Since starting this blog a year and a half ago, the MDB inbox has been inundated with press releases pitching story ideas from all corners of this odd little planet of ours.
The vast majority of pitches I ignore. I figure MDB readers probably aren’t that interested in the amazing tortilla, Alec Baldwin’s summer book reading suggestions, Ketel One Vodka, IHOP’s new trio of signature pancakes, pork buying basics, Connect Poker, or what’s new with Scientology (just a few of the pitches received this month so far).
But one pitch hit my inbox this month that caught my eye. Katherine Nelson’s long-awaited new album, “Born Brave,” is coming out Aug. 1. I’ve been a fan of Katherine’s since I had the opportunity to work with her on a couple of projects over the past few years. Talented actress with leading lady looks, gorgeous singing voice, yet very gracious and down-to-earth. You get the impression that there are very few doors that would be closed to her if she simply chose to knock. Yet she chooses her projects very carefully, and they are always about something that is important and good.
Not to put down an era when Lady Gaga and Madonna are going at it trying to out-crass each other, or where stars are being made with music delving into the deeper aspects of whether to be crazy and give the shirtless lawn-mowing guy a number and inviting him to call maybe (164 million YouTube views and counting), but it sure is refreshing to witness a talented artist dig deep inside to find something noble to share with and uplift us.
I’ve been listening to an advance copy of “Born Brave.” I’m not giving it back. It’s got a Nashville vibe, and I confess I’ve never been much of a country guy, but Katherine hits that groove where people on either side of the pop-rock/country aisle can come together and tap toes. Her rich, velvety voice coats track after well-produced track, each a heartfelt celebration of a different aspect of the album’s theme of women of courage. There are powerful anthems that will inspire women and girls as well as ballads that will tug at the heartstrings of even our manliest of MDB readers.
Now I know that our focus at MDB is typically on blogs by Mormon dads, I would suspect that many of our bloggers are who they are because they are blessed with an abundance of courageous women around them — their mothers, their wives, and their daughters facing the prospect of growing up in these challenging times.
Kudos to Katherine and her team for their work in bringing this project to life at such a time as this. It’s an album you’ll want to share with all the main women in your life.
Win a Copy
Share in the comments below a little bit about a woman in your life whose courage has inspired you. We’ll randomly pick one comment on Aug. 1, the “Born Brave” release day, and send you a copy of Katherine’s CD that you can share with her. We’ll also randomly pick one commenter on the “Born Brave” post in our facebook group. Our third winner will be randomly selected from those who belong to our facebook group.