One of the many great things about my "day gig" as Director of Artist Relations and Programming at the GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center is being able to chat with great artists across a variety of genres about the craft of songwriting and music making for our public and online programs. As a tribute to my guests for their inspiration I've created a series of "mini covers" or as I am calling them, "citations. Check out my latest cover and the corresponding artist interview below! 

This week’s “citation” is a mini cover of Noah’s song, “Lonely” from her album, “The End of Everything.”  Although I don’t currently feel “Lonely” there are definitely lines of this song that resonate deeply with me.  As someone who lost both of my parents by the age of 20, I totally get it when she says “Everyone’s dying so I keep on trying to make them proud before they’re gone.” 

 

 

This week’s musical “citation” is a mini cover of my favorite contemporary songwriter, Lori McKenna's song, “You Can’t Break a Woman” from her album, “The Tree.”  Recording this one made me a bit melancholy and left me missing good music, good friends and good times in Nashville.  Of course the couple of cocktails I had just beforehand probably didn’t help much.  ;) Check out our great conversation and her performance of some of her biggest hits like, "Girl Crush" and "Humble and Kind." 

What happens when a kid who grew up listening to 50’s rock ‘n roll takes on a mini cover of a DJ Khaled (ft. Justin Bieber) song?  Controlled chaos!  This week’s musical “citation” is a tribute to my #GRAMMYMuseumEXP “Behind the Songs” guest, DJ Khaled!  This is the second time I’ve had the chance to sit and talk with Khaled.  Each time I’ve been struck by his graciousness and left feeling uplifted and inspired by his energy and passion.  He’s one of a kind. 

 

This week's episode features BJ Barham of American Aquarium, whom I've admired for years. This "citation" is my interpretation of "Man I'm Supposed to Be" from their 2015 album, "Wolves." I'm also rocking an American Aquarium t-shirt for good measure!