Singer-songwriter Carrie Ferguson’s original songs range from playfully jubilant to soaring pop and straight-up rock. Her latest album The Grumpy Time Club offers children and families inclusive and welcoming messages about accepting feelings, celebrating differences, and loving themselves exactly as they are.  

Producer Dave Fraser caught up with Ferguson in her Northampton studio and shares this story. 


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Zydalis Bauer, Connecting Point: Singer-songwriter Carrie Ferguson’s original songs range from playfully jubilant to soaring pop and straight-up rock. Her latest album, The Grumpy Time Club, offers children and families inclusive and welcoming messages about accepting feelings, celebrating differences, and loving themselves exactly as they are.

Producer Dave Fraser caught up with Ferguson in her Northampton studio and shares this story.

Carrie Ferguson: I woke up this morning with voice in my head. I could tell…

Carrie Ferguson, Singer/Songwriter: I’ve always made music and I’ve always made songs and that just kept happening. I don’t know how better to say — it’s something that if I didn’t actually do it officially, if I didn’t say I was doing it, then I would be doing it like in secret behind my own back. It’s just what I do.

I would describe my music sort of loosely as folk pop. It’s very folky, in the sense that it is — I like to make room for instrumentals for acoustic instruments. And lyrically, it’s very folky.

But it’s also very pop oriented in that, you know, I came of age in the 80s, or I was a teenager in the 80s, and I loved 80s pop music because the hooks, you know, Duran Duran and even Billy Joel. I mean, that stuff was just so hooky and so melodic.

And so, that’s always in my music as melodic hook. And that makes it pop.

Before I go on stage, I try to get in the right place because there’s usually doubting voices — “Aw, you’re not going to be able to pull it off this time!” Just ask them to step aside because again, the ship has sailed. Like, I’m about to do this. So I, you know, everybody needs to be on board with this.

And then it’s just — it’s just marvelous fun. I really love having the platform to just be positive and just have joy and inclusivity, and I’m just beginning to explore it and really enjoying it.

I’ve written music for adults for for many years, and over the years some songs started popping up here and there. People were like, “Make kids record, make a kids record!” So, I sort of gathered in all the songs that over the years people have said, “Ooh, kids like that! Kids, you know, that’s for kids.” Wrote a few more, and now I have a kids record.

This record took a while, maybe it took about four years to make. Maybe, you know, or maybe longer. I mean, the pandemic was — we had to take time off during the pandemic. We made it very carefully and thoroughly. I’m really proud of this record.

The title track of this of this album, The Grumpy Time Club. That idea was actually invented by Samara Sawyer, who is Garrett’s daughter, Garret, is my producer. And I asked her like, “Well, what do you do with at the Grumpy Time Club?”

And Samara said, “Well, duh! Be grumpy.” And I heard that idea, and I just thought, that has got to be a song.

Oh yeah, the Grumpy Time Club, I’m goin’ down to the Grumpy Time Club.

I feel like the overriding message of this record is about self-love and self-understanding, and then using that inner strength as sort of a platform to engage with the rest of the world and to show up for other people. It’s kind of a, you know, it’s a large ambition for a record, but that’s where I’m coming from.

When I get to the end, I’m gonna do it again! Again!

I don’t always get to be a, you know, a leader of a band, but I really enjoy that sort of facilitator role of just holding the space for these incredible musicians to do their thing and for the audience to have a really, really good time.