As a mixed-race daughter in middle America, someone always feeling “just left of inside,” the questions surrounding what it means to belong and connect have long been on her mind. From her childhood bedroom in small-town Ohio, Richardson found a first spark of connection through her love of music. She remembers artists like Fleetwood Mac, Phoebe Snow, and Cat Stevens always on heavy rotation in her household. After learning to sing and play the piano and guitar, she discovered a deep passion for songwriting — something that still serves as a powerful tool for discovering herself and carving out a space in the world.
As an adult, Richardson headed west, honing her style in Northern California where she earned her degree at Stanford University. That sunny, jangly influence makes an appearance on songs like “My Father’s Daughter,” and brings a sweetness to songs filled with vulnerability and introspection. With an electronic sensuality and a bluesy sensibility, songs like “Wanted” and “Before the Chorus” provide examinations into womanhood, otherness and the concept of autonomy.
After a few years grinding it out in the San Francisco music scene, Richardson made the move to the musical mecca of Nashville, TN where she quickly began work on her debut album with producers Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, Adia Victoria) and Courtney Little.