November 21, 2023 melodicmuse

Interview – Lily Taylor

Have you ever found yourself revisiting a particular dream more than once?


Yes, there are specific locations that will come up again and again in my dreams. I can’t seem to control when this happens, so I interpret them as little visits, and I am always thankful for them. On my latest album, AMPHORA, I have a song about a dream I had. A giant seal came to visit me in the dream. It snarled at me and could shape shift from one pool of water to another. I decided to write the song because the imagery stayed with me long after I had woken up, and I felt I should do something with these feelings. I decided that the seal represented fear, and that if I could face this fear by re-interpreting it into song, I could release it, into the wild, as it were.

In your opinion, what is an essential life experience that every individual should undergo at least once?


Absolutely every single person in the modern world should have at least three months experience in a service job of some kind. This would change the understanding of class-dynamics in our country, and make for a much more empathetic public, in my opinion. I have long pondered a work-program like this for teens, especially those who have been raised in class-bubbles like private schools.

What’s currently playing in your ears?
Andre´ 3000’s flute.

What is one book that changed your life?
A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

If we’re treating, what beverage would you choose?
Club soda with lime.

Share with us a significant dinner memory that stands out for you.
I recently had the opportunity to break bread with dear friends whom I do not get to see very often. We all brought something to the table, including jokes and stories, and it’s moments like that, that I cherish. Musician Karina Denike makes sure there is something yummy to eat after every rehearsal, and truly, the most magical moments happen when the band can come together like that. I think it translates into the music.

Can you recount a challenging work experience that you consider to be the least
enjoyable?
I detest working for idiots. Being told what to do by someone who doesn’t understand what they are talking about, and in turn making things difficult or unsafe for those working for them, is infuriating. I try to avoid this line of work at all costs, but sometimes it can not be avoided.

Reflect on the day that brought you the most joy in your life.
I try to find joy in the every day. This is a new practice for me since the pandemic. Feeling joyful is about understanding self-love and acceptance. I used to have a difficult time with this, as I was told by someone I love very much that I was an embarrassment to them, simply for being me. I didn’t feel I was deserving of feeling joy. I now understand that was a problem of my own making, and there is no time like the present.

If you had the chance to jet off anywhere right now, where would your destination
be?
I am always trying to get back to Santa Fe, NM. I lived for seven years, and I often wonder if I’ll ever be able to move back. You can hike to see petroglyphs and the sunsets are in comparable, plus green chile.

Who holds the title of your favorite fictional hero?
Foxy Brown comes to mind, so does Dana Scully.

How would you like people to remember you?
I hope people remember me for my music!

November 20, 2023 melodicmuse

Interview – Sabina Chantouria

Have you ever found yourself revisiting a particular dream more than once?
Yes, walking backstage and then there’s this red curtain that unfolds and I’m walking out on a huge arena stage overlooking a sea of people.

In your opinion, what is an essential life experience that every individual should undergo at least once?
If I had to choose one, I would say love. It’s the most powerful thing in the world in my opinion. Also, failure and success, easy doesn’t make you grow. And to travel, so you can expand your mind and horizons of the world.

What’s currently playing in your ears?
“If It Makes You Happy” by Sheryl Crow right now, I’m totally in love with 90s pop/rock.

What is one book that changed your life?
The Attractor Factor by Joe Vitale. It has a lot to do with the law of attraction and that really fascinates me. I read a lot of self-help books and that one helped me a lot to see new perspectives in order to expand and attract more of what I want in life.

If we’re treating, what beverage would you choose?
Red wine.

Share with us a significant dinner memory that stands out for you.
The very first dinner with my two Georgian cousins in Tbilisi when I was 12, united for the first time since decades back, it was a remarkable and memorable family dinner with exquisite Georgian cuisine.

Can you recount a challenging work experience that you consider to be the least enjoyable?
There are many, like negotiations about artist fees can be frustrating.

Reflect on the day that brought you the most joy in your life.
Wow, there are many special days that has brought me so much joy. Like when I was 19 and I got the call back that I had been chosen for World Championship of Performing Arts in Hollywood with my music, stands out. I fought it was a dream and it took several hours to process.

If you had the chance to jet off anywhere right now, where would your destination be?
Los Angeles and then Hawaii.

Who holds the title of your favorite fictional hero?
Aragon, I’m a big Lord of The Rings fan and Wonder Woman.

How would you like people to remember you?
As loving, bold and brave, living life to the fullest and making music that touched people.

November 18, 2023 melodicmuse

Interview – Johnny Pearl

Have you ever found yourself revisiting a particular dream more than once?


Yes, I sometimes visit a town I call “the town of optimism where anything is possible”.
In your opinion, what is an essential life experience that every individual should undergo at least once? Trying to make money playing music on the street.


What’s currently playing in your ears?
Ry Cooder’s My Girl Josephine. Love the slide guitar playing on this and the groove.


What is one book that changed your life?
Atomic Habits


If we’re treating, what beverage would you choose?
Organic smoothy.


