"Creativity is like breathing...breathe in and it feeds us, breathe out and it feeds vines and branches that stretch further than we imagine, and those, in turn, feed the world."
Denver-based Folk-pop songstress Katey Laurel grew up drawing pictures, writing stories, riding horses and playing in the woods in the Colorado mountains. This is the idyllic foundation from which she crafts her life and her music. Katey’s songs range from radio-friendly pop tunes to lush, cinematic songs for film and television. With background in Classical piano and French horn as well as guitar and voice, her artistic roots are both deep and diverse. Laurel draws her musical inspiration as a songwriter from many musical styles including bluegrass, classic rock, alternative, country, and even 80s dance-pop.
Katey has performed hundreds of shows via venues, radio, television stations and festivals in Colorado and around the US, including Hotel Cafe (LA), The Bitter End (NYC), Bluebird Cafe (Nashville), Hard Rock Café Denver and Nashville, Colorado State Fair and the Greeley Stampede. She has built a solid fan base with her unique voice and a satisfying blend of folk and pop, garnering airplay on Triple A and AC radio stations around the country including KALC, KMNT, KBCO, KFMU and KOTO.
As a live performer, she has shared the stage with Howie Day, Bill Mallonee, Katie Herzig, Matt Morris, Trevor Hall and others. With her upcoming album “Periscope” produced by industry veteran Warren Huart, Katey Laurel is now poised to reach an even larger audience in the days ahead.
Walnut Valley Festival New Song Winner,
Tucson Folk Festival National Finalist,
Great American Song Contest Finalist,
International Songwriting Competition Semi-Finalist,
Nine West “Voice of Vintage America” National Finalist,
Texaco Country Showdown Southwest Regional Finalist.
As Heard On:
Logo’s “The Baby Wait”
Fisher-Price “Dora Dollhouse” Online Promo
Indie Films “Driving By Braille”, “Zombeo and Juliecula” and “Shaqani”
Everything I Love
All The Way Home
Always Gonna Be Missing Someone
I had initially started writing this song (or rather, had finished a version of it myself) after seeing a good friend from my childhood post on Facebook about how when he was home visiting his folks, he missed his friends, but when he was back in his new home with his friends, he missed his family. It got me thinking about how connected yet disconnected our modern world is, and how there are so many people in my life and in my past history story that I wish I could see again, SO many great folks that have added a brick to my life's wall. When I traveled to Nashville last month, I had an opportunity to write with published writer and pro guitarist Phil Roselle, and this is the tune we decided to dig into. Hope you enjoy "Always Gonna Be Missing Someone". And let's all be grateful on this Thanksgiving for all the loved ones we have in our lives and cherish the time we have together with them. I'm going to be together with all of my immediate family this weekend to celebrate Thanksgiving, my stepdad's 60th birthday and monumental retirement from 33 years on the railroad. Good times, I can't wait!
I was digging through the archives this week and decided to post an older tune that didn't quite make my first studio record...it's been cached in the "B-Sides" category, not because it wasn't good, it just didn't fit the flow of the record. Upstairs Downstairs was a collection of songs about ups and downs, lights and darks, but the sound of "Only One" just wasn't in sync with everything else we recorded. I actually ended up with three B-Sides from that project. Ever since then, I've never been able to afford to record extra tracks and trim them off if they didn't fit. :) Enjoy "Only One."
Safety (Blue Tornado)
A couple weeks ago I heard a friend cover an Aimee Mann song at a happy hour gig and I was captured by the chord progression. I went home and started playing around with it, and came up with this little folk rock tune. It's in the beginning first draft stages so will probably morph lyrically (and perhaps melody too), but here's the first glimpse of Safety (Blue Tornado). :)
Beautiful World (Live at Rockwood Music Hall)
Here is a live take of the song "Beautiful World" (written with Aaron Espe) from my gig at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC last June. It was great little intimate sounding space, and the sound engineer was nice enough to grab me a disc of the performance. Enjoy!
Periscope - Live at the Tin Angel (Philadelphia)
This week in celebration of the year anniversary of completing the album, I'm posting a live recording of "Periscope" that was recorded at Tin Angel in Philadelphia. It was hot in there. 'Nuff said.
