Five Questions And A Playlist

Brooklyn singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy returns with her highly anticipated new album Devotion.  Full of rich and melodic love songs, the LP is the follow up to her acclaimed guitar heavy debut Emotions and Math.

Alongside the album release Margaret has shared a playlist of songs that have inspired her and answered our quickfire questions.

Of her selections she says, 

“These are songs that I love that happen to be made by women that have inspired me to keep writing and singing throughout the years. I remember listening to Brandy in middle school and thinking to my self that I want to be a singer when I grow up. Joni has been on the radio since I came out of the womb; Sade was the soundtrack to my teenage years; the list goes on. I hope you enjoy!”

Devotion is out now via ATO Records.

Who were your favourite bands / artists as a teenager?

For as long as I can remember, I've never been interested in genres of music but instead in artists that I like. When I was a little girl my two favorite bands were the Spice Girls and the Grateful Dead. As I came into my teenage years, I was listening to Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliot, Bright Eyes, Joni Mitchell, No Doubt, John Mayer, Billie Holiday, the list goes on.

When did you realise music could be a career?

I think I knew that I was going to be in the arts or a performer when I was a little girl and it becoming my career didn't happen overnight but has been more like a slow burn. I worked and worked at it. I started playing shows in Boston when I was about 19 and ever since I've been trying to get better at it. 

Do you have a job outside of music?

I don't have a job outside of music. Within music, I teach and mentor young songwriters, I tour, I record records, write songs; Its kind of like a lot of jobs wrapped into one. 

How well is live music supported in your hometown / city?

I live in Brooklyn, NY where live music is thriving.

If you could make one change to the music industry what would it be?

I would take away the sexism. It can be difficult when you are on the road and people give you a hard time. In general, sexism is deep in our roots and It is slowly getting better but I can't tell you how disrespectful people can be without even knowing it.