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Bonus Episode: Interview with Fred Penner

Updated: Apr 22, 2019

Fred Penner Photographed by Johann Wall

Fred Penner is a 3-time Juno Award winning singer-songwriter who  just released his 13th Album which is called Hear the Music. Hear The Music features incredible Canadian talent including Ron Sexsmith, Alex Cuba, Basia Bulat, The Good Lovelies, Terra Lightfoot, Afie Jurvanen (a.k.a Bahamas) plus backup vocals from his family.

For our American and overseas listeners, it’s important to know that people our age grew up watching this man on television, as he had a television show called “Fred Penner’s Place”. It was on air for 12 seasons. We grew up with him, sang with him laughed with the puppets, felt comforted by his wisdom and safe in his space. We are Fred Heads, and you’ll learn what that means in this upcoming interview.

It was really our first time interviewing someone who was larger than life for us, but Fred put us at ease immediately. Ron Sexsmith describes Fred as having a “shaman like” quality about him and we agree. He is beautiful not only on the inside, but also on the outside.

Fred is the real deal, he has been at this for 45 years and is an inspiration not only with his positive message, but his outlook on life- which we get into in our short and sweet chat. Fred is an Ambassador for World Vision. Seeing as we are so very interested in musicians using their power for good, we certainly hope to continue to travel on this journey with Mr. Penner by our side, in our hearts and in our ears. We certainly recommend that you check out his new album “Hear the Music”, available everywhere music is sold, tap into your inner child and reconnect to what’s important. Enjoy the show.