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It is said in the family that Avery sang with her mom before she talked, and learned what harmony was listening to the Beach Boys on summer car trips with her dad. It comes as no surprise, then, that these kind of fundamental relationships of our lives lie at the core of Avery's songwriting. Her songs explore the intricacies of relationships formed, challenged, and redeemed.
Avery wrote songs for ten years before signing up for Portland songwriting institution Matt Meighan's workshop, Songwriting as Truth Telling. Putting on her iron skin, ready for critique, she was surprised to learn that this class was not about playing for feedback, but about listening for truth. "What I realized then," as she shared in an interview with River City Folk, "and what I continue to realize more deeply is that the way we become better writers is by becoming better listeners." Within months, Avery was becoming more prolific than she had ever been, and released her first recording, an independent EP titled Fare Thee Well in 2012.
A former teacher of ages preschool through high school, Avery now also teaches private and group music instruction, including a songwriting workshop for kids. She is based in Portland, Oregon.