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Episode 061–Johnny Vieira Talks TribeFluence with Bruce Hilliard

Are you “hella” popular on Instagram? Do you want your business/ brand to be seen? Do you want to bundle your traditional advertising services with the fastest growing advertising sector?
TribeFluence, a Top ranked app for influencer marketing, does all that. How? It’s not your father’s insertion in the local chronicle, click-through or banner ad. It’s a powerful tool for today’s business and social world.

Founder Johnny Vieira, with a background in developing pop stars, gave this reporter the rundown. His app makes everybody money. Vieira explains, “I saw a vision of an app that builds a group of influencers (people with followers, primarily on Instagram) to give any brand the impressions they’re looking for in a much less expensive way.”

Here’s how it works:

First, an influencer/micro-influencer is a person on social media who affects their follower’s purchasing decisions. TribeFluence puts you in a “tribe” of influencers that markets the same brand based on your followers. It’s easy—just sign up—it’s free and start making money.

Second, any brand/business (doesn’t even have to have a website) purchases an advertising campaign and TribeFluence matches you up with the influencers that will bring the most customers to your company.

Third, if you are a traditional advertiser, TribeFluence will partner with you to help bring more eyeballs (read: cash) to your clients. They already work with several known agencies.

Yep, you can be an advertiser and an influencer – win-win!

TribeFluence, profitable and actively seeking funding, can be found at TribeFluenceApp.com and on Instagram and Twitter: @tribefluence, or email questions to info@tribefluenceapp.com

For more information:

Link to TribeFluence App

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Company Name: TribeFluence App
Contact Person: Johnny Vieira
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Phone: 415.261.4831
Address: N. Robertson blvd
City: Beverly Hills
State: CA. 90211
Country: United States
Website: www.tribefluenceapp.com

Episode 060–Stolie, Butterflies and Tequila Lips with Bruce Hilliard

Stolie's world of music began when she was six and started piano lessons. At sixteen, she learned two chords on the guitar and wrote an original song. The Coffee Mug, her first collection of original music featuring 10 songs on guitar and vocals, was self-released on cassette in 1996.

While attending Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington, IL) initially as a Music Education major and constantly playing on campus, Stolie switched her major to English to work on writing (songwriting, that is!)  Shortly after, during a study-abroad program in London, England, she was performing for loose change in the Tube and soon after, for real money at folk clubs. Upon returning to Chicago, Stolie joined an urban studies program with the Chicago Arts Program and, while living on Rush Street and taking classes in Wrigleyville, she got to work on her second collection of original music, the self-titled Stolie, released in 2000. An electro-pop album (Satire-Laden Melodies) followed in 2004 and a self-produced, arranged and recorded collection of pop/rock songs in 2008 (Between the Fake and Real) was featured on Chicago’s Finest Rock station, WXRT.

Stolie has toured the country in support of her original music and with former all-girl trio, Tres Femmes, worked as a publicist and radio promoter for Bloodshot Records and Call Girl PR, has rocked cover tunes in several acoustic duos — The Acoustic Sideshow with Scott Schaefer, with Gina Gonzalez (Lt. Dan Band with Gary Sinise), and with improv comedian Cat McDonnell — and teaches guitar and piano lessons. Stolie was host to a weekly Thursday night acoustic open mic at the famous Murphy’s Bleachers bar in Wrigleyville for 8 years and also provides musical accompaniment for wedding ceremonies and cocktail hours for local music production company, Cage & Aquarium Productions. Nowadays, Stolie mostly plays children's shows as Super Stolie for birthday parties, park districts, libraries and street festivals and also with her children’s rock band, Super Stolie and The Rockstars.  She released her first children’s CD, When I Grow Up, in 2009, her 2nd, Press Play!, in the winter 2012 and welcomed her third kids' CD, Family in Harmony, during the summer of 2015.

