Why Mara Hruby Used Jazz Covers to Express Heartache

Billy Johnson Jr., Mara Hruby
Billy Johnson Jr. interviews Mara Hruby for #ConversationsInLight.

On the heels of the NPR premiere of Mara Hruby’s music video for “In the Wee Small Hours,” a song from her 2014 EP Archaic Rapture, she opens up about why she chose to express her heartache via covering jazz songs.

 “I was writing about it on my own time but I wasn’t ready to share what my writings were about,” she tells me during an interview for #ConversationsInLight, “which is why I felt it was the best therapy for me to do all those jazz standard songs because it was a way for me to cycle through my emotions without directly having to talk about what mine particularly were.”

See a clip of my interview with Hruby at Heritage Recording Company in Los Angeles.

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Billy Johnson, Jr., a former senior editor for Yahoo Music for 17 years, has been covering hip-hop, R&B and pop music since 1991 and has interviewed the likes of Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Quincy Jones, Kanye West, Eminem and Mary J. Blige. His work has additionally been featured in Vibe, Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, The Source, Upscale and more. Billy has appeared as a music expert on CNN.com, Tavis Smiley, E!, The Insider, BET, VH-1, ABC, FOX, AXS-TV, TV Guide, NPR, KNX, KFI, WCAP, WBZ, among others.

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