Maggie Pope | photo by Robert Stolpe | courtesy of the artist
Maggie Pope embodies serenity and stillness on new single “The Bird Painter”
Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Maggie Pope knows how to multitask. An athlete, biologist, educator, mother, and musician, there’s pretty much nothing she can’t do. Recording vocals in her closet while her kids sleep and turning nap time into a practice session, she somehow manages to make it all work. Her new single, the “Bird Painter,” produced by Steve Varney (known for his work with Kid Reverie and Gregory Alan Isakov), is a testament to the sheer passion it takes to pull it all off.
Her whispered vocals add a sense of intimacy that makes you feel like she’s letting you in on a secret. As she hums along with Varney, their voices melt together in what can only be described as a match made in heaven. Encapsulating the stillness and serenity of the early mornings she sings about, it feels like a breath of fresh air.
Pope also writes and plays music with her band Under the Oak. The first time she met her bandmate, Adam Monaco, at an open mic night she recalls playing a finger-plucked version of Dolly Parton’s Jolene and the Townes Van Zandt tune “If I Needed You.” After she finished playing, Monaco approached her and told her she was a star. After listening to her meditative and mesmerizing new track, you can’t help but agree.
You can watch the video for the track below and keep up with Under the Oak here.