Stolie's Homepage

Episode 059–Sachiko Tiana “Wait for the Dawn” Podcast with host Bruce Hilliard

Her podcast Wait for the Dawn is all about the mindset needed to pursue dreams, goals and passions.

Sachiko Tiana believes that regardless of what we're facing, the dawn is coming! There is light at the end of the tunnel and the hard things we've been through won't last forever. We weren't meant to live in survival mode – we're meant to thrive! The best way for us to thrive is for everyone to pursue what they're MOST passionate about.

And, she writes and records music. Sachiko's original songs range from a mix of thought-provoking lyrics to flirtatious love songs to fun and groovy, soulful tunes. People have said she has the smoothness of Sade, the emotional essence of Anita Baker, combined with the lively positivity of Alicia Keys. No matter who you are, you’re guaranteed to leave with a heart full of joy, simply because of the love Sachiko brings to every aspect of her message.

She was born in 1985 in San Francisco, CA to drug addicted parents. Her parents were not married and were often breaking up and making up. Her two younger siblings are the result of each of their reunions. Her mom's death and her dad's drug addictions left Sachiko the one responsible for cooking, cleaning, changing diapers while attending school and “trying desperately to seem normal.”

“My dad was dealing with his own pain from my Mom's death and became even more addicted to drugs, and became less and less useful. I always knew when we didn't have any money because he would go through withdrawals and not get out of bed for days at a time (and be an absolute terror to be around). He'd send me to buy cigarettes and alcohol, and he would take us along when he finally had money to buy drugs. I would sit in the car and sing at the top of my lungs to distract me and the kids from what was happening. I remember a drug dealer telling me that he could hear me singing and that I was something special – such a strangely vivid memory.”

Music became a huge outlet for her. “From church and school choirs, to recording songs in our garage on the reel-to-reel recorder my dad set up, music was an integral part of my life. Though many of my memories of my dad are truly painful, I do credit him in a myriad of ways for my love of music and songwriting. It was at the age of 10 that I decided I wanted to be a singer.”

Sachiko's Website

Episode 058–Ray Dafrico “Tunnel Visions” with Bruce Hilliard

Ray Dafrico – A founding member of legendary Atlanta bands The Nightporters and later Kathleen Turner Overdrive. Guitarist, singer, songwriter Ray Dafrico has been playing original music professionally since April of 1981. He has toured, opened for or performed with artists such as The Clash, The Ramones, The Replacements, REM, Bo Diddley, Joan Jett, Weird Al Yankovic, Peter Tork and more. In the studio he has worked with Peter Buck (REM), Rob Fraboni (Bob Dylan, The Band Beach Boys), Brendan O'Brian (Bruce Springsteen) and Pierre De Beauport (The Rolling Stones).

It sounds like a lifetime of chasing the rock and roll dream.

“Well, I grew up in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, so I was exposed to a lot of power pop growing up and a lot funkier kind of music, plus early punk rock and new wave, so I just thought it was a fun term to use. I like songs with a lot of hooks, and my songs tend to have that quality too, so it just fits. What they call “pop” today is kind of like a negative thing. Pop is not the pop I knew. The Monkees, Beatles, Kinks, Stones, Ramones, Sex Pistols all had great pop songs. So did Sweet, Queen, KC and the Sunshine Band, Ohio Players, etc. I’ve always had a very wide variety of influences, lol.”

A warm summer day, a call to Ray and a lawn mower. All components of one of the best interviews to date.

Episode 057– Sanar, Halloween, Cranky Ghosts and Bruce Hilliard

With Sanar, the interview experience is always somewhere between scary and funny, folklore and science, evil and good and this time, no agenda. This is a first for the Better Each Day Podcast Radio Show that steers way off course to cover topics that range like dream after eating a trick or treat bag full of Goobers, Whoppers, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Camel Balls with a Hershey's Tooth Glue chaser. And yes, these are all legit candy handles.

