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Music Director Picks #4: The War and Treaty, Sara Bareilles, Mandy Moore

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88.5 FM receives so much music on a daily basis... CDs, downloads, reissues, box sets, cassette tapes, vinyl records and more. Songs are generally chosen by committee at the station, but it's the job of the music director to go through the stacks and stacks with a fine tooth comb. This blog may include major label releases, independent artists, even random submissions for your listening pleasure. 

Music Director Picks #4


Michael and Tanya Trotter became inseparable after finding each other. After meeting as separate performers at a music festival, it wasn’t long before they realized they had a special musical bond. This married duo took two distinct paths to get to where they are today… now they are collaborators in music and partners in life. Their live act has the bloggers blogging and the music industry buzzing. The War and Treaty is a little bit of folk, gospel, soul and rock & roll.



Sara has had an incredible trajectory as a recording artist, now she’s well known for her contributions to theater too. The release of the song “Armor” comes while her critically acclaimed musical Waitress runs on Broadway. Perhaps narrowly recognized as a pop sensation for some time, Sara’s “Armor” was produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett and sounds like a legitimate rock track, combining a catchy hook with an important message of female importance and empowerment. This song will be featured on her 5th full length studio album due out in 2019. 



Written and produced by Siddhartha Khosla & Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, this song dives deep into the world of Mandy’s popular show This Is Us. “Invisible Ink” was written from the perspective of the character Rebecca and features the songwriting of Mandy’s husband Taylor, who is regarded as one of the best active songwriters in music. 88.5 FM knows Mandy Moore as not just an accomplished actress, but as a singer/songwriter as well.