Catholic singer ‘can’t wait’ for Rediscover: event
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The Catholic Spirit
Marie Miller is one of the featured performers at the 2014 Rediscover: Catholic Celebration Oct. 3 and 4 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The 25-year-old singer and musician from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia will perform during the Friday evening session. She responded to the following questions from The Catholic Spirit.
Q. Why did you decide to come to the Rediscover: celebration?
A. I love being a part of events that can really inspire and revitalize. We are so busy these days, and we need events like Rediscover: to bring our focus back on our relationship with the Lord.
Q. For a Virginia girl, Minnesota in October must be much more appealing than Minnesota in January, right?
A. Yes, but I will most likely be complaining it is too cold. I can be a wimp when it comes to cold weather.
Q. Talk about your music style and background.
A. I call my music folk/pop because I grew up listening and playing both traditional bluegrass music and regular pop music.
Q. What is it like to be nationally known and have your music play on local Christian stations such as KTIS here in the Twin Cities?
A. It’s a huge blessing! I am so happy that so many people are listening to my music, and I hope it is a source of inspiration for them.
Q. One of your most well-known songs is “You’re not alone.” Talk about that song, what it means and how you came up with the lyrics.
A. “You’re Not Alone” is a song about being a good friend. It’s a song about compassion, and the power we have to help each other when our friends are going through tough times.
Q. Where does your Catholic faith fit into all this?
A. It fits like a glove! St. John Paul II’s letter to artists is my constant inspiration. He writes, “Beauty is a key to the mystery and a call to transcendence. It is an invitation to savor life and to dream of the future. It stirs that hidden nostalgia for God.” That is the goal of my music.
Q. As a young adult yourself, how excited are you to play on Friday night for the young adult audience at the Rediscover: celebration?
A. So excited! I can’t wait to visit with the young adults.
Q. Will there be any opportunity for those coming to the celebration to meet you in person either before or after your performance?
A. There will be!
Q. What type of music do you like to listen to and who are your favorite artists?
A. I listen to everything, and I love almost all types of music. My favorite artists are The Eagles, Stevie Wonder, Nichole Nordeman, and Nickel Creek.
Q. How long will you be in Minnesota and what else will you do while you’re here?
A. It will be a quick trip. I have to be in New York City a couple days before the event, and I will be heading back home Saturday night.
Q. What’s next for your musical career?
A. Lots of shows and hopefully more beautiful events like this one.
Q. What would you like Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to know about you?
A. I have nine awesome siblings. I love C.S Lewis, John Paul II, Lord of the Rings, French fries, the Virginia countryside, documentaries and St. Joan of Arc.
Q. Do you have any advice/encouragement for young adult Catholics, such as those who will be coming to your performance here in Minneapolis?
A. Stay strong!