Q&A with Inara George: "The Record Is More Personal Than Most Things I’ve Ever Released"
Listening to a great album is a bit like looking into a stranger's soul, and that much can certainly be said about Inara George's newest album Dearest Everybody. Her first solo release since 2009's Accidental Experimental, Dearest Everybody began as a collection of deeply personal songs never intended for release, but ended up transforming into some of George's most powerful work to date.
Well-known for being half of the beloved pop duo The Bird and the Bee, Inara George is definitely keeping busy. With Dearest Everybody out now, she has plans to play some more shows before the year is over on top of releasing new music with The Bird and the Bee and spending some quality time with her family.
Learn more about Dearest Everybody and stream the album now below!
Interview by Dom Vigil
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself for any readers who might be listening to you for the first time?
I play in a few bands as well as playing my own solo material. One being The Bird and the Bee. Another band is The Living Sisters. I think, once I discovered that I could put on all sorts of musical hats, it made making music all the more enjoyable.
In January, you started off 2018 with the release of your new album, Dearest Everybody. Looking back on the album, what are you the most proud of?
The record is really personal, more personal than most things I’ve ever released. I suppose I’m proud that I got over being afraid of that.
There is a nine year gap between your last solo release, Accidental Experimental and Dearest Everybody. Obviously you’ve grown and changed quite a bit during that time, so how do you feel the new album reflects that?
I think I’m more interested in the world around me and human nature, rather than my own internal world.
Musically, how do you feel your songwriting has grown between Accidental Experimental and Dearest Everybody?
In some ways I think my songwriting has simplified. I’m not as interested in writing complex progressions.
The songs on Dearest Everybody are incredibly personal and powerful. Is it ever daunting to bear your soul on something that’ll be out there for other people to hear?
I have to admit I was really nervous about playing this material in front of an audience. I’ve actually shed a few tears on stage… but it’s actually been incredibly cathartic.
What goals, if any, did you have in mind when you began crafting Dearest Everybody?
I don’t think I started with any goals. But I sort of picked them up on the way. I wanted to make a record that was organic and honest and emotional.
Were there any challenges you came across when working on the album?
I sometimes worried that it was too personal.
With Dearest Everybody out now, do you have any plans to hit the road? Any shows coming up?
I’ve been playing some shows here and there, when my schedule permits. My first priority are my kids. So if I feel like I can get away for a weekend, I work it in. Or sometimes I’ll bring them with me.
Do you have any other big plans or goals for 2018?
I’m hoping to release my record on CD in Japan, maybe some other places? And Greg and I(the bird and the bee) are hoping to finish a new album.
Thank you for taking the time to chat with us! Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you!!! I so appreciate your interest!! xoxinara