Listen and marvel at the creative Milk Dud induced pontification including but not limited to Tocata in D Minor, healing, malevolent spirits, prison, smells in the attic,  good and evil, Hitler having issues, multiple lifetimes, being strong and dealing with cranky spirits, the unexplained, happy dolphins, the studio, Beatle nerds, my John Lennon t-shirt, treats with Eddie Munster at 1313 Mockingbird Lane and tricks with the Great Pumpkin at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, and finally Sanar declining to run for president.

That's a night's work and more than the sound effects guy could deal with.

As stated, Sanar is a Sensitive, as opposed to a Psychic. She was born with and developed an unusual empathy for reaching out to not only you and me but passed souls. Her work with the living is in the personal development arena where she assists others in what she calls “removing the layers of past experiences that block the pathway of the soul to reveal the passion, power and possibility of the true self.”
Sanar and I met in person at my studio and recorded a two part conversation focusing on a story that…well listen and hear for yourself. I was honored to have her sitting and facing me in flesh and blood because it made the fore-mentioned sensitivity much stronger than phone, Skype, emails and texting and all of the via-satellite-media we use daily. Despite her life setbacks, she is what I call a “happy medium” and a person that cares deeply about others. When I listened back to the interview I realized how much life there is in a conversation about death. Despite the fact that scary ghosts sell more movie tickets, there's a little Casper the Friendly Ghost in us all.

Episode 056- JJ McGuigan Writes Songs and Reaches Out with Bruce Hilliard

JJ McGuigan was born and currently lives in Wichita Kansas. He found a passion for music at the age of 13 when, maybe to his parents' dismay, got a drum set. He later picked up guitar and started writing songs at the age of 20. He attended Newman University where he played for the men's basketball team and was an assistant coach there while attending Full Sail University. His main focus and passion is writing songs with an emphasis on lyrics with a message. He has just recently wrapped up a 5 song EP featuring vocalist Garrett Crow and is writing another album with guitarist Brian Elwick.

JJ was diagnosed with OCD at the age of 16, along with depression, anxiety, and depersonalization.  He battled with victories but says he still has to fight sometimes.  He finds that reaching out to others and being open and honest is very important.

“Hearing each others story and learning from one another is very critical I believe  Feel free to reach out to me on my contact page and we can share and talk together.”

Episode 055–Battle Between Good and Evil–Sanar Alixandyr with Bruce Hilliard

She's back and showed up ready to share the scare. In world of social media, fake news and cyber communications, Sanar Alixandyr uses a  fairly unknown technique called Energetic Sensitivity. Normally this is a psychological tool for understanding another person and how you interact with them. Sanar is acutely astute in this talent but a rare ability to take it a step further, to the other side. She can talk with the dead. This episode magically appears just in time for All Hallows' Eve, a.k.a. Halloween. The interview experience is always a chiller with Sanar, although she is gentle with us lightweights.

Sanar is a Sensitive, as opposed to a Psychic. She was born with and developed an unusual empathy for reaching out to not only you and me but passed souls. Her work with the living is in the personal development arena where she assists others in what she calls “removing the layers of past experiences that block the pathway of the soul to reveal the passion, power and possibility of the true self.”

Sanar and I met in person at my studio and recorded a two part conversation focusing on a story that…well listen and hear for yourself. I was honored to have her sitting and facing me in flesh and blood because it made the fore-mentioned sensitivity much stronger than phone, Skype, emails and texting and all of the via-satellite-media we use daily. Despite her life setbacks, she is what I call a “happy medium” and a person that cares deeply about others. When I listened back to the interview I realized how much life there is in a conversation about death. Despite the fact that scary ghosts sell more movie tickets, there's a little Casper the Friendly Ghost in us all.

