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Interview with Singer & Writer Kellianna

May, 2016

Song Inspires Book: Story of ‘Warrior Queen’ Moves Kellianna from Singing to Writing

 

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I cannot remember my name

as I lay on the battlefield

and hear the war drums.

I died here with honor today,

Warrior Queen with my sword by my side.”

So begins one of the nine songs on Kellianna’s first album, “Lady Moon,” released in early 2004.

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The song, “Warrior Queen,” tells the story of a hero’s death on a battlefield.

When I played the song for my mom back in 2003, she said, ‘I love it. What’s the story?’ I said, ‘That is the story. She dies.’”

Kellianna remembers her mother saying, “No, that’s the story about her death. I want to know about her life.”

That planted a seed. For 11 years, Kellianna thought about the backstory – who Warrior Queen was and what her life was like.

I never let go of a good idea, even if it takes me a long time to pull it off. It marinates until the time is right.”

The time was right two years ago.

While performing at the Australia Goddess Conference with her good friend Wendy Rule in 2013, Kellianna met Kaalii Cargill, the author of “Daughters in Time.” The following summer they met again in England at the Glastonbury Goddess Conference.

Picking up a copy of Cargill’s self-published book, Kellianna said, “It was a stunning book, a novel. I loved it. The next morning I was talking to her about [Warrior Queen]. By the next day, she and I had already started doing research on Nordic names. I already had a timeline. In the vending room, we started writing it.”

Cargill insisted the Warrior Queen have a name, and chose Llianna.

My ego did cartwheels,” Kellianna said.

A year later – after many telephone calls and Skype sessions – the rough draft was completed. In the process, they got close.

So much so when she tore her rotator cuff, my shoulder hurt for a week,” Kellianna said.

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It took another six months to produce the finished version. “Tapestry of Dark and Light: Book One of the Warrior Queen Chronicles (Volume 1)” was officially released in late March.

The first day, Kellianna said, she got 400 likes on its Facebook page. Two weeks later, that number had doubled.

In this first book, Llianna learns she comes from a line of women that were given powers to help beat back the darkness 1,000 years earlier. The darkness is rising again, and at age 14, she realizes she is descended from warrior queens and that she, too, is a destined to become one and save the land. She finds her shield and begins to gain self-confidence.

When I was that age, this is the stuff I wanted to read,” Kellianna said of the young adult fantasy. “Young girls need to know that you can step into your power, that you can be strong you can be self-sufficient … and do great things. … The time it right for a woman of power to come forward.”

You can read an excerpt at http://www.warriorqueenchronicles.com, where you will also find book tour information and an interview.

We started the second book already,” Kellianna said of brainstorming sessions she and Cargill have had to develop the story line. “We think we need to kill someone off and we’re debating on who needs to die.”

We decided to self-publish,” Kellianna said, confident that after getting her music into every corner of the globe, she could do the same with the book – three cases of which are at her home in Western Massachusetts.

Her home on a mountain surrounded by forest, she said, is her sanctuary and her source of inspiration.

I love the solitude of my environs. I could not survive in the city.”

She’s committed to spending every other summer in the United Kingdom. While there this summer, she will do a vocal retreat in Holland and, for the first time, will be a tour guide for 13 women: Walking with the Goddess 2016: A Sacred Journey To Avalon.

I started my career in Glastonbury [England] at the Goddess Conference in 2003,” Kellianna said.

Although she’d been singing, playing in clubs and joining assorted bands, it wasn’t until she swapped classic rock for magical themes that her career took off. With guitar and vocals, she tells stories about Gods and Goddesses. Chanting while beating a frame drum, her primal rhythms and captivating lyrics honor the earth and the ancestors.

Blessed Are We” was another of her songs that “downloaded in my head in a second,” Kellianna said, adding, “I’ve had other songs that took three years to write.”

She Is Crone” was written for her friend Leandra Walker’s croning ceremony in 2009.

Who says the crone has to be dirgy and dark? I wrote this as a celebration for a woman stepping into her power,” is how it’s described on Kellianna’s website.

She was there way before the beginning; she helped me,” Kellianna said of her longtime friend who also inspired what is probably the best-known pagan anthem, recognized around the world: “I Walk With the Goddess.”

Walker once mentioned she’d never written anything except, “I walk with the Goddess and the Goddess walks with me.”

On the way home from that meeting we were at,” Kellianna said, “I was writing the chant in my head. Then I called Leandra and I sang it to her. She wouldn’t take any credit.”

Where there is a song behind “Book One of the Warrior Queen Chronicles, there is also a story behind the song that inspired it.

Kellianna recalled playing music with friends when Donna Horn, the artist who drew the “Lady Moon” cover art, told her, “Oh! You have to write some lyrics to my song.” Picking up a guitar, Horn played “this little two chord thing,” Kellianna said, “and all of a sudden this entire epic vision flooded my brain. … It was like a purging. It happened in five minutes.”

She took a recording of Horn’s music home and on a Saturday afternoon, she arranged it and wrote the lyrics. Monday she recorded it.

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I’ve been singing and performing that song for 12 years and every single time, I get the chills all over me,” Kellianna said.

A shamanic reader in Seattle once told her that the Warrior Queen was an ancestor whose story was not yet done being told.

I think everything I do is colored by the ancestors somehow,” Kellianna said. “I come from Norse, Viking and Canadian Indian backgrounds, so I think there’s a lot of my strong spiritual ancestors guiding me in this life.”

The first 10 years of her career were solo years as she wrote songs and promoted her albums. The second decade has been marked with collaborative projects.

In addition to the book, she released a CD this past December with Jenna Greene, “Fairy’s Love Song.” Their two voices harmonize perfectly in the 12 Irish and Scottish traditional songs.

She’s also involved in the “Green Album,” a collaborative project with 13 other bands to raise awareness of the natural world and to support the organization Rainforest Trust with 25 percent of the proceeds from album sales being donated to land conservation. Each artist wrote and recorded a song for the compilation.

I love this era of my career,” Kellianna said of the “many wonderful projects with friends.”

Greene said she smiles when she thinks about the 10 years she’s shared a stage with Kellianna.

The first word that comes to my mind is fun. Fun because besides having an exquisite singing voice, she is a gifted storyteller. Whether sitting in sacred circle during her workshop, out to dinner after a show or introducing a song, she tells stories that evoke inspiration and laughter.

I was so excited to hear of the release of her book because it gives people around the world the ability to experience this gift.

Another word that describes Kellianna is dedicated. She is dedicated to every word she weaves in song, every note she crafts in the studio, every step of her journey across the world. It is all done with such great heart and passion. She is truly a fiery Warrior Goddess!”

If a movie deal evolves from the books, Kellianna said, “I would want to do a cameo, perhaps the old seer in the cave.”

She noted, “There’s no limit on my dreams. I dream big, I really do. … Anything’s possible.”

Purchase Kellianna’s products from her website: kellianna.com. (More profit is realized when merchandise is order from her directly.) You can also find the CD and book on amazon.com. On Facebook, look for Warrior Queen Chronicles.

Interview with Materdea

May, 2010

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    Pagan pages: Who is MATERDEA?
    MATERDEA (Marco):  For MaterDea she is Diana, an Italian, Latin and Roman Goddess. She is the protectress of wild animals, the guardian of springs and streams and the protectress of women to whom she ensures an easy delivery. She is the bestower of sovereignty and Mystery.  Diana dwells in Nemus, and she is the sacred and vital lymph of Nemi’s Sacred Wood (Rome).
    Diana is well represented in the spoken verse at the end of MaterDea’s acoustic version, the last track of our album:

    “I am the Earth’s green beauty

    The clear moon among the stars
    The waters’ mysteries and the humans’ heart desire
    I am the Goddess, Mother Nature that bestows life to the universe
    Everything comes from me, and to me it must return
    I am the Goddess of love, spreading the stars’ mantle upon the night
    I am the one that heralds the dawn and greets the sunset
    I am the dew that caresses the grass covered in flowers, the lynph that flows in the woods
    That gives life to the winds and waters that weds the land and makes it fertile
    I am She that defeats death and shatters the chains of fear
    I am Love, I am Life, I am the infinite Light”
    But for MaterDea there is also Pan’s strength and passion, Pan, the flocks’ guardian and player of flute. Through his wooded melodies MaterDea’s enchantment is fulfilled: I always get inspiration from every note coming from that flute, it generates an image, from that image comes a sound, from that sound a new composition.
    PP: What were the driving forces that led you to this wonderful album?
    MD: Our passion for music, Marco’s passion for the Roman Deities, our interaction that has always been so fluid, intense and harmonic. It seemed to us that every song had its own purpose and it came into being in such a natural way. We went on discovering them little by little each time getting more enthusiastic and surprised about what we were bringing forth from ourselves.
    PP: From where do you draw your MUSIC?

    MD (Simon): Our inspirations came along merging Marco’s rock background and experience and his love for the Celtic atmosphere together with my natural attitude to sing in a dreamy and soft way. Each song was inspired by the sophisticated harmonies and arrangements that Marco created which permitted me to unleash my imagination, finally allowing me to unite it with a new creation. We were often together in Marcos’ studio, in a beautiful little house in the country nestled among magnificent trees, to decide which was the best direction to take on a particular melody, and ended up recording the entire album there. Each track was recorded after the finalization of the composition. One at a time, every one took on aspects of daily life, of the seasons with their colours and scents, and of the goings-on that occurred in our personal lives during this entire period. Perhaps it’s because of this; the album manages to convey a particular feeling to the listener.

    PP: How long did it take to bring this album into being?

    MD: The recording of this album took place from November 2008 until November 2009. The last period was so intense that we had little time to sleep and we were really tiring ourselves, but our happiness for the results was so great that we kept that pace up and succeeded in mixing all the tracks in time to deliver the album on the Yule days!

    MD (Simon): Our inspirations came along merging Marco’s rock background and experience and his love for the Celtic atmosphere together with my natural attitude to sing in a dreamy and soft way. Each song was inspired by the sophisticated harmonies and arrangements that Marco created which permitted me to unleash my imagination, finally allowing me to unite it with a new creation. We were often together in Marcos’ studio, in a beautiful little house in the country nestled among magnificent trees, to decide which was the best direction to take on a particular melody, and ended up recording the entire album there. Each track was recorded after the finalization of the composition. One at a time, every one took on aspects of daily life, of the seasons with their colours and scents, and of the goings-on that occurred in our personal lives during this entire period. Perhaps it’s because of this; the album manages to convey a particular feeling to the listener.

    PP: When did you two meet?

    MD (Marco): The first time we met was in 1991 during a recording session. Then for many years we didn’t have the opportunity to work together and each one of us pursued our own musical career. Then in summer 2008 we met again in a recording studio and worked together for some months. It was then that I asked Simon to join me in the creation of a Celtic soundtrack for a short movie. That composition took on the name “Mater Dea” and we were really happy about it! After that we decided to work on an entire album. “Below the mists, above the brambles” was born from that particular moment.

    PP: Is there a new album coming anywhere soon?

    MD: oh, yes, of course! We are planning to start working on a new album next summer and release it next year.

    PP: Who has been your biggest inspiration?

    Marco: Pan’s passion and power, Diana’s spirituality and Simon’s voice.

    Simon: The beautiful and dreamy musical atmospheres Marco always submitted to me to create a new melody and a new story…… and of course his powerful guitar playing!
    “Many thanks to you all! it is a great pleasure to have met you, and our greatest honour to having been interviewed by Pagan Pages!”

PP: Bountiful Blessings go out to MaterDea, thank you so very much for grating the readers and I such a glorious opportunity to see firsthand a look into your artistic lives. It has truly been an awe inspiring experience. Again thank you.

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Intervista con MATERDEA

May, 2010

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Intervista con MATERDEA



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PP. Chi è MaterDea, la donna?

Marco: Per MaterDea la donna è Diana ed è una dea italica, latina e romana, signora delle selve, protettrice degli animali selvatici, custode delle fonti e dei torrenti, protettrice delle donne, cui assicura parti non dolorosi, dispensatrice della sovranità e del Mistero.

Abitatrice del Nemus, è la linfa sacra e vitale del Bosco Sacro di Nemi (Roma), Diana è ben descritta nel testo recitato che si trova in coda al brano “Mater Dea” versione acustica, l’ultima traccia del nostro album.

“Io sono la bellezza della verde terra,

la luna bianca fra le stelle,

il mistero delle acque e il desiderio del cuore dell’uomo.

Io sono la Dea, la madre della natura che dona vita all’Universo.

Ogni cosa proviene da me, e a me deve fare ritorno.

Io sono la Dea dell’amore che stende un mantello di stelle sopra la notte.

Io annuncio l’alba e saluto il tramonto.

Io sono la rugiada che scende sui prati fioriti, la linfa che scorre nei boschi,

che anima i venti e le acque, che sposa e feconda la terra.

