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Why Indigo Girls Star Emily Saliers Is Loyal To Decatur

May 29, 2017

Plenty of musicians visit metro Atlanta, but Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls has lived here since she was a child. Though a Grammy-winning, international music star, she still calls Decatur home.

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Her fans might know her voice, but they might not know she met fellow Indigo Girl Amy Ray at Laurel Ridge Elementary School in DeKalb County.

"We grew up together.  We went to elementary school here in Atlanta, in Decatur,” Saliers told WABE’s Lois Reitzes on "City Lights."  “Our lives have been on this trajectory together since we were little girls." 

Saliers' childhood roots show up in some of her songs, like "Southland in the Springtime." She wrote the lyrics: “In Georgia, nights are softer than a whisper beneath a quilt somebody's mother made by hand. …"

Both Indigo Girls graduated from Emory University.

Saliers has invested in area restaurants.  She’s co-owner of Watershed on Peachtree Street, and she helped fund the original Flying Biscuit Café.

Though Saliers has won a Grammy, she told WABE she doesn't feel like a rock star.  She said: “You know how you know the truth inside? Well, the truth is I'm a work in progress. I'm very well aware of that."

In 2016, Saliers put her Decatur home up for sale to buy a new house in the same area.