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JPR Live Session: Maia Sharp (2021)

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The long time Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter joined us to talk about her recent relocation to Nashville, and the tumultuous last couple of years that included a divorce, a tornado, and a rough bout with Covid-19. She also performed a few songs from her new album Mercy Rising.

Helping clean up in the aftermath of the tornado that hit her neighborhood, Maia Sharp says there were many group hugs and well-attended fundraisers that, in hindsight, unfortunately helped spread the deadly coronavirus through the community. Sharp was one of those infected. It hit her hard with an accompanying bout of pneumonia. Luckily, she discovered that despite being a recent transplant to Nashville, her support network was already well developed with friends willing to lend a hand at every turn.

Sharp's latest album Mercy Rising is her most personal to date. The songs reflect the ups and downs of life, and even though it was recorded before the pandemic, the lyrics resonate strongly for everyone could just use a little bit of cosmic mercy from the universe.

She joined us from her home in Nashville to share a few tunes from the new album.

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.