Back in the mid-2000s when I wrote this little tune, I was listening to a lot of Amos Lee and was feeling quite a lot of Americana soul coming out in the songs I was writing. This song is a good example of that time period in my writing history. Enjoy "River Soul"! :)
No Man's Land
I wrote this song a few years back after thinking about the metaphor of a broken heart being "no man's land" since there's no room for a new man in there! I love the Americana/bluegrass/folk vibe it has. Also was listening to a lot of Patty Griffin and a lot of country at the time. While it's a hypothetical story (nothing too interesting to tell here), I do love the image of "100 miles from nowhere" which is exactly the kind of picture I love to see in my mind when I think of lonely. Enjoy "No Man's Land."
No One Can
This song was written by Jim Attebery of Durango Songwriters Expo, Megan Burtt and I last week...it's a rough demo, but we got to talking about what some of the hardest things in life are...usually having faith in what you can't see. Not knowing what's coming in life. But perhaps that's a good thing. If we knew, we wouldn't live unchained lives, we'd be susceptible to worry even more if we knew bad things were coming, or we couldn't live in the moment because we'd be impatient for good things to arrive. We decided no one would really want to live that way. Enjoy "No One Can."
Since You've Been Gone
I just got my brand spankin' used Epiphone mandolin from Ebay in the mail, learned four chords after a rather lengthy tuning session, and was inspired to write this little ditty yesterday. It's in it's caterpillar stage of course...I just felt like writing something bluegrassy, empowered, fun. Enjoy "Since You've Been Gone." :)
Make Hay DEMO
This week I decided to post a demo that I just recently did for my winning Country Showdown song...just got it back from Dave Smith in Nashville, the gentelman I worked with when I did "Be Somebody" as well. I just think this song has the heart of the small town people that I grew up with, good solid work ethic and morals, and I'm proud to come from them! Where I grew up, haying was a way of life...I used to ride with my mom in the little Chevy Luv pickup up the mountain to the hay fields where she irrigated for our landlord. Those are some great memories of times watching the evening shadows roll in across the hills, hearing elk bugling in the fall and feeling the wind of my face. I hope you'll enjoy "Make Hay."
All The Way Home LIVE at Rockwood Music Hall
This is the song that has been played nearly 200,000 times in Starbucks around the world this year AND just got me a Southwest Regional Finalist title in the Mountain Stage NewSong contest. It's a bit different live than the recording, so I wanted you to hear the solo version of it. Enjoy "All The Way Home"! This recording was from my NYC trip last June at Rockwood Music Hall.
State of Mind
I've just embarked on a season of cowriting and will be sharing a few of these cocreations over the next couple months. I'm stoked to see the results of working with all these different creative folks in Colorado, Tennessee, long distance in California and hopefully some Salt Lake/Provo folks too. The first one I completed was with Bradley Weaver, a Denver artist and musician who came here from Pennsylvania where much of my Mom's family is from. We decided to write a story song about a man who spent his life running in search of something better only to come full circle and want to end up back home. Enjoy this Americana tune, "State of Mind."
This Is How It Goes
This Wednesday local Denver singer/songwriter Andy Ard and I started writing this tune about being your own person...this is the rough rough draft, it's where it's starting from, and I love the cool quirky chord progression in the chorus so much. We thought the tune sounded very 60s and had a great time with it. We're looking forward to seeing where it ends up. This is totally the very first draft, so keep that in mind...we're still figuing out the melody and lyrics of course! Enjoy "The Way It Goes."
I had just a few of these lyrics jotted down a long time ago (probably sometime last year) and I happened upon them in a notebook. Sometimes my writing process (especially during busy times of the year) is an ongoing thought process and incubation where i occasionally have a breakthrough...ironically, it's usually in the shower or in the car while driving, never convenient to write down the ideas!! It's like writing a song while not really sitting down to write it. When I finally did sit down at the keyboard with "Just Enough", it was almost finished, I just needed to figure out the chords for it. It all came flowing out. I hope you'll enjoy this introspective, philosophical tune I've written about life as we go into this grateful season of Thanksgiving. We really, truly have all been given what we need for the time at hand, haven't we?
