5 Questions: Songwriter & Musician Odessa

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A California native, Odessa first gained recognition as a side woman playing violin with the likes of Rayland Baxter and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes before launching her solo career with the breakout single “I Will Be There” in 2012. Upon landing in a prominent Subaru ad campaign, the track became the year’s most-searched song on Shazam, and the buzz surrounding it helped Odessa score a major label record deal for her self-titled debut, which came out to a rapturous response in 2015. The New York Times hailed Odessa’s music as “an emanation of California spaciousness,” while Paste called her songwriting “delicate and beguiling,” and Harper’s Bazaar dubbed her “the coolest singer-songwriter you haven’t heard of yet.” Songs from the album, meanwhile, racked up roughly 40 million streams on Spotify, soundtracked popular series like Grey’s Anatomy and Hart of Dixie, and landed Odessa her first national television appearance. She toured relentlessly in support of the record, too, performing both headline dates and support slots with everyone from Conor Oberst and Jenny Lewis to Bret Dennen and The Lone Bellow.

You can learn more about Odessa at her Facebook page.

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1. What’s been keeping you up at night?

Lately, I like to practice my guitar with a metronome at night, that usually keeps me up until I can’t keep my eyes open anymore. 

2. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or heard lately?

I watched the sunrise yesterday. It was a deep pink color. It spread an orange light all over the neighborhoods. It was pretty cool. 

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3. What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on right now?

A music video for All Things! 

4. If you could add anyone, alive or dead to your team, who would it be?

Probably Jane Austin, just so we could be friends. 

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5. When the movie of your life is made, what will it be called?

The Long and Endless Journey