MUSICIAN MARIA PRICE of Nashville, TN
Slow Wide Turns has had the distinct pleasure of getting to know local Nashville, TN artist Maria Price, and announcing the release of her new EP album “Beautiful Things in Horrible Places”.
1: What kind of music do you feel best fits your talents as an artist, and what genres do you primarily work in?
It’s hard to identify with just one genre. I really love the blues but can't necessarily write a killer blues song. I like singing and playing stuff that I can put my full self into. For me, that's a rock, soul, R&B type feel. My taste is growing, maturing, and evolving. I write on guitar which allows me to focus on the melodic and lyrical aspect of my music.
Check out Maria's music on iTunes here! iTunes/Maria Price
2: What drives your music and your passion to create?
At the center of my music is my spirituality, family, and the way I have been shaped by my background. When I write and play, it's because I'm inspired. I cannot take credit for the inspiration or for my talent. It comes from above, I'm just an instrument when I'm singing, writing, and playing.
3: Are there reoccurring subjects in your music?
At first listen, many people may think I was just in a series of bad relationships, but none of my music is actually about a guy or breakup. I wrote both "Most of All" and "Lest We Forget" in pertinence to my spiritual life and what I was experiencing at that time. More than anything, I think I write about pain and the process of growing through it. I try to keep a positive outlook, but suffering in this life is something that is inevitable. When I was 16, I lost one of my older brothers and this past year I lost both my mom and dad. Naturally, I write a good deal about loss, and what it's felt like to me. I also write about the hope that's left too. I feel like writing and playing are a cathartic relief for me. Through my music I can express things that I wouldn't normally come out and say. It's fun because you can get away with much more when you're singing. That's the beauty of music. You can communicate so much of yourself and be vulnerable to a wide audience. It's intimidating, but it's good.
4: Are there any artists (well known or not) that really influenced your work?
Shortly before I went in to the studio this winter, I really fell in love with Amy Winehouse, and I had this last minute "I want to do that kind of music" moment. Because the songs on my EP have all been written at very different times in my life, over a span of 6 years, there are all types of flavors that you'll hear. For instance, in high school I was heavily influenced by Adele's first album Nineteen. I also listen to Corey Smith, and I think his honesty and transparency has affected me as a writer.
VIRGINS FAMILY BAND
T H E B A N D
Gabriel Anderson (drummer) and I met in high school in Miami, FL and recorded/released our first record together under the name "Virgins" in late 2011 while we were on a 300 mile bicycle tour of Florida. Since that record, we've been on two more bicycle tours across the Southeastern U.S. (totaling about 1200 miles). We've hit a couple of Northeastern tours, released another full length (find that here: virginsfamilyband.com), sold out some shows, and have lost and added a few members - all helping us arrive at our present state and sound, which was best described by Grant Golden of the Bottom String as "Perussive and experimental tendencies simmering under present and gripping vocals. Simultaneously spacious but full, accessible but intriguing." 2014 is looking like a big year for us: 2 new EPS, regional tours, festivals, videos, and more.
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