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THE LEGACY LIVES ON: SEALS & CROFTS 2 PERFORMING AT THE TEMPLE THEATER OCT. 13Friday, September 21, 2018
Des Moines Performing Arts had the opportunity to hear from Brady Seals and Lua Crofts of SEALS & CROFTS 2, performing at The Temple Theater on Oct. 13.
Where do you both call home?
Brady lives in Franklin, TN and Lua lives in Nashville, TN.
How did your love of music first start?
Brady: It started early for me. I learned to play the piano at age nine. I played piano in church. I also learned to play drums and guitar around that same age.
Lua: I think some people are born with an innate ability to understand the language of music. I believe I was born with that ability. My awakening for my love of music came early on ...maybe 2 or 3. I was obsessed with Glen Campbell & Elton John.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
Brady: It was piano.
Lua: Piano. I only wish I had stuck with it.
When did you two first work together professionally?
Brady: Lua and I first performed together in the mid 90s after I left the group Little Texas. Lua was in my touring band singing background vocals. Our first show after the label showcase was in Poland.
How did the idea come about to form Seals & Crofts 2?
Brady: I was working on a musical project called “The Seals Family Album” where I was going to record songs from my uncle Troy Seals (Songwriter Hall of Famer), my cousins Dan Seals (Dan Seals & John Ford Coley) and Jimmy Seals (Seals & Crofts). I asked Lua to sing on the classic song “Summer Breeze” and when she came over to my studio I realized just how special our voices are together. I paused everything I was doing to focus on Seals & Crofts 2. We’ve been shocked at the excitement of the both my fans, and all of Seals & Crofts fans! They fans have just been incredible! It’s been overwhelming!
What do Jim and Dash think of you two carrying on their music?
Brady: Jimmy and Dash love the idea and give their complete blessing. Dash was the one that wanted them to name the duo Seals & Crofts 2.
Lua: They love it. They are very supportive. They both think we are two extremely talented artists and love the idea that we’re singing their music. My dad is my biggest fan! He’s been pushing me to have a career in music for years! They are also excited and anxious for us to get in the studio and record some original material!
What are your favorite Seals & Crofts classics to perform?
Brady: My favorite song is “Get Closer”. It reminds me of when I was a kid listening to the radio.
Lua: I really love performing all of them, but “We May Never Pass This Way Again” is one of my favorite songs of theirs, so I do love singing that one. I also love “Get Closer” & “When I Meet Them”. Hopefully one day we’ll work up the two songs that are truly my favorite Seals & Crofts songs, “Hummingbird” & “Ruby Jean & Billie Lee”. Those songs kill me.
Besides Seals & Crofts, what other musicians do you like to listen to?
Brady: I lean more towards old country like Merle Haggard, Willie and Waylon. I’ve always had a wide range of influences though. All the way from Stevie Ray Vaughn to John Mayer.
Lua: I gravitate towards musicians that actually play real music, unlike a lot of the overly programmed stuff you hear on the radio today. The folks I listen to range from Alison Krauss and Union Station, to John Mayer, Adele, Ed Sheeran. But I also listen to the legends like Stevie Wonder, Donnie Hathaway, Prince, Aretha Franklin....incredible artists and vocalists.
What’s your best advice for aspiring musicians?
Brady: My best advice would be to know your musical history. There is so much of the past to appreciate. Learn from the best. Dig deep.
Lua: Don’t listen to folks that tell you that music or the arts isn’t a respectable career path. The arts are an imperative part of the human experience, and come from the deepest parts of your spirit. They are what inspire the world. Study your craft, listen to the greats, and never give up of your talents...they are a gift to you from God Himself.
Have you visited Des Moines before?
Brady has been there before performing with Little Texas and Hot Apple Pie. Lua has never been and she’s looking forward to it!
Is there anything that we didn’t already cover that you’d like to add?
Just that we are so honored to carry the torch of the Seals & Crofts legacy. We can’t wait to share it to a whole new generation.