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Look for the Good Carrie Rowan05-15-23 Trauma Stories We Don’t Share with Grammy Nominated Mary Gauthier

Welcome to Episode #15 with special guest Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, Mary Gauthier. Today we are talking about stories that we don’t feel like we can share. You know the ones, the stories that we call bad, dark, or embarrassing and maybe even just too sad to share. A lot of times there is trauma associated with what happened in this story which becomes wrapped around a shadow of shame that it happened to us in the first place. One thing I know for sure, is that we are close to a breakthrough when a client says this about their story. Why? Often the story we have the most shame around, is the very story that can set us free. Tune in to find out more as Mary share’s her own stories behind the songs, and how songs offer a lifeboat to get to the other side of our traumatic stories. You won’t want to miss this one! Maybe music really can save your soul!

Mary GauthierMary Gauthier’s Bio: Photo Credit: Alexa Kinigopoulos

“With songwriting as powerful as her, there’s no need to go looking for qualifiers.  She’s a unique, intrinsically valuable musical voice. And there’s never a surplus of those.” Randy Lew, Los Angeles Times.

Her eleventh the first record in over 8 years consisting of all her own songs, Dark Enough to See the Stars, follows the profound antidote to trauma, Rifles & Rosary Beads, her 2018 collaborative work with wounded Iraq war veterans. It garnered a Grammy nomination for best Folk Album, as well as a nomination for Album of the Year by the Americana Music Association. Publication of her first book, the illuminating Saved by a Song: the Art and Healing Power of Songwriting, in 2021, brought her more praise.  Brandi Carlile has said, “Mary’s songwriting speaks to the tender aspects of our humanness. We need her voice in times like these more than we ever have.”  The Associated Press called Gauthier “one of the best songwriters of her generation.”

Mary’s songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, including Jimmy Buffet, Dolly Pardon, boy George, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Bettye Lavette, Mike Farris, Kathy Mattea, Bobby Bare, Amy Helm and Candi Staton and have appeared extensively in Film and Television, most recently on HBO TV’s Yellowstone.

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