Episode 054–Neil Fitzsimon, Mr. Kite and Mr. Kurt with Bruce Hilliard

I always look forward to talking with Neil. I've told him we sound like a couple music nerds sitting down for a beverage. He is so insightful and knowledgable about music and culture that predates his existence I forget he is 35-years-old. Neil and his partner in music and life have an interesting backstory that is featured in previous episodes. Her name is Bee Brogan and she has a vocal talent that connects. An effortless alto voice that just gets better the more you listen.

This conversation encompasses not only Neil's passion for songwriting but recording as well. We drift off into a talk about Geoff Emerick, one of the recording engineers that worked with the Beatles. Geoff was one of the mad scientists that invented sounds that add to the mystique of masterpieces like Being for the Benefit Of Mr. Kite from the Pepper album.

A bridge over troubled water? The underside of the Young Street Bridge, Aberdeen WA.
My hometown Aberdeen Washington also came up when Neil referred to Seattle as the birthplace of Nirvana. Although never a personal friend of mine, Kurt Cobain is an iconic rocker that comes up in conversation almost daily. And yes, he started the band in this small lumber town with fellow Aberdonian Krist Novoselic in the late 80s. Neil asked if Kurt slept “rough”, or somewhere other than in his bed while still a kid. Who knows? I shot this pic in 2016 of the bridge near Cobain's childhood house where he allegedly crashed on occasion. Ah, the things of legend. The house where my band rehearsed in the late 70s was about 100 feet from this now shrine. We used to stand under it to BS and stay out of the rain. Who knew?

Episode 053–Meghan Cary Getting Us Together with Bruce Hilliard

Meghan's interviews are on top of the standouts of the previous 52 shows. Her positive approach to life and her gift to share it in songs and stories embrace what this podcast is all about. My part is to provide a platform for my guests. The guests do the rest. With Meghan, you just hit record and sit back, listen and feel good.

Melissa Etheridge singing Bruce Springsteen to a Paul Simon groove is what her press kit says. Again, listen, sit back and feel good. She sounds original and authentic. Known for her unabashed willingness to connect with her audience, Meghan Cary brings listeners to their feet and at times to tears with high-energy tunes, masterful storytelling, and deeply personal lyrics that resonate universally. Billboard Magazine advises: “Seek this one out.”

Episode 052–Meghan Cary “Sing Louder” with Bruce Hilliard

Meghan Cary didn’t mean to be a musician. But when her fiancé unexpectedly died, she picked up his guitar, figured out how to play it, and wrote her debut, earning her Billboard Magazine’s Critic’s Choice for Best Newcomer. “I wrote my grief into music and sang my way out of the abyss.” Cary continues to share the healing power of music with the community that has rallied around her message of hope and being heard.

Known for her raw honesty and ability to connect with and engage her audience, Cary brings people to their feet and at times to tears with high-energy tunes, masterful storytelling, and lyrics that resonate universally. Cary’s song “Sing Louder”, a call to raise our voices together to make a difference, has become an anthem for the music-loving community.

In fact, “Sing Louder” resonated so well with audiences in her live shows, that Cary was inspired to include some of these fans on her new record of the same name. Cary gathered 48 music lovers in the studio to raise their voices with her on two tracks, “Sing Louder”, and “Responsibility”. Many of them stepped far out of their comfort zones to don headphones and sing into a microphone. They sang with passion, joy and abandon, and it was a profound experience for Cary and all those involved. That energy was captured on Sing Louder. 

“Music is the most potent tool I know to break down walls, slip through barricades, and connect with each other. And when we authentically connect, we can change the world,” said Cary. “Now more than ever we need to be courageous enough to transcend emotional, intellectual, and political barriers, and raise our voices…together.”

Cary began her career on stage as a theatre actress with over 100 credits for her work in the U.S. and Europe, and a successful on-camera and voiceover career. She’s written a one-person show with music, “On the Way to the Waterfall”, which she continues to perform around the country. She is also currently composing music and lyrics for the Broadway-bound musical, “The Accidental Caterer”.

