Musical Performance | Rita Wilson | TEDxNashvilleWomen



Although Rita Wilson is well-known as an actress and film producer, her most recent projects have all been connected to her passion for music. After achieving her dream in 2012 with the critically acclaimed album AM/FM – an intimate, elegant, and beautifully sung collection of classics from the ‘60s and ‘70s – Wilson has been focusing on a new component of her musical career as a songwriter. Recently, she has collaborated with a number of talented and successful songwriters, composing original material featured on her second album, self-titled ‪Rita Wilson‬. Her new album Halfway to Home (March 2019) has a fuller sound: Southern California rock meets Nashville country, co-produced by Rita Wilson and ‪Nathan Chapman‬ with additional production from Ron Aniello and ‪John Shanks‬. Many of the songs were co-written with an A-List group of songwriters, including Grammy winner ‪Liz Rose‬, ‪Kristian Bush‬ of ‪Sugarland‬, ‪Mozella‬, ‪Mitch Allan‬, and ‪Kara DioGuardi. Although Rita Wilson is well-known as an actress and film producer, her most recent projects have all been connected to her passion for music. After achieving her dream in 2012 with the critically acclaimed album AM/FM – an intimate, elegant, and beautifully sung collection of classics from the ‘60s and ‘70s – Wilson has been focusing on a new component of her musical career as a songwriter. Recently, she has collaborated with a number of talented and successful songwriters, composing original material featured on her second album, self-titled Rita Wilson. Her new album Halfway to Home (March 2019) has a fuller sound: Southern California rock meets Nashville country, co-produced by Rita Wilson and Nathan Chapman with additional production from Ron Aniello and John Shanks. Many of the songs were co-written with an A-List group of songwriters, including Grammy winner Liz Rose, Kristian Bush of Sugarland, Mozella, Mitch Allan, and Kara DioGuardi. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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  • Wow. I had no idea and I am so very impressed with this talk and her talent. I turned 53 this past Jan and studied acting in L.A. went to school with the likes of Paul Rudd etc…I've known Rita by reputation, she is just a lovely woman. I moved back to Vancouver for a family tragedy in my mid twenties just as I was getting to know some pretty great Agents and on my way – yep stopped and went back home and never left. I did do some cool things in my time, I too am a song-writer and fronted my own band for years, but basically gave up on my "what do I want" questions long ago. At 36 I had a baby, she changed my life and I just couldn't do the "bar" scene and band life anymore. A wife, a mom and not altogether always happy; ran a home-daycare (not glamorous I tell ya, but fun and HARD too) to be with my girl and then admin jobs with primarily horrible bosses. Why? Why oh why is that? Ugh. Anyway, 20 yrs down the road, still healthy knock on wood one day at a time, COVID19 is here and I write this in Vancouver during the State of Emergency and cases rising each day – oh my, anxiety attacks? I'm a trained actor, I don't get anxiety? So, I wanted to know if my beloved favourite actor, Tom Hanks and his wife were doing alright…found myself here. 20 yrs on, sometimes downright sad and just sorta living. I have love, but I have very little "joy" I realized, but tonight, I'm asking myself…WHAT DO I WANT now and be patient and await the answer. I feel as if I may know 😉 but I'm gonna go easy with myself and take some baby steps to hopefully find out. I get this little pang in my heart lately as I've been watching Alan Arkin and Michael Douglas in the great Netflix show, The Kominsky Method. A drop in theatre class perhaps? Yes, perhaps. THANKS RITA…YOU GOT THIS and beautiful song (it is on the list for my Celebration of Life one day). I hope folks don't mind me sharing here…weird times and I need to communicate. Bless you one and all. xo

    Heather Griffin March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • It is only a humans view or opinion, No good high notes, flat in many spots and cracks in vocals because the vocals are not there, and weak in many spots. 1/2 of each song sung is kind of ok, not too bad. I am not trying to be mean, or opinionated, or even cruel. , not cruelty or fact, by any means, only what I hear. ….. God bless her, at least she is doin it and enjoying the career. Good on ya from the outback mate!!!

    One Spirit March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • Thank you for the beautiful song. Only someone who had cancer can know how precious life really is and can celebrate their death while they are alive! I want to be invited to your party!

    JoAnn Wilson March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • What an absolutely wonderful uplifting song, beautifully sung. Hope both you and Tom get better soon Rita x

    windmill March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • Just got to see Rita in Sydney. Lover her! She is so sweet and gracious. Great song! Recover quickly. Blessings to you and your husband……..

    karen lacy March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • What a lovely voice she has. I never knew she was a singer.

    Mary Marth March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • Get well soon!

    nongthip March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • This is a great song! What a concept, writing about what she wants after her own death!! Unique and awesome!

    bonita montgomery March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • I hope she recovers well from Corona virus.

    alreadythen1 March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • Praying for Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson's complete recovery from COVID-19.

    Penelope Stout March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • Thank you for knowing what you wanted and sharing your beautiful soul and gift with the world. 🙏🏼☺️♥️

    Kaldonia1111 Kaldonia March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • Recently I lost my husband to cancer. Today would have been his birthday.

    Your song is very inspiring and comforting to me. ❤️

    Diced Rice March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • Perfection. Simple and elegant. Love it!

    Starlightv74 March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • Sooo beautiful. Tears in my eyes. Thank you! Bless you. 💗

    Kimberley Jones March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • I want to say thank you for your words and sensibility. So deep, simple and joyful!

    Eduardo Flores March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • Thank you very much for the inspiration and the joy! Yes, we celebrate life!

    Carrie Kang March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • Thank you so, Rita.. for your wonderful speech (it gives us hope and belief it is never too late to realize what you really want! and being able to go for it! ) and this beautiful song, so beautifully sang and the lyrics are amazing… just like after having left this life on this Earth, will be, a true celebration! Thank you for being you in your very own colors..and sharing with the world….. Love, Beatrix

    beatrix emden March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • Great words

    sandramA heynemana March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • so lovely and inspiring !

    Ivory Vogt March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • I’m not crying 😭💕 Beautiful song!!

    Erika Hosoi March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • Wow!! Absolutely amazing!! Beautiful!! Full Of Joy❤️🙌

    My3LovesJSA March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • I love you Rita Wilson. Thank you for your authenticity.

    Kathleen Low March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • I just love this…it is so full of joy and hope in life now, and later!😘

    Renee CA March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • 💕beautiful

    Mediatrice March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • Love this song!

    Gina Morse March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • Love it!

    Chelle March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • Yes! We’ll throw you a party right now Rita. 🥳🎉 Many thanks for you being you. 💝

    Elsa Weber March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • Rita you make my heart sing. Great shoes!

    cathy phegley March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply
  • This song is so beautiful… tearing up listening and watching you. I love you Rita!!!

    Cynthia Sari March 21, 2020 12:23 pm Reply

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