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Artists from the DMV and Beyond Reflect on Motherhood

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Mothers and mother figures in our lives make an indelible impression. For many of us, these powerful women embody strength, resilience, and unconditional love – while creating a better world in the process.

In honor of Mother’s Day, Alchemical Records connected with artists from across the DMV and beyond who balance double duty in their responsibility as mothers and creatives with grace. Learn the one word the artists use to describe motherhood, how their music has been influenced by their parenting role, advice to their younger self, and what a perfect Mother’s Day looks like – well, at least as perfect as can be.

Husam Is Ready to ‘Lead a Change’ with His Most Personal Song Yet

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Recent Articles On March 12, D.C.-based alternative singer and composer, Husam, released “Lead a Change,” which is perhaps his most personal song to date. The heartbreaking and melodious track gives audiences a glimpse into abuse the Syrian American artist suffered at the hands of his father while growing up. Ultimately, the song empowers audiences to […]

Koala Bar Transform Self-Doubt into Hope with New Album

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Recent Articles Swedish indie rockers, Koala Bar, are on the verge of their third album, Ingest ≈ Digest, as they release their latest single “The Carnival”. Combining folk, pop, and alternative influences like Fleet Foxes, Phoebe Bridgers, and Marcus Mumford, it’s a song that shows off a hopeful drive that transforms from its origins in […]

Leah Jean: ‘I Have a Tendency Towards Negativity, and I Don’t Think That’s Necessarily a Bad Thing’

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On Dec. 2, Nashville-based indie folk artist Leah Jean released her debut full-length album, Creatures In The Room, which spans a transformative journey of highs and lows, ultimately affirming the power of embracing your authentic self. Join contributing writer Cynthia Gross, as she connects with Jean to discuss the story behind the album, including the original title; how Jean learned to overcome crippling stage fright and become the confident performer that she is today; and why she believes her “tendency towards negativity” serves to strengthen her art.

Cindy Zhang Dreams of Sunshine in a “Song for Rainy Days”

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Recent Articles R&B and neo-soul musician, Cindy Zhang is gets introspective and stoic with her latest single “Song for Rainy Days”. As the title track for her new album, it touts pristine production accompanied by honest vulnerability that will melt your troubles away. Though there is a melancholy tint to the instrumentation, it’s a love […]

Husam Says He’s ‘Gotchu’ No Matter What

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Recent Articles On November 6, D.C.-based Syrian American alternative rock artist, Husam, released his latest single, “Gotchu.” The upbeat anthem is powerful in its simplicity, marking a departure from the rising talent’s recent singles in terms of tone. In a world that can feel cold and solitary, “Gotchu” carries a timely reminder: you are not […]

David Wax Museum Brings Mexo-Americana to the U.S.

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Folk husband-and-wife duo David Wax and Suz Slezak are the brains behind David Wax Museum, a self-described “Mexo-Americana” band based out of Charlottesville, Virginia. The duo’s sound is distinctly marked by the Mexican influences that made them famous, both in style, content, and instrumentation. Creating music for 14 years, seven of those years with a growing family, David and Suz are professionals in the game with appearances on CBS This Morning: Saturday, NPR’s World Cafe, and Tiny Desk. Learn more about David Wax Museum’s journey of discovery with contributing writer Jaci Jedrych in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month.

George Katsos Gets Sentimental with “Dearest Friend”

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Recent Articles Indie pop rocker, George Katsos, is gearing up for the release of his latest EP with the new single “Dearest Friend”. With melodic guitars and a pulsing backbeat, it’s a reflective song that pleads to the better nature of titular character reminding them that Katsos will be there till the end. Along with […]

Graffiti Welfare Guides a Meditative Journey with “DejaBlue”

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More to Watch By Charlie Maybee With the release of Resolving Shores looming on the horizon, electro pop musician, Graffiti Welfare (aka George Lattimore) has released one last moody single, titled “DejaBlue”, to signal its impending arrival. With vocals that feel more like gentle gasps, this is a song that revels in a delicate state […]

Shayla McDaniel Honors Mental Health Awareness Month in “Here with Me”

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Recent Articles By Charlie Maybee Knoxville based indie rock musician, Shayla McDaniel, honors Mental Health Awareness Month with new single “Here with Me”. Instead of focusing on those afflicted by mental illness, she calls attention to those who act as support systems for loved ones working through tough times. In doing so, she thanks them […]