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Photographer Jeff Fasano and writer Kelly McCartney are collaborating on a book of photos and interviews with artists telling the stories of make-or-break points in their lives. Whether spiritual, physical, personal, or professional… the moment was monumental. Just one of those times when everything they once were is no more, when each of our 25 subjects faced a time in their life when everything they once were is no more and they have to figure out a whole new game plan.

We’ll capture those moments with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Chely Wright, John Oates, Will Hoge, Mary Gauthier, Telisha Williams, Andrew Leahey, Rorey Carroll, Amy Ray, Yola Carter, Margo Price, Ruby Amanfu, and more — well-known people with stories that help others to face their own challenges with more hope than they might otherwise have had. And we’ll do so in a way that conveys both the courage of their vulnerability and the inspiration of their re-emergence.   

About Jeff Fasano

One night, when I was leaving a job I wasn’t too keen on, it hit me like a slap across the face: I was not enjoying my life. When I got home, I sat down with pad and pen and wrote: “What do I want to be when I grow up?” I began to write down what I liked doing, and it was when I realized that I loved taking pictures that I found my passion. It all started when I turned 40 and left the job and world that no longer resonated for me. My intention was to create a new life that was fulfilling and enjoyable. Not only have I created this life I am now living, it has been quite a journey.

On my path, I have had the great fortune to meet, photograph, and build relationships with notable artists from around the world. Through the love of my craft, doors have opened and I have connected with musicians, actors, authors, designers, and so many interesting people who are creating their life and expressing it to the world. And I get the chance, with my talents and gifts as a photographer, to support them, including Sting, Taraji P. Henson, Jewel, Terrence Howard, Joan Osborne, Wilco, Evan Rachel Wood, Kris Kristofferson, and numerous others.     

About Kelly McCartney

Over the course of nearly 30 years in the music business, I have worked with artists in almost every capacity, from personal assistant to club promoter to tour manager. I have also stepped away from music a few times to explore activism and other areas of interest. At the end of 2008, the failing economy counted me among its victims and I spent the next six years trying to recover. I couldn’t find meaningful (or well-paying) work anywhere, so I started making Venn diagrams, pro/con lists, and spreadsheets to figure out what I could and should do.

Then I remembered this wonderful Howard Thurman quote: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” What had always made me come alive was music, but I needed to do it in a way that didn’t force me to sacrifice my own creativity to support someone else’s. So I referred back to my teenage dream of being a music journalist — something I had never pursued full-time. Within a year, I was interviewing Sinéad O’Connor, Brandi Carlile, Annie Lennox, Michael Franti, Johnny Clegg, Linda Perry, Bruce Hornsby, Lori McKenna, and so many more, doing the work I was meant to do all along.