The daughter of a Bob Seger saxophonist and a Playboy bunny was bound to have an interesting life, one way or another. But singer-songwriter Victoria Reed carved out a path uniquely her own, a journey that she describes in revealing detail on this episode of Soul Sisters, recorded at The Chord Club in New York City.
With her stunning debut album Chariot just out and an international tour under her belt, Reed looks back on a childhood that included a famous father, a family psychic, a near-miss becoming a Disney star, and a philosophy study that drove her into an existential breakdown that gave her all the material she would need as an artist.
“It was really scary but I got a whole album’s worth of songs out of it,” she laughs.
“I know this might sound a little trite but the only thing that brought me any relief was when I was writing songs or playing open mics,” she adds about those dark days before she abandoned her studies in Chicago to forge her music career in New York. “Just for those three minutes I would feel kind of okay and kind of normal.”
By the time she reconnected with a manager she had met years before while “finagling my way backstage” at a Citizen Cope concert, she was ready to turn that relief into her greatest strength, and now has the album to prove it.
Check out the full episode, including a live performance, below, hosted by Billboard writer/content creator Jessie Katz and Parlour Tricks singer Darah Golub, and be sure to subscribe to our iTunes channel for all future episodes: