Episode #4: Nicky Mehta (of The Wailin’ Jennys)

photo by Art Turner (http://artturner.com/)

Nicky Mehta (www.nickymehta.ca) is best known as a founding member of The Wailin’ Jennys (www.thewailinjennys.com), a highly-acclaimed and hugely successful singer/songwriter trio formed in Winnipeg in 2002, but she’s much more than that. From her official bio, “Singer-songwriter. Mentor to at-risk youth. Wailin’ Jenny. Mental health advocate. Canadian. JUNO winner. Mother of twins. International touring artist. Biracial. Children’s book author. Mental illness survivor. Life-partner. Speaker. Composer for contemporary dance. Poet. Band manager. University graduate. Former dancer. Winnipegger. Influenced by Jane Siberry, Lloyd Cole, The Smiths, and Sharon Olds. Product of British and East Indian ancestry. Nature lover. Realist. Idealist. Dreamer.”

I’m really grateful to Nicky for speaking openly about her experiences with mental illness, her interest in the effects of trauma, and of course her successful music career.

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Music credits:

Fly with your Shadow is from the album Blackberry, by John Bottomley, available on iTunes HERE

Row him Home is from Nicky Mehta’s album Weather Vane. It’s available on iTunes HERE

Swing Low Sail High and Last Goodbye are from the Wailin’ Jennys album Bright Morning Stars, which you can find on their website HERE

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