Get to Know Melissa Gail Klein!
Hi Melissa! Thank you for chatting with me today!
You released an album while the world was all but shut down because of COVID-19! Will you tell us about the album?
Thanks so much for having me! The album, Crystalline Charm, is an indie folk rock compilation of Austin-influenced grooves, and heartfelt ballads reminiscent of classic Laurel Canyon singer songwriters from the 60s and 70's. The album traverses themes of finding one's center and overcoming heartbreak, growing roots, and transcendental beauty, with poetic lyrics drawing from the elements of nature and the body.
What was the inspiration for it?
My biggest inspiration truly was being approached by an amazing producer named Panama Grant aka the Recording Apparatus. I had been sitting on a collection of songs and feeling like it was time to do some recording before I started to focus on writing again. Meeting Grant and having such phenomenal support helped me decide to take the leap to bring them into the world and onto MP3. I got to play with some of my favorite Austin musicians, it was a dream come true.
Was your creative process different because of when you recorded it?
I recorded the album before COVID, and released it right when things were starting to shut down. My creative process was very organic; the songs came as pure forms of expression, some of them written before I even knew that recording was something I would be getting into. Recording was so fun, and I learned a lot, which definitely has influenced my creative process. Now I'm writing songs with different elements in mind, like arrangement and instrumentation, with a depth and understanding I just didn't have before recording Crystalline.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
My biggest musical influences are some of my friends and contemporaries like Ley Line, The Deer, Moorea Masa, WillowSpeak, The Feelings Parade, and Jaimee Harris. I'm currently and ongoingly obsessed with Ziggy Marley, Boubacar Traore, Mamuse, Laura Marling, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, The Head and the Heart, Nick Drake, and Latin artists such as Natalia Lafourcade, Bomba Estereo, Gilberto Gil, and Conector.
Do you have a mantra or piece of advice that you carry with you that you like to share with people?
I am enough, I am more than enough. I think building up our internal reserves of self esteem and wellness, and developing tools to help us feel good enough and worthy of the best through the ups and downs of a vulnerable career like being a musician are essential. Not everyone is going to get us or be all about us all the time, for a variety of reasons, and it's our responsibility to know how awesome we are, to carry that, and to shine our light anyway. It's not easy to do that, of course, but therein lies the self work that I think is essential for success. I think too if we don't build up our internal reserves of resilience by knowing what we're worth, sometimes good opportunities come knocking and we're too busy feeling not worthy to notice. So knowing our true value we are better able to open up to receive the goodness waiting for us.
Any other projects coming up that you want to share?
I am currently working on a 7 song EP called Home, a more stripped down, acoustic follow up to Crystalline Charm, with my band the Morning Dew. We're stoked about it and plan to take the music on tour this coming fall, so stay connected with us!
Please let everyone know where to find you and your music!
Check out my music at www.Melissagailklein.com and on Spotify, Bandcamp, and Itunes. Thank you for tuning in, I hope you love the music. I'd love to connect with you so follow me on instagram @Melissa_Gail_Klein
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