Posted by Stable Boy on July 20, 2011 at 20:21:12:
I just caught this article. Is she getting play on Q and/or Star?
She’s opened for such musical heavyweights as Willie Nelson, yet country artist Whitney Mann seems right at home in Madison. In May, the Michigan native released her latest album, The Western Sky, filled with heartfelt songs about love, comfort, home and more.
Mann recently took time out to answer some questions about her inspirations and journey as a musician.
How did you get into music?
I grew up playing the piano and singing, as well as listening to the radio whenever one was around. I don’t remember ‘getting into music’ because it was something that was always around. Like oxygen.
What role has your hometown played in your work?
Growing up on a farm with a slow, simple, steady pace played a big role in my emotional and psychological development. It was obviously a key factor in my musical development as well. I don’t set out to write songs in a certain genre. The songs I write come out sounding ‘country’ or ‘Americana’ because of who I am (which I’m sure has something to do with where I grew up and what I listened to). I know what I like to hear, so I just go with that.
How did you end up in Madison and what impact has the city had on your music?
I moved to Madison in 2007. There is a nice, supportive music community here that has helped me to grow as a musician and songwriter. There are also lots of music lovers in Madison who support us by coming to our shows, so there is the added motivation to keep improving for them.
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