Christy P Klotz is a country pop artist and songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. She is committed to telling authentic stories through music and art. Her music will make you feel good, and provoke thought.
“As Lovers Should”. You said, “It is about two people who know how lovers “should” act to treat each other right but it’s not quite happening that way.” Can you tell me more about what that means?
The idea is that when you watch movies, for instance, you automatically know if the couple is “meant to be” or not based on how they treat each other in a few scenes. Yet, when you are in a real relationship, it’s a little more complicated than that. Some days you might be tired and short with one another. Other days you may find it hard to get outside of yourself and really care for the other person in a time of need. You’re both good people and try to do what’s right but it can be hard when feelings are high, or you didn’t get enough sleep, or you’re dealing with other stressors. This song is about learning how to love someone well. It’s asking if we can start to really treat each other with respect and kindness regardless of outside factors. It’s asking if we can love unconditionally and selflessly, seeking to understand more than to be understood, like we know in our guts is right.
When we spoke last, you said you had chosen “Jesus Callin’” as your debut single because, in part, it had really spoken to producer Jordan Seah. What was it like to work remotely in advance of the new release with Jordan and mixing engineer Matt Newman?
It was actually crazy because we were never once in the same room together for this song! It was good that we had “Jesus Callin’” under our belts because we knew our sound and preferences. I sent them a demo with a drum beat and bass line I wanted, along with basic guitar and vocals. Matt tracked the drums live and perfected the drum sound while Jordan laid down the guitars. He doesn’t have a bass guitar so I would drive to his house and drop my bass at his doorstep and he would leave it for me when he was done. Matt then added piano/synth sounds, and I sent in lead vocals. Jordan coached me a lot remotely to get the best vocal take. I then came up with some backing vocal lines, and Jordan sent me a line he wanted me to try for the Chorus (that’s the hah’s you hear). It’s kind of funny that we never actually saw each other but I’m lucky to be on the same team as them! They’re great musicians and they totally get the vision. I trust them a lot.
Perspectives: poems to a dear friend - Christy P Klotz
Perspectives is an illustrated book of poems split up into four unique chapters: human things, hard things, holy…
Your book, “Perspectives”, was written to mimic Wisdom Literature in the Bible, but for the daughters. “It also wrestles with themes found in Ecclesiastes and Job, such as why bad things happen to good people.” How is this especially important during this season in our lives?
I am particularly passionate about the daughters! I’ve been a part of Church my whole life. It’s hugely important to me but has been disheartening at times as it can be very patriarchal. I used to sit in church and squirm as they said “he” nearly one thousand times and never even mentioned “she,” or when reading certain parts of the Bible. Since (almost) completing my Masters in Ministry, I feel more equipped to understand God’s vision for justice and to advocate for women in that space! I think women need to feel like the main audience. They need to know that they are specifically in mind, not on the sidelines.
One of the hangups I hear a lot with people and God is the question of why there is suffering in the world and why good things happen to bad people. It is interesting because the Ancient Israelites struggled with this same thing — It’s been perplexing humans for a long time! Earlier texts in the Bible focus a lot on the principle of reciprocity — If you do good, good things happen to you. If you do bad, you are punished. But when we get to Job, we see a good person who undergoes a lot of suffering. In this season, we are seeing a lot of people undergoing undeserved suffering. It is hard to watch, and impossible to know exactly why. One thing we learn from the story of Job is that his friends didn’t believe he was totally innocent. They think he must have done something to deserve his hardship, though as the readers, we know that is not the case. From this, we learn that we need to show up for people and be comforters and helpers. We don’t need to dissect why what happened to them happened, but rather mourn, help, and offer whatever healing we can. Suffering is often no respecter of persons, so we show up however we can and advocate for the hurting.
Some artists have released songs that were written and produced during the pandemic, including “Six Feet Apart” by Luke Combs, “Between Me and the End of the World” by Adam Hambrick, and “Better Than Me” by Riley Green. Did you also find yourself writing about life in quarantine and social distancing?
One night I was definitely in my feelings regarding the pandemic and wrote a song called “Here’s to Those”. It’s a tribute to those on the frontlines. But other than that, I’ve actually felt a little less inspired than usual in the quarantine. Being around a lot of people and doing things is what inspires me to write daily, so without that my writing wheels have slowed a bit. I’ve also got so many songs I’m itching to cut from this past year, so it’s been a few months of digging into producing and working on other aspects of the business. I’m really craving getting back into writing though, and actually have been working on a new song that I’m stoked about — It’s more of a sassy jam!
How do you think, in the minds of the fans, the role of singer/songwriters has changed because of the pandemic?
One of the biggest things is that there are no live shows, sadly. I think people, myself included, love to go hear music live! There’s so much energy and good vibes at a live show. There can be special moments you remember forever. I think the new challenge for artists is how to be that fun, meaningful escape for people online. Or perhaps to help give voice to the fear, loneliness, and sickness people are experiencing. And now with the Black Lives Matter movement really gaining momentum, it’s changed again. We can use our voices to advocate, uplift, protect, join, and celebrate the Black community in America. I’ve seen a lot of artists on Tik Tok singing very meaningful tributes for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. It’s a powerful way to advocate for social change — something we desperately need.
Podcast - Christy P Klotz
Minty Dreams is a weekly afternoon creative show that inspires you to make your daydreams minted! Join our host…
How do you see your podcast, “Minty Dreams”, inspiring fans to mint their artistic/entrepreneurial dreams moving forward?
I love Minty Dreams! It’s such a fun community of artists and entrepreneurs going after their dreams. I interview a lot of people in the middle of their journeys. They’re not just starting out, but they are still very accessible. I want people to listen and be like, “you know what, I am going to start that thing I’ve been thinking about for years. I can do this.” I love our Minty Dreamers and I want people to feel a sense of belonging, support, and encouragement.
Love your “High Five”, reflecting on being a human being not a human doing. Any recommendations on ways to clear your head and refocus?
For me, meditation, journaling, writing, reading, playing my guitar or piano, going on walks, and talking to my husband is what helps the most! Meditation helps me to slow down and examine my thoughts. I use journaling to pray to God, so it’s really a sweet time that I usually take in the mornings. I love to do writing workshops (Rupi Kaur has some great ones for free on her Instagram!). It makes me feel creative and opens up new possibilities in songwriting. I feel totally on fire when I read. New ideas make me feel alive and excited! I’m currently reading “Lean In”, “Daring Greatly”, “Lead Like Jesus”, and “Irresistable” (a lot of leadership literature right now). Playing guitar or piano helps me slow down. I love that it has no other purpose. It’s not a means to an end, it’s just really for enjoyment. I feel opened up when I play. Going on walks gets that blood moving! And lastly, but most importantly, my husband is my closest confidant. He listens to me and understands and helps me process my feelings. I love him and I feel relieved when we talk!
Besides hope, what practical tools can listeners take away from the podcast?
There are many practical tools for a variety of industries — from music, to acting, to cooking, to interior design, to career management, to starting your own business, to podcasting! Each guest is a dreamer with a specific area of expertise. I make sure to ask the practical questions to help our listeners succeed.
You said you are now the same age Rachel was when “Friends” premiered. How would you describe your April birthday quarantine celebration, “The One _____”?
The One With Caipirinhas by the Poolside.
It was late enough in the quarantine that we were able to see my parents and siblings and have Brazilian barbecue in their backyard. My husband’s Brazilian so he knows all the dishes!
How is Rory Gilmore, your new family member, doing?
She’s the cutest little girl! We love her! She’s only 4.5 lbs right now. She’s fond of snuggles, turkey treats, and peeing all over mom’s floor!