Still Can't Find Your Way Home?
Everybody wants a place they can call home—a place where they’re accepted, loved, and healed. But for musicians—often traveling, working nights and weekends, finding and keeping community can be a challenge. Discuss these challenges with touring musicians who will share their stories.
St Matthew's Episcopal Church
Merrill Wade has been an Episcopal priest for 25 years. His love for music of all types and for musicians themselves has led to his participation on this third panel presentation in the last five years. In 2010 he moderated "Spirituality for Nomads", which offered ideas for spiritual and mental grounding and health while touring.In 2013, he participated on a panel entitled "Into the Mystic:Secular Music as a Search for More". This panel explored the intersection of spirituality and popular music as an art form. Consistent with this exploration, Merrill curates a singer/songwriter concert and conversation series in Austin called The Soul of a Musician Series:
Patrice Pike is as versatile as she is an experienced singer and multi-instrumentalist. Though her introduction into the broader music business world was via her pop and rock singing and writing for the seminal jam band Sister Seven, she has been a main stage artist at festivals such as Austin City Limits Festival, Kerrville Folk Fest, Strawberry Festival, SXSW, among others. Her approachable and genuine disposition has gained her true fans everywhere and shines through in her songs. She is also the Founder of Grace Foundation USA, which gives health and wellness and education funding to young adult survivors of homelessness.
It’s entirely possible that you think you have Matisyahu pegged. To recap, the man born Matthew Paul Miller grew up in Upstate New York, spent his wayward teenage years following around Phish before devoting himself to Judaism, and went on to record the breakthrough 2005 album Live at Stubb’s, a mix of uplifting reggae, hiphop informed toasting and the teachings of ancient Judaism. His last album, 2012’s Spark Seeker was, by his estimation, him exploring hiphop production styles, and 2009's saw him collaborate with everyone from members of Fishbone to reggae legends Sly & Robbie and producer David Kahne. But on his new album Akeda, Matisyahu is showing a side of himself we haven't seen before. And that's not just a reference to him shaving his famous beard.
Greg Garrett is the author or co-author of twenty books of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir. He also writes on culture, religion, and politics for Huffington Post, Patheos, the Washington Post, and many other print and web publications. BBC Radio calls Greg "one of America's leading voices on religion and culture," and his books on U2, Hollywood film, and Harry Potter, among others, have been widely read and used in classrooms. Greg is a native of Austin, and teaches at Baylor University. At SxSW Music, he discusses spirituality and music.