With a voice as soulfully ethereal as she is, Angela McCluskey lives life like a certified muse—keeping herself inspired while being sought after by countless musicians who've been put under her spell. Kicking off her music career by forming the folk rock group Wild Colonials during a West Coast jam session in 1993, the Scottish songstress has since lent her vocals to a number of international hits, including Télépopmusik's 2002 dance anthem, "Breathe." She and her husband, composer Paul Cantelon, are one of those couples you can't help but fall in love with, a creative duo that's too good to dream up.
Guests like Alan Cumming (another Scot), Sarah Sophie Flicker, Karen Elson, and Lorraine Kirke are just a small sampling of the wide and colorful circle of friends that have been enchanted by Angela and Paul's world. On a recent warm Wednesday evening, we chatted with Angela at a garden party held in her West Village backyard, and learned all about her love for plastic flowers, go-to ways to escape writer's block, and how she stays inspired.
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Interview by Stephanie Maida
Photos by Nellie Park