Karli Ingersoll knows a thing or two (or five) about balance.
After spending her day as a designer at Chapter & Verse, she and husband Caleb tend to the Bartlett.
Then there’s the pair’s newest venture, the Lucky You Lounge, which will host its first show on May 4.
Plus, there’s music to be made with local favorites Super Sparkle and Cathedral Pearls.
But a couple of years ago, Ingersoll decided to add yet another endeavor to her already full plate in the form of reviving her career as a solo performer.
Under the name Karli Fairbanks, Ingersoll released “Bitter Blue” in 2007. A decade later, she, now performing as Windoe, released the “Shake It Out” EP.
Shortly after the EP’s release, Ingersoll felt an itch to keep working on Windoe.
“It felt like a personal challenge more than anything to get back to a certain type of songwriting that I hadn’t really felt as comfortable with in a while and really own that and make something out of it,” she said.
The result of that challenge is her debut full-length as Windoe, “Great Prize,” which was released April 5.
Ingersoll will celebrate the album with a concert at the Bartlett on Friday.
Ingersoll had been playing a few songs on the album – “Slow It Down,” “Wild Thing” and “Standing Still” – for awhile, and those songs gave her a launching point when it came to writing the rest of the album.
Ingersoll began sending demos to her brother-in-law Scott Ingersoll, who performs as Scott Ryan, who made suggestions, like adding a bridge to “Slow It Down.”
Ingersoll agreed and feels the bridge seals the song as an anthem of trying to understand her motives for being creative.
“That line ‘What is it you want to win?’ and digging into that competitive nature of playing music and being a creative person and trying to get back to the core, the prize of the whole thing is the process and having an amazing experience making the music,” she said. “That was the start, then I started finishing the other songs.”
From there, Ingersoll approached the songwriting process with the goal of looking at each song as “What am I really feeling and enjoying writing about?” not “What do I think people will like?”
She did, however, open up her writing to critiques, which she had never done before.
Usually, Ingersoll said, she’ll write then record and that’s that. With “Great Prize,” she shared the demos with a few trusted friends.
“That helped refine a few things that I probably would have passed over,” she said. “That was a big part of why I ended up feeling so confident and happy with how everything turned out.”
“Great Prize” was produced by Ingersoll, her husband and Ryan.
Caleb Ingersoll and Ryan performed on the album, as did Justin Landis, Jenny Anne Mannan, Branden Cate, Caroline Fowler and Natalie Closner, of the band Joseph.
Karli Ingersoll appreciated having that support behind her because when it came time to record “Great Prize,” she knew she could let go of the reins a little and enjoy the process.
“All these people are so talented so it was really easy,” she said.
Used to recording and performing with others, Ingersoll said the “Great Prize” release feels different than other albums she’s been part of.
It’s a little more nerve wracking, but also more meaningful.
“It will be a lot of family and friends at the album release show,” she said. “Windoe doesn’t have a huge following necessarily so it’s going to be a very supportive thing and that feels good and gratifying on a different level.”
With one less thing on her plate, Ingersoll is focused on the opening of Lucky You Lounge. It took a lot of work to squeeze “Great Prize” into her packed schedule, but she’s happy with and proud of the end result.
Others, too, have become inspired by Ingersoll’s work ethic, which she’s found to be a meaningful response to her work.
“Even though it’s not my main focus or my career or anything, I see it as so valuable to do things that you’re passionate about,” she said. “I really am hopeful that that will hopefully inspire other people to be, like, ‘Well, if she had time to do this thing, maybe I have time to invest in this thing I’ve been putting off.’ ”
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