.

Photo: Nicole Busch for Goldenvoice.