Check out the interview that FOCUS did with alternative rock/Christian artist, Plumb, and please see the official lyric video below of her latest single to impact radio “Need You Now”! Keep your eyes out soon for an in-person, video interview that we plan to do with this AMAZING artist!
Where are you originally from?
“BORN IN INDIANAPOLIS (DANVILLE, TECHNICALLY) AND GREW UP JUST OUTSIDE OF ATLANTA FROM AGE 8 TIL19…TIL I MOVED TO NASHVILLE.”
Aside from music, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
“I LOVE TO READ. I LOVE MOVIES. I LOVE THRIFT STORE/FLEA MARKET/YARD SALE SHOPPING. I LOVE DRINKING HOT TEA. I LOVE TRYING NEW FOODS/RESTAURANTS. AND A NEW HOBBY IS RUNNING.”
I believe you write or co-write all of your music, is there a song or songs that you are most proud of either on a past album or something on this new album that is to be released in early 2012?
“CORRECT, I DO WRITE OR CO WRITE ALL OF MY MUSIC. EVERY SONG HAS A SPECIAL PLACE THAT IT CAME FROM. HOWEVER, IF I HAD TO PICK ONE I THINK I’D CHOOSE A SONG FROM THE NEW UPCOMING PROJECT TITLED ‘FASTER THAN A BULLET’ CALLED ‘I DON’T DESERVE YOU’. THERE IS BOTH A VERSION THAT’S MY COLLABORATION WITH PAUL VAN DYK AND MY ORIGINAL ALBUM VERSION…BOTH OF WHICH CAPTURE THE TRUE ESSENCE OF PLUMB, WHICH IS TO ME IN THE PRODUCTION, VOCALS, MELODY AND SUBJECT MATTER. ITS EMBODIED WITH HOPE AND SO AM I.”
Where do you usually look for inspiration for your songwriting?
“I FIND IT EVERYWHERE…MOST OFTEN THOUGH IN WHAT APPEARS TO BE A HOPELESS CIRCUMSTANCE, KNOWING THAT THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE AND BEING INSISTENT ON PORTRAYING THAT TRUTH. I DELIGHT IN BEAUTY AS WELL…SO HERE AND THERE YOU’LL FIND ME WRITING ABOUT PURE JOY…MOST OFTEN THOUGH, ISSUES THAT FALL UNDER THE ‘DO NOT TALK ABOUT IT’ CATEGORY PINES AFTER ME.
How did you come up with the name, Plumb, as your stage name?
“IT’S FROM A SONG BY SUZANNE VEGA ON HER RECORD CALLED “9 OBJECT OF DESIRE” CALLED ‘MY FAVORITE PLUM’. SHE’S BEEN A BIG INFLUENCE ON ME AS A WRITER SINCE I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL.”
What was your first musical performance and when/how did you first know that you wanted to pursue music as a career?
“I WAS 3 WHEN I FIRST SANG IN FRONT OF A CONGREGATION FOR THE 1ST TIME, IT WAS WITH MY FATHER. MY PARENTS SEEMED TO KNOW BEFORE I DID THAT ITS WHERE I BELONGED. A GIFT THAT I HAD. I NEVER ‘PURSUED’ IT THOUGH…IT FOUND ME AT 19 WHEN I WAS ASKED TO SING PROFESSIONALLY AS A BACK UP SINGER. AND I SAID YES. FUNNY HOW THAT HAPPENS SOMETIMES. I NEVER DREAMED I COULD TRULY LOVE MY JOB. ITS A BEAUTIFUL REALITY.”
Who are some of your musical influences and, in your own words, how would you best describe your music?
“SUZANNE VEGA, SHIRLEY MANSON (GARBAGE), ALANIS MORISSETTE, THE CURE, POE, THE LIST GOES ON HONESTLY. I AM INFLUENCED EVERYDAY BY MUSIC. MORE RECENTLY I AM IN LOVE WITH FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE’S MUSIC…I THINK FRESH, HONEST, POETIC, REAL, MELODIC, SONICALLY PROGRESSIVE ARE ALL TERMS I’D USE IN RELATION TO MY ART. ITS JUST NOT ROCK OR POP OR ELECTRONICA…ITS ALL OF IT. ITS ITS OWN THING.”
Touring: Do you plan to return to extensive touring in 2013 to support your new release? Have you missed touring since you took time off to have a family? Would you be touring alone or with someone else as double headliner? If you could tour with anyone, who would you want to tour with?
“YES I PLAN TO TOUR AGAIN. THE RECORD IS SET TO RELEASE JANUARY 22. I’LL BE A PART OF A BIG TOUR IN JAN, FEB, MARCH. I HAVEN’T “MISSED” IT PER SAY…HOWEVER I’M REALLY EXCITED TO BE DOING IT AGAIN. I’VE REALLY ENJOYED THE TIME I’VE TAKEN TO START AND NURTURE A FAMILY AND STILL IT’LL BE EXCITING TO GET BACK IN THE SWING OF DOING SOMETHING ELSE THAT I LOVE…CONNECTING WITH FANS, MAKING NEW ONES AND SHARING MY MUSIC WITH THEM ALL. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING EVERYONE.”
Is there a particular theme for this new album? Does it take any new direction from past releases?
“IT’S CALLED “FASTER THAN A BULLET” WHICH IS TAKEN FROM A LYRIC IN ONE OF THE ALBUM’S SONG’S CALLED ‘AT ARM’S LENGTH’. ITS SAID IN THIS CONTEXT THAT ‘LOVE IS FASTER THAN A BULLET…ITS THE PERFECT REMEDY’. WHICH IS THE THEME. LOVE. LOVE HEALS. LOVE FORGIVES. LOVE BRING PEACE. LOVE IS THE ULTIMATE ANSWER IN ANY GIVEN CIRCUMSTANCE…WHICH IS RELEVANT TO THE MANY DIFFERENT KINDS WRITTEN ABOUT ON THIS PROJECT.
Anything else that you would want to share about any exciting things happening in the near future that fans would be interested in knowing? Any message to your fans?
“CHECK OUT MY COLLABORATION WITH PAUL VAN DYK TITLED’ I DON’T DESERVE YOU’…IT RELEASED SEPT 25 AND THE VIDEO IS STELLAR. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpeJhS8POtM
LISTEN FOR MY UPCOMING CUTS WITH BT (CATCH ME) AND KAREEM MANUEL(OPEN YOUR EYES). BOTH OF WHICH ARE INCREDIBLY TALENTED ARTISTS I AM HONORED TO WORK ALONGSIDE.
ALSO KEEP POSTED ON ANY TOURING BY FOLLOWING ME ON FB AND TWITTER…AND MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR JANUARY 22…”FASTER THAN A BULLET” HOPEFULLY SELLS LIKE ITS TITLE. (SMILE HERE)
***THANK YOU, Plumb, for taking the time to answer our questions!