“How I long to see him and regret the dark hour;
He's gone and neglected his pale wildwood flower.”
When the Carter Family sang about a melancholy flower in the wildwood nearly one hundred years ago, little did they know that three generations later, another Carter songstress would personify its story. As a songwriter, WILDWOOD blends poignant lyrical themes with haunting melodies that channel her Appalachian roots.
But who is she?
A Harvard graduate, fluent in French; former diplomat at the US Embassy in Paris; classically trained violinist with a master’s degree in arts advocacy; self-taught on nearly a dozen other musical instruments; founder of a non-profit that serves refugee youth in Nashville; a Georgia native who now calls Music City home, who spent three years creating the Tennessee Promise program with Governor Haslam. But, this daughter of two school teachers left that life behind, instead choosing to chase the dreams of her heart down an uncertain path - one full of doubt and heartbreak, freedom and possibility.
She chose the name WILDWOOD as an homage to her family’s 1927 song. "Moonrise," her first release, showcases her abilities as a songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist and has been streamed over a half million times. Her second single, "Secrets," was written in a back room of Sound Shop Studios - the studio where Paul McCartney recorded an album in 1974 - before it was torn down in recent years, was produced and mixed by Brandon Metcalf and recorded at South x Sea in East Nashville. In her third release, WILDWOOD reimagined the decades-old classic "Ring of Fire." They say behind every great man is a great woman, which was certainly the case for Johnny Cash with his hit song, as June Carter Cash actually penned the song and her sister Anita Carter first recorded it. Johnny Cash's version would make the song an international hit, but it's often forgotten that two Carter women are behind the song's origin. A cousin of June and Anita, WILDWOOD wrote the piano part and played viola on the recording. The music video was recorded in WILDWOOD's home studio, South x Sea. Her fourth release "Hourglass," features a lush string arrangement that surrounds the emotional vocal.
WILDWOOD is thrilled to record her full length record in 2019.
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"Hourglass" is genre-defying, just like WILDWOOD herself: a mix of Americana and pop, sweet and somber. With lines like, "Some things aren’t meant to last / only be memories in the past," this song is sure to make listeners stop in their tracks and reflect.
WILDWOOD is as beautiful and unique as her name. Her new release is as colorful and ominous as the moon it refers to, and as bittersweet as the uncertainties of love in lyrics. She chose Moonrise for her first release as it is inspired by her Appalachian roots. Roots she is proud to be a part of as they are the sound and soul of the Carter legacy.
"Secrets" has an Americana vibe combining violin with a bluesy rock vibe which can be likened to Elle King or ZZ Ward.
While some might say she’s channeling her inner Sarah McLachlan, I’d say she’s in a league of her own with her latest americana-pop jam and won’t be a (best kept) secret much longer!
"Moonrise" – a juxtaposition of haunting and hopeful – fills the lyrics and melody with resounding notes of faithful love and broken hearts. This single is sure to capture the Nashville scene with a refreshing take on a legendary family.
Not only a songwriter, WILDWOOD is also a multi-instrumentalist, and I find it quite impressive that she plays all the stringed instruments on her first single – her Ibanez guitar, a violin, and a viola – which all blend together superbly in this hauntingly beautiful ballad she calls “Moonrise.”
Her voice is crystalline. I also love the underrated approach taken to the tracks. In a class all by itself. Wow.
American singer-songwriter who wrote “The Dance” by Garth Brooks
WILDWOOD is one of the Bluebird's favorite guest artists. Honest, vulnerable, and completely original, she captivates the audience every time. Her debut single, "Moonrise," is haunting and beyond category.
House Emcee, The Bluebird Cafe
The citizens of Tennessee benefited from her service at State Government and the world benefits from her extraordinary musical talents.
Retired Chairman, CEO and President of Bridgestone Americas
Former Commissioner of Finance and Administration for the State of Tennessee
She is not only exceptionally bright, but a tireless, dedicated worker when it comes to things she is passionate about. I’ve seen that passion applied to insuring all Tennesseans have the opportunity to access higher education and a better life, and also to her music.
Founder of Radio Systems Corporation
Owner of the Tennessee Smokies and Johnson City Cardinals minor league baseball teams
Former Commissioner of Economic and Community Development for the State of Tennessee