Share with us a significant dinner memory that stands out for you.
I once spent the evening with Hawk Walsh, who was the lead singer from the Downchild Blues Band – great voice. I loved the song Flip Flop and Fly! Weeks before I met him I had been listening to that song but couldn’t understand one of the lines he sang. He was a very humble guy and I was invited by my friend Maureen Brown, a great blues singer and drummer in Canada, to share the table with them. I finally got my chance to talk to Hawk and tell him I loved the song and his voice, and that I couldn’t figure out for the life of me what he sang in the third verse. He looked over at me while smoking a cigarette and said “She’s so skinny she could mombo in a payphone booth”. I never forgotten that evening and if you every get a chance to hear that version you would know Mo Brown and I were in the company of a giant ( Thanks Hawk! )


Can you recount a challenging work experience that you consider to be the least enjoyable?

Driving through West Virgina late at night in the pouring rain with my keyboard player heading home from Nashville. What a nightmare!
Reflect on the day that brought you the Great joy in your life.
Marrying the love of my life in Venice, Italy on October 18th of this year.
If you had the chance to jet off anywhere right now, where would your destination be? Back to Paris, France with my sweetheart and to play guitar at Shakespeare and Company book store on a rainy day.
Who holds the title of your favorite fictional hero?
Kris Kringle


How would you like people to remember you?


I would like the street person I gave him 20 bucks yesterday to remember that there are kind and friendly people out there and that when I smiled and said take good care of yourself, I am part of the light at the end of the tunnel and as a good songwriter/musician and grateful person.

November 17, 2023 melodicmuse

Interview – Michael B Sutton

Have you ever found yourself revisiting a particular dream more than once?

Without a doubt! We’re all dreamers in this musical journey. There are these vivid dreams that keep coming back, like an addictive melody that you just can’t shake off. Sometimes, they’re like unfinished stories waiting to be told in a song or emotions that beg to be harmonized into music. Those repeating dreams, they’re the heartbeats of our creative process, urging us to turn them into soulful tunes.
Michael B Sutton: Certainly, there are musical motifs and themes that tend to reappear in my compositions. It’s like they have a life of their own, resurfacing and evolving within different contexts.

What’s currently playing in your ears?

Michael B Sutton: Currently, I’m drawn to a blend of timeless soul classics and contemporary R&B. Artists like Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye always find their way into my playlists, alongside newer talents like Bruno Mars and H.E.R.

Reflect on the day that brought you the most joy in your life.

Oh, that’s an easy one! The happiest day of my life was when I got married to my wonderful wife, Aneessa. We also made a beautiful duet together called “I Found Myself in You.” Check it out sometime, it’s something really special to us.

Who holds the title of your favorite fictional hero?

Batman, with his depth and dedication, resonates with me. His multifaceted character aligns with the complexities inherent in music.

How would you like people to remember you?

I hope to be remembered as a musician who crafted music that touched the heart and soul, leaving behind a legacy that resonates for years to come.

November 17, 2023 melodicmuse

Interview: Carrie Simmons

Have you ever found yourself revisiting a particular dream more than once?

Yes, being a winner of a Grammy’s has always been a reoccurring dream.

In your opinion, what is an essential life experience that every individual should undergo at least once?

MMM Maybe kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland brings good luck for a lifetime.

What’s currently playing in your ears?

I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz

What is one book that changed your life?

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

If we’re treating, what beverage would you choose?

Ha- Virgin PinaColada

Share with us a significant dinner memory that stands out for you.

Sushi on the sand in South Beach

Can you recount a challenging work experience that you consider to be the least enjoyable?

Being a Clinical Director was awesome but I ended up thinking about my patients 247 and that was a bit much for me.

Reflect on the day that brought you the most joy in your life.

Probably landing in Sweden and adventuring around the country.

If you had the chance to jet off anywhere right now, where would your destination be?

Bali & Tahiti

Who holds the title of your favorite fictional hero?

Oh I love The Dazzler!!!!

How would you like people to remember you?

A bright shining star that inspires others to reach their fullest potential and become the best version of themselves.

November 16, 2023 melodicmuse

Interview – Marsha Bartenetti

Have you ever found yourself revisiting a particular dream more than once?
I have a recurring dream of a house that I have never seen in my current life, but it is so clear in my dream I know all the rooms, the surrounding property. It is a gorgeous estate, and in the dream, I am showing someone all the rooms. I will recognize it if I ever come across it in my waking time. I feel like it is a past life visit.

In your opinion, what is an essential life experience that every individual should undergo at least once?

Interesting question. Frankly, I think experiencing loss is a deep and necessary part of life that creates room for empathy and humanity. Although we all will experience this within our time, it really is more important how we respond to this experience that is “essential” in our evolvement. Whether it be a loved one, a cherished pet, a home…through death or separation, it causes us to feel one of life’s most profound aspects. We all know one thing is for sure. That we will die. So much of our society stays in denial of this fact by cherishing “youth”, denouncing the wisdom of our elders by rendering them “invisible” rather than embracing the richness experience brings. When we allow ourselves to truly experience loss as an important part of life, rather than running from it, we come away with a deeper, richer view of life and those around us. It becomes, as it should, an integral part of truly being alive. As an artist, it also informs us on a deeper soul level when interpreting a lyric.

