The Versatility of Mariah Thompson’s Sound Will Keep You Listening

Please introduce yourself. What do you do? Why? What do you want people to know about you? 

My name is Babyghost and I am a genderless & genreless musician. I believe in pushing social and sonic boundaries and using music as a vehicle for both change and unity. I discovered my passion for writing at a young age and my urgency to pursue music at an even younger age. I wouldn’t be any sliver of who I am without music.

What qualities make you different and unique from everyone else in the industry?

My versatility in sound sets me apart from others by keeping listeners on their toes. What often ties my music together is lyricism and content rather than the sonic landscape, which brings many different types of people together. After experiencing loss for the first time, my music became less about numbers and more about reaching deeper into what music can articulate when it comes to universal experiences.

Describe THAT moment when you realized you’re doing what you were born to do.

People always ask when I started music, but I never have an answer. I didn’t scope out or stumble upon my passion, I just always remember doing music and having no other desire matching that of wanting to pursue it. I was adopted, and my parents were always so supportive of my dreams but had no musical inclinations themselves besides their enthusiasm for listening. When I met my birth family two years ago, I was shocked to learn they all had performance experience and musical talent. That was an extra layer of validation for sure.

What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve had to go through and how did you grow through it?

Being an artist is hard, and I tell people all the time that if I could see myself doing anything besides music and being happy, I’d do it in a heartbeat. But again, there’s a sense of urgency to making music that I constant feel both motivated and pressured by. I’ve given up a lot to pursue music, and it hasn’t gotten easier. People always asked what my ‘real job’ or ‘plan B’ would be. This attitude has followed me into the most prestigious situations and I’ve had to be vigilant about shrugging it off. But at the end of the day, I’m happy every time I write a line, hop in the studio, or meet another creative. Everything’s a learning process.

Who are the TOP 3 people you’d want to meet that could elevate your career or business?  Why these specific individuals?

First and foremost, I would love to meet Tracy Chapman or Stevie Nicks. Both of these artists heavily shaped who I am as an artist and person today and taught me the power of claiming space for your sound. They are the first artists I remember listening to; and I wouldn’t be surprised if Chapman’s self-titled album was playing the day I got home from the hospital. Hayley Williams has been a huge inspiration vocally and will always hold a sentimental place in my heart. I loved hearing the gently mischievous sound on her solo album Petals for Armor and will forever hold Paramore as legendary in my mind.

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