Hi Kerri, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thank you. I’ve been well, thanks.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Grace and Harmony”?
Sure, it’s a song about humanity and how much we can learn about compassion and understanding from observing nature.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I live out in the woods of NW Connecticut and the song was actually inspired by a visit from a black bear. My dog started barking like crazy and the bear just stood there glaring at us. It was as if he knew something we didn’t. I’m not sure why it spurred the song, but the experience got me thinking about humanity, politics, religion and all of the things in life that sometimes separate us from living more simplistically and getting back to what matters most – compassion, love and kindness.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Possibly, in the near future.
The single comes off your new album Starseeds which drops May 4th – what’s the story behind the title?
The notion of a starseed is that of an empath and a healer from another dimension. I have always thought that songs are healers. Good songs connect and heal us. Hence, Starseeds.
How was the recording and writing process?
I recorded the album @ Dirt Floor Studios in Haddam, CT with producer, Eric Lichter. Recording was a comfortable process there because it has always been organic and laid-back. It took me about two years to write all the songs for this album. There is always an element of frustration somewhere within the writing process. I think it’s a given if the writer wants the material to be good. It has to be undeniable and honest. That takes work and vulnerability. That said, I’m grateful for the inspiration when it comes.
You get to cover two songs – from all the tracks out there, why did you choose these two in particular?
I had recently become familiar with Gene Clark’s “Polly,” and the song blew me away. It’s a poetic song about freedom, flying, and longing. It doesn’t get much better than that. Blind Faith’s, “Can’t Find My Way Home” has always been a favorite. The song resonates because I think we all share the component of feeling lost or misplaced throughout various points in our lives. I really love the chord progression in this song as well.
What aspect of romance and gratitude did you get to explore on this record?
Definitely more gratitude than romance on this one. I guess I’m in more of a place of gratitude. Bicycle Man is about growing old with someone. That’s as romantic as it gets as far as I’m concerned. I’m mostly grateful for the ability to continue exploring the music and art and writing the songs.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes, we’re putting more dates together for summer and fall now. I just finished a short run through NY, PA and MD and heading down to VA and NC at the end of the month in support of The Weight Band. You can check out the full list at www.kerripowers.com/tour
What else is happening next in Kerri Powers’ world?
Right now, I’m thinking about making a sandwich. I’m actually heading into the studio this week to lay down some acoustic blues tracks with producers, Brian Brinkerhoff and will also work with drummer Marco Giavino who just finished producing Strange Angels, In Flight with Elmore James.
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