In Harmony, hosted by entertainment journalist and M4G Media founder Laura Ferreiro, features groundbreaking conversations with leading figures in music, art, culture and beyond. Through in-depth discussions we explore their wellness practices, positive lifestyle habits they’ve adopted, challenges they’ve overcome, good causes they support and their inspiring stories of personal triumph to illuminate, inspire and empower you to live your most authentic life.
KT TUNSTALL: LIMITATION BREEDS CREATIVITY
Scottish-born singer/songwriter KT Tunstall burst onto the music scene in 2005 with her breakthrough hits “Suddenly I See” and “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree.” While her career has since blossomed and she has become a multi-award-winning artist, with an Ivor Novello and BRIT awards under her belt as well as Grammy and Mercury Prize nominations, her confessional, down-to-earth charm has remained the same. As she approaches her seventh studio album, she talks about the ever-shifting face of the music industry, how to support artists while touring is off the table, her environmental activism, and how journaling and exploring her own spirituality has opened her mind and helped her stay grounded.
· How lockdown has changed touring life and how crucial it is to support grassroots venues
· Advice for anyone worried about their favorite artists
· How streaming has radically changed the music industry and the harsh reality of trying to survive as a musician
· The causes she’s supporting through her new single, “Wash Ya Hands”
· How moving to LA helped her heal
· How exploring nature has helped her stay grounded during lockdown
· KT’s “soul, body and mind” album trilogy, and her latest musical endeavors
· How journaling and exploring spirituality has influenced her creativity
· Why it’s important to “zoom out”
· Her environmental activism
· What it’s like touring with Hall & Oates
· Finding the silver linings of lockdown life
KT Tunstall’s Patreon
Listen to “Wash Ya Hands”
KAM FRANKLIN OF THE SUFFERS: HOW DO WE HEAL?
Kam Franklin, lead singer for genre-blending soul group The Suffers, might well be described as a musical powerhouse with her rich mezzo-soprano vocals, but in fact her passions only begin with music and extend far beyond it. While she believes she is at her most productive when she brings joy through her myriad musical projects, she also channels her passion through the causes close to her heart, such as HeadCount, which uses the power of music to encourage fans to participate in the democratic process, and The Recording Academy. As a woman of color, Franklin has dedicated her career to paving the way for her successors so that they, too, can not only navigate – but thrive – in what is still a predominantly racist and sexist music industry. Ultimately she stresses the importance of self-care and self-love for her community in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement and the value of dreaming big when the world tries to minimize your voice.
· The value of dreaming big
· How the Black Lives Matter movement has been influencing her activism
· How music is her strongest form of protest
· Voting during the era of Covid-19
· How she got involved with HeadCount to increase voter participation among music fans
· Leading with kindness
· How practicing self-love has helped her reach her full potential
· How she’s juggling three upcoming records
· Navigating racism and sexism within the music industry
· The importance of voting in the upcoming elections
Listen to “Your Ghost”
Listen to “Take Me To The Good Times”
The Recording Academy
DENISE KAUFMAN: MAGIC HAPPENS AT ANY AGE
Denise Kaufman has defied expectations her entire life. As vocalist, bassist and co-songwriter for the pioneering all-female ensemble Ace of Cups--a musical powerhouse during the Summer of Love—they counted Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead among their fans. Despite performing live with the same virtuosity as their male counterparts, Ace of Cups never had the opportunity to commit their genre-blending, psychedelic sound to a record until two years ago. Now in their 70s and approaching the release of their sophomore record, “Sing Your Dreams,” they show no signs of stopping there.
Kaufman has had a passion for wellness her entire life, teaching yoga to the likes of Madonna, Jane Fonda and Quincy Jones, and surfing and swimming whenever she gets the chance. She runs an organic farm near her home on Kauai, eats a plant-based diet, and co-founded the Island School on Kauai, raising the next generation with her wisdom, harmony and balance. We talk about her rich cultural history, wellness tips and get up to speed on the projects and causes closest to her heart.
· How Ace of Cups fit into the historical tapestry of rock music
· Working with Jackson Browne and Bobby from Grateful Dead on their latest single “Made for Love”
· How yoga, surfing and swimming have been crucial for her health
· The importance of a plant-based diet and organic farming
· Why she founded the Island School on Kauai and the importance of education and preserving Hawaiian culture
· Her experience with yoga
· Why Denise avoids sitting in chairs, and why squatting is the secret to staying limber
· The connection between music and wellness
· The causes Denise currently supports
· Passing on lessons to achieving balance and harmony to her grandson and singer-songwriter, Eli Smart
· No matter what stage of life you’re in, it’s always a good time to be creative.