Let's Be Good
I've been laboring over this song over a few days this past week...in the middle of which I watched "Blood Diamond" for the first time...WHEW. That movie makes you feel the trauma of third world war in a way nothing ever has, and it made me realize I felt like like I wasn't adequately capturing the dissent of our world in this song, like I was offering for sale a cheap imitation black market war rather than the real thing. Long story short, I CAN'T capture that kind of incredible horror in a song, I'm just not that great of a writer. :) Nor would I want to. I think I was a bit influenced by John Lennon's "Happy XMas (War is Over)" in the theme and topic...now let's just go into this season of joy and reflection and treat each other right. We owe it to God and ourselves. Love. Yes.
My Christmas cactus was blooming a couple weeks ago and I was inspired to write this sort of comedic little Christmas tune...in fact, I felt a bit Sarah Silverman about it as it was finished. I'll be sending out a video of it in a couple weeks to my mailing list, but you guys are the inside-insiders so you get to listen to it first! Happy Holidays to all of you! :)
Deck The Halls
We've been hanging our colorful ball ornaments on the little Redbud tree outside and beginning to get ready for Christmas, so I felt like sending you guys a traditional Christmas carol today! I hope you're feeling in the spirit of the season as well! Happy Friday. :)
Since the shortest day of the year is just around the corner, I thought I'd post this little tune I wrote about it last Christmas. Enjoy this beautiful but dark and reflective time of year! I hope you have a lovely holiday week. :)
We Three Kings
I hope your holidays were beautiful! Since we're still in that season and it's been rumored that Jesus was really born sometime early in the calendar year, I've decided to send you all my arrangement of "We Three Kings." I'd REALLY love to make a Christmas record next year, but we will see how it all shakes out. Here's to a lovely Happy 2015 to you all, and thanks for your support along the indie way this year! :)
Do You See Me?
Donna and I were hanging out and she said "I want to make a ukelele record." I said, "I've been playing with a little riff idea on my ukelele, let's write a song." So we set out to write a song about acknowledging ourselves. It's like high functioning folk music I suppose. Do you see me? :) Happy New Year, and here's to acknowledging the wonderful, amazing, giving person you are each and every day this year.
Every Day's a New Song
Lauren and I have been working on this song since sometime last August...it's seen three incarnations already! :) I think it's close enough to share now. Not sure who should sing it (range is odd for me)...I have a dude in the vein or vocal range of Jon Foreman of Switchfoot or Ryan Tedder of One Republic. I love the idea that our days our a hit if we make them that. Enjoy "A New Song"! :)
I was fortunate to get to write with Phil Allen (he was one of the engineers on "Periscope")...and I had been slightly obsessed with Eddie Vedder's mandolin tune "Rise" from "Into the Wild" for the past few weeks since I heard it on someone's video online. I wanted to write a simple tune on my mandolin, and Phil pointed out that his family background was less anthemic than "Rise" and more like "keep your head down and carry on." So that's the song we wrote. Anthemically, of course. Enjoy "Carry On." His version sounds better but I didn't ask him if I could post it, so you get mine. ;) I think we'll lose the last line of the bridge on the final version, whenever that may be. Happy New Year Everyone!!
When You Fall
Lee and I got together last week and wrote this little folk pop gem...I do love this song. Perhaps I'll look into recording this one! :)
I've had such a fantastic time writing with so many different friends and colleagues...it has really opened my eyes and idea flow to so many different songs and styles. Fun!!
Enjoy "When You Fall".
Fight Like a Girl
Jess had this great idea when we got together to cowrite a couple months back...so we ran with all the ways that doing things "like a girl" is a good thing. We finished it up this week and this is a rough worktape to get the concept down. Now we're pondering where to go with it next. Maybe we'll record it, sing together, pitch it to other artists or license it ourselves. I think it's a beautiful message for girls everywhere.
