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The Anthem Project

The Anthem Project

By Maria Requena
The Anthem Project is all about celebrating amazing humans through music and story telling. Each episode features an anthem written by Chicago based singer songwriter, Sunflower Summit, inspired by powerful individuals she interviews and gets to know. Our mission at The Anthem Project is to uplift one another and inspire action towards our dreams and goals through music and storytelling.
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The Final Episode
The Anthem Project has meant so much to me, and I feel good about this next chapter in my life.
13:20
May 28, 2021
Happy Birthday Joan!
in this final episode of Season 2 of The Anthem Project, we dive into the story of Joan's life and craft just the right song for her birthday as a special gift from her angel daughter,  Alexis.
54:44
May 22, 2021
Mixing it Up - Part 3
The reveal is here!! In this episode, Karen and I share the anthems we have written for each other.
44:12
May 2, 2021
Mixing it Up - Part 2
In this 3-part series, Karen Novy and I write anthems for each other! This episode features me interviewing Karen for her anthem!
26:38
April 23, 2021
Mixing it Up - Part 1
When Karen Novy approached me with the idea of writing anthems for each other, I was totally in! This is part 1 of 3 episodes in which Karen and I interview each other and create anthems for one another! This first part is Karen interviewing me, and I'm so happy to share this!
49:53
April 16, 2021
The Best Gift - A Daughter's Love, Part II
I am so excited for this episode!! I am so grateful for the opportunity to write this song for Jan, Shelly, and Batsheva's family. I know you will absolutely enjoy this conversation!
55:35
April 2, 2021
A Daughter's Love, with Batsheva
This episode is filled with so much love and admiration, the kind a daughter feels for her parents. Through the words and stories Batsheva lends me, I begin to meet her parents, Jan and Shelly (who will be featured in next week's episode!). I am incredibly honored to have been allowed to write a song for her family, and this preceding conversation contextualizes the song so beautifully, and I hope you enjoy it!
24:32
March 26, 2021
Being Your Own Lighthouse, with Siobhan Jones
This episode is so sweet, and so special! Guest Siobhan Jones from The Unlocked Creative talks to us about creativity, taking your life into your own hands, and just getting started.
37:18
March 19, 2021
Learning to Love With Veissi - Part II
We're back with part II! Getting to reconnect with Vessi and sharing her anthem was one of the most lovely moments ever! Want an anthem of your own or for someone special? Learn more about us here :) https://www.theanthemproject.org/
28:17
March 12, 2021
Learning to Love with Vessi
This is part 1 of 2 episodes featuring Vessi Kateva. These conversations with her really hit home with me, so please grab a tissue and let her stories wash over you in the most lovely way.
44:59
March 5, 2021
Maple Syrup, with Athena
Get the tissues - you will need them. Our guest Athena and I discuss hardship, uncertainty, connectivity, nature, and grief in this episode. Athena is truly a remarkable woman with so much love to give this world. Follow along with Athena and join her group on Facebook - Rooted In This Moment. Have a moment in time you want to treasure forever? Let us help you at the Anthem Project. Learn more about commissioning an anthem at https://www.theanthemproject.org/commission-an-anthem
45:35
February 26, 2021
It's the Little Things - With Jo Clark
Life gets really busy, and loud, and sometimes we lose sight of what matters. With everything around us taking us to a new level of strange, Jo Clark talks to us about meditation, being still, and listening in on yourself in order to be able to move into the unknown with a certain level of reassurance in yourself and appreciation for the little things in life. Learn more about Jo over at @chilledfamilies and her site: www.chilledfamilies.com Have a moment you want to cherish a little longer? A person you want to celebrate? Commissioning an anthem is an amazing way to hold on to these memories and emotions! Learn more about commissioning an Anthem here: https://www.theanthemproject.org/commission-an-anthem
34:07
February 19, 2021
Learning Resilience with Gena
This episode is filled with a keen sense of strength and resilience. Having experienced many traumatic realities, guest Gena Peth talks to us about how she has found purpose in her life to keep her community safe and let everyone feel like they are not alone, and instead surrounded by love. Learn more about Gena's experience HERE. Listen to "Lioness" HERE. Have someone in your life you want to celebrate? Or a moment in time you want to immortalize? Commission an anthem from us at https://www.theanthemproject.org/commission-an-anthem
27:40
February 12, 2021
Katie & Maria Get Pumped for Season 2!