Io sono colei che sconfigge la morte e spezza le catene della paura,

Io sono l’amore, io sono la vita. Io sono la Luce infinita”.

Ma per MaterDea esiste anche la forza e la passione di Pan, custode di greggi e suonatore di flauto; ed è proprio attraverso le sue melodie boschive che ogni volta si compie l’incanto di MaterDea. Io prendo sempre ispirazione dalle note che provengono da quel flauto.. ad ogni nota corrisponde un’immagine, ad ogni immagine un suono, ad ogni suono una nuova composizione.

PP: Quali sono state le forze trainanti che hanno portato a questo meraviglioso album?

MD: la nostra passione per la musica, la passione di Marco per gli Dei Romani, la nostra interazione che è sempre stata così fluida, intensa ed armonica. Ci è sembrato che ogni canzone avesse un suo proprio intento e si concretizzasse in modo così naturale. Abbiamo cominciato a scoprirle poco per volta rimanendo sempre più entusiasti e sorpresi da ciò che stavamo tirando fuori da noi stessi..

PP. Da dove traete la vostra musica?

Simon: Le nostre ispirazioni sono nate fondendo il background rock di Marco, la sua esperienza ed il suo amore per le atmosfere della musica celtica con la mia naturale attitudine a cantare in modo soffice e sognante. Ogni canzone è stata suggerita dagli ambienti sofisticati delle armonie ed arrangiamenti che Marco ha creato e che mi hanno permesso di lasciare volare libera la fantasia per poi approdare insieme ad una nuova creazione. Spesso insieme ci siamo trovati per decidere per la linea melodica migliore, nello studio di Marco, in una casetta di campagna immersa tra bellissimi alberi, dove è stato registrato tutto l’album.

Le registrazioni sono sempre avvenute subito dopo l’ultimazione delle composizioni, una per volta, ed ognuna ha assorbito anche aspetti della vita quotidiana, delle stagioni con i loro colori e profumi e degli avvenimenti che si sono susseguiti nella nostra vita personale durante tutto questo arco di tempo. Forse per questo riescono a comunicare una particolare emozione all’ascoltatore, perché sono state vissute in maniera assolutamente coinvolgente da noi stessi.

PP. Quanto tempo ci è voluto per portare a compimento questo album?

MD: La registrazione di questo album è avvenuta tra il novembre 2008 e novembre 2009. L’ultimo periodo è stato così intenso che ci rimaneva poco tempo per dormire e stavamo realmente esaurendo le nostre energie! Ma la felicità per il risultato era così grande che siamo riusciti a mantenere quel ritmo e a mixare tutte le tracce in tempo per fare uscire l’album nel giorno del solstizio d’inverno!

PP. Quando vi siete conosciuti voi due?

MD (Marco): La prima volta che ci siamo incontrati è stato nel 1991 durante una registrazione, poi per molti anni non abbiamo più avuto opportunità di lavorare insieme ed ognuno di noi ha seguito la propria carriera musicale. Successivamente nell’estate del 2008 ci siamo riincontrati in uno studio di registrazione ed abbiamo lavorato insieme per alcuni mesi. È stato allora che ho chiesto a Simon di creare insieme a me una colonna sonora celtica per un cortometraggio. Quella composizione è stata intitolata “Mater Dea” e ne eravamo assolutamente entusiasti! Dopo questo evento abbiamo deciso di lavorare ad un intero album. “Below the mists, above the brambles” è nato da quel particolare momento.

PP. C’è un nuovo album in uscita prossimamente?

MD: Oh, certamente! I nostri progetti sono di iniziare a lavorare ad un nuovo album questa estate per farlo uscire l’anno prossimo.

PP. Quale è stata la vostra più grande ispirazione?

MD (Marco): La passione e il potere di Pan, la spiritualità di Diana e la voce di Simon.

Simon: Le bellissime e sognanti atmosfere musicali che Marco mi sottoponeva sempre per creare una nuova melodia ed una nuova storia, e naturalmente il suono possente della sua chitarra!

PP. Tantissime Benedizioni per MaterDea, grazie mille per avere donato ai lettori ed a me una tale gloriosa opportunità di potere in prima persona vedere uno squarcio della vostra vita artistica. È stata veramente una esperienza molto ispirante. Ancora grazie!

MD: Grazie mille a tutti voi! È stato un grande piacere averti conosciuto ed un grande onore per noi potere essere intervistati da Pagan Pages!

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