After pushing pause on performing to raise two children, Cary launched back onto the music scene at Philly Folk Fest and was awarded a coveted Emerging Artist Showcase slot at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Cary’s smoky voice, emotional singing, and vulnerable writing continue to win over audiences, and garner favorable comparisons to Melissa Etheridge, Natalie Merchant, Stevie Nicks, and even Bruce Springsteen.

In response to life’s inevitable curve balls, Cary’s mantra is: “If you don't know the words…Sing Louder!”

Episode 051–Renée Catrine and Ingrid Oscarsson “Share the Stage” with Bruce Hilliard

Like former guest Ingrid Oscarsson, friend and mentor Renée Catrine hails from Chicago and currently lives in New York City. Having been in various bands throughout the years, Renée was eager to set off on her own to create her own music. She released her debut solo album, Arrival, in August 2016 with the help of Nick Brose (Mucca Pazza) and co-producer Mike Przygoda.

Ingrid and Renée share the stage these days, just as they share the air in this interview with subtle commentary from Omar the 20 pound cat.​

Renée Catrine's music has been described as “hauntingly beautiful music with poetic lyrics of a keen observer”. Reminiscent of captivating songwriters such as Fiona Apple, Marketa Irglova and Regina Spektor, Renée's debut album features sincere, thoughtful lyrics set to catchy pop/rock music and lush, orchestrated arrangements.

Ingrid Oscarsson is featured in Episode 042.
​Renée is currently preparing to record her second solo album in New York City this winter. The new music draws inspiration from Arcade Fire, Radiohead and Cœur de Pirate. The album was written in Québec City, Chicago & New York. She is thrilled to be touring the Midwest and East coast this fall & winter to debut the new songs.

Episode 050–Aaron Hart of Love Stallion with Bruce Hilliard

Love Stallion storms the music scene with original glamorous hard rock, sure to get your heart racing and ears pounding. Power riffs, memorable hooks, and electric flash capture the nostalgia of years gone by, bringing a fresh punch of rock & roll back to the universe in proper style.

Love Stallion began as an experiment; a spur of the moment co-write of the song “Big Rock Radio” by guest Aaron Hart and friend Crayton Huntly (aka Rob McLemore) outside a concert hall in the fall of 2013.  Inspired by the “big rock” sound of the 70s & 80s, rockstars David Lee Roth & Freddie Mercury and bands like Van Halen, Kiss, and Def Leppard, the duo enlisted the help of industry pros Dr. Scott Martin & Kate Emerich. “Aaron Hart w/ Crayton Huntly” played their first show May 1st, 2015 at The Walnut Room Denver to a small crowd of friends.

As the crowd grew, so did the flash & flare of the live show. With the addition of Aero X (aka Aero Marquez) joining on bass, the band became recognized for their high energy live performance, flamboyant wardrobes of sequins, spandex and leather, and their signature Sexy Disco Legs.

The first video single “Slow Release” was released in March of 2018.  Love Stallion's ‘Unforgettable Ride' was produced by Steve Avedis (Tony Bennett,*NSYNC) at Colorado Sound Studios and was released on June 2nd 2018.

Episode 049–Cory M. Coons “The Long Road Home” with Bruce Hilliard

Cory M. Coons is from Eastern Ontario and speaks fluent Canadian. Okay, not that funny but his words are wise.…

Episode 048–Tessa Lena “Tessa Fights Robots” with Bruce Hilliard

Tessa Lena is a strongly opinionated musician living in New York. She is a classically trained pianist and singer, born and raised in Moscow. Her bio reads like a movie script.

As a teenager, Tessa had the honor of performing her own composition (entitled ‘In Defense of the Environment) at the Moscow Conservatory, and wanted to be a geneticist.

As her interests expanded to Tibetan music and language, she headed to Lhasa with a backpack to do enthomusicology research.

After being attacked by a sex trafficker in Tibet and successfully fighting him off, Tessa settled in Chicago.

