Stemma is a podcast where artists explain who they are through their food memories and the meals they ate growing up. Hosted by singer-songwriter Andrew Belle.
Mat Kearney - Grilled Salmon and Pinot
Mat Kearney is a singer-songwriter hailing from Eugene Oregon. While Attending college on an athletic scholarship, Mat unexpectedly discovered a love for songwriting - eventually moving to Nashville on a whim to pursue a career in music. A few short years later, he broke through with the release of his album ’Nothing Left to Lose’; immediately making waves at national radio and selling nearly half a million copies to date. Since that moment, Kearney has continued to release one critically acclaimed album after another - boasting 5 hit singles on the adult top 40 radio chart since his debut in 2006.
Cary Brothers - Fried Chicken
Cary Brothers is a singer-songwriter living in Los Angeles. After growing up in Nashville and graduating from Northwestern University – Brothers moved to LA where he became a regular at the Hotel Café music venue and gained national attention when his song ‘Blue Eyes’ was featured on the Grammy award winning film soundtrack GARDEN STATE. Spring boarded by these early accomplishments, he has since amassed countless fans around the world and has toured alongside artists such as Sara Bareilles, Imogen Heap, and the Fray. After accepting our invitation, Cary arrived at our home on a warm day in April to tell us more about his food memories and stories from growing up in the south in the 1980s.
SYML - Chow Fun
SYML is the creation of singer-songwriter, Brian Fennell – a Seattle native and founding member of the indie-rock band Barcelona. In 2016 Fennell released his first solo EP apart from his band of over ten years; and quickly discovered overwhelming success at television and film. His single ‘Where’s my love’ accrued millions of streams in a matter of months, as Fennell seems to have almost accidentally found new musical life in a side project that was originally intended to be just that. Listen as Andrew meets up with Brian at his west Hollywood hotel to find out more about what it was growing up in the pacific northwest and the meals he remembers the most.
Andy Davis - Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
Andy Davis is a singer-songwriter living in Los Angeles California. A Louisiana Native, Davis broke onto the scene in 2004 with overwhelming success at college radio and has since performed alongside artists such as Colbie Caliat, Jakob Dylan, and Need to Breathe. Today Andy continues to creatively evolve, recently releasing an ep of moody, electronic inspired songs highlighting his unique brand of alternative-soul. A recent LA transplant – we invited Andy to join us for lunch and an interview on a very rainy afternoon in southern CA.
TRACE - Vietnamese Coffee and Pate
TRACE is a singer-songwriter from Los Angeles California. Her debut EP “LOW” was released in August 2016 and since then she has collected over 20 million streams on spotify. The daughter of a Vietnamese music star, TRACE spent her childhood watching her mother on stages around the world. But it was only a few years ago that TRACE gave up a promising career in editorial work to pursue her own dreams of writing and recording music. Tracking her earliest songs in the bathroom of her small east-LA apartment, she has developed a sound that is resonating with an audience to the tune of well over a million streams every month. Having discovered her music ourselves through a spotify playlist, we were thrilled when she agreed to join us for breakfast and an interview about the foods that have shaped her life.
Matt Wertz - Sour Cream Noodle Bake
Matt Wertz has been living and making music in Nashville Tennessee for more than 15 years. Matt has been creatively evolving and earning legions of fans around the world while opening for artists like Jason Mraz, Maroon 5, and Gavin Degraw. During a day off in LA from his most recent US tour, I sat down with Matt to find out more about where he comes from and the meals he remembers the most.
I'm now hungry!
Tuned in to the new one with Mat Kearney! Enjoyed hearing you and Mat rock the Ryman last night! He is pretty much my favorite artist, so found it very interesting. I live in Nashville and agree the City House is pretty awesome. Love the memories that food can bring just like music does.
My only feedback would be let the audience hear you ask the questions and interact more with the guest.
I love this podcast and the whole concept. It makes me want to record my friends talking about these themes. Please make more.
What an interesting concept podcast. I listened to Matt Wertz b/c my mom made that recipe (only w/ sliced carrots too-to make it healthy? Ha!). Looking forward to hearing others talk about fave food and it's meaningful connection to their life. Who knew? The monologue is a cool idea. So is the idea of how simple questions can lead to deeper convo. Thanks for introducing us to food and family genealogy! I'm telling others about Stemma.