Kiana June Weber
You have led such an incredible musical career touring the world since you were 19, performing in front of millions of people, recording 4 global No. 1 Billboard hits. How did it all start? How did you have the courage to pursue this career?
I have always been drawn to women in the arts that choose the unconventional path - like Joni Mitchel for example, and this eye opening experience was just the spark to show me some options. I remember sitting on the plane flying back from that weekend thinking, “I wonder if I could do this … make a career as an alternative styles violinist.” There weren’t many examples of that at the time, and the ones that were examples weren't making a living at it. I just kept following the dream with open arms to see where it might go.
You talk about touring with Barrage as an “unpopular” decision at University of Michigan, and how it changed the trajectory of your career. What inspired you to do it anyway?
"I just kept following my dream with open arms to see where it might go."
Tell us about the brave decision in 2017 to leave your gig with the band Gaelic Storm and go out on your own?
Eventually in the spring, I finally said enough is enough, I have to listen to this feeling, this knowing. It was terribly frightening because I didn’t have a plan - not at all. I have always said I’ll strike out on my own when ….. ( fill in the blank here) - putting it off until I have something certain set up, something stable and ready to jump in to. But the hectic schedule and pace of life in Galeic Storm kept me from doing anything else, from creating my own path. So I had to jump, with no net at all.
There were a few scary months, and then all of a sudden things started to click. I finally had time to rest and heal and I needed to do this first. And then, I started to look out at new things. People and opportunities started to find their way to me, and pretty soon I was getting calls from Grammy award winning artists, dance show producers, and Broadway composers.
Is this life of music and touring everything you dreamed it would be?
What has been the hardest thing for you about foraging this path?
"Complexity is the beauty of life. We are not meant to fit neatly into boxes."
You are passionate about helping musicians stay healthy while touring after taking a restorative life “pause” from your hectic life of touring. Outside of music, what are some of your hobbies and passions that help you take care of your mind, body, and soul?
When you feel defeated, or simply worn down, how do you push yourself to keep going?
Tell us about a time where you felt you didn’t “fit in,” and how you reconciled that feeling.
If you had to choose one piece of advice to the future generation that they would never forget, what would it be?
To remember to always back yourself. Support yourself, believe in your own worth above all else because there are so many people in the world to tell you otherwise. And to truly shine with your own light - it will attract the right kind of people into your life.