In Chicago, she started a band working with her hero Ian McDonald of King Crimson and Foreigner, and drummer Alan Lake, who has played and recorded with Madonna, Brian Ferry, Julian Lennon, Ministry, Brian Wilson and Sam Moore from Sam And Dave.

After a few years in Chicago, Tessa moved to New York and started a new band, Tessa Makes Love, along with occasional collaborations by Ian McDonald.

In 2013, her music video “Spente Le Stelle” received over a million very useful views on YouTube although the jury is still out on how many people realized that the video was a satire making fun of sexual objectification. Alas, the world keeps spinning, and it is still imperfect!

In 2016, Tessa started Coalition for Artistic Dignity and organized a conference in Brooklyn dedicated to artistic dignity, social power and corporate responsibility.

In early 2017, she released an album titled ‘Tessa Fights Robots,’ you can listen and buy it here.

Since the English language only has so many words, her blog is also called ‘Tessa Fights Robots.’

Both the album and the blog are about being human in the world of technology, big data, and machine-like people.

Episode 047–Chris Sullivan “By The Light Of The Radio” with Bruce Hilliard

Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Chris Sullivan grew up in Charleston, South Carolina where he fell in love with and began playing music. Sullivan’s vast musical influences solidify his no nonsense approach to delivering music unadulterated by trend and loyal to heart while expressing the introspective aspects of his life that would otherwise remain untold. Referring to Chris’s recordings, artistviewblog.com recently stated, “This is music. True, unapologetic music. Chris has a timeless style in his music. It sounds effortless. Exactly how music should be”. 
In 2016, Chris Sullivan released a live EP, recorded in New York City.  In June of 2018, he released his latest EP “Dog Days”, recorded at Hybrid Audio Solutions in Charleston, South Carolina.  This EP includes the acclaimed singles “The City that Never Sleeps” and “By the Light of the Radio” (second place winner in the Americana category of the International Songwriting Competition).  Currently Chris keeps a busy schedule writing new songs and playing live shows. 

Episode 046–Trevor McShane, Beverly Hills Power Lawyer with Bruce Hilliard

Trevor McShane is the stage name of brilliant Beverly Hills lawyer Neville Johnson, who has been listed every year since 2008 as one of Hollywood Reporter’s Top 100 Power Lawyers.

Back in 2000 with a very successful law practice as an entertainment, media and business attorney, he decided to perform as Trevor McShane, picking the name in honor of his Irish roots. His forefathers were named McShane and he wanted to celebrate them, as well as his passion for words and music.

Trevor first picked up a guitar when he was a teenager and has never looked back. He's joyfully spent the last 30 years putting words to music and music to words. He is an artist, a poet, a songwriter and a lover of life. He says: “My mission is to make beautiful music and share it with as many people as possible. I want my lyrics to make you think, to make you wonder, to make you happy or sad. If I can somehow move you with my music, my job is done.”

Episode 045–Neil Fitzsimon Talks New Album “The Girl Who Shouted Love at the Heart of the World” with Bruce Hilliard

Neil Fitzsimon is back with commentary on the production of his and partner Bee Brogan's success and upcoming album. The topics vary from new song This Girl to producers Pat Collier, Neil's take on other's music, songs Girl In A Gilded Cage and Big Blue World which is currently #1 on BEAT100.Their new album is scheduled for release in just a few short weeks and the entire blue world is waiting.

Episode 044–Alicia “Reygn” Patterson At The Wave with Bruce Hilliard

Alicia “Reygn”Patterson has been an singer songwriter for over 30 years. As a mother of 5 and a NYC school…

Episode 043–Across The Board’s Jacqueline Auguste with Bruce Hilliard

Canadian indie rock band Across The Board offers the soul-soothing sing-along catchiness that is fast becoming the their signature sound. Since 2016, ATB has played to sold-out crowds at some of Toronto's more notable musical venues. The band transcends live performance and becomes a media monster.

