Singer/songwriter Tristan Prettyman recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Prettyman discussed the common themes in her music, how music can heal heartbreak, and her latest album, Cedar + Gold, among other topics.
"Cedar + Gold is a journey. [Recently] it got brought up that this is sort of my breakup record, but it's sort of more than that to me," said Prettyman. "I had vocal surgery, I contemplated not playing music at all anymore and … I feel like the universe, in a way, tricked me back into writing music by presenting me with this horrible situation, and just to prove a point to me that music is what I'm supposed to be doing."
San Diego, Calif., native Prettyman's music career began at age 15 when she discovered her father's acoustic guitar. Influenced by artists such as Joni Mitchell and Jack Johnson she released her debut album, Twentythree, in 2005. She followed with 2008's Hello…x, which peaked at No. 27 on the Billboard 200. Released in October 2012, Cedar + Gold peaked at No. 47 and is considered the artist's definitive breakup album, inspired by her split with singer Jason Mraz. Cedar + Gold contains 12 tracks written or co-written by Prettyman, including "I Was Gonna Marry You" and "My Oh My." The latter peaked at No. 38 on Billboard's Rock songs chart. Prettyman is currently in the midst of a global tour, with dates scheduled through March.