In this performer question and answer session, I speak with Audra Elizabeth, who will be performing a free show at the The Norman Music Festival. Since this is the seventh year for the festival, here are seven questions to get to know the performers.
1. For those unfamiliar, how would you describe yourself and your music?
I like to think of myself as a modern day minstrel. I’m working hard to make a name for myself and the music I love getting to perform. My music offers a bit of a twist on your average folk music with touches of Americana, Blues, and country thrown in here and there.
2. What songs do you recommend that best represent you?
Bare Bones, the title track from the live album released earlier this year, and a song written recently, New York City. Bare Bones is all about keeping music simple and honest, letting it speak for itself and New York City dreams of adventure.
3. What’s your song writing process?
Honestly, I write most of my songs in my head while driving or in the shower. I like to think I have magical shower water because so many of my ideas just kind of pop in my head once I turn on the water! Once I know how I want it to sound, I pick up my guitar and find the notes to go with it.
4. What are your thoughts on the Norman Music Festival?
I absolutely love Norman Music Festival. Its this weekend full of music and fun and gives people a chance to experience acts they might not otherwise get to see.
5. In general, what inspires you?
Watching bands or solo acts being successful in music and doing what I want to do inspires me to continue pushing and working harder to book shows and get myself out there. Learning and playing covers of songs that I admire inspires me to continue writing music that I believe in.
6. You’ve just been offered an all expenses paid trip. Where would you go?
This is an easy one. I’d go to the UK. I’d start in London and explore everything from the touristy sites to the music scene to simply wandering around and getting lost in such an exciting city. I’d hop over to Ireland for a beer and check out how pretty Scotland’s expansive natural parks are. It’d be a pretty busy trip.
7. Anything else you want the public to know about you?
I’m not your average solo folk artist. I’m working harder than I ever have to make a music career, and loving every minute of it. And, I truly believe, I have a unique sound that people are going to enjoy hearing. Lastly, I would not be where I’m at without the unbelievably amazing help of so many wonderful people. I’m immensely humbled at the support I’ve received and the faith that my friends, family, and fans have put in me.
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I’m playing NMF Thursday April 24 at 9 at McNellies.