Indie pop singer/songwriter Jeremy Messersmith recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Messersmith discussed the inspiration for his new album, Heart Murmurs, and the best tour he's ever done, among other topics.
"I got kind of inspired to write a record of my take on a classic theme, which is love," said Messersmith regarding Heart Murmurs. "I started working on it and immediately realized that I didn't know anything about love. And after finishing it I probably still don't know very much about love, but it was really fun to try to come up with something new — a new take on an old ingredient."
Based in Minneapolis, Messersmith self-released his first three albums, including his 2008 sophomore set The Silver City, which was produced by GRAMMY winner Dan Wilson (Adele, Dixie Chicks). Following the release of 2010's The Reluctant Graveyard, Messersmith signed with Glassnote Records. In February Messersmith released his major label debut, Heart Murmurs, which peaked at No. 12 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. Co-produced by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Givers) and Messersmith's longtime musical partner Andy Thompson, the album features 11 tracks co-written by Messersmith, including "Ghost."
In November 2013 Time magazine listed Messersmith as one of the 14 musical acts to watch in 2014. Messersmith is currently on tour throughout the United States, with dates scheduled through September.