Tell us about yourself and your music
I am a Detroit born folk artist. I started using music as a way to heal from personal challenges and life struggles. I have traveled throughout the states playing and I have sold music all over the globe. I am still based in Detroit and released my 6th album last Fall. Here in the city, I bring music and songwriting into schools. I also create musically experiences pre-k. I have been writing and performing since I was 18 years old. My music is stark and I am also working to tell a story with my lyrics.
Talk to us more about your latest release
I just released my 6th album, Mended Vessel last Fall. This record took 3 years to record, as there were many starts and stop. I was really working on stepping outside of myself and directing the writing towards others. I was tired I saying, “I this” and “I that”. I wanted to tell other folk’s story. The title is from my grandmother’s book she wrote at 85 year old. In the book she talks all about life growing up in the mountains. The song, Mountain Woman, is about her and is on the album.
What inspired you to write this release?
My grandmother’s story of life in the West Virginia mountains inspired this release. She was a victim of child abuse and rose to find happiness in California. I wanted to tell her story and honor her.
Any plans to release a video?
I will be releasing a video of a song of my latest album this coming Fall. The song is called Kalkaska. It is a little town in northern Michigan.
Any plans to hit the road?
Working on a new record and doing some music festivals.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
I treat music as a gift and try to honor each song. I work super hard at my craft. I also work in my community of artists and try to promote the entire group.
Who have you been listening to lately?
Emily Rose, Anthony Redka, Mike Galbraith
Tell us about your passions
Working in music education and fashion. I love teaching and I love to collect sweet cloths. I have been shopping second hand for 15 years or more. I have a fabulous collection!
What else is happening next in your world?
Working on a video for a song called, Red Like Fire. I will be going into the studio to record it and asking over 20 singers and songwriters to come and sing on it! I hope to be sharing that before the end of the year.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Audra!