“There is all kinds of abuse in the world,” she says. “People go through divorce, through painful relationships, family issues, friendships. There’s gender and professional issues. There’s physical, but also emotional abuse. To me, this musical and these songs are about healing, healing the wounds from all those things.
“What I do know and love is being able to touch people’s lives through my music. Music is a great healing tool, and songs that are about people’s lives — hard, difficult or triumphant— are powerful tools. They’re valuable in a way that goes beyond how good you are, or performance and things like that.”
In most ways, Magnuson is a true-blue Georgetowner. She’s raised her children
here: Gardner, 16, and Grace, 17. She was trained as a pianist early on, and owned her own music studio.
“I lived in Georgetown for 18 years and loved every minute of caring for my kids, nurturing the friendships I made. I lived close to Montrose Park and have wonderful memories of visiting with friends in Georgetown as our children played, or taking long walks with our yellow English Lab, Sadie, both at the park and through the brick walks of Georgetown,” she says.
Given the season, there are also the Halloween memories for her of “traveling in packs of parents and kids, going door to door.”
An affinity for country music and a desire to write and perform country songs brought her to Nashville, a very different sort of place and city. “I moved to Nashville years ago becauseI wanted to write lyrics and create music that was authentic. The energy I feel in Nashville is one of kindness, creativity, a slower pace and love. Talent oozes out of every corner. Nashville is my second home and I am at peace the minute the plane touches down.”
As she lived her life, dividing her time between D.C. and Nashville, the effort began to pay off. “My first publishing deal was with Garth Brooks’s publishing company, Major Bob Music. I played a few tunes live for Garth Brooks’s business partner, Bob Doyle, who signed me.” She’s written for Sony Tree Studios in Nashville, as well as numerous cuts and songs for independent artists.