What’s currently playing in your ears?
Sting’s “Fragile”

What is one book that changed your life?

So many books to choose from! One particularly stands out:
Many Lives, Many Maters by Brian L. Weiss, M.D.
It was introduced to me after someone very special in my life died suddenly and I was having all sorts of “death” questions.

If we’re treating, what beverage would you choose?

Dom Perignon – I will never turn down a beautiful glass of champagne.

Share with us a significant dinner memory that stands out for you.

In Los Angeles we have a restaurant, “Providence”. Each course is like a work of art. The evening is not rushed, and you are allowed to savor every bite. It was delicious and beautiful. A true “dining” experience.

Can you recount a challenging work experience that you consider to be the least enjoyable?

Years ago, I was involved in a recording session where the producer and I were definitely not on the same page. The producer had great technical skills, but, he did not know how to work with singers who had a point of view in the interpretation of the song. It made trying to create and interpret the songs from an authentic place very difficult and uninspiring. So, rather than creating a great product, it became a “job” and I felt that it fell flat. Now I am sure to communicate with the producers about my expectations and theirs – and determine if it’s a good fit creatively before we start working together.

Reflect on the day that brought you the most joy in your life.
Having my daughter was the most joyful moment of my life.

If you had the chance to jet off anywhere right now, where would your destination be?
I would fly to Italy and get back to Ravello on the Amalfi Coast.

Who holds the title of your favorite fictional hero?
Of course, these favorites may change, but Katniss Everdeen has always been inspiring!

How would you like people to remember you?
My perseverance in truth seeking and willingness to bring what I know to my voice, and hopefully impact someone through my singing to know themselves just a little bit better…and perhaps come away with a sense of hope. That I was kind. And loved love…and life..and loved to laugh.

November 15, 2023 melodicmuse

Interview – Toney Ann Foster

Have you ever found yourself revisiting a particular dream more than once?
Yes.


In your opinion, what is an essential life experience that every individual should undergo at least once?
When someone push you away once that means they mean it.

What’s currently playing in your ears?
I was listening to I will follow. My song


What is one book that changed your life?
Bible


If we’re treating, what beverage would you choose?
Fruit punch


Share with us a significant dinner memory that stands out for you.
I had shrimp with pasta Alfredo sauce


Can you recount a challenging work experience that you consider to be the least enjoyable?
Gardening. Ploughing the weeds. It was hot and bend and sit but had fun in outdoor


Reflect on the day that brought you the most joy in your life.
Hanging out with sister. We went out to eat had lots of laughs


If you had the chance to jet off anywhere right now, where would your destination be?
America


Who holds the title of your favorite fictional hero?
Mayor Angelo


How would you like people to remember you?
A person with Good role model to follow

November 12, 2023 melodicmuse

Austin Williams Continues Meteoric Rise In Country Music With “Here We Go Again”

Today, 19-year-old Nashville native Austin Williams releases his new song “Here We Go Again,” building off his fast rise to success from a Top 10 debut on iTunes’ all-genre chart to debuting in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart and more. New to the music scene this year, Williams’ songs have already amassed 23 million streams.

Williams showcases his Billboard-praised ability to blend country and hip-hop sonics as he delivers an internal monologue about a seemingly endless cycle of toxicity in a relationship. As he contemplates rekindling a flame only to later let it burn out again, Williams offers commentary on an all-too-familiar relationship relapse. Williams co-wrote the track alongside Nick Bailey (Demi Lovato, Machine Gun Kelly) and Ben Roberts (Colby Acuff, Sam Williams).

“Here We Go Again” follows his iTunes country chart No. 1, “90s Rap Mashup.” Williams will build off of his success in 2024 with more new music and a support slot on Warren Zeiders’ Pretty Little Poison Tour. To stay up-to-date, follow @austinwilliams_music on Instagram and TikTok for more information.

Austin Williams On Tour:
Fri., Mar. 8 | House of Blues San Diego | San Diego, CA*
Sat., Mar. 9 | House of Blues Anaheim | Anaheim, CA*
Sun., Mar. 10 | The Warfield | San Francisco, CA*
Weds., Mar. 13 | The Union | Salt Lake City, UT*
Fri., Mar. 15 | Knitting Factory | Spokane, WA*
Sat., Mar. 16 | Showbox SoDo | Seattle, WA*
Sun., Mar. 17 | McMenamins Crystal Ballroom | Portland, OR*
Tues., Mar. 19 | Commodore Ballroom | Vancouver, BC*
Thurs., Mar. 21 | River Cree Resort & Casino | Enoch, AB*
Fri,. Mar. 22 | Grey Eagle Resort & Casino Event Center | Tsuut’ina, AB*
Sat., Mar. 23 | Coors Event Centre | Saskatoon, SK*
Mon., Mar. 25 | Burton Cummings Theatre | Winnipeg, MB*
Thurs., Mar. 28 | London Music Hall | London, ON*
Fri., Mar. 29 | Danforth Music Hall | Toronto, ON*
Sat., Mar. 30 | MTELUS | Montreal, QC*
*Supporting Warren Zeiders.