HOW IT ALL BEGAN
About Mae Klingler
Mae Klingler grew up in Granville, Ohio, a small Midwestern town. She struck her first music deal on her 16th birthday, when she convinced her parents to let her buy a used guitar.
As a journalism student at Ohio University, Mae cut her teeth as a songwriter in the robust and diverse Athens music scene, where she played at open mic nights, coffeehouses and some college bars. “My voice never stood much of a chance against the crashing beer bottles and drunk guys,” laughs Mae.
After a stint in nonprofit arts PR, Mae took a job creating music and creative content for kids in Cincinnati.
She has participated in the Ten out of Tenn Artist Bootcamp, where she learned alongside some of Nashville’s finest singer-songwriters and producers including Trent Dabbs, Amy Stroup and Charlie Peacock.
When she’s not playing music, she’s kayaking, bike riding or otherwise exploring the city and beyond with friends and family or in the studio, discovering new instruments and melodies for whatever comes next.
The Mighty Small is Mae’s first full-length record, featuring 11 original songs. Though it defies straight genre categorization, it’s adventure folk at its mightiest.
Co-produced with Josh Seurkamp (who has played with Over the Rhine, Kim Taylor, Ellery) and Greg LaFollette (Katie Herzig, Matthew Perryman Jones, Waterdeep, Trouvere), the album’s players include Jordan Brooke Hamlin (Katie Herzig, Indigo Girls, Sandra McCracken, Lucy Wainwright Roche), Justin Golden (Ellery), and Andrea VonAllmen (Artists and Authors) and was recorded/produced at Crossroads Studio (Cincinnati, OH) and Gingerwood Studio (Nashville, TN).
The name The Mighty Small was born in the recording studio. Mae explains, “While making this record, we kept reminding ourselves that we wanted it to be ‘surprising and delightful’. We found ourselves drawn to lots and lots of simple parts—melodies and parts that seemed small and simple on their own, but together, they made this lush landscape of sound in some songs, an emotional hurricane in others and just plain fun in the rest. The songs may be made up of small things, but enough small things make something mighty. I think there’s truth in that on many levels.”
She continued, “In general, I find the mightiest things, movements and people don’t usually start out that way. As a kid, I remember playing with my mom’s charm bracelet. My favorite piece was a small clear charm that held one single mustard seed. She used to tell me that mustard trees grow to be some of the biggest around; I spent lots of time trying to figure out how something so big could come from something so small. I suppose this record is me still trying to figure that out.”