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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Ghanaian Singer Gyakie (Literally) Brings A Taste Of Home With Her Everywhere She Goes
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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Ghanaian Singer Gyakie (Literally) Brings A Taste Of Home With Her Everywhere She Goes

In this episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, Ghanaian singer Gyakie reveals her favorite backstage treat and explains why she still gets emotional every time she goes on stage.

GRAMMYs/Jun 27, 2022 - 05:05 pm

Afrobeats singer Gyakie has been steadily rising to fame ever since she debuted in 2019 — but the Ghana-born star admits she still has pinch-me moments every time she gets in front of her fans.

"My emotional state before I go on stage, every single time, no matter how much I'm used to seeing a lot of people on stage, I always feel like it is my first time," she says. "Sometimes I actually tend to cry. I can say, seven out of 10 times, whenever I'm about to go on stage, I get very teary. I start to cry, because every time I tell myself, 'I'm still doing this. I'm still in this game. People still love me.'"

Those emotional moments are only growing in number — with a rapidly growing collection of hit singles and awards show mentions, Gyakie is on her way up in the music business — and the singer says she centers herself by reaching for one of her favorite snacks. In the newest episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, Gyakie elaborates on the kinds of treats she most often likes to munch on before a show.

"So far as it's a crispy snack — you know, it keeps your mouth busy, you can hear the sounds in your ears," she explains with a laugh. "So I always like anything crispy."

But that's not all: She also makes sure her backstage area is well stocked with one particular condiment that reminds her of her home country. "I love hot sauce as well," she continues. "In Ghana, where, I can actually testify, we love hot sauce. About eight of 10 times, the food we have there, it always comes with hot sauce. So I'm used to it. That is all that we're about in Ghana."

Press play on the video above to watch as Gyakie shares more about her back-stage must-haves — and what she loves most about traveling the world to play for her fans — and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com for more episodes of Herbal Tea & White Sofas. 

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Why Dead Poet Society's Jack Underkofler Has The "Least Picky" Backstage Rider

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Why Dead Poet Society's Jack Underkofler Has The "Least Picky" Backstage Rider

In the latest episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, learn why Dead Poet Society lead singer Jack Underkofler is committed to having the world's most reasonable backstage rider

GRAMMYs/Jul 8, 2021 - 12:26 am

Some artists make larger-than-life demands on their tour riders—hence the classic urban legend about Van Halen requiring the removal of brown M&Ms. 

For their part, Dead Poet Society have decided to take the opposite tack, as their lead singer, Jack Underkofler, attests in the below clip.

In the latest episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, learn why Dead Poet Society's Underkofler is committed to having the world's most reasonable backstage rider—including one ordinary pillow to nap on.

Check out the cheeky clip above and click here to enjoy more episodes of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Larkin Poe On Their Love For Local Snacks On Tour

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Larkin Poe On Their Love For Local Snacks On Tour

Watch Rebecca and Megan Lovell, a.k.a. Larkin Poe, discuss their favorite parts of touring, which include trying local snacks and connecting with their fans

GRAMMYs/Sep 1, 2021 - 10:44 pm

You know when you're at a party and the food is so delicious, you wish you had a little more room in your stomach? And if the host gives you a little to-go container when you leave, it's the perfect chef's kiss moment.

For GRAMMY-nominated roots rock 'n roll sister duo Larkin Poe, touring with legendary British artist Elvis Costello was a bit like this. As they explain in the latest episode of GRAMMY.com's Herbal Tea & White Sofas, they loved the gourmet cheese he had backstage so much, they'd wrap up leftovers in napkins to snack on later.

In the video above, watch Rebecca and Megan Lovell, a.k.a. Larkin Poe, discuss their favorite parts of touring, which include trying local snacks and connecting with their fans.

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Why Country Singer/Songwriter Kylie Morgan Isn't Opposed To A Hot Toddy Backstage
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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Why Country Singer/Songwriter Kylie Morgan Isn't Opposed To A Hot Toddy Backstage

In the below episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, learn why Kylie Morgan always goes for Throat Coat backstage — oftentimes with a little whiskey

GRAMMYs/Feb 14, 2022 - 07:30 pm

Herbal Tea & White Sofas' alternate name could be the Throat Coat Fanclub. The video series spotlights artists' backstage faves; unsurprisingly, vocalists shout out the branded tea quite often. 

Joining the throng is Kylie Morgan, a country singer/songwriter who talks about the magic elixir with a giant grin. Given how delicate a singer's instrument can be, she explains that she's a proponent of the beverage.

"It's also really delicious," she clarifies, adding that she might add whiskey and honey to make a hot toddy. Her vocal cords thank her in advance.

In this edition of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, dive into the singer/songwriter's backstage ritual and learn who keeps her going on the road (hint: she has a passionate following). "I am so close to my fans — maybe a little too close," Morgan quips, as a clip rolls of her signing an attendee's arm.

Keep watching for a touching account of how she signed a young fan's guitar — and how it reminded her of three-time GRAMMY winner Miranda Lambert signing her instrument when she was small.

Check out the quirky, poignant clip above, and keep checking back for more episodes of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Amanda Shires' Backstage Go-To Keeps Her Clothes Free Of Wine Stains
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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Amanda Shires' Backstage Go-To Keeps Her Clothes Free Of Wine Stains

Amanda Shires shares the on-the-go cleaning product she swears by when she's on the road in this episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.

GRAMMYs/Jun 13, 2022 - 05:04 pm

Amanda Shires wears many hats on the road: She is a solo artist, one-fourth of the country supergroup the Highwomen (with Maren Morris, Brandi Carlile and Natalie Hemby) and part of the 400 Unit, the all-star backing band for her husband, Americana giant Jason Isbell.

But no matter what the lineup is, Shires has been touring long enough to know what she needs backstage before her shows, and one important component of her tour rider is a wine selection.

"I have a couple different wine riders that go out. The $25 tier, the $40 tier, the celebration tier, the 'what we can get by with when We're in the middle of Amarillo' tier," she jokes. "I'm just a person that really appreciates Jesus' first miracle."

In this episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, the singer/songwriter and fiddle player explains that her tour riders are Road-tested. Over the years, she's learned that if she's going to have wine backstage, she also needs an effective way to clean up spills.

"With that, and my clumsy self, I have to have Shout wipes," Shires goes on to say. "Copious amounts of Shout Wipes. It's the only thing that you can get red wine out of your clothes real fast with. And also, it gets rosin off your clothes, if you've been practicing your fiddle backstage. Not to mention whatever other corn dog stuff you get on your shirt."

That's always why you'll probably see her mostly dressed in black when she's on tour ("Black is your friend, right? Its only enemy is mustard," she quips). But Shires says that her Shout wipes revelation didn't truly come along until the birth of her daughter, Mercy, in 2015. 

"And now I probably pretty much single handedly support their business," she adds with a smile. 

Although Shires isn't currently on the road, her website's tour page cryptically reads "Coming Soon." With a new album on the way — Take It Like A Man, due July 29 — it might not be long before Shires is breaking out the "celebration tier" wine rider.

Press play above to watch the full video, and keep checking GRAMMY.com for more installments of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.

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