Welcome back! The Anthem Project is coming back from break and we have so many stories and songs to share with you
13:09
February 5, 2021
Season 2 Trailer
Join us on Fridays for new episodes of The Anthem Project!  www.theanthemproject.org @_theanthemproject
01:01
January 29, 2021
A Reflection on 2020
This is our last episode of season 1! It's so crazy to believe we've made it this far, and we are so grateful to you! We want to invite you to our end of season celebration, November 22nd. You can register for our zoom party here :) Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Consider a custom mixtape Learn More HERE! Loving the podcast? Leave us a review and shout us out on instagram and facebook, @the_anthemproject. I believe there is so much power in sharing stories, so let the magic happen! __ My birthday is coming up, and I am aiming to get #25for25! Help me get 25 patrons on Patreon, under my songwriter moniker, Sunflower Summit! I am having monthly zoom shows on Patreon, as well as get access to unreleased songs and get works in progress! __ Get 10% off your coffee order at Coffee Over Cardio when you use discount code: 10ANTHEM
38:55
November 20, 2020
Be Fabulous with Kristie
This is a very special episode! It is our penultimate episode of the season, and our last episode with a featured guest. Kristie Mattsson and I discuss an array of topics, from grief, to celebration, to fashion. Make sure to follow Kristie @swingtimebetty and @peackocks&peplums. Come join us for an end of season celebration November 22nd! We will get a chance to talk about our favorite moments and get a live performance of our favorite anthems :D We will be giving away a free anthem, so you do not want to miss this! Register for our celebration here :D Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Consider a custom mixtape
48:42
November 13, 2020
Angie is Happy
Angie Adwin is today's featured guest! A former accountant, Angie is diving into a new world of art and creativity, and leaving boring "normal" life behind. Join us as we talk about perseverance, practice, and persistence! You can follow along on her journey @angie.adwin on instagram and join her facebook group, Angie's Art Sparks! Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Consider diving into creative writing! We are running a free three day workshop (Nov. 10-12 @12pm central) where we will go over making little storybooks, writing poems, and writing a song for your loved ones. Register for the workshop here! Want to go the extra mile? We are no accepting mix tape commissions! Your story plus our songwriting and production - a memorable gift through the ages you can put on repeat! Learn More HERE! Loving the podcast? Leave us a review and shout us out on instagram and facebook, @the_anthemproject. I believe there is so much power in sharing stories, so let the magic happen! My birthday is coming up, and I am aiming to get #25for25! Help me get 25 patrons on Patreon, under my songwriter moniker, Sunflower Summit! I am having monthly zoom shows on Patreon, as well as get access to unreleased songs and get works in progress! __ Get 10% off your coffee order at Coffee Over Cardio when you use discount code: 10ANTHEM
45:37
November 6, 2020
Nancy Sees A New Life Rising
Nancy is one of my favorite people. We met by chance through an online course, and quickly developed a friendship. As a women who has run her own business, Nancy became an inspiration to me. When I studied entrepreneurship in school, we didn’t really talk or lear about female entrepreneurs, and I often times felt alone in this major, seeing mostly guys in my classes. Seeing Nancy successfully run a business and being able to ask her about it was such an amazing gift. Make sure to follow her @designerlyexperience ! Our website is now live! Check us out at https://www.theanthemproject.org/ :D Here you can read up on people's anthems and commission an anthem of your own! You can also check out our mixtapes and subscribe to our newsletter! We have a free workshop running November 2nd through the 4th, focused on getting you writing about your favorite people to craft the most heartfelt holiday gift. Register for the workshop here! Loving the podcast? Leave us a review and shout us out on instagram and facebook, @the_anthemproject. I believe there is so much power in sharing stories, so let the magic happen! My birthday is coming up, and I am aiming to get #25for25! Help me get 25 patrons on Patreon, under my songwriter moniker, Sunflower Summit! I am having monthly zoom shows on Patreon, as well as get access to unreleased songs and get works in progress! __ Get 10% off your coffee order at Coffee Over Cardio when you use discount code: 10ANTHEM
