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Pegi Young has taken center stage.


In 2007—after a longstanding role singing backup to her husband—the late-blooming artist released her debut album to reveal a singer-songwriter of uncommon warmth and gravity. Her sophomore disc is due out this November and continues to deliver lyrics of heartbreak and hard-won wisdom with a hushed, haunted beauty, and emotional immediacy.


In 1986, Pegi and Neil’s experiences caring for their son Ben, who was born with cerebral palsy, led Pegi to cofound the nonprofit Bridge School. With a goal of global dissemination, Bridge School has evolved to impact the lives of children and families throughout the world. It leads the way in implementing innovative methods of aiding children with severe speech and physical impairments.


Pegi and Neil are the forces behind the annual all-star Bridge School Benefit concert—a star-studded, all-acoustic, nonprofit charity show held every October. In October, The Bridge School Benefit Concerts: 25th Anniversary Edition was released. It features legendary musicians performing rare, acoustic versions of songs never heard anywhere else.


Pegi chats with Editor Maranda Pleasant about coming into her own as an artist and her work at the Bridge School.


Photos by: Autumn DeWilde


An Interview With Pegi Young


I know that you get asked the same questions all the time, so I think you’ll find our Origin Series a bit different. I want to start with the good stuff. What’s the reason that you wake up in the morning? What’s that thing that sets you on fire, the thing that you’re most passionate about right now?


Well, one day to the other it might be something different. Each day, I have a different set of things I need to do that day or want to do that day. Right now, it’s very much focused on the Bridge School, the Bridge Concert, the Bridge Gala. You know… to learn more about the school, we have a website.


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Right! I love your website, actually. Oh good, so you checked it out. Yes.


Then you can get a good handle on the full range of what we’re doing, because so often the perception is that we’re just a school, which we are, that is the heart and soul of everything we do. But we also have our outreach programs, and our transition programs, and our research programs really kind of melded with the educational programs. An important message I like to get out is that while we are a small school in the Bay Area, our aim is for global dissemination, and we’re making great strides in that regard... Especially right


now, because the gala’s next week and the concert’s two weeks from today.


That’s powerful.


Also, I’m very aware that my record’s in production and coming out in mid- November. We have a tour coming up, so I’m trying to practice a little bit every day and just get my musical self back in gear. I don’t suffer too much from boredom! I have a lot to do these days.


That is full-on. Sometimes I feel pulled, between my responsibilities as a mother and as an artist, and my craft suffers. Do you feel that? Is that a conflict for you? You want to


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