Sena Ehrhardt is a blues/rock singer who has recorded several albums, including her debut, Leave the Light On, which won the Blast Music Award for Best New Artist Debut Release and was nominated for a Blues Music Award. Her second album, All In, was released in 2013. Live My Life is her newest album, and her third European tour will begin this October. Check out her video, Man Up.
What sparked your interest in music?
I really love to sing, and I was always singing around the house as a little kid. My dad was a musician, and I eventually joined one of his bands for a couple of years. After that, I branched out and formed my own band. In 2011, I got signed to Blind Pig Records, and it has become a wonderful full-time endeavor, including a European tour. It’s been great to see how much Europeans embrace our music.
Most listened to song in the last week?
I have always loved 90s R&B soul music. After Prince Be passed away, I’ve been listening to P.M. Dawn’s “I’d Die Without You.” There’s a really great piano solo and soulful vocals.
What do you drink during a show?
Before a show, I have hot tea to keep my vocal chords warm. I also prefer to drink room temperature water, which is difficult in Europe because all their water has carbonation in it. It’s tough to find water without bubbles.
Favorite local band or artist?
I am going to be biased here and pick my husband’s group, the Cole Allen Band. It’s just good to have a partner like this in all things. We co-wrote my album Live My Life, we look out for each other, and we have good synergy together.
Most memorable Rochester gig experience?
It’s tough to choose any one particular show, but I do believe that our community is really great at bringing people together for outdoor concert events. I’ve been really lucky to be a part of Thursdays on First and Down by the Riverside. It’s so fun to be outside with the community in summertime.
If you could run sound for one artist no longer among the living, who would it be? Why?
I’m no sound man, but I would love to be in the presence of someone like Janis Joplin and be able to witness that. I’m getting chills just thinking about it.
Top three artists at the moment?
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy as the lead vocalist. I am blown away by his vocal range and phrasing. Zakk Wylde’s album Book of Shadows. It’s an acoustic based record, and I’m really digging that lately. Brandy. Her vocals were so impressive to me. There a song she sings called “Begging and Pleading” that I can’t stop listening to. She has new material out now, and she is extensively touring in Europe. She uses a lot of vocal layering and harmonizing because she is able to harmonize with herself due to her vocal range.
One book everyone should read?
“Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl. It’s a deep read about the power of positive thinking, about the idea that people choose their frame of mind and way of looking at situations in life.
Kindest words from an audience member?
For someone to say that they are going through a difficult time, and that for the hour or so they were listening at my show, they were able to escape. That they were able to find happiness through my music is the highest compliment.
Favorite local hangout?
When I am away from home for a while, it’s pretty hard to beat a hamburger at Newt’s. I also really enjoy that Five West is doing a lot of acoustic music, plus they have really good food there.
Sena will be performing on Saturday, September 3 at the Wicked Moose for the Legal Labors’ Day Benefit (LLDB). Her European tour begins October 2.