35:06
October 30, 2020
You Are A Champion, Erin
Erin Defazio is a life coach focused on empowering women to take charge of their own lives. She talks to us about being so determined about your goals, that they will manifest themselves as long as you put in the work. Make sure to follow Erin at @CleanCraftedErin. Our website is now live! Check us out at https://www.theanthemproject.org/ :D Here you can read up on people's anthems and commission an anthem of your own! You can also check out our mixtapes and subscribe to our newsletter! We have a free workshop running November 2nd through the 4th, focused on getting you writing about your favorite people to craft the most heartfelt holiday gift. Register for the workshop here! Loving the podcast? Leave us a review and shout us out on instagram and facebook, @the_anthemproject. I believe there is so much power in sharing stories, so let the magic happen!  My birthday is coming up, and I am aiming to get #25for25! Help me get 25 patrons on Patreon, under my songwriter moniker, Sunflower Summit! I am having monthly zoom shows on Patreon, as well as get access to unreleased songs and get works in progress!   __ Get 10% off your coffee order at Coffee Over Cardio when you use discount code: 10ANTHEM
18:32
October 23, 2020
I See You, Melanie
This episode features Melanie Matthews from @calmingthetechdown. An educator and techie, she is embracing a new adventure in her life all while continuing to see and support the people around her.  Our website is now live! Check us out at https://www.theanthemproject.org/ :D Here you can read up on people's anthems and commission an anthem of your own! You can also check out our mixtapes and subscribe to our newsletter! We are having a free workshop November 2nd-4th and we'd love to have you there! Register here! Loving the podcast? Leave us a review and shout us out on instagram and facebook, @the_anthemproject. I believe there is so much power in sharing stories, so let the magic happen! My birthday is coming up, and I am aiming to get #25for25! Help me get 25 patrons on Patreon, under my songwriter moniker, Sunflower Summit! I am having monthly zoom shows on Patreon, as well as get access to unreleased songs and get works in progress! __ Get 10% off your coffee order at Coffee Over Cardio when you use discount code: 10ANTHEM
33:32
October 16, 2020
Intentionally Flailing With Alessandra
This week, guest Alessandra Laurent talks to us about the joys of Intentionally Flailing! A fellow 24 year old, she is taking the time to explore her options and possibilities and diving in head first into her business, centered around helping others find a clear vision for their business. You can follow up with Alessandra at her instagram, @craetebetweencategories and dance alongside her journey! Our website is now live! Check us out at https://www.theanthemproject.org/ :D Here you can read up on people's anthems and commission an anthem of your own! You can also check out our mixtapes and subscribe to our newsletter! We have a free workshop November 2nd-4th and we'd love to have you there, register here! Loving the podcast? Leave us a review and shout us out on instagram and facebook, @the_anthemproject. I believe there is so much power in sharing stories, so let the magic happen! My birthday is coming up, and I am aiming to get #25for25! Help me get 25 patrons on Patreon, under my songwriter moniker, Sunflower Summit! I am having monthly zoom shows on Patreon, as well as get access to unreleased songs and get works in progress! __ Get 10% off at Coffee Over Cardio when you use discount code: 10ANTHEM
40:57
October 9, 2020
Shannon is Starting New
Today’s episode features Shannon Pinkston, host of the fantastic podcast “Adventures of the Airstream Oracle”. Shannon is an intuitive joy whisperer based in Texas. She has this incredible sense of energy and intuition, and can read people really well and help them see their own gifts and bring them out. Being with her was so special, and I am so grateful to have had this opportunity to learn from her. I can’t wait for you to hear from her, but before we get there though, a quick shoutout to our sponsors! You can follow up with Shannon at her website, www.shannonpinkston.com and on instagram @airstream_oracle.  Our website is now live! Check us out at https://www.theanthemproject.org/ :D Here you can read up on people's anthems and commission an anthem of your own! You can also check out our mixtapes and subscribe to our newsletter! We have a free workshop running November 2nd through the 4th, focused on getting you writing about your favorite people to craft the most heartfelt holiday gift. Register for the workshop here! Loving the podcast? Leave us a review and shout us out on instagram and facebook, @the_anthemproject. I believe there is so much power in sharing stories, so let the magic happen! My birthday is coming up, and I am aiming to get #25for25! Help me get 25 patrons on Patreon, under my songwriter moniker, Sunflower Summit! I am having monthly zoom shows on Patreon, as well as get access to unreleased songs and get works in progress! __ Get 10% off at Coffee Over Cardio when you use discount code: 10ANTHEM
