The acclaimed Grand Rapids singer-songwriter returns to the stage on Saturday while preparing for a two-part studio release. This week’s story and local podcast on WYCE radio.
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Brie Stoner has experienced the ups and downs of the music industry, the dichotomy of living in different countries, speaking different languages, striving to meet different expectations for his art.
“My life has been a series of paradoxes,” the singer-songwriter readily admits after finally arriving at a comfortable, congruent place for her music.
“When you’re young, when you’re a teenager or even in your early twenties, it feels like you’re given a lot of shoes to try on and told what to do and pushed onstage. ‘You should speak like this and not like that.’ ”
And while Stoner feels she grew as an artist during those early years more than a decade ago, “I didn’t really know who I was yet.”
Motherhood, isolation from the COVID pandemic, and acceptance of her unique and varied background allowed her to “take off all those shoes that were handed to me and feel what it was like to walk barefoot in the direction I wanted.”
It allowed him to “harmonize”, to create music that represented “all these disparate pieces” of his character.
“It was a real homecoming experience for me,” she concedes. “I am more than a thing.”
After releasing three singles in recent months, the Grand Rapids singer and musician has also formed a new “indie dream rock” band with plans to release a two-part album project, “Me Veo,” in next year.
For this week’s edition of Local Spins on WYCE, Stoner showcased two of those singles – “Hungry” and “Honey” – while sharing the story of her journey. Watch the video for “Hungry” here and scroll down to listen to the full interview and radio show.
VIDEO: Brie Stoner, “Hungry”
(Directed by Jaimie Skriba, Cinematography by Josh Skinner, Editing by Matthew Bouwense)
Growing up in Madrid, Spain, Stoner quickly became fluent in Spanish and English, and has since picked up some French.
His music and vocals have captured industry attention over the years – featured in a Victoria’s Secret ad campaign, “Orange is the New Black” and “The Affair”, as well as other TV and international cinemas.
And although she hasn’t performed or released albums in several years, she insists she has remained active – singing for her children, writing new tunes and otherwise staying engaged with her art.
PODCASTING, FORMING A NEW BAND, RELEASING AN AMBITIOUS ALBUM PROJECT
“I never stopped writing or making music, but when I had kids there was something singularly satisfying about a season that their ears were the only ones that heard me sing.” she recalls.
“But even with toddlers, I was singing and recording music for television and film with my side project duo partner, Daniel Johnson in Detroit.”
She’s also a successful writer and podcaster: She co-hosted “Another Name for Every Thing,” which garnered millions of downloads, and has since launched her own podcast, “Unknowing,” which explores the spiritual path of creative possibilities. with various authors. , activists and artists.
Now his attention has turned to performing and spreading his music. At 7 p.m. Saturday, she will lead a full band in concert as part of the Listening Lawn Series hosted by Listening Room at Studio Park plaza in downtown Grand Rapids. Tickets cost $15 and $25 and are available online here.
His band features guitarist-singer Vanessa DeCouto, drummer Scott Gentry, bassist Luke Shoemaker, electric guitarist Ben Erhart and keyboardist Enrique Olmos – and fans can expect a cutting-edge “very visual” affair.
She will also perform as part of the WYCE Jammie Award at The Intersection on June 25 and join Valentiger for a Listening Room show on August 25.
Singing in English, Spanish and French, Stoner’s “Me Veo” project will be released digitally in two parts – part one in the fall and part two next winter. The entire album and a bonus track will be available on vinyl in spring 2023.
“I recorded the album at home and at Local Legend Recording studios, and it’s produced by my dear friend David Vandervelde, who I’ve worked with and known since we were both high schoolers,” she says. , citing influences ranging from Neil Young to Mazzy Star to Fleetwood Mac.
“The songs are full of nostalgia, fury and feelings. I drop deep theology singing about sex in one line, then bow down to industry and capitalism in another. Everything belongs to this disc perhaps because I finally belong fiercely to myself. And I guess this album for me is the triumphant culmination of my own sovereignty in that way.
This week’s episode of Local Spins on WYCE – spotlighting music made in Michigan at 11 a.m. Friday WYCE (88.1 FM) and online at wyce.org – also featured the music of Djangophonic, Strange Heart, In the valley below and David Vander Velde (the musician’s picks by Stoner), Biomassive, Jack Droppers & The Best Intentions, KJ & The Good Time Family Band and sorry, not sorry. Listen to the radio show here.
PODCAST: Local Tours on WYCE (6/10/22)
Note: The Bridge Blast mentioned in the show actually runs from 3-11 p.m. on Saturdays. Details here.
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