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LAist Interview: Inara George

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Inara George is most easily categorized in that cliche-titled-yet-venerable tradition of the Singer-Songwriter — with Topanga native creds to boot. But her art isn’t that simple. Songs from her latest release, All Rise, are at times quiet, gentle, and sparse, while other moments create an intense richly lush melodic landscape that is very much steeped in local history and feeling. Inara is the kind of slightly ethereal artist most accessible to detractors of the genre, given that her gorgeous voice, song writing talents, and total real world sincerity are unmistakably engaging and original.

Be sure to experience Inara's artistry tonight at the final performance of her residency at The Echo. (10:30 PM, 21 and over, free. 1822 Sunset Blvd., (213) 413-8200)

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31, Musician

Where in Los Angeles did you grow up, and where do you now live?

I grew up In Topanga Canyon and now live in Bronson Canyon.

Who are your primary influences?

That's always such a tough question. I don't really know. It always changes...I think everyone goes through different periods. So some of mine were Prince, Rickie Lee Jones, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Nick Drake, Elliott Smith, P.J. Harvey.There are more, but that covers a lot of territory.

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How did growing up in a very musical household in a unique community impact your decision to pursue your music, and how does it continue to influence your craft?

I suppose there was never any pressure from my family and friends to get a "real " job. Most of the people I grew up with are involved in some sort of artistic endeavor today. I don't know exactly how that affects my decision making process, but I certainly don't feel alone...I'm not a black sheep where I come from.

What other jobs have you had other than being a singer and songwriter?

Waitress, personal assistant, nanny...all the regulars.

Is it harder or easier to be a working musician in Los Angeles? Why?

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I don't have much experience with any other city. I lived in NYC and played music there, and I can say that lugging around gear on the subway isn't my cup of tea....although there are plenty of great things about playing music in NY.

As for LA, what's great about this city is that there are so many amazing players, songwriters, bands etc. It's challenging to be around so many talented people...and maybe that can be the hard thing as well...sometimes it's hard to get noticed.