In a brand new interview with Albany, New York's Times Union, IN THIS MOMENT singer Maria Brink, who lives in the area, was asked if there was ever a time when her family didn't fully support her in her musical endeavors.
"Well, I don't have a father, so there's no daddy being protective of the daughter," she said. "My mom is a total free-spirited hippie flower child. Always has been. My mom always supports me in whatever it is that I do, and she loves me."
She continued: "I think, for me, the biggest challenge is being a mother with my more provocative side. But to me, I'm an artist, and me and my son have a really beautiful relationship. My son's an artist as well, and we really have come to just let each other express ourselves through our art however we feel comfortable. And that's what it really comes down to: Expression, performing art. ... He believes me and supports me.
"And my grandfather, he's kind of the king of the family. ... He comes to the show, and he supports me, and he has his hands in the air — and my grandmother — and they're just loving. They never bring it up, they never say anything about it, and I think they just know that I'm really an eccentric artist."
Brink also spoke about how performing in front of big crowds on big-production tours compares to playing a small venue like Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, New York.
"I love it, because it's intimate," she said. "We got to play Madison Square Garden before. I mean, that was like a dream. There is something about the lights and the huge arenas that is really special, but nothing can quite compare to those intimate shows where it's sold out, and it's a thousand people ... and the energy is so tight because everyone is together and close and getting so crazy."
She added: "I don't know, there's something special about them I really actually love. When you don't have as much room on the stage to do the full production ... it can be a little challenging, but we make it work."