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Shreveport native Maggie Koerner finds her groove in NOLA

Maggie Koerner: swamp video

Maggie Koerner: swamp video

Singer/songwriter Maggie Koerner describes her move from Shreveport to New Orleans nearly two years ago as a “reincarnation.”

“An old part of me died and new part of me was born,” said Koerner – recently named the new lead singer of Galactic -- of her move from northwest Louisiana to a place three blocks off Frenchman in the Marigny.

The change can be heard in the differences between her first album (Quarter Life) and her second (Neurtral Ground).

“You can tell that I moved, you can tell that I moved somewhere where I was able to really explore myself, found some demons along the way and had to work through them.”

In the single "Neutral Ground" from her most recent album, Koerner sings about “trying to find a balance, trying to find your neutral peace within things where you’re content, you’re not always searching for the future or from the past.”

This summer, Koerner shot a music video for "Neutral Ground" in the swamps of Louisiana. In retrospect, she said, that may not have been the best location for one’s first ever video. The difficult process “became a self-fulfilling prophesy in a way,” she said, “because it’s about me being reincarnated into a new life, and I did. From the beginning of that shoot until the very end of it, I was a new woman. I’d changed a lot; I’d learned a lot of humbling lessons.”

But the challenges proved to be worth it. “The end product was exactly what we wanted.”

Watch the video:

Maggie Koerner Neutral Ground (Official Music Video) from Eye of the Crow on Vimeo.

Brian Friedman writes about New Orleans for NolaVie.