With harmonious power vocals and catchy electric guitar riffs, Across The Board brings a high energy show to live audiences and uniquely clever videos to their growing Youtube channel of over 400 videos including several weekly series “Kitchen Sessions”, a musical cooking show, “Caravan Karaoke”, “ATB At Rehearsal”, “Acoustic Jams” and “ATB Live” on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.

Guest Jacqueline Auguste comes from both a symphonic and stage band background and is a multi-instrumentalist. She plays a variety of woodwinds including oboe, flute and saxophone. She is proficient on various percussion instruments including drums, piano, guitar, ukulele, mandolin and even strings, cello. Jacqueline (aka Jackie) is the lead singer and principle songwriter for Across The Board, as well as taking lead in the creative aspects of ATB's video production. Classically trained in jazz, big band standards and classics,  Jackie brings a well-rounded musical background to this innovative and eclectic group of Canadian musicians.

Episode 042–Ingrid Oscarsson “Break Free” EP with Bruce Hilliard

Five years ago, singer-songwriter Ingrid Oscarsson did something most of us dream about but few of us do: She started over. Ingrid moved to a new city, left behind friends, lovers, and a secure job to be the person she always wanted to be, a musician.

Now, she announces her emancipation with the aptly titled EP, Break Free. It’s a masterful debut that, with singular artistry, fluidly weaves through indie rock, sparkles of glam rock, intimate folk, bluesy pop, sensual roots music, and smoldering balladry.

“My story is about shedding layers to finally be my authentic self. Sometimes you have to go far away to reclaim your essence,” the New York-based artist says. “I hope with my story, and my music, I can encourage others to embrace who they really are.”

The journey to Break Free gained traction in Chicago, in the early 2000s when Ingrid began taking guitar lessons. Previously, she had played violin as a child, and had a short stint pursuing guitar as a young adult. But sitting in a cubicle feeling numb inside, she began to reimagine her life. From afar, she admired New York City, romanticizing its beauty and cultural heritage while picturing herself immersed in the city’s frantic pace, getting a second chance at her first love, music. Guitar lessons became the opening salvo in a revolt to reclaim her life.

An influx of creativity from exploring guitar enlivened Ingrid. She became more adventurous, and began regularly visiting New York City, soaking up all its majesty. During one visit, she encountered a street performer at a subway stop, and purchased the singer’s CD. Like a story plucked from a New York fairytale, when Ingrid came back to stay in New York for an extended period—before permanently relocating—her Airbnb host ended up being that very same street performer, and proved to be an artistic ally on Break Free, helping Ingrid develop songs, and lending production talents and guitar skills to the recordings.

Thematically, Break Free explores various facets of self-revelation, from moving on from unhealthy relationships that hinder growth and success; to examining ways we hold ourselves back; to struggling to find a spiritual center.

The biting “Forget My Face” simmers with a moody vamp, bluesy hues, and slow-burn pop-rock hooks. The track confronts an unfaithful lover’s toxic pattern of going from relationship to relationship, carelessly wrecking hearts and lives along the way. On “Come Back To Peace,” Ingrid invokes a dark beauty that fuses country, pop, and ballad-y rockabilly. Here, in this steamy setting, Ingrid reveals her struggle with meditation, mindfulness, and the hard-fought battle to be present in life. The hauntingly beautiful “Say What You Gotta Say” rouses with elegiac violins and a modern take on an old-timey work-song beat. The song was inspired by the movie The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and the message is all we have is now. The title track concludes the EP with a quiet-fire anthem celebrating individuality.

Up next, Ingrid will be performing live, and, enterprisingly, she is planning to share Break Free’s liberating message with others via an innovative and centering songwriting retreat that features yoga and meditation. This getaway will offer songwriters a sacred space to unplug and realign with their souls and their artistry. Pondering her 5-year path to Break Free, Ingrid says: “It’s never too late to be your authentic self.”