"Here's what I know: at the deepest most sacred place in all of us, the place that we're afraid to reveal, that is where the universe lives. That is where we connect, we connect at the universal human experience. We're so scared to show that because we get hurt when we show that. But it turns out as songwriters, there's some force trying to works through artists to move the world forward. And that is the force that is coming through the songwriters and I'm just trying to help through the birth canal. And I haven't worked with a writer yet who wasn't terrified of it, it's terrifying, you're being asked to do a lot. You're being asked to reveal what people desperately try to hide. No wonder it's scary."
Mary Gauthier’s songs are about as idiosyncratic as anything in the world of “popular music.” They’re painfully personal, yet they somehow infiltrate the souls of her listeners, no matter how different their life paths. Though she lives not far from the hit-making mills of Music Row in Nashville, she admits to knowing nothing about how to write on command. She says, “I have to be called to write. The call comes from somewhere I don’t understand, but I know it when I hear it.”