Mary Steenburgen, Oscar-Winning Actress, Signs Songwriting Deal with Universal Music!

October 21, 2013

Oscar-winning actress Mary Steenburgen is now a songwriter who just signed a deal with Universal Music. There are many actors-turned-singer-songwriters, but Steenburgen’s musical turn is an unorthodox one. Find out why and how she started writing songs!

The veteran 60-year-old actress is as stunning as ever as in latest movie, Jon Turteltaub’s comedy, ‘Last Vegas,’ in which she has a costarring role with four Oscar-winners; Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline.

Add that to her long list of memorable screen roles, from her Oscar-winning performance in ‘Melvin and Howard, to ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’ to the more recent ‘The Help,’ with ‘Back to the Future III’ and other favorites thrown in.

And now Mary Steenburgen is a songwriter for the first time in her life. How and why is an unusual story to say the least. In an interview with Lee Cowan on CBS Sunday Morning — which you can see below — she spoke about the impetus for her new passion and vocation, saying, “I had a minor surgery on my arm, but it was enough that I went under general anesthetic, and the music started right after that.”

For reasons that are unexplainable, she said she suddenly had musical ability. She said, “At one point I kind of looked in the mirror and said, you know, you’re a mom, you’re a wife, people count on you, you can’t go off the deep end into this kind of crazy, musical swirl.”

But yet that’s just what she did, both as singer and as songwriter. She now has 40 songs of which she is either writer or co-writer — with help from some Nashville musicians. And, as noted, she signed a songwriting deal with Universal Music. She also performs one of her songs in the new movie ‘Last Vegas.’

In the interview she revealed that, along with singing, her musical instrument of choice is the accordion. Her husband, actor Ted Danson, gave her one as a Valentine’s Day gift. She said, “I will tell you this, I’m obsessed by it. I love it beyond belief. There’s something about it that just appeals to me, I don’t know why.”

The full interview is below. Mary Steenburgen’s experience exemplifies the mysteries of the human brain and creativity. At the same time, it’s an exciting turn for her and an inspiration for anyone who wants to follow dreams and passions. That is just what Steenburgen has always done; moving from her small town in Arkansas to New York City to launch her acting career, and now, much to her own surprise, becoming a singer-songwriter!

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