Jessica Lea Mayfield sings to empower

Jessica Lea Mayfield performs the title track to her album, "Sorry Is Gone," live in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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  • Jessica Lea Mayfield - Meadow (Live on The Current) 02:48
  • Jessica Lea Mayfield - Offa My Hands (Live on The Current) 02:58
  • Jessica Lea Mayfield - Sorry Is Gone (Live on The Current) 03:25

Jessica Lea Mayfield's new album, Sorry Is Gone, seems to have arrived at just the right time. As news headlines are filled with more and more people coming forward with accounts of abuse and harassment, Mayfield's new album is an empowering body of work. "A lot of people come up to me at the shows and want to talk to me about these things," Mayfield says. "I feel like the more people that speak up, the better, especially when you're speaking up for yourself."

Mayfield's Sorry Is Gone emerged from her own experience of domestic violence and her departure from that toxic situation. The songs on the album address abuse, and Mayfield wants people to be OK talking about that subject. "The things that need to change can't change unless we talk about them," she says. " People are trying to leave those situations; I was in the situation where I wanted to confide in my friends, and they were like, 'Oh, I don't want to hear it.' And so I think you kind of need to numb people to these things and say, 'Hey, this is real and this is happening, and the more we talk about it, the less we're going to be afraid to talk about it.'"

The album's title, Sorry Is Gone, encourages empowerment by inspiring listeners to examine the impulse to say they're sorry. "Especially for women, I think it's really ingrained to just apologize for your existence for some reason," Mayfield says. "So that's a tough one to work on. But it's definitely just trying to realize when you need to actually apologize and when you don't — and most of the time you don't, you come to find out."

Ahead of her show at the 7th Street Entry, Jessica Lea Mayfield, together with guitarist Patrick Damphier, visited The Current studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson. Hear the complete in-studio session using the audio player above.

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"Meadow"
"Offa My Hands"
"Sorry Is Gone"
All songs are from Jessica Lea Mayfield's 2017 album, Sorry Is Gone, available on ATO Records.

Hosted by Mac Wilson
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by Michael DeMark
Visuals by Nate Ryan
Web feature by Luke Taylor

Resources


Jessica Lea Mayfield - official site

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  • Jessica Lea Mayfield performs in The Current studio
    Jessica Lea Mayfield performs in The Current studio, with guitarist Patrick Damphier. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Jessica Lea Mayfield performs in The Current studio
    Jessica Lea Mayfield performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Jessica Lea Mayfield performs in The Current studio
    Jessica Lea Mayfield, with guitarist Patrick Damphier, performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Jessica Lea Mayfield performs in The Current studio
    Jessica Lea Mayfield performs in The Current studio. Guitarist Patrick Damphier accompanies. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Jessica Lea Mayfield performs in The Current studio
    Jessica Lea Mayfield and Patrick Damphier tune their guitars ahead of their in-studio session at The Current. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Jessica Lea Mayfield portrait in The Current studio
    Jessica Lea Mayfield portrait following her session in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Jessica Lea Mayfield portrait in The Current studio
    Jessica Lea Mayfield portrait following her session in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Jessica Lea Mayfield portrait in The Current studio
    Jessica Lea Mayfield portrait following her session in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Jessica Lea Mayfield protrait in The Current studio
    Jessica Lea Mayfield portrait following her session in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)

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