Barbara Jo Kammer has been making music for quite a while. Her career as a music therapist working with the elderly and folks suffering from addiction keeps her quite occupied. When she’s not doing that, she entertains guests at the local coffee house with band, The Hippie Buckaroos.
“It’s been a dream come true,” she told us recently, referring to getting to record her very first CD ever, at the age of 62. She proudly shared that she’s been in recovery from alcohol addiction for 10 years now, and hopes that her own journey and celebration in recovery through music can provide inspiration to others.
Her CD, scheduled to come out in September is called, One Song At A Time. “It’s never too late to follow your dream,” she said. “And I feel like I living it, right now. It’s an amazing opportunity to make a debut solo album at this stage of my life.”
“It’s only because of my recovery and sobriety that I have this opportunity,” she stressed. “If I can do it, anybody can do it. If I can give hope to someone that’s struggling, or knows someone who is, then it’s been worth it.”
Barbara Jo even got to write her first song for the project. “I’ve never written a song before. My wonderful producer KC Groves suggested I write one for the CD.” Barbara Jo resisted at first but the Colorado resident says it was her daily walks with her dogs around a nearby lake two weeks before she went into the recording studio that inspired her to want to create a song for this project. “Each day I would go back home and write down what had come to me on the walk. Sometimes it was the melody, and sometimes it was the words. It’s the last song on my album and I can’t even tell you how happy I am to have that on there.”
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