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Life & Work with Angela Perry

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angela Perry.  

Hi Angela, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Music has been my soul’s voice to the world. I started singing and creating my own music from the age of 4. By the age of 7, my parents bought a piano and I was playing piano, singing, and winning in local 4-H competitions, etc. By the time I entered high school, I was accompanying the high school choir and then went on to play and sing in a college traveling choir. After college, I was involved in music but not as much as I needed to be. My soul was crying and slowly dying because I was not letting it speak. After some major life events, I went back to school and received my B.A. in Music and I began teaching, writing, performing, and recording music. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I have had some major struggles along the way. I had my daughter when I was 15. Because of this, I needed to get an education as quickly as possible so I could provide for her and music was not the easy way to get due to the amount of time needed, so I did the easiest route and received an educational degree in English. My daughter was with me through the entire experience of high school through college. After I started working, a piece of my soul was missing and I sank into this quagmire of sadness. I just wanted to write and perform music. So, I went back to school for my music degree. I went to a college an hour away from where I lived and I would get up early in the morning to make it to class by 8, go to classes until 12 drive back and work in the afternoon and evening. I worked in the evening at a gas station and would literally bring my music with me, my phone with my lessons on it, and would practice as I cleaned the gas station. I did that night after night… 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a singer/songwriter, recording artist, and producer. I also teach at public high school music and English. The music I teach is not the traditional music of just choir and band (which I have done previously in Kansas). I teach songwriting, use of Digital Audio Workstation, singing, instruments, rhythm, and history of music. 

As far as my music, I believe music is here for all of us and everyone should have the opportunity to experience it. I believe in giving back to the world and I do it through music. I am known to write music that shares the strength, heartache, and joys of living life. 

My melodies are invigorated with energy and honesty, the kind that can only come from growing up and working hard in a small Kansas town and I like to bring power and rawness to matters of love, loss, and learning the hard way. Colorado, my adult home, has shaped my music, influenced by both the beauty and harshness of nature. Edgy, vulnerable, and changing with the seasons, my voice and songwriting give a new perspective to the timeless challenges of the heart. 

I am most proud of giving back to the community. Last year, I was part of a benefit concert where I dedicated a song and all the proceeds from that song to a former student who has leukemia. I have also used the song to promote awareness for Ukraine. I have written a song to bring awareness to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) 

I am in the process of working on two more benefit concerts scheduled this summer. (2022) 

I am also a finalist in the Red Lodge Montana Songwriting Festival and will be performing live on June 25th. 

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
The most important lesson I have learned is that no matter what you do, your soul must have its voice, you must listen to your heart, and your soul because to deny them is to deny the true essence of who you are. I have learned that people just need love, encouragement, and kindness and I want my music to give them a voice, give them love, encouragement, and some form of happiness whether that be joy, anger, laughter, pleasure, or sadness. 

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