70 episodes

This is a community for the Brave Musicians:

- the ones who are curious, who wanna know more
- the ones who believe in empowering themselves and empowering others
- who wanna find their people
- the ones who listen and learn with open hearts
- who value and celebrate what makes each of us unique
- those who are anywhere on their journey of developing creative confidence
- the ones who are always searching for inspiration
and who are willing to try new things
- those who want to move forward with their passions
- who want to understand the cycle of work and rest.
- the ones who are willing to talk about being a human and a musician!

Brave Musician is for all of us:
the pros, the hobbyists, the students, and everyone in between.

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The Brave Musician podcast is a part of BraveMusician, which includes a variety of workshops, a blog, and other opportunities to connect within this community. Please visit BraveMusician.com to find out more. 

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    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

This is a community for the Brave Musicians:

- the ones who are curious, who wanna know more
- the ones who believe in empowering themselves and empowering others
- who wanna find their people
- the ones who listen and learn with open hearts
- who value and celebrate what makes each of us unique
- those who are anywhere on their journey of developing creative confidence
- the ones who are always searching for inspiration
and who are willing to try new things
- those who want to move forward with their passions
- who want to understand the cycle of work and rest.
- the ones who are willing to talk about being a human and a musician!

Brave Musician is for all of us:
the pros, the hobbyists, the students, and everyone in between.

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The Brave Musician podcast is a part of BraveMusician, which includes a variety of workshops, a blog, and other opportunities to connect within this community. Please visit BraveMusician.com to find out more. 

    Quez Cantrell - Part 2 - growth, being unconventional, truthful and culture-shifting

    Quez Cantrell - Part 2 - growth, being unconventional, truthful and culture-shifting

    In this episode, Monica and Quez Cantrell (an artist, MC, producer, and web designer from Nashville, TN) continue their conversation where they left off in Part 1. They dig into their personal experiences with isolation, emotional incarceration, self-guilt, forgiving, and moving through deeply painful experiences. They talk about reading and sharing books they have found helpful and figuring out how to rest when needed. They talk about collaboration, lifting up others, being sure of your story and figuring out what a moment sounds like. They share their mutual respect for Rakim and Kendrick Lamar, being unconventional, and making sure that the things you do are sitting right with your spirit. They talk about the importance of trusting people and letting them do what they do, learning how to say no and be told no, motivation and inspiration, setting intentions, and Quez answers the “Behind the Curtain” questions.
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    To support Brave Musician, including the production of this podcast, please visit BraveMusician.com for information on our Pay-It-Forward model and how you can help.
    The Brave Musician podcast is a part of BraveMusician, which includes a variety of workshops, a blog, and other opportunities to connect within this community. Please visit BraveMusician.com to find out more.
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    See the show notes at BraveMusician.com/podcasts.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Quez Cantrell - Part 1 - the journey of self-reflection, releasing pain, and healing through music

    Quez Cantrell - Part 1 - the journey of self-reflection, releasing pain, and healing through music

    In this episode, which is part one of a two-part series, Monica has a profoundly honest and deeply vulnerable conversation with Quez Cantrell, an artist, MC, producer, and web designer from Nashville, TN. They talk about how they met (it all started with an NPR article about the Nashville Hip Hop scene that came out during the pandemic) and Quez’s unconventional journey that led him to put his brutally honest music out into the world. Quez shares some of the challenges that he’s encountered growing up Black in Nashville and trying to build a career when you’re not a country music artist. We dive into his writing process, influences, and how they both want to know the backstory of how a song comes together. Quez also shares how playing football prepared him for being on stage, but it was music that helped him deal with and process his brother’s murder. They talk about building a community that values what different people bring to it, being ok with being vulnerable, self-reflecting, growing as a person and learning how to feel emotions and face them.
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    To support Brave Musician, including the production of this podcast, please visit BraveMusician.com for information on our Pay-It-Forward model and how you can help.
    The Brave Musician podcast is a part of BraveMusician, which includes a variety of workshops, a blog, and other opportunities to connect within this community. Please visit BraveMusician.com to find out more.
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    See the show notes at BraveMusician.com/podcasts.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Matt Crouse and Zack Albetta - thinking, feeling, and breaking down barriers with The Working Drummer podcast

    Matt Crouse and Zack Albetta - thinking, feeling, and breaking down barriers with The Working Drummer podcast

