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Personal responsibility defines Plumb

By Scott Iwasaki
Deseret Morning News

Singer/songwriter Plumb isn't worried about whether people will remember her name 20 years down the road. But she does want them to remember her songs.

Kristen BarlowePlumb says she admires artists who don't follow trends. "I like musicians and artists who don't change their style even though the trends sound different," Plumb said by phone from her home in Nashville, Tenn. "I like musicians who make important music and don't have to compromise. When I was growing up, I liked the Cure. They were ahead of their time and not like the others. And they were fine with it. U2 is another band like that.

"I remember growing up and hearing a lot of Stevie Nicks in my mother's car. And then there were the rock chicks. I may not have known their names, but I knew their songs. And they have stuck with me through the years and still sound great, even though the trends have changed."

Plumb (known to her family as Tiffany Arbuckle Lee) was always a singer, she said. "I can't remember a time in my youth when I wasn't singing. Some kids do athletics. Some do art. I did music and singing."

Still, she didn't think she would become a professional recording artist. "I thought I was going to go into medicine. I'm still fascinated by the world of medicine. And even now I want to be a nurse. Maybe in a few years when I'm older I can do that."

For now, Plumb knows she has a responsibility to her fans and herself. "It all boils down to what you see when you look in the mirror at the end of the day. I have had a lot of amazing experiences with my fans. People come up to me and tell me how much I'm a part of their lives. They tell me how my music has changed them. I met a woman the other night who recognized me and said, 'You probably hear this all the time, but your songs have helped me change my life.' Through those experiences, I see how important my music is to them. And with that comes responsibility.

"I feel my purpose is different than a lot of musicians and artists. I am amazed at how many entertainers I see on TV or read about in the media who make decisions that are so selfish. I'm not going to mention any names, but I see them not thinking about the people who care about them, and it bothers me. I do think about my fans. If they are taking time in their life to listen to me or using their money to buy my albums, then I have a responsibility to them."

Plumb recently released her fourth album, "Chaotic Resolve," on Curb Records. "I am proud of that album and stand by it. I look back at my other albums and see how much I have grown. When I first started making albums, I tried things that were maybe not in my best interest. And the next time it came to make a new album, I vowed not to do whatever I did wrong before, again.

"With 'Chaotic Resolve,' I can look at myself in the mirror at the end of the day and be happy."