Review Fix chats with My Sister, My Brother’s Garrison Starr, who details the band’s origin and goals for 2020.
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My Sister, My Brother is comprised of acclaimed artists/producers Sean McConnell, Garrison Starr, and Peter Groenwald. Recording his first album at just 15 years old, Sean McConnell’s 20+ year career includes an expansive personal discography as well as dozens of songwriting cuts for artists like Christina Aguilera, Meat Loaf, Tim McGraw, Brothers Osborne, and Martina McBride. Garrison Starr has toured with the likes of Melissa Etheridge, Steve Earle, and Mary Chapin Carpenter, and her music is featured in a number of popular TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, Nashville, and Army Wives. Starr produced and co-wrote Margaret Cho’s album “American Myth” which garnered a Grammy nomination for “Best Comedy Album” in 2017. Peter Groenwald has toured with everyone from John Mayer to O.A.R. to The Civil Wars, appearing on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, amongst others; in addition to writing and producing other artists’ work, he has established himself as a solo artist and in Nashville indie folk band Hush Kids. Together, the power trio is set to release their debut EP My Sister, My Brother on March 6, 2020, preceded by an international tour.
Review Fix: How did you get involved in music?
Garrison Starr: I grew up singing and playing in church but have always been writing songs and singing for as long as I can remember. There’s never been anything else I wanted to do.
Review Fix: What’s your creative process like?
Starr: It kind of depends on whether I’m co-writing or writing alone. I tend to take a little more time writing my own songs, but when I’m in a session there’s more pressure to finish a song in a day.
Review Fix: What inspires you?
Starr: Authenticity, discipline, focus, true artistry
Review Fix: What does music mean to you?
Starr: Music saved my life, so it means everything.
Review Fix: How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you?
Starr: Female Tom Petty
Review Fix: How are your live shows different from your studio work?
Starr: Well, I mostly tour solo acoustic, so I’d say the main difference would be that my records aren’t always as stripped down. Though my new record, due out this year, sounds more organic than some of my others.
Review Fix: What inspired your latest single, “Nothing Without You”?
Starr: Sean brought the chorus in, and we finished the song with him. I’m not sure what initially inspired him, but what the song means to me is having somebody in your life who always has your back. Somebody you can’t live without. I feel a lot of gratitude in that song.
Review Fix: What are your goals for 2020?
Starr: To be more loving, more forgiving and to be able to do a handstand in yoga by the end of the year!
Review Fix: What’s next?
Review Fix: Anything else you’d like to add?
Starr: Happiness is an inside job.