The third single from the new album

”Crystalline Pools“

Filmed between my house in Kalkaska County and Earthwork Farm, my place of origin, the “Crystalline Pools” video mirrors the albums marraige of hi-fi and lo-fi.

“Crystalline Pools” was written during a brief residency at the headquarters of the Woody Guthrie Foundation in western Massachusetts.

The song was built around the chorus, which came from my bedtime routine with my daughter Iris. The last thing we say, at the end of the day, is: “The strength of your heart will carry you through your whole life.”

I was thinking about my own lineage as this song began to take form. I could hear my Grandpa’s voice and feel my daughter’s presence and felt graced by the spirits of Woody, Arlo and Pete, in their photos on the wall.

The second single from the new album

”The Time Has Come“

I dropped my new single “The Time Has Come” on May 1st. As part of the release, I’m partnering with different organizations and individuals working in the climate movement. We’re going to do some movement building!

We started on 5/1 with the Michigan Alliance for Justice in Climate (MAJIC) May Day event! MAJIC is a new formation built to support the THRIVE Act – federal legislation that will address climate change, resource our communities, and create jobs that aren’t based in extraction. MAJIC centers the leadership, experience and needs of BIPOC, working class and women and femmes.

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The first single from the new album

”Love yourself“

“Love Yourself” is the first single from my new album “My Heart is My Home.” Self-acceptance is a journey, and “Love Yourself” is a folk-country-soul anthem that reminds us to do our own healing work so that we can experience life and love more fully.  

I wrote this song in the aftermath of uncoupling, in an effort to turn my compassion toward myself and take responsibility to heal my own heart. If we expect others to make us whole, things get messy and feelings get hurt. But self-love opens a portal to divine love. This song wrote itself in 15 minutes and it felt like I was learning a song that already existed. 

We lost a lot of great human beings last year. “Love Yourself” is dedicated to the living spirit of Bill Withers, one of my heroes.

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We did it!

We reached all the stretch goals! After my project was fully funded, we kept going to pay it forward. 18 instruments are headed into the hands of young people and now an emerging artist who is dedicated to their craft will be given a two week residency at the House on the Hill at Earthwork Farm and a full day of recording at La Luna Recording and Sound!! Thank you all! You rock!

Stay tuned for the first single release on my birthday—April 1st!

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This record is called “My Heart is My Home” and it has been built by independent creative professionals who are working for an equitable future and helping to create vibrant communities around them. These songs come from pain and healing, and are crafted with care as medicine for good humans navigating the perils and possibilities of life on Earth in the 21st-century.

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