I come from a long line of professional musicians; it’s in my blood. Having grown up in music, I have a wide range of influences. My grandparents were musicians from the big band era, and my parents played rock and roll. My mom, who was also a singer, was very into country. The very first album I ever owned was Here You Come Again by Dolly Parton. So I take my inspiration from a lot of different places and mix it all up into a music stew. I like my music to be soulful. My solo stuff is heavily driven by blues, country, rock, and slide guitar. All the things that make my world go around.
What is your definition of tone, and how has it changed over the years?
I like my vocals to be warm. Not too much high end and not too much effect. I used to throw a lot of delay and reverb on my vocals, but over the years, I’ve come to like a much cleaner sound because then it’s more about my voice. I don’t want to rely on a bunch of effects to make me sound good.
What equipment are you currently using and why?
It’s funny; I’ve been using the same Shure 58 for 15 years now. That mic has been all over with me. It’s like a lumpy old friend, dents and all.
Are there certain recording techniques you prefer in the studio?
I like to be prepared and relaxed. I rehearse and get a good night’s sleep so I can go in as professional as possible.
How do you keep your sound consistent on stage?
Tequila! Just kidding. The honest truth is I’ve never heard myself properly in a live performance. There are so many live performance pictures of me out there with my finger in my ear. Live performances are so unpredictable. It’s like a fly by the seat of your pants thing, and honestly, that’s part of the fun. I prepare, I belt it out, and I leave it to the gods.
What does your practice consist of?
I sing every day. I’m always singing. I drink tea and do a lemon, ginger, cayenne shot every morning. It keeps my vocal cords happy.
What is your advice for young women who hoped to work in the industry?
My advice would be to be self-sufficient and knowledgeable. The more you know, the less room there is for any tomfoolery to be had by others with your time or career.