What’d I Say

What’d I Say

Jefferson Studios talks to artists about songs they made, songs they like, and songs they’d like to have made. It’s an inside look into the craft of making music from the artists themselves.

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May 6, 2020 20 min

The differences between poetry and lyricism, developing a deep love of Nirvana, and starting up her very own podcast.

It’s all touched on in this introduction to critically-lauded Jealous of the Birds, the songwriting vehicle for Northern Ireland’s Naomi Hamilton. Also, stick around for why artistic sincerity is what first draws Hamilton to her favorite songs. 

Listen to Jealous of the Birds now.

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An examination of the musical icon, with guest and biographer Karen Bartlett ("Dusty: An Intimate Portrait of a Musical Legend") helping to guide listeners through the extraordinary and, at times, complex journey.

Fans and newcomers alike are taken through Dusty's time with The Springfields, her support of African-American artists in the British music scene, and more, eventually culminating in an extended look at landmar...

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April 8, 2020 24 min

Following female homosexuality and bisexuality throughout popular music, Women of Atlantic host Colleen “Cosmo” Murphy builds to singer-songwriter Hayley Kiyoko as one of the next to carry on this critical viewpoint. 

Kiyoko talks growing up as a gay woman, presenting previously unseen stories in her music videos, and reveals how she was finally able to write a song like “He’ll Never Love You (HNLY).”

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March 25, 2020 33 min

Kathy Sledge, founding member of Sister Sledge, joins to discuss the legendary group's beginnings, the legacy of disco, and more.

"Respect: The Women of Atlantic" is a special series on What’d I Say. It’s hosted by Colleen “Cosmo” Murphy, founder of Classic Album Sundays.

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March 11, 2020 23 min

The art of the protest song is tracked throughout music history, while an extended conversation with singer-songwriter and activist MILCK anchors our journey.

Following our history lesson, MILCK explains the origin story behind eventual Women’s March anthem, “Quiet.” She then ponders the role of art in mobilization, and she details her Chinese-American background and perspective. In January 2019, NPR looked back on “Quiet” and its i...

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February 26, 2020 23 min

For a while, ABIR’s songwriting didn’t quite match her reality. Not having been in one, she was "writing these heartbreaking songs as if I'd been in a 10-year relationship.”

But as she rose through the NYC pop scene, and upon discovery by Atlantic Records in an opening show slot, it’s been an authentic adjustment. Hearing her story will illustrate that progression, while also letting you in on her early attachment to Keyshia...

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January 29, 2020 21 min

A childhood fandom (and eventual tattoo) of Elvis. A deep love of My Chemical Romance and concept records. A range of influences stretching from Taylor Swift to Danzig.

With such diverse touchstones, you wouldn’t expect Atlantic Records artist Goody Grace to be so polished, to have such a focused sound, to establish an aesthetic all his own. But that’s exactly what he’s done through full length record “Infinite,” and a slew of buzze...

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January 22, 2020 35 min

When songwriting trio A R I Z O N A talks creativity, it’s in lockstep with authenticity. “It's a funny sort of thing to pursue, because there's being creative in a way that's authentic to you, and then there's being creative for the sake of being creative. And so sometimes when you're down the rabbit hole, you can cross over.”

This sort of honest and enlightened take on the music world sets the tone for the rema...

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November 28, 2018 16 min

Prior to landing at Neon Gold and Atlantic Records, Matt Maeson honed his skills on some daunting stages. As part of his family’s ministry, he played “songs about salvation” at prisons, and “in front of strippers and Hell's Angels at Sturgis, one of the biggest motorcycle rallies in the world.” There was plenty in between, but eventually, his first songs would go online in 2015 and 2016.

We pick up the story with his 2018 releas...

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November 19, 2018 24 min

For their new album, “One Shot,” the world-renowned a cappella group wanted tracks relating to their collective journey. First, find out how they put together a Boyz II Men and Montell Jordan medley (“Motownphilly” and “This Is How We Do It”). Then, get the inside scoop on their new original song, along with how it helped complete the vision of the record.

The group’s new album, “One Shot,” is out now. A deluxe reissue of “Holiday S...

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November 12, 2018 21 min

For their new album, “One Shot,” the world-renowned a cappella group wanted tracks relating to their collective journey. First, find out how their rendition of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound” came together, along with how it relates to one member’s time in Germany. Then, you’ll hear the story of taking on an Imagine Dragons hit, along with how they connected to the ideas within “Whatever It Takes.”

The group’s new album, “One...

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November 5, 2018 32 min

Members of the famed a cappella group discuss late night rehearsals at Indiana University, talk their early albums (Holiday Spirits, Under The Influence), and reminisce about breaking big on a little-known platform at the time called YouTube. This is the story of Straight No Chaser, like you’ve never heard it before.

The group’s new album, “One Shot,” is out now. A deluxe reissue of “Holiday Spirits,” in honor of its 10-year anniver...

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October 29, 2018 53 min

Members of the famed a cappella group discuss recording their 2008 album, “Holiday Spirits,” describe the fateful call on a New Year’s Day that would eventually lead them to Atlantic Records, and reveal how four members were arrested on an east coast tour stop. This is the story of Straight No Chaser, like you’ve never heard it before.

The group’s new album, “One Shot,” is out now. A deluxe reissue of “Holiday Spirits,” in honor of ...

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October 24, 2018 20 min

"It's you giving 110 percent of yourself."

That advice from Snoop Dogg to KYLE was not taken lightly. A 2018, confident debut record, titled “Light of Mine” and featuring 4-time platinum single “iSpy,” was accompanied by the artist's screen debut in Netflix film “The After Party,” and a world tour. Honestly, KYLE might be giving a little more than 110 percent.

Hear his story, including how his father got him into rap,...

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October 10, 2018 32 min

"Give yourself every opportunity."

From starting in music management to hitting the top of the charts, the story of the English singer-songwriter is anything but traditional. Discover this journey, from her breakthrough as part of Clean Bandit's "Rather Be," to the heartwarming origins of new track "I'll Be There."

Her new album, "Always In Between," is out now.

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September 26, 2018 27 min

It took another singer bailing on the California State Fair for Emily Armstrong to step up to the mic. She hasn’t stepped back since. The singer and guitarist of Dead Sara takes us from humble beginnings to rock airwaves, detailing the band's rise. Drummer Sean Friday joins Armstrong to discuss their 2018 EP, “Temporary Things Taking Up Space,” and first favorite songs.

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September 12, 2018 29 min

It's all about authenticity for Savannah Conley. From her parents telling her to "never do anything that's not you," to her respecting fellow musician Brent Cobb for being "forever and always...himself," the Nashville-based artist is making music only she could make. And this unwavering honesty is on full display in new EP, "Twenty-Twenty."

Find out how she remains authentic, discover details of her s...

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May 15, 2018 16 min

We talk to Elderbrook about the limits of a guitar, waking up with a smile, and the things we do when we’re young.

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May 8, 2018 17 min

We talk to Antonio Cuna AKA Sweater Beats about growing up around skate culture, the special place Bossa Nova has in his heart, and hearing himself on the jukebox.

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May 1, 2018 22 min

Paolo Gregoletto of the band Trivium talks to us about the stories behind emotional songs, finding records at the flea market, and getting to those eureka moments in the studio.

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