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Kerri Powers Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Kerri Powers Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lamitschka: Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the

first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen

or heard you?

Answer:I’m a 6’1″ fiery Roots and Blues songwriter/artist who lives for songwriting and music. I have never

really adhered to any specific genre. I’ve always tried to trust and follow inspiration, not letting anything

get in the way so that the songs remain raw and written from heart and soul.

Lamitschka: What is your latest CD and how’s it doing?

Answer:The latest is called Starseeds. It’s been doing very well here in The States, I’ve been busy touring,

everywhere from the Nation’s capital, playing the renowned Hamilton, DC to a radio music festival way

out in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and a lot of places in between. The album landed on some

Top Album and Song lists for 2018 as well. It’s been a humbling and pretty magical ride so far. I’m

excited it’s the first album of mine to be released in Europe.

Lamitschka: How did you choose the title for the CD? Is there a story behind the name?

Answer:Yes, a “starseed” is considered an empath and healer
from another dimension. The job of a

songwriter is to write songs that touch others in a healing way. Songs should be written from a place

of vulnerability and honesty. When done so, they are a remarkable and necessary means of human

connection. The world needs healing songs now more than ever. We need to embrace one another in

kindness and with compassion. I’ve seen the power of songs and the amazing healing properties of music..

Lamitschka: Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for

your CD?

Answer:For the most part, I write the songs myself. 8
out of 10 songs on the new album are self-penned. As forthe covers, it takes me a long time to find the right song to cover, something I’m passionate about. I

don’t cover songs because they’re popular. In fact, I like finding songs that are more obscure, some of

the artists and songwriters of the seventies. It’s a cool way to introduce meaningful songs to a whole

new demographic and to create a bit of nostalgia for folks who are more familiar with those artists.

Lamitschka: How much creative control do you have over your music?

Answer:I
would have to say I have all creative control and maintain a good
majority of it throughout the recording process. I tend to be stubborn,
but I’m also open to
input and suggestion because we all have a lot to learn from one
another. I’ve always felt that the only way I’m going to grow as an
artist and person is to open my heart and mind to what others bring to
the process.

Lamitschka: Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?

Answer:Playing the songs and music for people is a privilege.
Recently, I met a woman who walked up and hugged mewith tears in her eyes after a show. She told me my rendition of The Bee Gees, “To Love Somebody” really touched and surprised her. She said her husband had passed a few years before and that particular song wasone of his favorites. I left the show with both a heavy and grateful heart. Stories like this blow my mind. Theseexperiences are blessings that make me feel like I’m on the right journey and doing the right thing.

Lamitschka: As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you

like best, what’s your favorite activity?

Answer: ?. I don’t mind touring. It’s been the best education
I could

ask for, really. I’ve met a lot of interesting and good people along the way.

I’m never happy where it is. I think the entire point of writing songs and creating art of any

kind is to always work as hard as possible to improve one’s craft. I believe that if an artist is

truly happy or satisfied with where he/she is within the process, then what’s the point? My

hope and goal are to write at least one really great song that has staying power before I

kick the bucket. Making music shouldn’t have specific borders.

Lamitschka: Are you doing anything to take music beyond its current borders or are you happy

where it is?

Answer:Not
much. I wonder how much of it really exists at this point. I keep my
nose to the grind and respect the  art first and foremost. I’ve always
been an in-house
artist, someone who takes a grassroots approach. I have never followed
any trends. I do what feels true and what feels right. The industry to
me has always  had a “good cop, bad cop” vibe in many ways. I’m glad I
have a fast getaway car.

Lamitschka: What inspired you to become an artist?

 

Answer:Writing the songs and performing them with the
hope of making a soul to soul

connection through them

Lamitschka: What’s unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists?

Answer:Well,
I think we all have something unique to offer. It’s a hard question,
really. I guess I’ve been told my voice has a lot of character. I’m an
aggressive guitar
player and sing from the soul. I’m definitely not and will never be a
dainty flower.

Lamitschka: Describe what a perfect day is like for you.

Answer:Waking up on the right side of the grass. I’m thankful for every day I’m alive and kickin’. I

live in a remote area and love walking in the quiet of the woods. It informs the writing, a

lot. I welcome the peace and quiet of being at home with my family and my dog, Rosie

McGee.

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