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Soul Sisters Podcast: Patti Beranek On How Love Led to St. Lucia

Soul Sisters Podcast featuring: Patti Beranek of St. Lucia
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Soul Sisters Podcast featuring: Patti Beranek of St. Lucia

For this episode of Soul Sisters, we banished St. Lucia frontman Jean-Philip Grobler to the control booth so we could grill Patti Beranek on how their marriage both informs and challenges their musical partnership.

"He is the main guy and I'm the sous chef, the support," Beranek says humbly, after admitting that "fights happen for sure. Don't ever ask Jean and myself about a cocktail shaker."

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Though they now comprise one of Williamsburg's hippest power couples, Beranek is actually from a small town in Germany; Grobler from South Africa. In this episode recorded at NYC's Chord Club, on Beranek's birthday no less, she describes how the two first fell in love as music students studying at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (a victim of wanderlust from the very beginning, she left home at 14 to study in England.) St. Lucia is now playing just about every summer festival under the sun on the strength of their latest album, Matter; and though having children is on Beranek's mind, she's confident she and Grobler will figure out how to balance a baby with their current life on the road when that time comes.

"Everybody is told that you have to do it one way," she says, "but I've never done it that way, Jean and I have never done it that way, so we'll just figure it out."

Listen below to the full episode, which concludes with a rare, stripped-down live performance by Beranek, Grobler and St. Lucia's Ross Clark. And be sure to subscribe to Soul Sister's iTunes channel for all future episodes!


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