ACTOR · MUSICIAN · WRITER · BIRTH DOULA
ALL HEART MULTI-HYPHENATE
Actor/Musician, Savannah Welch, is known for her acting roles in the Oscar nominated film BOYHOOD directed by Richard Linklater; TREE OF LIFE starring Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain; and a recurring guest starring role as ex-Marine Dawn on the History Channel’s SIX…among a colorful portfolio of independent films, in which Welch often deep dives into characters informed by varying degrees of music.
Growing up in Nashville, she was submerged in the southern culture of the country music industry, raised by her beautiful Okie folks who miraculously evolved into progressive hippies of the 80’s variety. The landscape was a terrain of spiritual sculpture and creative inspiration with permission to follow it; yet, the level of talent and validity existing within this environment scripted intimidation that set a bar too high to start. Most influential were the musicians and songwriters including her acclaimed father, Kevin Welch, and prodigious older brother Dustin. Savannah decided that’s what “they” did, and pursued a career in film production and acting…all the while, playing and writing songs when no one was looking. She co-wrote many songs that have been cut on other artists’ records, including the title track on the Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis’ Americana Music Awards album of the year nominated, Cheater’s Game, I Had To Give That Up Too recorded by Sammy Kershaw, and is the recipient of several SESAC Awards.
Eventually, performing caught up to her and she became one of the founding members of the Texas/Tennessee collaborative girl group, The Trishas.
Savannah has always been passionate about parenting, long before she had her son. She trained to become a birth doula, and an accredited Attached At The Heart Parent educator in 2014.
"The career trajectory of Savannah Welch isn't like that of most local musicians. Singing since infancy, she finally began considering it a vocation when forming The Trishas with Liz Foster, Kelley Mickwee, and Jamie Wilson in 2009. The band blew up quickly enough that Sony offered a development deal, but they turned it down. They'd only formed the band to pay tribute to her dad at MusicFest in Colorado.
Truth be told, Savannah hadn't started playing music publicly until her 20s, and then simply because her brother needed a backup singer and she already knew all the songs. At that juncture, she no longer considered herself a fan of getting up and singing for people. Welch jokes about whatever facility for performance she exhibited then being a byproduct of not yet attaining sobriety. Her coming-of-age wasn't a typical one."
Learn about The Trishas
ENOUGH ABOUT MUSIC
Another accidental career path, Welch is cultivating a podcast called Enough About Music - a collection of conversations with musicians about anything/everything…except for music.
The idea came to her as an organic observation of her personal experiences in relationship to those within music circles spanning her whole life. Many of the most profound conversations and connections with fellow musicians have been grounded in areas around the music- with life informing the music they make and vise versa, obviously.
The result is often an unexpected fostering of truth telling & personal unveilings, with a giant dose of humor, humanity, & humility. All things that Welch feels is needed now more than ever for unifying our socio-emotional lives. Far from the usual press questions that they're asked over and over, listeners & fans get a glimpse into a side of these creatives that few get a chance to witness.
Launching in early 2020 on all the usual platforms, distributed by Austin’s local NPR station KUTX.
“I remember the Trishas giving me shit one time, even before I was pregnant with Charlie, because I was listening to parenting podcasts.”
Lone Star Music Magazine/Q&A: Savannah Welch
"A doula is somebody who provides emotional and physical support to the mama in labor, and to her partner as well.
So it’s something I’ve always been passionate about it.
I went through training to be certified as a parent educator, through a program called Attached at the Heart. It’s founded on the eight principles of Attachment Parenting.
So that’s something else I’ve thought about: if I can’t support women in labor, what are some other ways that I can support families and this next generation that doesn’t require such an able body?"
Lone Star Music Magazine/Q&A: Savannah Welch
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