Episode 9: Heather Maloney

Heather Maloney is a singer-songwriter based in Northampton, MA. She sings the theme song for this podcast! She is also my best friend. So, you'll have get through a bit of of us giggling and gushing, but it's worth it to hear her beautiful story - I promise!

In this episode, Heather shares how going through a bout of depression led her to spending three years at a silent meditation retreat center and how meditation changed her life. I love the simple but profound mantra that came to her during that time “If your heart is aching, let it ache.” We also talk about the power of female friendship and being mirrors to each other, long-distance friendships, being highly sensitive which she so perfectly describes as an “overload of information”, and about being independent in romantic relationships. Oh, and as I knew we would, we talk about our deep love for Joni Mitchell, and a whole lot more.

Heather also shares her favorite book, album, podcast and more!

This is a particularly special episode to me. I hope it feels like something special to you, too!

Where to find Heather:    Website    Instagram    Twitter    Facebook

Where to find Heather:

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Instagram

Twitter

Facebook


Episode 8: Catherine Russell

Catherine (“Cat”) Russell. Backup singer/collaborator to David Bowie, Steely Dan, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, Dolly Parton (and many more!), and her legendary father (the late Luis Russell) was Louis Armstrong’s musical director. She is also an incredible Jazz Musician - her sixth album, Harlem On My Mind, received a Grammy Nomination.

As you can imagine, Cat has incredibly dazzling stories to share, and you’ll hear some of them on this episode. For example what it was like to sing duets with David Bowie night after night, why singing with Dolly Parton - who she describes as the “sweetest, most real person” is one of her all-time favorite experiences, and what Louis Armstrong meant to her. She also talks about singing with Steely Dan (she’s been working with them over the last 25 years and counting), Paul Simon, her dear friend Cindy Lauper, and more. She has an incredibly rich musical background and you’ll love to hear these stories. But to me, she is the person who taught me how to sing the Blues, who helped me move through my first real heartbreak, and the woman who continues to mentor and care for me through life’s challenges and joys. She’s still one of my all-time favorite people to sit down with over a cup of tea to talk about music, men, work, friendship, LIFE. As you’ll hear in the interview, she talks about being honest with her feelings, about emotional learnings, the things no one teaches us about it school - and how list writing helps when her mind is racing.

Because Catherine has taught me so much about life and music I thought it was fitting to have her as our first artist in the “mentor series” of this podcast. I love her to pieces, and know you will, too!

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Where to find Catherine:

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Episode 7: Sam Outlaw

Sam Outlaw is a singer-songwriter from Southern California who is currently based in Nashville, TN.

I’ve known Sam for a few years and I have always appreciated his unfiltered honesty about moving through life’s challenges. In this episode, we talk in depth about mental health. Sam describes what going through a season of depression and panic attacks really feels like, and how he has gotten through it. He also talks about the moment he left his high-paying job to pursue the dream that kept tugging at him, and what it’s been like sharing the stage and opening for Kacey Musgraves and Sheryl Crow, among others.

Sam also shares a musical idol of his, a favorite song, place, book, podcast and more!

Where to find Sam:    Website    Instagram    Twitter

Where to find Sam:

Website

Instagram

Twitter

Episode 6: Dessa

Dessa is a rapper, singer, and essayist. She has landed on the Billboard Top 200 as a solo artist, as a member of the Doomtree collective, and as a contributor to The Hamilton Mixtape. As an author, her memoir-in-essays entitled My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love was published in September 2018 by Dutton Books.

In this episode, Dessa talks about making her living in the language arts, how slam poetry led her to Doomtree, and the difference between telling her story in song form vs. book form. She also speaks about the the unique type of heartbreak that followed after falling in love with her bandmate, post-tour depression, and the un-glamorous parts of being on the road (the reality behind the pretty Instagram photos that you don’t always see).

Dessa also shares a favorite memory, book, place, podcast and more!

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Episode 5: Steve Varney

Steve Varney is the guitarist for Gregory Alan Isakov and leader of Kid Reverie, a rock band out of Denver, CO.

In this episode, Steve talks about what it’s like being a touring dad (and how technology helps!), emotional rebuilding, turning towards music during the hardest times, touring with his best friend and neighbor Gregory Alan Isakov, and about his stutter which he describes as an “uncontrollable vulnerability.”

Steve also shares his favorite song, album, book and more!

Where to find Steve:    Instagram    Website

Where to find Steve:

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Website

Episode 4: Anna Tivel

Anna Tivel is a singer, songwriter, and poet based in Portland, OR. Her fourth full-length album is due out Spring 2019.

In this episode, Anna talks about how she stumbled into songwriting, on being sensitive, linguistics, finding comfort in books and music, the lost art of handwritten letters, and what kind of people are her greatest teachers.

Anna also shares a favorite memory, book, song and record.

Where to find Anna:    Instagram    Facebook    Spotify    Website


Episode 3: G. Love

Garrett, aka G.Love and his band just celebrated their 25th year as touring artists with over 15 records released. In this episode, Garrett talks about his journey in the music business, and shares his pre-show ritual which is quite beautiful. I really appreciated how open Garrett is about his own vulnerabilities - about going through lonely times, and about still being nervous and struggling with the “I hope they like us” feeling, which shows that no matter how successful you are, that feeling doesn’t really go away.

You can catch him on tour now: www.philadelphonic.com/tour

Where to find G. Love   Website    Instagram    Twitter    Facebook

Where to find G. Love

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Episode 2: Antonique Smith

Antonique Smith is an actress, Grammy nominated singer, and activist. She is most known for her starring role as Faith Evans in the film "Notorious" and her leading role in "RENT" on Broadway as Mimi.

In this episode, Antonique talks about her path towards acting and singing, on being an “Artivist”, what it was like playing the lead in RENT on Broadway, and how taking a leap of faith brought her to starring in the film Notorious. We also discuss the importance of talking about mental health, and the challenges she - and all actors - have to deal with (including hearing “no” over and over).

Antonique also shares her favorite place, film, Broadway show, song, and more.

Where to find Antonique:    Instagram    Twitter    Facebook    Website

Where to find Antonique:

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Twitter

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Website

Episode 1: Tyler Knott Gregson

Tyler Knott Gregson is a poet, bestselling author, and photographer.

I really enjoyed catching up with Tyler and talking about the importance of being authentically yourself, letting go of what other people think, and finding the “Miracle in the Mundane” - which is the title of his new book.

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