Getting to Know: Stefani Bush

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In the latest edition of Getting to Know, we let singer-songwriter Stefani Bush tell us about herself. You can catch her next performance on Friday, September 22 at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium as part of the Show of Hope benefit concert.

Artist Name: Stefani Bush

Hometown: North Chelmsford, MA

Albums:
Unleashed (2011)
Hope Rising: The Journey (2010)

Website:
www.hoperisingmusic.com

How did you start playing music?

I’ve been playing piano since I was 5. I started writing my own music at age 13. At age 17, I learned to play the guitar (upside down and not restrung). I played at the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation’s national conference in 2009 and was inspired by how many people were moved by my performance and how much they said it helped them and decided to record my first album. I had such great feedback from the first album that I decided to do a second album.

Who are some of your influences?

Tori Amos, Ani Difranco, Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, Mumford and Sons, Liz Longley, Air Traffic Controller

Finish the sentence, someone would like your music if they like…

… music that is thought provoking, deep, and inspiring. I’m a “What you see is what you get” kind of gal.

What has your most memorable moment as an artist been?

The most memorable moment for me was finding out that my music gave hope to a 9 year old girl (Emma) with Mitochondrial Disease (the same disease I have). She heard my music and said to her mom, “She has Mito too? Wow, that means I really can follow my dreams!”

Walk us through your songwriting process.

I let life inspire me. I have a lot of friends who struggle with terminal or life threatening illnesses and watching them live and truly cherish the important moments gives me a lot of material. These people are nothing short of amazing! Often I sit down to practice and end up writing a song (or two or three). After I released my first album 11 months ago, I went through this phase where I would just sit at the piano and write nonstop. When it came time to start recording the new album, I had over 50 songs to choose from (all were written from October to May)!

What is your favorite local venue?

I am really a big fan of playing small and intimate house concerts.

What separates you from other local artists?

I think that I have a more personal touch than a lot of bands out there. I’m not afraid to get down deep into a topic and really lay it all out there. I have a different perspective living with a terminal illness and that has moved me in a direction that touches the essence of all facets of life – not just the “easy” times. I challenge the listener to think a little deeper.

What do you have coming up that people should know about?

The Show of Hope is a benefit concert I organized with my best friend Chelsea. Both of us live with Mitochondrial Disease and wanted to make a difference in a unique way while raising money for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. Liz Longely and Air Traffic Controller have graciously joined our efforts and will be performing that night as well! The concert is this Friday, September 23 at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are on sale online at www.showofhope.org/Tickets. You can also purchase tickets at the door.

Convince our readers to see your next show.

Well…how can you go wrong with a line up like Liz Longley and Air Traffic Controller? On top of that, you can check out a new artist (me) and check out over $3,500 in raffle prizes. This event isn’t just about a “fun night out” (though that is what you will certainly get), it’s about raising money for research and a cure for a disease that is devastating and relentless. How often do you find yourself in a position to make a difference in the lives of so many? Plus, it feels good to do good! Remember, it only takes one person to change one life. Be the one!

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