"I've always loved music," says Lauren Eylise. "It's my second language." Her song "Peaks and Valleys" caught the attention of NPR Music's judges for the 2020 Tiny Desk Contest
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"I've deliberately taken a lot of time to do things on my own terms and in my own time," Jacob Collier says. "I've almost deliberately crafted a space where I can keep on changing things musically and keep on experimenting."
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When she quit music eight years ago, Kathleen Edwards says she felt "a huge sense of relief." After taking time for herself (and opening up a coffee shop), she's back with a new album, Total Freedom.
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Woods' album Strange To Explain was inspired by sleepless nights after singer Jeremy Earl became a father. "Those first few months of having a newborn kind of put me in a dreamlike state," he says.
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NPR's Scott Simon spoke with Marin Alsop about the end of her tenure as musical director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and a less heralded part of her career: her 1980s swing band.
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