A few years ago when I was just starting to write country music too, I had this idea to write about how the simple things in life really are good enough, and that we don't need a lot of money to be happy (especially in a culture that constantly tells us what we lack based on comparison). I'm getting ready to edit and rework this song with good friend Allen Krehbiel and have him do a demo (since it's written from a male perspective) so I thought I'd share the original version here first. A publisher told me some of my opinions were too bold and would alienate a wealthy fan...so no major artist would cut it because it's not PC! I guess I prefer honesty to a PR friendly story personally... Let me know your thoughts! :)
When You Kiss Me
A couple springtimes ago, I wrote this little ditty, and since tomorrow is Valentine's Day and all, thought I'd send you guys a cute little love song. You know, I originally brought this song to Aaron Espe to write with me, and the line "All the railway stations are constellations" caught his ear and we ended up using that line and writing "Beautiful World" instead. However, this is where it all started. ;)
I will be playing mostly love songs tonight at a country club, and thought this would help get me in the mood for V-day too! Hope you're spending some time with a dear one...happy hearts to you all! XO
Pity (Live at the Mocha Room)
Once upon a time I had an electric guitar...this song "Pity" is an older tune I wrote back in 2003/04 and it is performed here live at the Mocha Room in Indiana. I guess I'm looking forward to getting my electric guitar and seeing what sort of muse it becomes and how the songs change because of it. I saw a girl from Canada at Folk Alliance last week playing electric guitar and that's got me excited too (and that's why this song is late, I was actually hanging out in Kansas City with 2000 amazing artists...and met John Dillon of the Standing O Project in person too). Enjoy this little number from my early 20's - Pity.
Friend of a Friend
I wrote this song back in 2005/06...just a cute little ditty about falling in love. Back when I wrote this song, I wrote a lot in the fall and winter, and not very often in the spring and summer, so my songs were often darker in nature, bluer, etc. I was happy to writing a happy song at the time. Enjoy!
Iron and Fire
Some days I get a really folky groove in my bones, and a couple years ago when I wrote this song I was thinking about the interaction of two people as it might relate to substances in nature...in this case, iron and fire. The fire refines and allows the iron to be molded and shaped...and the heat might conversely be accompanied by the cooling of water. Relationships can be both difficult and maddening and reassuring and full of rest and peace. Hence, "Iron and Fire."
Old Man Winter
It's that time of year when we're all itching for the beautiful flowers, green grass and budding trees of springtime. This is the original demo of a song I wrote about ten years ago (which may be revamped a bit if I ever get around to recording a winter/Christmas record). The newer version has changed key and a few lyrics, but here's "Old Man Winter" in it's most basic state, as it was first imagined. I'm ready for the sun, how 'bout you?? :)
Here's a song I wrote about ten years ago...I hadn't really delved into writing story songs much at that point in time, so this was my initial approach. It's based loosely on an story about someone I know...here's the story of "Ava."
I was sorting through my back catalog today to find a song for you all...and I happened across this tune I wrote back when Hurricane Katrina happened and devastated New Orleans. 2005. Ten years ago. It's hard to believe it's been that long already...where does the time go? I'm sure there's still a lot of damage left a decade later. And I have this song somewhere in the archives. Hope you enjoy "Tonight."
This is a song I wrote with my friend Jason Bender last spring (or was it fall?) The time is flying and I can't even remember when we started it! We were writing about how the real death of a relationship is when there is no longer any conflict because no one cares enough to fight about or for anything. Here's our demo (the bridge is a little mis-aligned on this version, but that will be fixed in the future). Hope you're all still fighting the good fight out there! :)
Not So Long For Forever
This song is in the handful of very first songs I wrote, possibly the second or third song I ever wrote on guitar back in the early 2000s. I'm performing it live here at the Mocha Room in Elkhart, IN. I was just getting ready to leave behind four years of college, friends, relationships and a band partnership to strike on my own, solo and head home for Colorado. Now it's been over ten years of playing and writing songs. I've actually never made it back to IN. Perhaps I will at least for a college homecoming one of these years. Hasn't there ever been anything you were leaving but were in denial about? We always think it's not the end, but often chapters close and never reopen - this has been one of those chapters for me.
Last week I had this new song come tumbling out...it's still in it's infancy and some of the lyrics/melodies may change, but I wanted to share with you this snapshot of "Life Boat." It's about that person that saves you in life, and how much you love them for it and perhaps save them in return.
