Tell us about your debut album 'After the News’?
In the spring of 2018, I had the great fortune of recording an album of a heart-wrenching collection of songs written by Tom Siering that explore the darker side of our human experience; particularly regret, loss and grief. It was an incredible experience where I discovered just how necessary our vulnerability is and how healing it can be.
How is 'After the News' different from your past music projects?
I’ve been very lucky to collaborate with some ridiculously talented musicians here in NY. I have a deep love for songwriting, and have released several albums with fellow songwriter Jacqui Kerrod. Writing songs is something that I hope to be doing forever. While my contributions to After the News are as a singer and interpreter of these beautiful songs, it was very easy to connect with Tom’s lyrics. Tom’s lyrics were full of vulnerability and honesty and I really wanted to match and honor them in the vocal performance. I also find great joy in giving life to someone else’s words—finding the point of entry, taking on someone else’s point of view and making it my own.
What was it like collaborating with Tom Siering?
Working with Tom on this album required me to go deeper—exploring the full range of darkness and light in his poignant lyrics. I really appreciate that his writing touches on the kinds of things that I don’t think we spend enough time talking about. These songs forced me to take a look down the road, to contemplate death, to sit with the feelings of loss and regret, and examine the ways we cope. Tom and I are both drawn to the same kinds of poetry and songwriting, which made the collaboration very easy and grounded.
What song off your new album do you connect with the most?
Hard to choose—-but I really enjoyed digging into “The Lacuna”. Lacuna is a word I had never heard before. It means a blank space or a missing part; a void. This song explores how sometimes a “lacuna” can form between two people. You’re speaking to each other, but no matter how hard you try, it feels like your energy, your words just sort of dissipate into this nothingness; this void. It’s something I’ve experienced in my life—and it’s pretty therapeutic to sing about.