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Miranda Hope: Bio

It was Mary Chapin Carpenter's "I Am a Town," that sent Miranda to a flea market north of Paris, France, to buy a $50, no-name guitar. Cracked body, rusted strings, out of tune – she took it home and promptly broke the first string she tried to tighten. Still, from the moment that she played her first notes on that 5-string, she was hooked.

She begged chords from friends, learned songs, and studied guitar with Val Mackend in New York while pursuing a master’s degree in Theatre at Columbia University. She moved to rural Virginia, wrote songs in a log cabin, and played open mic nights and gigs, while working as an English/Drama/Music/Science/Yoga teacher, an actor, a director, a writer, a film editor, a bartender, a waitress, a llama trainer, and a sushi roller. She ran a non-profit counseling company for low-income rural teenagers -- "Next Step." She had a baby. She trained to offer yoga and meditation to a military population and to the incarcerated. She kept writing songs, playing guitar and singing to audiences on both coasts.

"Leaving Eden" was recorded in East Nashville in the summer of 2008 with local artists Mack Starks, Neilson Hubbard, and Kirk Yoquelet. (See the links page for more about them.)

"New Moon in the Old Shadow" was recorded in Huntly, Virginia in 2018. It is the recording of a collection of musicians and songwriters based in Rappahannock County, Virginia, produced by Nashville performer and songwriter, Mack Starks.