Kimberly Schlapman and Her Family's Tea Cakes

Kimberly Schlapman talks about coronavirus, why aprons are a family tradition, and her upcoming children's book on this episode of Biscuits & Jam.

Kimberly Schlapman
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In early March of 2020, Kimberly Schlapman was in the middle of a tour with her Grammy-winning band, Little Big Town, to promote their new album Nightfall, when coronavirus changed their plans. Since then, she's been quarantined at home like everyone else, trying to make the most of these challenging times.

But that doesn't mean this singer hasn't been busy. In an interview from her home in Nashville on our new podcast Biscuits & Jam, Kimberly talks about teaching her daughter to cook, spending quality time with family, and why food has the power to heal.

Episode 2: June 9, 2020

Get to Know Kimberly Schlapman

Kimberly Schlapman grew up in Cornelia, Georgia, and is a member of the massively successful country music quartet Little Big Town. Since their debut record in 2002—she and her bandmates Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook—have racked up three Grammys, multiple ACM and CMA awards, and they've twice been named CMT's Artist of the Year. The band's latest album Nightfall, released this past January, debuted at Number One on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.

What Kimberly Schlapman Talks About in this Episode

  • Teaching her daughter to cook
  • Spending quality time with family during COVID-19
  • Why food has the power to heal
  • Her new children's book
  • Why aprons are a family tradition
  • Her family's teacakes
  • Little Big Town's hit song, "The Daughters" and its message

Quotes From Kimberly Schlapman

Kimberly Schlapman

"Mama made chicken and dumplings a lot and she still does. That's my favorite thing she makes. When we're coming home and she says, 'What do you want me to cook for you?' I'm always like, 'Chicken and dumplings, please.'"

—Kimberly Schlapman

Kimberly Schlapman, On Family Time in Quarantine

"I told Daisy, my 12-year-old, a couple of days ago. 'I don't think this will ever happen again in your lifetime, that we will have this much close family time together.' And soI feel like in this really scary time there are still blessings. And the greatest, in my opinion, is time with the people that we love."

—Kimberly Schlapman, On Family Time in Quarantine

Kimberly Schlapman, on the Little Big Town hit, "The Daughters"

"[My parents] told me all the time, 'You can do whatever you want to do. You can be whatever you want to be.' So many girls in the world don't hear that message. They hear the opposite of that message. To me, I want my girls to know that they can do anything they set their minds to and if they dream it, they have everything inside them to make it happen."

— Kimberly Schlapman, on the Little Big Town hit, "The Daughters"

Kimberly Schlapman

"I remember when my first husband died. Right after his service, we were in the kitchen and I said to my bandmate, Karen, as I cried to her, I said, 'Who am I going to cook for now?' And as soon as those words came out of my mouth... she put her hands on my shoulders and she said, 'Me.' And that, oh, that gives me chills right now to think about because she knew how important it was for me to cook for people."

—Kimberly Schlapman

Kimberly Schlapman, On Her Nickname

Growing up, 'Oh, Gussie' was just a saying that we said all the time. It, it could mean, 'Oh, Gussie! This is delicious!' Or, 'Oh, Gussie! I dropped a pan on the floor.' You know, it could mean so many different things. It's kind of a universal, just little phrase. And so, especially when I moved to Nashville, I think people started noticing I said that a lot.

—Kimberly Schlapman, On Her Nickname

Kimberly Schlapman

When the quarantine is over, I'm so looking forward to hugging people. I'm a hugger. I just always have been. When I greet people, that's just what I do. And so I'm physically, I'm looking forward to that. Just embracing people.

—Kimberly Schlapman

About Biscuits & Jam

In the South, talking about food is personal. It's a way of sharing your history, your family, your culture, and yourself. Each week Sid Evans, editor in chief of Southern Living, sits down with celebrity musicians to hear stories of how they grew up, what inspired them, and how they've been shaped by Southern culture. Sid takes us back to some of their most cherished memories and traditions, the family meals they still think about, and their favorite places to eat on the road.

Listen to the full episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, and Stitcher.

Get a transcript of the full interview with Kimberly Schlapman.

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