24:53
October 2, 2020
Stand Up, Raeann!
Raeann Krugger is an independent artist and massage therapist based in Alaska. She has led an adventurous life filled with many life lessons and staying true to herself. Raeann has a vision of creating an art centered retreat center, and is well on her way of making this happen! I'm so excited for her, and hope to visit the retreat center when it's up and running! In the mean time, she is working on a lot of awesome projects and making amazing art!  You can follow Raeann on her journey @Raeanntheartist on Instagram.  Our website is now live! Check us out at https://www.theanthemproject.org/ :D Here you can read up on people's anthems and commission an anthem of your own! You can also check out our mixtapes and subscribe to our newsletter! Loving the podcast? Leave us a review and shout us out on instagram and facebook, @the_anthemproject. I believe there is so much power in sharing stories, so let the magic happen! My birthday is coming up, and I am aiming to get #25for25! Help me get 25 patrons on Patreon, under my songwriter moniker, Sunflower Summit! I am having monthly zoom shows on Patreon, as well as get access to unreleased songs and get works in progress! __ Get 10% off at Coffee Over Cardio when you use discount code: 10ANTHEM
34:52
September 25, 2020
Andrea, There's Nothing Under The Bed
Andrea Carow is our featured guest in this episode! Andrea is a remarkable mother, working on breaking the mold of motherhood as she conquers the world of writing with the beginning of her first book. We talk about the stereotypes placed on mothers, identify, confronting your fears, and being brave enough to embrace who you are and going for your dreams with purpose. You can follow up with Andrea @Andrea_Carow on instagram.  Our website is now live! Check us out at https://www.theanthemproject.org/ :D Here you can read up on people's anthems and commission an anthem of your own! You can also check out our mixtapes and subscribe to our newsletter! Loving the podcast? Leave us a review and shout us out on instagram and facebook, @the_anthemproject. I believe there is so much power in sharing stories, so let the magic happen! My birthday is coming up, and I am aiming to get #25for25! Help me get 25 patrons on Patreon, under my songwriter moniker, Sunflower Summit! I am having monthly zoom shows on Patreon, as well as get access to unreleased songs and get works in progress! __ Get 10% off your order at Coffee over Cardio when you use discount code: 10ANTHEM 
43:14
September 18, 2020
Lilacs for Cully
This episode features Cully Burnet, founder of Mindful Business Mentor. Cully is an experienced business owner, running her own massage, reflexology and yoga practice prior to opening her new endeavor, Mindful Business Mentor. Her new business is focused on helping startups thrive by developing both the business and the person running it. Combining her father's firm belief in the incredible gift everyone has to offer and her mother's healing spirit, Cully is taking on this new stage of her life with grace and joy. You can follow Cully at @excelsiorhealingarts and @mindfulbusinessmentor Our website is now live! Check us out at https://www.theanthemproject.org/ :D Here you can read up on people's anthems and commission an anthem of your own! You can also check out our mixtapes and subscribe to our newsletter! Loving the podcast? Leave us a review and shout us out on instagram and facebook, @the_anthemproject. I believe there is so much power in sharing stories, so let the magic happen! My birthday is coming up, and I am aiming to get #25for25! Help me get 25 patrons on Patreon, under my songwriter moniker, Sunflower Summit! I am having monthly zoom shows on Patreon, as well as get access to unreleased songs and get works in progress! __ Get 10% off at Coffee Over Cardio when you use discount code: 10ANTHEM
31:38
September 12, 2020
Let's Play Allie!
