Myosha Smith stopped speaking to her brother Joseph Wilson after he handled her coming out poorly. Realizing his mistake, Joe decided to try to win his sister back with a song.
— Daniel A. Gross is a writer, reporter, and radio producer based in Brooklyn.
— Myosha Smith is a social worker and songwriter based in Brooklyn.
— Musical Connections is a program run by Carnegie Hall that teaches inmates at Sing Sing Correctional Facility to create and perform music.
Special thanks to John J. Lennon, a journalist in Sing Sing Correctional Institution who helped Nancy find this story. John wrote about the Carnegie Hall Musical Connections program for Pacific Standard. Also thanks to our friends at WQXR: Christine Herskovits, Aaron Dalton, Eileen Delahunty, and Matt Abramovitz.
Music in this episode by Kyle Sanna. Nancy theme by Alexander Overington.Joseph Wilson performs his song ‘Gnarly Knees’ with members of the Musical Connections Resident Ensemble at Sing Sing Correctional Facility (Stephanie Berger)