TEN: Starting in 2013, each Friday, Innocent Words started shining the spotlight directly on up and coming artists/bands with 10 questions we like to call IW10.
Raised in Madison, WI, but it’s pretty clear Chicago is “home.”
Members and Instruments:
I may be a solo artist on guitar, violin and vocals, but it takes a village. I feel my right hand band man is my producer, Lex Price.
Short Bio (in your own words):
Born and adopted in Hawaii, I used music and poetry to survive those “lost years” of youth in any quest to communicate or feel “understood.” At eight-years-old I started using my violin for my voice and finally ran away to Minneapolis after college to be close to Prince. I then tripped down to Chicago to ultimately end up with soulmate, songwriter, Michael McDermott. We toured the world and back with baby Willie Rain in the jumpseat with my personal trove of music on hold. Until today.
What is your funniest or worst tour experience?
We can laugh now…but there was a trip to the Island of Corsica, France. Our driver racing up a mountainside while turned to face us talking the entire time…I still have nightmares…but laugh…hard.
What THREE things are a must have when you go on tour or play a show?
Comfy walking boots, gum, protein bars. (That is, excluding 9volt batteries and strings.
What was the first record you ever purchased?
Tracy Chapman’s self titled debut…It’s a part of my DNA…sigh.
If you had to record an EP of covers, which FIVE songs/artist would make the cut?
“Sometimes It Snows In April” by Prince
“Oh Very Young” by Cat Stevens
“Life In a Northern Town” by Dream Academy
“Black Boys On Mopeds” by Sinead O’Connor
“All That You Have Is Your Soul” by Tracy Chapman.
What’s your preferred music format – vinyl, CD, digital, cassette – and why?
Oh man…absolutely vinyl. But alas, it is a tricky thing to keep up on, especially as you travel and are trying to learn or re-learn your own material. I loved, loved, loved using a tape to tape cassette format to splice my own stories out of songs while making mix-tapes.