Back on May 24, 2005 the 11th episode of the Working Podcast featured a clip from a street musician I discovered underground at Penn Station. It was the first time I actually heard music that I didn't have to run away from as I waited for my train.
Fast forward to December 31, 2007 (the show originally aired on May 10, 2007) and guess who pops up on Oprah's "Discovered on a Subway" episode? None other then the very same singer, Susan Cagle.
Apparently, years back she wrote a letter to Miss O and has now recorded it as a song.
I've always prided myself on "calling" bands. From up-and-coming artists signed to a label, to the guys playing the local dive - even friends' bands. I have a knack for who's gonna make it to the big show. Most of the time it's a no-brainer. Hearing Susan's pop-friendly sound several years back was memorable enough for me to fly out of my chair as my wife watched Oprah.
"I know that girl," I said repeatedly.
Browsing the Working Podcast archives today it all clicked. Check out the clip for yourself. Keep in mind this audio was recorded with a phone standing a few feet away from the singer.
I'm happy to say that Jobacle and the Working Podcast have come along way since then - and so has Susan Cagle. She has a record deal with Columbia Records and has officially arrived.
That's what I love about producing this podcast. It might be centered around work and careers, but you never know what you're gonna get. We get a lot of e-mails asking about the music played on the show. If you've got a band - we'd love to feature you too!
We thank Oprah for listening to the show. I'm pressing my finest suit. We're going to dedicate an entire podcast to her in the coming year. Then we just have to wait for the phone to ring...