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Sandra McCracken is a singer, songwriter and producer from Nashville, TN. Over the course of eight critically acclaimed studio albums, Sandra has developed a body of work that encompasses hook-driven melodic pop, No Depression-style Americana, contemporary recastings of classic hymns, and even children's music as part of the Nashville alt-folk super-group Rain For Roots. Her music has been featured on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy"; her 2013 solo record, Desire Like Dynamite charted as one of Billboard's Top 50 Heatseekers; and she is currently at work on a new album, Psalms for early 2015.

  • Last night's show with @bradytoops, hosted by @causeascenenash @bloodwatermission goes down as one of my favorite Nashville memories. @allsanddmusic Thad Cockrell @mrkennymeeks @billybrimblecom Greg LaFollette @sueannshiah & @larryklauss -- you people are a some of the very finest. So thankful for this community. "He has done great things, we will say together." (Thanks for the photo, Mark!)
  • Happy Birthday week, my friend! I am so happy you were born, @floakes 💛
  • Kate Whitley of 'Little Things Studio' has hand drawn and inked this beautiful print featured in the "Leaven Bread" video with our kids music project @rainforroots ...a beautiful reminder. Prints for sale on the Rain For Roots store page.
  • Every good gift...
  • "Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end.
The children of your servants shall dwell secure; their offspring shall be established before you." -Psalm 102:25-28
  • 🎶 CauseAScene Nashville, TN show on Friday, Aug 28th w/ band and special guests. Grab tickets soon (Link on 'causeascenemusic' website) & they're selling fast.
#causeascenemusic #bradytoops
  • Rehearsing "We Will Feast" before the show tonight w/ ChessBoxer, Nathan Tasker & Josh Garrels -- Thanks, @cassietasker for capturing the moment.
  • About to hear some good music from the people in this tent behind me...grateful to be here in Vermont for the first Ottaquechee Farm Songwriters Festival.
  • On my way to spend a week in Vermont with these good folks...pretty good way to close out the summer.
  • Stowaways in my bag on a flight to Manchester...miss you, Rhodes Webb!
  • When I thought, "My foot slips," your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up. - Psalm 94:18 (Pisgah National Forest)
  • One for the books today...exploring Pisgah National Forest (North Carolina) with my Dad & my kids in a 15 passenger van with John Denver on the stereo. More than superficial sentimentality, this adventure captured a long view of my life. "Country roads, take me home, to the place where I belong..." 🎶 If I may, St. Augustine penned a parallel poem of longing, "Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you." Full hearts as we tuck into our beds at a campsite in the mountains.
  • Songs up on the rock in the Box Canyon with my friend, Sara Groves. What an amazing week it's been. #LaityLodge
  • #BarbieCamper 💛
  • Dreams comin' true...RV camping with my people in Asheville, NC. #T&CRetroRentals
  • Just home from a restful weekend at Laity Lodge in TX...this photo is from an upcoming interview we recorded in Box Canyon. James K A Smith, Sally Lloyd Jones, Sara Groves, St. Augustine and all the friends who contributed to rich conversation--I am renewed and inspired.
  • Blue cake. Serious celebration for my favorite little boy on this planet. ❤ His imagination. Kindness. Courage. Subtlety. Lightness. And LOVE...perpetual gifts. I remember eating cake on this day 8 years ago. How fast it goes. Like every grain of sand...
  • Crazy schedule this week. 5 min and here is a calm place to find focus. My friend, Jennie Allen has a beautiful new book, Anything. The "Be strong and courageous" theme keeps coming up in my life...
  • Recording an advent album with the @rainforroots crew...just started this week with a quick road trip to Birmingham for a show right in the middle. Full days. Fun times. Creative spark. Family adventures.
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    Sandra McCracken @ Straight to Ale in Huntsville, AL
    Singer-songwriter Sandra McCracken talks about her albums and her life, in beautifully descriptive allegories. Do not ask her to explain the meaning behind her carefully crafted songs and expect anything less. She will only give you a wry smile and pause while she invents a red herring, in the form of an Aesopian tale, for you to chase after. Just ask the handful of talented musicians heard supplying the sonic muscle and sinew to the bone and soul of McCracken's songs, they often pestered the artist about the meanings wrapped up in her latest work. But there are no shortcuts - especially for an independent artist who feels it is part of her role to foster in her listeners a desire to seek out the answers that are not easily found.  You may have heard the story before. The Missouri born singer-songwriter from a family of seven who moved to Music City and quickly became Nashville 's "best kept secret." These bits of trivia are true, but there is much more to this folky troubadour than a few niceties any music critic could bestow upon her, but who can blame them - one listen to McCracken's songs and you are pulled back to the heart of something that feels familiar and mourned. It is the sound and guts of real music, honest songwriting and an artist that is sold out to the art and not an industry.  World renowned producer Peter Collins (Nanci Griffith, Jewel, Shawn Mullins) obviously recognizes it because he has again teamed up with McCracken for GRAVITY | LOVE, her fifth full-length studio project, releasing on her own Towhee Records in the fall of 2006. The two previously collaborated on McCracken's 2004 project Best Laid Plans , admittedly the songwriter's most commercial album. GRAVITY | LOVE falls somewhere between the appeal and accessibility of Best Laid Plans and McCracken's 2002 gem and critical favorite Gypsy Flat Road , a space where the artist admits to feeling comfortable in her own skin - maybe for the first time.  Wrapped within the packaging of GRAVITY | LOVE are eleven stories of living - the highs, lows and all the fragile moments in between. Instantly memorable are "Long Way Home" (a song that makes you wish you were out on the open road, with just enough slide guitar to make you thirsty for a roadside bar), "Gravity", "Portadown Station" (a haunting song with beautiful piano and strings that McCracken wrote almost five years ago while touring in Ireland), "Shelter" (a song that once you are in the middle of it you can't imagine listening to any other song for the rest of your life) and the ironically carefree "Chattanooga." There is plenty here to live with and love.  Like the songwriters that we all hold in the highest esteem, McCracken writes about the mystery of this world we live in, the mystery of love and the broken state we often find our hearts and hopes in. There are mornings where you can't get out of bed because your heart can't come up with one substantial reason. Then there are the moments when you hear a promise in your head, a tiny whisper of hope, that nobody else can hear, but it fills your chest like the light from the sunrise. And these two experiences can be just hours apart. How can that be? It's another mystery of humanity, as we know it. Those experiences and moments are laced all through out GRAVITY | LOVE.  "I really believe that art is a reflection or a capturing of our humanity. I can see it now, how this art is a little fragment of my story, and that our humanity binds us together in such a way that it might look a little like your story, too," McCracken paints one last picture and welcomes the listener into the conversation.