Behind the Scenes: Laura Reed

by Kat Milam November 11, 2015

Behind the Scenes: Laura Reed


South African born, Nashville and NC based singer/songwriter Laura Reed has become a global success story with her signature vocal style, her thought-provoking lyricism, and powerhouse live presence. Laura recently stopped by Thistle Thursday alongside  Grammy Award winning Shannon Sanders for a performance that had everyone on their feet. Before going onstage, Laura sat down with us to answer a few questions: 


TSC: If you could ask God one question, what would it be?

LR: One Question? That is tough… I guess I am always a little confused, because I see hard things, or bad things, happen to good people. I would want to ask God, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" Nobody should go without, or suffer, after all of the abundance God has blessed us with.

TSC: What is your favorite part of the café?                                                                        

LR: Obviously, the look is really awesome, the tea cup chandeliers, the floors… What really stood out to me is the vibe. I just felt a loving vibe as soon as I walked in the door.

TSC: If you had to drink one drink the rest of your life, what would it be?

LR: Cold, Alkalized Water! So good.

TSC: What was the first song that you learned to sing?

LR: Amazing Grace.

TSC:What were you most looking forward to for this show?

LR: I was excited to meet some of the people involved with Thistle Farms, and the Café. I am really looking forward to meeting some of the survivors. I really love what Thistle Farms and the Thistle Stop Cafe are doing in the community.

Well, we love Laura Reed, too! She had the audience on their feet, clapping, dancing, and giving out standing ovations freely. Many thanks to Laura Reed, Shannon Sanders, and everyone who made this night one to remember!

Kat Milam
Kat Milam

Also in Community Blog

Meet Ericka: Professional, Board Member, Thistle Farms Graduate

by Melanie Reitz November 10, 2016

A 2003 Thistle Farms graduate, and now member of Thistle Farms’ Board of Directors, Ericka Monroe has a clear message for women coming into Thistle Farms: You can do it. In 2001, this is the message she received from Becca Stevens, and it has guided her ever since.  Ericka came to the program having spent four years on the streets. She was sure she wouldn’t stay, but, as she got to know the women around her, she realized there was something different here.

Read More
From the Streets to Accounts Manager: Chelle is Living Proof

by Melanie Reitz October 12, 2016

The growth Thistle Farms has enjoyed in the last several years has kept Chelle Waller, survivor-leader and Accounts Manager, very busy. As a 2005 graduate, Chelle has seen a great deal of change since she first began. “At one time, we were only about 5 women working here, just at one little table,” Chelle recalls. Now, Chelle manages the accounts payable process for a company with a $4 million budget.
Read More
We Are Not Alone: A Blog from Becca

by Becca Stevens September 19, 2016

On Thistle Farm's third trip to visit the Ikirezi community, Nicholas told me that our ecommerce partnership was important, not just because of the added economic value, but because it was a reminder that he wasn’t alone in this work. What he meant was that despite the overwhelming obstacles one faces in justice work out in the fields, we can overcome our times of loneliness and heartbreak if we work together.
Read More