Nancy Northrup

  • Genres
  • Americana
  • Folk
  • Awards and Nominations
    • SAMMIES 2018 Nominee★ Release of the Year ★
    • SAMMIES 2018 Nominee★ Singer/Songwriter ★
  • Musicians
    • Nancy Northrup — guitar, mandolin, vocals
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Q & A

Describe the worst gig you've ever played: What happened, and how did you recover?

Geez, I am lucky to say that so far I haven't had any, but I know it is inevitable!!! LOL!!

How do you describe your music to people?

I most often describe my music as "music from the heart.”

If you could be any character from history, who would it be?

Dorothea Lange, the woman who photographed much of the Great Depression.

Name a pet peeve.

Anyone who says, "No problem.” ... GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR...

Name a recent personal food trend.

Peanut butter cookies!!!

What artist or band are you a little embarrassed to love, and why?

Wilson Phillips, but you have to admit, their music is easy to listen to!!

What did you want to be when you were 7?

I have always dreamed of being a musician and bringing "something" to the lives of those who listen.

What drives you to keep playing even though the music industry can be so harsh?

My motivation/inspiration is being able to touch someone's heart with my music… knowing that maybe a struggle I have had and sing about may touch someone else's life so they feel a connection and not alone.

What was the first song you learned to play?

“Wayfaring Stranger.”

What's a big musical inspiration that would most surprise your fans?

I'm not sure it would be a surprise, but Tupac's lyrics are very haunting to me and I appreciate the poetry in his music.

What's something most of your friends don't know about you?

I used to be a marathon runner.

What's your favorite jam from the '90s?

Not from the '90s, but I love "Brick House" by the Commodores!!!! Everyone rocks when that comes on, no matter your age!!

What's your favorite local artist/group (other than yourself, smartypants)?

Evertree—Sam and Lori Hawk.

Who is your secret star crush?

It wouldn't be a secret if I told you.

You're given a magic wand. What do you do with it?

Erase poverty, ignorance, war and abuse of all kinds… If only!!!

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