    In this episode Monica is joined by drummers Matt Crouse (from Nashville, TN) and Zack Albetta (from Atlanta, GA) who are the hosts of The Working Drummer podcast. They talk about some of the challenges and rewards of producing a podcast, the story of how Matt and Zack started working together and what they each bring to the table. They share how they both enjoy talking about making a living playing drums and the logistical, psychological, physical and emotional obstacles that are inherent within the profession. They discuss some of the misconceptions of the music business, the desire to learn and understand one's options, the art of asking questions and why it can be hard for some to open up. Matt and Zack also answer the “Behind the Curtain” questions.
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    To support Brave Musician, including the production of this podcast, please visit BraveMusician.com for information on our Pay-It-Forward model and how you can help.
    The Brave Musician podcast is a part of BraveMusician, which includes a variety of workshops, a blog, and other opportunities to connect within this community. Please visit BraveMusician.com to find out more.
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    See the show notes at BraveMusician.com/podcasts.

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Chelcie Jette - Direction, balance and making way for dreams

    Chelcie Jette - Direction, balance and making way for dreams

    In this episode, Monica chats with singer and songwriter, Chelcie Jette about her journey as a songwriter, how she ended up in Nashville after graduating with a degree in music business from Berkeley, and all of the different odd jobs that she has done. They talk about being inspired by others, learning from co-writing, researching and finding sounds that resonate. Chelcie shares her songwriting process for the songs on her up-coming EP (which drops August 18) including some audio clips and the rollercoaster of emotions that comes with putting work out into the world. We talk about our individual recording experiences, the important contributions of others, and getting creative with funding projects. Chelcie answers the “Behind the Curtain” questions, and we try not to get too distracted by her two extremely cute cats.
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    To support Brave Musician, including the production of this podcast, please visit BraveMusician.com for information on our Pay-It-Forward model and how you can help.
    The Brave Musician podcast is a part of BraveMusician, which includes a variety of workshops, a blog, and other opportunities to connect within this community. Please visit BraveMusician.com to find out more.
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    See the show notes at BraveMusician.com/podcasts.
     

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Ashley Shabankareh - extending grace and space

    Ashley Shabankareh - extending grace and space

    In this episode, Monica has an inspiring conversation with Ashley Shabankareh - a musician, musician educator, and administrator based in New Orleans. Ashley is a trombonist, vocalist, the Director of Operations and Programs for the Trombone Shorty Foundation, works with a wide variety of organizations, teaches at Loyola University, and is an artist, costume maker and dancer. Monica and Ashley talk about the challenges with explaining what we do as creatives in a label-oriented world, describing music in terms of bands instead of genres, sharing different influences and listening habits, as well as some listening recommendations. They also have a candid conversation about the process over the end product and allowing people to fail without negative repercussions, the little bit of panic and stress that still comes from being asked to solo and dissecting why that is and how to approach learning differently from a place of extending the grace and space which allow to each other grow, while acknowledging that each of us may bring different experiences, understandings, disabilities, mental health factors, etc into any musical situation. Ashley shares how sometimes the hardest things that happen to us can also be gifts, how we are more than our titles, and the importance of allowing calm and relaxation into our lives. She also answers the “Behind the Curtain” questions. 
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    To support Brave Musician, including the production of this podcast, please visit BraveMusician.com for information on our Pay-It-Forward model and how you can help.
    The Brave Musician podcast is a part of BraveMusician, which includes a variety of workshops, a blog, and other opportunities to connect within this community. Please visit BraveMusician.com to find out more.
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    See the show notes at BraveMusician.com/podcasts.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Rachel Eckroth - experimenting, collaborating, and saying the truth

    Rachel Eckroth - experimenting, collaborating, and saying the truth

    In this episode, Monica has a conversation with pianist, vocalist, and composer Rachel Eckroth about the process of creating, including composing, songwriting, collaborating with other musicians, and production. They talk about expressing yourself through lyrics, working with synths verses acoustic instruments, how to decide what to keep when faced with limitless possibilities, self-confidence, and improvisation as a composition tool. Rachel shares the inspiration and some of the processes behind the creation of her Grammy nominated album, The Garden (2021) and answers the “Behind the Curtain” questions.
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    To support Brave Musician, including the production of this podcast, please visit BraveMusician.com for information on our Pay-It-Forward model and how you can help.
    The Brave Musician podcast is a part of BraveMusician, which includes a variety of workshops, a blog, and other opportunities to connect within this community. Please visit BraveMusician.com to find out more.
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    See the show notes at BraveMusician.com/podcasts.

    • 46 min

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