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Donning the lead producer’s hat for the first time in her career—along with co-producer and engineer

Kyle Buchanan (Ginny Owens, Andrew Greer)—the project is a tapestry of favorite sounds, from Americana, to pop, to symphonic, all woven together with a common thread. "Bluegrass was the music of my childhood,” she explains. “My father was a musician and a songwriter who played guitars in country and bluegrass bands. My mom was a gospel singer. I find myself always returning to the music of my youth, and I think Bows & Arrows is really the amalgamating of all the music I have loved in my life.”

"It is a very personal record,” she continues. “I was just writing songs that were brimming inside of me, writing to make me happy and also in hopes that the stories resound with other people. You've just got to take the risk, write your heart and let it do what it's gonna do.”

Bows & Arrows boasts an impressive list of collaborators, from celebrated singer/songwriter Gabe Dixon, who lends his voice on “Can’t Help Yourself,” to performances by legendary bluegrass mandolinist Sierra Hull and famed upright bassist Viktor Krauss, among others. With a nod to her new book, a highlight of the album is a duet with acclaimed singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson on a reimagined “How Could I Ask for More,” one of Cindy’s most beloved and requested songs of all time.