In this episode of the Anthem Project I interviewed Allie Bowes from the upcoming podcast The Company We Keep.  The Company We Keep is centered around telling the stories of women as they craft the life they want to live and the spaces they live it in. Allie has a very playful spirit, and is ready and willing to make the changes she needs to make in her own life to create the life she wants to lead. One of the key topics in this episode is this element of play. It's important to let yourself be messy and take action, and learn how to keep going.  You can follow Allie on instagram @allie_bowes and @_thecompanywekeep. Our website is now live! Check us out at https://www.theanthemproject.org/ :D Here you can read up on people's anthems and commission an anthem of your own! You can also check out our mixtapes and subscribe to our newsletter! Loving the podcast? Leave us a review and shout us out on instagram and facebook, @the_anthemproject. I believe there is so much power in sharing stories, so let the magic happen! My birthday is coming up, and I am aiming to get #25for25! Help me get 25 patrons on Patreon, under my songwriter moniker, Sunflower Summit! I am having monthly zoom shows on Patreon, as well as get access to unreleased songs and get works in progress! __ Get 10% off at Coffee Over Cardio when you use discount code: 10ANTHEM
35:60
September 5, 2020
I'm Beautiful
Hi there! Thank you so much for listening to the first episode of the Anthem Project! In this episode, I tell the story of what inspired me to start the Anthem Project. I have been songwriting for awhile, and love that I can understand my emotions and learn and grow through songwriting. Inspired by the story of a Sara Bareilles song, I wrote my own anthem, which then moved me to wanting to write an anthem for someone else.  Our website is now live! Check us out at https://www.theanthemproject.org/ :D Here you can read up on people's anthems and commission an anthem of your own! You can also check out our mixtapes and subscribe to our newsletter! Loving the podcast? Leave us a review and shout us out on instagram and facebook, @the_anthemproject. I believe there is so much power in sharing stories, so let the magic happen! My birthday is coming up, and I am aiming to get #25for25! Help me get 25 patrons on Patreon, under my songwriter moniker, Sunflower Summit! I am having monthly zoom shows on Patreon, as well as get access to unreleased songs and get works in progress! __ Get 10% off at Coffee Over Cardio when you use discount code: 10ANTHEM
27:04
August 28, 2020
The Anthem Project - Season 1 Trailer
Welcome to The Anthem Project!! My name is Maria, and I am a Chicago based Singer Songwriter. I did a songwriting experiment to see how I can take my artistry to the next level. In this podcast, I explore anthemic songwriting by taking someone's life story and writing them an anthem - a song that emotionally connects to them and gives them what they need to listen to celebrate their life and feel empowered and seen.   Our website is now live! Check us out at https://www.theanthemproject.org/ :D Here you can read up on people's anthems and commission an anthem of your own! You can also check out our mixtapes and subscribe to our newsletter! Loving the podcast? Leave us a review and shout us out on instagram and facebook, @the_anthemproject. I believe there is so much power in sharing stories, so let the magic happen! My birthday is coming up, and I am aiming to get #25for25! Help me get 25 patrons on Patreon, under my songwriter moniker, Sunflower Summit! I am having monthly zoom shows on Patreon, as well as get access to unreleased songs and get works in progress!
03:21
August 12, 2020