Here's a song I wrote for a song contest about nature and trees a few years back...this time of year everything is just leafing out and I'm reminded how beautiful and resilient nature is. I think the contest had something to do with the US Capitol Christmas Tree or something...can't remember, but I always enjoy the challenge of writing to "brief" about something I wouldn't ordinarily be inspired to write about. I didn't place in the contest, but I have a song by golly! :)
I See It Now
Back when I was doing my own production (circa 2004, 2005) I played with this song...I actually used to use a loop pedal, man I was fancy! It's a different sound for me, but here's "I See It Now." You'll notice a lot of my songs were about heartbreak in my 20's, guess that's the way it goes with young love! :)
Back in 2005/06 I found myself writing a lot of very rootsy stuff, and my Appalachian roots influence was coming out in several of the tunes I was writing. One of these tunes is "Whiskey" in which I put on the character of a Civil War soldier wishing to escape his everday bane with a good stout swig of moonshine - almost as if it's a savior of sorts to him. Not my typical topic or comfortable character, but here 'tis. Cheers! :)
Over The Wall
Back in the mid-2000s I was listening to a lot of Patty Griffin and beginning to learn to play some alternate tunings by learning some of her songs. Then I decided to write my own in that spirit. It's a little ditty about seeing the true world through young and unjaded eyes no matter what age you are. Enjoy the creative ideas I had in "Over The Wall."
Happily Ever After
Back when I first moved to Denver is 2004/2005 and was living just down the street from a coffeehouse called Common Grounds, I was experimenting with some news sounds and styles of writing, including electric guitar (which didn't stick, but I'll be trying that again sometime this year). This is an unhappy little ditty written during a period of loneliness in my early to mid twenties when you really just wonder how love and the whole shebang is going to shake out because you have no idea...that can happen at any time in life I suppose! I hope you enjoy this waltz through my musical (and therefore mental) past. :)
Back to You
Years back I was inspired by both Johnny Cash and another local Denver artist Angie Stevens and wrote this sort of jammin' tune. I remember playing it out a bit in 2006, but it never stuck. That's what sometimes happens with songs! That's why I write so many, only a handful end up sticking and becoming the catalog that I work as a live performer and for licensing and recordings. Interesting creative outlet though, they all are mini-journals or short stories, and I write them because I need to for some unknown reason. Enjoy "Back to You."
Yours and Mine
Flashback to 2006...I wrote a lot of sort of angry chick Lillith Fair types of songs during my mid-twenties. What is it about that time period that is so angsty? Anyway, here's something I probably wouldn't ever write again, just not where I'm at these days. Enjoy! :)
I remember sitting down on my bed in my little basement studio apartment one evening in 2007 or thereabouts and penning this sweet little song about being able to lean on someone through life's ups and downs (in my case, I was talking to God). Probably listening to some Waterdeep and Sara Groves at the time. Enjoy "Trust"!
Back in 2006 I was writing up a storm...I lived in a basement studio apartment in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver, and I spent most of my free time writing. This one was sort of a political diatribe of sorts...I rarely write anything political (more likely to write something religious, gotta pick one, right?) but here was a little metaphorical story about the way I was seeing the world at the time. Enjoy "Dear Mary"!
You might have guess by most of the songs I was writing in the early to mid 2000s that my 20s were wrought with trying relationships, heartache and questions just like almost everyone that age! :) In a play on words for 4th of July weekend, here's a song called "Feel Free." I just sat in my basement studio apartment in Capitol Hill, Denver for what seemed like years writing acoustic heartbreak ballads, what a sap!!! :) Happy 4th of July Team SOTW! ~k
Back in 2004 and 2005 when I was living in the Yampa Valley, working at Starbucks in Steamboat Springs and writing and recording my first album "Sometimes" in my apartment on Sharp Avenue in the coal mining town of Oak Creek, I wrote seemingly endless songs. Here's one from that time period - Magnificent. Enjoy!
Country Girl DEMO
I took on a long distance co-write with a new friend in Vermont over the past couple months, and here's what we came up with. It's not my story personally, but the sentiment about being a Country Girl anywhere I go is still true...that chorus is my story. :) Enjoy!!
True North Star DEMO
I have been listening to a lot of Icelandic music recently, one of my favorites being folktronica artist Asgeir. I was inspired by his lyrics about nature (and his beautiful homeland, which I was able to visit recently). I was inspired to write this song "True North Star." Yesterday I sat down to track some vocals and guitar for a demo (and possibly for another project in the near future). Hope you enjoy my rough rendering of this song (I'm learning and getting faster as ProTools thankfully, since I've spent all week tracking Christmas songs and demos).
Here's a tune Bob Rea and I wrote about 4 years ago sitting in the green grass under a blazingly blue September sky. We were thinking about how the weather this time of year can trick you into thinking it's never getting colder. So hence, here's the song we penned...Indian Summer. Enjoy this beautiful fall!!
