Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!
Seattle Refined: How long has the band been around/writing together/performing?
The band and I have been together now going on 12 years creating, performing and embracing music, however each of us individually have been performing music all of our lives.
Tell us about the artistic process and the different stages that work into it.
There are levels to this musical journey. Many artist play well by themselves but when they come together it’s a whole different dynamic. I first like to feel where we are all coming from musically and then go from that point. It’s very important to me that the heart of the musician matches or better yet, excels above the gift/talent of the individual.
Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from my belief and my observance and experience of life. I love many artist’s approach to a song and how it speaks to me. Roberta Flack, Dinah Washington, Barbara Streisand, Nina Simone, Donny Hathaway, Herbie Hancock and many more speak to my inner being so well.
What other musical artists do you take inspo from?
I sing all different genres of music, from Gospel to Blues, Jazz, R&B, Soul, Pop, etc. The band can create on the spot and is flexible and smooth in all types of music. If they can hear it, they will play it and it will be beautiful. They are masters of their crafts.
What kinds of things do you write about?
We write about real life situations, desires, hopes, dreams, goals, current affairs, etc.
Do you have one song that means more to you or is extremely special to you?
When I think about if one song has more meaning in my life, it’s such a hard question to answer because many songs land into an available space in my heart, take root, and produce an experience I can only get through that particular song.
What experiences in your life have shaped your music/art?
My life has been filled with triumphs and tragedies and as a result has birthed in me an empathy for people and for living. I have an incredible family who loved me through some really dark times in my life. Each time I look back on what I’ve come through, I give myself permission to share the victory without forgetting how I made it and what it took.
If we want to see more of your work where should we go to find? What about upcoming shows?
My next concert is on November 16, 2019 at the newly renovated Town Hall Seattle in The Great Hall. The name of the Concert is Sounds Of The Sound 3. I produce this show each year and it allows me to have various artist join me on stage, as I highlight some of the unique talent of The Puget Sound Region. Josephine Howell Productions also takes a percentage of the proceeds and give to Emergency Feeding Program and Seattle Children’s Hospital. It is a full concert and I am excited that this is the third year of our production.
What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
Next year, Josephine Howell Productions plans to produce more events that will help educate our youth on awareness in different areas of life. I’m also excited about the new programs that we will implement next year for women and men. Stay tuned!
Lastly, how do you take your coffee?
When I drink coffee I must have cream and sugar.