Here is our short interview with Piper:
Bridge: When did you first decide you wanted to be in performing arts of some kind? What did that moment feel like?
Piper: I’m not entirely sure when the definitive moment was that solidified my desire to be a performer. I’ve been performing since I was 2 years old. It just always seemed like the natural path to take and I was encouraged by my Grandmother to do what I love.
Bridge: Who was the most inspirational person in your life, professionally? Who was the most inspirational person in your life, personally? Sometimes they are both the same…that is fine, of course, if that is the case. Tell us in a few words, what about that person was so “inspirational” to you.
Piper: I would have to say my theatre teacher Gus Gillette. I went to a small private school, K-12 and he was my first director in a show when I was in the 5th grade. He always believed in me, honestly more than myself. He encouraged me to try new things, not just music. He really opened my eyes to the world of theatre. My Grandmother was the greatest person I’ve ever known. She loved me endlessly and she was my biggest fan. She always pushed me to do whatever it was that made me happiest. I’m eternally grateful for that.
Bridge: You participated in our Virtual Concert Series recently. Tell us why you felt it important to be a part of this project that went out to hundreds of senior living communities?
Piper: I have a soft spot for the senior community. I was my Grandmother’s caretaker for 5 years until she passed this past November. There were times when she was in senior living communities for short stays after hospital stays, and I guess I wanted to send some light and love in her honor.
Bridge: Well, anyone who saw/heard you sing on our concert series, know you did your grandma proud! You are amazing!
Bridge: What do you see as the most beneficial thing that could come out of relationships between senior citizens and artists, like we are going to do in our Storybridge/Songbridge programs?
Piper: I think that your programs ensure that the senior community isn’t a forgotten one. It’s easy to be out of sight and out of mind, and these programs help the senior community thrive. Songwriting between a songwriter and a senior is great way to make sure that their stories are told and immortalized.
We so appreciate being able to chat with you, Piper! Anyone wanting to hear more of Piper, you can find her here:
Itunes: Piper Jones