Ace of Cups website
Watch “Made for Love”
Island School on Kauai
The Squat Song
Denise Kaufman’s website
Eli Smart’s website
CHADWICK STOKES: MORE THAN THE MUSIC
As the saying goes, there’s no rest for the wicked – and, it would seem, no rest for Chadwick Stokes, either. Dividing his time between indie folk-rock band Dispatch, reggae-infused rock trio State Radio, and his solo venture, Chadwick Stokes & The Pintos – Stokes is a creative force to be reckoned with. But what is of primary importance to him is his human rights activism, which is interwoven into the very fibre of his being and his music. In 2007, State Radio began the tradition of launching service projects in each city the band visited. Service projects have become a staple of Chadwick’s performances, which often center on advocating for social change. His humanitarian efforts resulted in the formation of the non-profit Calling all Crows, which seeks to empower women around the world and engages the bands’ millions of fans in service projects around the world in which they volunteer in their local communities.
· Chadwick Stokes’ unique quarantine experience
· What causes Chad’s foundation, Calling all Crows, focuses on to effect change
· His experiences volunteering with fans and establishing service projects in the cities where his bands perform
· The importance of uplifting women and how they should hold more positions of power
· Connecting the dots between Chad’s fans and important causes
· Virtual service projects
· What inspired Stokes’ activism and the power of music as a powerful agent of social change
· The role of rock music and hip-hop in activism
· Chad’s new solo project, Chadwick Stokes & The Pintos
· Future plans for Dispatch and State Radio
· How knockout basketball has been getting him through lockdown
· How communing with nature is vital for staying mentally and physically healthy
· The Black Lives Matter movement and his experience attending the protests
Chadwick Stokes’ Website
Chadwick Stokes on Facebook
Dispatch on Facebook
Chadwick Stokes on Instagram
Calling All Crows
Why Not Both podcast
BULLY: BEING YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF
“Who the f***am I?” is a question we all ask ourselves, but for Alicia Bognanno, frontwoman of indie-rock outfit Bully, it has become the focus of her journey to self-acceptance. For the first time, she publicly shares her experiences being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, how she’s come to terms with it, and her tools for effectively managing her mood shifts. Through therapy, meditation and mindfulness practices – including Dharma Talks – Bognanno has been in a place to hone her sharp, grunge-inflected sound to perfection for her upcoming third album SUGAREGG. Three years in the making, it is her most confident record yet. It was a hard-won accomplishment that involved liberating herself from the need to prove herself in a male-dominated industry and accepting herself for who she is.
· How Alicia overcame self-doubt to create her best work yet
· Her experience with bipolar disorder, and the tools she uses to manage it every day in one of her first public conversations about it
· How she found freedom in a typically male-dominated music industry
· How Alicia feels about releasing Bully’s third record, SUGAREGG, which has been three years in the making
· What she does to stay healthy and happy, including meditation and mindfulness practices
· Her experiences with Dharma Talks
· Why it’s more important than ever to use your platform to raise awareness about causes close to your heart
· Making the shift from playing live to livestreams in the era Covid-19
Wild Heart Meditation Center
Rock ‘N’ Roll Camp for Girls
Bully ‘Sugaregg’ Pre-order
JULIE EDWARDS & MARC SMOLLIN: ATTAINING PEACE THROUGH PAIN
Julie Edwards and Marc Smollin recently formed the avant-rock duo Heads Are Heavy. Formerly known as The Pity Party, they show no signs of slowing down. Having met in eighth grade, Smollin and Edwards have gone through life on the same wavelength, even when they’re continents apart. Edwards is also part of the globally successful female blues-rock duo Deap Vally and was recently involved in a collaboration with The Flaming Lips known as Deap Lips.
Creatively joined at the hip, Julie and Marc dusted off forgotten demos they made together years ago and decided they should do something with them. That’s how they came to form Heads Are Heavy. They talk about their propulsive debut single “That Sounds Okay,” as well as coping mechanisms for dealing with physical pain, alternative forms of self-care, and their adventures touring around Europe.
· The formation and evolution of Heads Are Heavy and Pity Party
· The process of recording new music
· Julie’s other bands Deap Vally and Deap Lips, a collaboration with The Flaming Lips
· How one’s demeanour can affect your body over time
· Techniques for managing chronic back pain
· Why it’s never too late to practice wellness
· The importance of accepting help from others
· Minimalist goal setting and the value of setting a schedule
· Learning to be mindful of how your physical and mental state are linked
· Smollin’s experience with the Feldenkrais Method
· How to relax and not resist physical pain
· Giving birth during a global pandemic
· Harnessing a mutual love of knitting to stay grounded
· European tour stories
· Heads Are Heavy debut single “That Sounds Okay”
· The Pity Party
· Deap Vally
· Deap Lips
· The Feldenkrais Method
· Pony Sweat Aerobics
Engaging interviews with a soothing touch. Laura has such a calming voice, I love to listen when I need to relax.
I really enjoy listening to In Harmony.
Laura is a thoughtful host who has the ability to naturally connect with all her guests. It’s interesting to learn about the ways artists are using their music as a platform to support the causes they care about.
Excited to have this conversation!
Looking forward to embarking on this journey with Laura. These are the conversations within and around the music industry I've been waiting for :)