“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 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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