The Recording Academy Texas Chapter played host for GRAMMYs On The Road At Austin City Limits Music Festival during the festival's 10th anniversary from Sept. 16–18 at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. The Chapter conducted exclusive backstage interviews with artists performing at the festival, including singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles and singer/songwriter Dallas Green's indie acoustic project, City And Colour.
Bareilles discussed her songwriting process and musical mentors.
"I like to remove the audience from the creative process because I don't want to compromise what I'm trying to say," said Bareilles on songwriting. "I'm [at] my best when I'm my most authentic in my writing process…so I try to write songs that make me feel like I'm saying something honest."
After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles, Bareilles began performing her songs at open mic nights and in 2003 she released her first demo, Careful Confessions. Two years later she landed a contract with Epic Records and released her full-length debut, Little Voice, in 2007. The album featured the Top 5 hit "Love Song" and propelled to No. 7 on the Billboard 200. "Love Song" subsequently earned Bareilles her first two GRAMMY nominations in 2008 for Song Of The Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Released in 2010, her sophomore effort Kaleidoscope Heart, earned Bareilles her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. She received her third GRAMMY nomination that year for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "King Of Anything." Bareilles is currently on tour throughout the United States.
City And Colour's Dallas Green discussed advice for aspiring artists, musical training, social media, and switching from a hardcore to acoustic sound, among other topics.
"Don't forget about trying to be good first," said Green on advice for aspiring musicians. "It's not about how many times a day you can tweet or how fancy your Facebook page is. It's about playing."
City And Colour is the solo acoustic project for vocalist/guitarist Green, formerly of post-hardcore outfit Alexisonfire. In 2005 Green released The Death Of Me, his debut EP as City And Colour. That same year he released his full-length debut, Sometimes, which garnered a Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year in 2007. Bring Me Your Love followed in 2008, peaking at No. 3 on Billboard's Canadian Albums chart. Green's most recent release, 2011's Little Hell, topped the Canadian Albums chart and cracked the Top 30 on the Billboard 200. City And Colour is currently on tour throughout Europe, the United States and Canada.
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