You may know her from Thursday nights at the Piano Bar in Hollywood, but this California native is more than just another girl with a guitar. With her newest album, Cathartic, about to drop, Marianne Keith has definitely got a lot going on. I recently had the chance to get a few words from Keith, here's what she had to say.
JL: How did you get started?
MK: I started singing in church when I was six years old, and fell in love with it. But it wasn't until much later that I started learning to play and writing music.
JL: Where do you draw your inspiration from for such meaningful lyrics?
MK: I find inspiration at times in the smallest things, but generally they come from something striking a chord with me emotionally.
JL: Yeah I can see that. I just love your lyrics, I can always find some way to relate to each one of your songs. Are they from personal experiences?
MK: Thank you :) Yes they are all from personal experiences on this record. I tend to write first person, and they always come out raw, straight from the heart.
JL: I think my favorite one is "Gotta Give In." What's the story behind that song?
MK: That is one of my favorites too. :) The story really is that, as a woman, choosing music specifically, and to pursue a career in general, I have taken the path less traveled. While most people are moving forward in the direction of marriage and starting a family, I, in some ways, felt like I was standing still. The guy I was dating at the time was pushing for a more serious commitment and the chorus really is his words. He was telling me if i didn't give in to someone, I would end up alone. And my answer was that a relationship was not what would complete me. In the bridge I say "we are born with a God-shaped hole and no man can fill it" and I believe that.
JL: That's so deep for a song with such a carefree melody, makes me love it even more. Do you write the music as well? Who are some of your favorite collaborators to work with when your developing a new song?
MK: Yes, I do write the music. Up to this point I actually have done all my songwriting alone. I develop and complete the song on the guitar or the piano and then I come into the studio and my producers, Bruce Witkin and Ryan Dorn and I start to build around that, adding parts and choosing tones and vibes.
JL: What would you say is your biggest inspiration for what you do? The driving force behind your music?
MK: I have a passion for music, for the art of it and I believe it is one of the most powerful abstract things on this earth. I love creating it and it really is a part of my soul. I don't know who I am without my songs. I also have a passion for people and to reach them and connect with them. And I have a passion for God and I believe this is a gift He gave me to share.
JL: What are your goals as a musician? Your vision?
MK: I want to take this as far as I possibly can. Since I was a little girl I dreamed of performing for thousands of people and I hope to see that dream realized. But if I even make one person feel something, or realize something, or be able to express something they wouldn't have otherwise, I will be successful.
JL: If your music is a form of creative expression, what's your message to the world? What's the truth behind your songs?
MK: The truth behind my songs is that life is not ever one-dimensional. Sometimes it is deeply sad, difficult, carefree or just plain bizarre. But regardless of that truth, there is hope, in God and in love.
JL: Some very wise words from such a young musician. Thanks so much for your time!