High Lonesome DEMO
Here is my new demo of the tune I wrote with Caitlin and Sidney Powell this year. I've tried to sing the "high lonesome" style harmonies to capture that flavor. :) Enjoy!
All the Pretty Little Horses
I took a couple online "guitar lessons" and learned to play this folk tune...it's a classic. Here's my little live one-take of "All the Pretty Little Horses." Enjoy! :)
Here's one I wrote 9 or so years ago when I was feeling like there was a plateau in writing and pursuing my career in general. It's called "Glass Ceiling." Enjoy!
The Trees (So Beautiful)
Wow are the fall trees ever beautiful this year in Denver! Looks more like the Blue Ridge than normal since they've been changing nice and slow with no freezes to hurry them along. I wrote this song a few years back to enter a contest for the Capitol Christmas Tree songwriting contest (didn't win, but surely it was a good catalyst for a tune). Enjoy something other than what I would normally write! Although I am a nature girl at heart...
All The Way Home DEMO
I happened upon this home recorded demo of All the Way Home as I was cleaning out some computer files today. I thought it had a sort of innocent "I'm not sure what this song is going to grow into" character to it. Funny that it's been the song to reach the farthest with several hundred thousand plays at Starbucks around the world, who knew? Enjoy the original demo of "All the Way Home."
Here's a jingle I sang (did not write) a few years back...something a bit different! We did the session long distance and the writer coached me on how he wanted it delivered. A cool experience.
Emmanuel Live on Mix 100
Another take from the "Warm and Fuzzy Christmas Show" a few years back...this is one of my arrangements of Emmanuel. Dave Hedin is guesting on guitar and vocals as well. :) Enjoy and hope you're getting in the spirit of the season!
Two Birds - Live on Mix 100
Here's a live take from my first appearance on Mix 100's (Denver radio station) "Warm and Fuzzy Christmas Show" a few years back...Dave Hedin is guesting (he produced the "real" version of the song) on vocals and guitar too. I hope you are gearing up for a lovely holiday week and season! XO
Star of Hope Live on Mix 100
The last of the three live takes from Mix 100 a few years back...my original song "Star of Hope." Enjoy! :)
PS - I wrote this song in my head in the appliance section of Home Depot while doing a credit card promotion during the holidays - kept hearing all the Christmas music on repeat all day and thought - I might as well take a stab at writing a song about the Christmas story. Yes, for real.
In continuing with my mid-2000s flashback, here's another little tune - folky introspective and not overly optimistic (well, I guess change can be a good thing, but apparently in my mid 20s it was daunting to consider the slippery slope of what we don't have control over - pretty much everything). That twentysomething perspective! Hopeful but also becoming realistic about life as it happens. Each time period of life brings a new perspective, I'm learning. We all have some many experiences that shape us and our outlook. As I look forward to the New Year, it's time to put on the ol' thinking cap.
Peace of Mind
Back in the mid-2000's I was writing on piano more than guitar...here's one I wrote about finding peace of mind (something I know we all struggle with sometimes). It's a bit of a private prayer in song form. May the peace that passes understanding find you and yours this holiday season! :)
You Know By Now
Another mid-20something tune...boy did I not know what I didn't know back then! Happy New Year Everyone, and may this year's life lessons go easy on you...
Just Live Rough Draft
The Way I Am
Hurricane LIVE at Tin Angel Philadelphia
Traveling Song (Mile-High)
Always Gonna be Missing Someone
Let It Go
The Other Side
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1: What artist would you most love to work with?
I'd love to write songs with Eric Church and Bob Dylan and perform with Over The Rhine and Stevie Nicks.
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
A great big hollow-body electric, like a Gretsch or Gibson ES-335 definitely.
3: What was the worst advice?
"If you want to do music, you have to get out of Colorado." - a former VP of such-and-such, so-and-so from some major record label in New York City.
4: What was your first concert?
My first solo concert was playing a few songs at the Abbey Coffeehouse in Indianapolis...including "Blackbird" by the Beatles which I was terrified to play since I had just started learning guitar. I still play it at almost every show because I want to p
5: What/where is the best road food?
Avocados from farmer's roadside stands in California.
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
To approach music with the freedom of "Creative Not-Caring" - great advice from one of my music professors at Huntington College, Dr. Marlene Schleiffer.
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
Debbie Gibson. I was obsessed when I was in third grade...