Devon Cahill and Letter to Memphis

“When you were younger still, you would dream in shades of grey, but the time has come to sleep, to dream, you’re finally on your way,” says the lyrics to “Rest Your Head,” by St. Louis indie folk band, Letter to Memphis.

“Rest Your Head” is one of the first songs written by Devon Cahill, the band’s lead singer, as well as one of her personal favorites.

Songs such as “Rest Your Head” were written by Cahill in an effort to inspire and uplift people, as well as to get them thinking about the poetic lyrics.

Cahill’s beginnings in music lay in her childhood, as she came from a musical family. Her father was in a punk rock band in the ’80s, and her mother was involved in musical theater, which Cahill became involved in as a result, performing at venues such as the Muny and always stealing the show.

“My mother would tell me that I’d have everyone else’s lines memorized,” said Cahill.

Cahill’s favorite part of musical theater was always the singing. She never enjoyed the acting or dancing aspects, but always found passion in singing.

Despite this, Cahill didn’t find her niche in music until much later, when she was roommates with Gene Starks, who is now her  band mate and fiance,

Starks taught Cahill how to play a ukulele that she received from her mother as a birthday gift. This led to the two jamming together in their apartment, which slowly evolved into what is now Letter to Memphis, which now includes members Paul Niehaus IV and Sarah Velasquez.

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Cahill and Starks inspire one another in their music, as they both have experienced difficulties in life, including anxiety, addiction, and marital troubles (Starks was previously married.)

Cahill still finds troubles with anxiety, especially when she’s about to perform onstage. This problem was made especially apparent at one show, in which she suffered a panic attack while performing. Nevertheless, she did not let the incident discourage her, and she resumed playing her music after the panic had ended.

Cahill and her other band members transfer these feelings into their songwriting, creating a soulful blend of folk, blues, and indie music. They do what they do not because they’re in it for the money, but because they love doing it and they all get along so well.

“When we’re onstage, we go from four people to one unit,” said Cahill.