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The word “feel-good” gets thrown around often in music circles. For certain artists, it just works. In describing her sound, singer-songwriter Avery*Sunshine quickly catches herself when the cliché term slips out. “It’s feel-good music,” she says, and then pauses. “That’s so trite!”
Or you could call it truth. And Avery can’t help spilling it in her music. With her thunderous gospel-bred pipes and heart-to-heart content, listeners won’t have to “get on her level.” She’s already on theirs.
“I want people to get my music. I don't want them to have to decipher some code in order to understand where I'm coming from,” says Avery, a Chester, PA-raised church choir director and pianist with influences from Mariah Carey to Spandau Ballet. “I always talk about how much I love Joel Osteen—it's because he explains things in such a way that it's, not only easy to understand, but also, easy to communicate. When he preaches, I remember the whole sermon and can then go and share that same sermon with someone else. That's how we REALLY SHINE."