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JPR Live Session: Grace Pettis

The Austin, Texas-based singer/songwriter joined us to share a few tunes from her new album Working Woman, and to talk about the process of creating an album with an all-female group of artists and engineers.

Growing up the child of a working singer/songwriter (Pierce Pettis) and a poetry scholar (Dr. Margaret Mills Harper), it is perhaps no surprise that Grace Pettis became a musician and songwriter herself.

For her new album Working Woman, Pettis made a decision to only include women at every step of its creation. She employed an all-star crack of female musicians, recording engineers, producers, and even the graphic artists to helped with the packaging.

Pettis joined us from her home in Austin to play a few tunes from the new album, including the beautiful song Landon. Written as an apology to her best friend (who is gay), on behalf of a younger version of herself, the song resonates as a poignant reminder of the importance of unconditional love for those you hold most dear.

We also talked about her second love (maybe first love?) — Star Trek.

As FM Network Program Director and Music Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and conversations.